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Business Development Executive (Healthcare and Life Sciences)
Marketing & Business Development
Simmons & Simmons have an exciting new opportunity for a Business
Development Executive to join our Marketing & Business Development
department in London.
Working closely with fee earners across the Healthcare and life
sciences (HLS) sector and other members of the M&BD team, the
Business Development Executive for HLS will support the execution of
marketing and business development initiatives across the sector under
the supervision of the HLS Sector Lead.
Main duties and responsibilities
Develop sector industry expertise and share knowledge within
the M&BD team and HLS network: The individual in this
role must develop a high level of knowledge about the type of
products and services offered by our HLS sector groups and
demonstrate an avid interest in developing sector industry
knowledge. There is a requirement to spend a significant amount of
time reading sector specific industry news, learning about our
capabilities and obtaining an overview of the legal and regulatory
developments with a view to understanding the issues impacting
clients (pharmaceutical companies, medical devices, consumer health
companies, innovative start-ups, associations)
BD and marketing execution: deliver high quality
day-to-day tactical M&BD to HLS sector fee earners under the
supervision of the HLS Sector Lead. Specific tasks will include:
supporting the development of new product offerings, working
with partners and M&BD to define the benefits of the new
products and the most effective routes to market (i.e. via
sector marketing campaigns and client development activities);
supporting the ongoing activities of specific sub-sector
groups, covering BD and marketing planning and the execution of
under the supervision of the relevant Sector Lead contribute
to the BD sector planning and budgeting process, as required,
and then work with the relevant fee earners and Sector Lead to
implement the plan. Ensure correct budget sign-off procedures
are followed for unplanned activities;
regularly interact with and provide support to international
offices where the sector is particularly active or where the
office is striving to develop the sector.
profile raising, communications and CRM. Contribute to the
formulation of the sector's internal and external communications
strategies (including digital strategy, events) and then
implement accordingly, ensuring best practice is observed;
assist in strengthening the firm's reputation across the HLS
sector through the identification of speaking, advertising and
media opportunities (in conjunction with the central Comms
team), as well as oversee the project management of directory
and award submissions as necessary;
work with the M&BD Hub and sector fee earners to develop
high quality written content including communications,
factsheets, webpages and intranet pages, including their
production and maintenance while ensuring best practice is observed;
assist sector fee earners with sector specific tenders,
including conducting a bid / no bid process, managing the
logistics of the pitch process for any assigned pitches,
gathering of relevant material and information and writing
Client relationship management: assist the HLS
Sector Lead to manage and develop any Strategic and Priority clients
for which they are responsible.
Reporting:assist HLS Sector Lead in preparing
updates on key trends and opportunities for the Leadership team and
other departments or regional teams. contribute to brainstorming
discussions on how we can develop the opportunities highlighted.
Engagement with the M&BD Hub: primary
responsibility for briefing the M&BD Hub on commoditised,
repeatable M&BD tasks. Acts as the conduit between the fee
earners and the M&BD Hub. Performs a quality assurance role for
products developed by the M&BD Hub and provides regular feedback
to improve Hub processes.
Education / qualifications / experience
Minimum of 1-2 years' industry, marketing or BD experience, with
at least six months experience in a professional services firm preferred.
University degree in business, marketing or related area.
Professional marketing qualification is desirable.
Knowledge and technical skills
Understands the legal industry (experience in HLS is an advantage).
Has an ability to provide effective challenge to fee earners.
End to end management of the pitch process. Can accurately and
efficiently identify contributory material for pitches. Can work
with fee earners to articulate USPs.
Familiarity with CRM systems, document management systems,
intranets, website etc.
Experience in social media, PR, online services would be an advantage.