This is an excellent opportunity to join a leading law firm on a 6 month fixed term contract basis as a Business Development Manager with responsibility for the IP/IT and Disputes & Investigations groups. The role will support practice and industry groups in developing and implementing their Business Development plans and initiatives. These groups are some of the most innovative and forward-looking in the firm, with an interesting and exciting roster of clients.
The role will focus heavily on thinking creatively about legal services and how the firm position themselves in the market. You will be part of a BD team that is already well-established within the firm and which is respected by partners and other fee-earners for its high standards of service and the ideas and commitment it brings to business development activities. The Business Development Manager will be important in helping to build on the client development and profile-raising work that has already been done and continue to create a more structured approach to BD activities and you will also be central to helping the firm develop a more commercial outlook to its clients and its work. The role is broad in nature and you will act as a trusted advisor to practice area leaders and the broader partner team, helping to draft business plans, advising on BD investment decisions and identifying new BD opportunities. You will be tasked with devising and implementing client plans and developing key accounts; managing and supporting the bids process and credentials; ensuring the high quality of marketing collateral; PR and hospitality; and proactively commissioning and conducting market research and analysis.
The successful candidate will be a bright graduate or equivalent with previous experience in the professional services sector. The Business Development Manager will need a robust attention to detail, a real commercial instinct, excellent communication skills and an innate ability to influence and negotiate at all levels of an organisation.
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