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Senior Executive – Dispute Resolution
Marketing & Business Development
This role represents an opportunity to be part of the Simmons &
Simmons Dispute Resolution team of three M&BD team members. The
practice has grown significantly in recent years and has achieved
success in both new and established disciplines, achieving impressive
results for both local and international clients.
Operating as an integral part of the M&BD, Professional Support
Lawyer (PSL) and wider Practice Group (PG) business services team
dedicated to DR, the successful candidate will have a strong voice in
the future planning of the practice group. This role demands both
strategic thinking and hands-on delivery - the ability to juggle both
This is the perfect opportunity for a skilled and experienced
M&BD specialist who wants to develop by being immersed in the
practice and active as a valued part of a strong and genuinely
international firm. Only solutions-orientated team-players need apply.
What will you do: • Marketing & BD planning: Work with,
challenge and support the DR lawyers to develop and execute
forward-looking plans for their groups and specialisms (global and
local), which align to the wider departmental, client programme and
firmwide business plans. Maintain good oversight of all M&BD
activity to ensure alignment with the plan. • Brand
& profile: As part of the M&BD planning process,
help to deliver priority projects that boost the profile of the
practice, and firm more broadly. This includes working with our
central Marketing & Communications team. The M&BD Senior
Executive would be expected to proactively support thought leadership
campaigns/products. Further core elements of the role will be to
support the annual directories and awards submission efforts, and to
promote and maintain M&BD infrastructure including encouraging all
DR lawyers to engage in the Alchemy [matter capture] credentials
process. • New business: The M&BD team plays
a critical role in the pursuit of new business for DR - developing new
client material, preparing pitches and presentations, and helping
capture feedback on performance and identifying lessons to be
learned. • Be a key part of the information
flow: This individual will have a critical role to play in
ensuring that there is an effective flow of information between the DR
sub-groups, and the wider international practice groups and network,
and vice versa. Developing and imparting knowledge of DR specific
capabilities and our wider international priorities is essential
(includes engagement with the firm's sector strategy, the client
programme and the M&BD strategic priorities e.g. Big Rocks).
Central to this is the need for the M&BD Senior Executive to
network (online initially) and be constantly curious and passionate
about what's going on across the offices, firm and function. •
Client development: Aligning M&BD activities to
client relationships, working alongside DR lawyers and the Client
Programme Team to help identify and pursue opportunities for the
firm's Strategic and Priority clients. Involvement in client listening
initiatives is likely to be a part of the role. • Budget
management: Monitor budget for activities to help deliver on
the M&BD plan and monitor spend against this. Challenge unplanned
spend, escalating where appropriate, and ensuring there is a proper
business case for spend not originally included in the budget
allocation. • Reporting: Supporting the process
of reporting centrally on local activity, key trends and
opportunities. • Briefing work into the M&BD Hub and
the Marketing & Communications team: Provide clear
briefs for work to be undertaken, and review output for accuracy and
quality before sharing with lawyers.
What we are looking for:
Experience: • Minimum of 3 years' marketing / business development
experience. • A strong understanding of the professional services
market desired. • Some experience of working with people of
different cultures to achieve common goals.
Knowledge and technical skills: • Well-developed understanding of marketing and business
development strategy and implementation. • Strong project
management skills. • Willing and able to challenge lawyers.
• Strong experience in the end to end management of the pitch
process. • Able to develop professional relationships and build
business through diverse networks.
General skills: • Possesses an infectious passion and drive for work (in this
case, promoting our DR offering). • Thinks commercially about
changes within the firm and client environment and how that provides
opportunities or impacts on client relationships. • Acts to
maximise the profitability of the business. • Highly consultative
approach and is solution oriented. • Can work with minimal
supervision, and is able to identify when to ask for
assistance. • Able to work collaboratively with others to provide
a high-quality service to the firm. • Self-starter with attention
to detail. • Establishes credibility by communicating
confidently, persuasively and with impact.
Other requirements: • Flexibility and a willingness to work additional hours on
occasion as required. • Able to work effectively as part of a
diverse and inclusive team. • Able to develop professional
relationships and build business through diverse networks. •
Organises self and activities effectively to meet work demands and
achieve objectives. • Adapts to changing circumstances and
re-prioritises if necessary.
This is a permanent role to be based in the Bristol or London office.
Here at Simmons & Simmons:
We believe our people define us. Our working environment is genuinely
collegiate with a supportive atmosphere and team ethos - we have a
reputation for being a friendly culture which we are very proud of.
Flexible working, an inclusive and diverse culture, our innovative
approach and being truly international are just a few more things that
make us, us.
Below are a few more reasons to consider Simmons & Simmons for
your next career move: • Competitive benefits package • All
year round dress down • International offices including: Hong
Kong; Dubai; Tokyo; Dublin; Milan; Bristol; Madrid; Singapore to name
a few • Generous employee referral bonus program • All
offices have their own artwork collections - we have a Damien Hurst
and a Tracey Emin in the London office • We were ranked as a
Stonewall Top Global Employer in 2019 for the fourth year
running. • We have recently acquired Wavelength (the first
regulated legal engineering firm in the world) which highlights our
invested interest in innovation.
If you are interested in finding out more about this vacancy then
please contact Emily.Rixon-Smith@simmons-simmons.com with any
questions. To apply for the role please click on the link at the
bottom of the page/visit the career pages on our website, where
there is also a detailed job description.