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Business Development Manager

Job description

Ambition is delighted to be partnering on an exclusive basis with established global law firm Simmons & Simmons to hire their first business development professional based in the US in the San Francisco Bay Area.

You will be working very closely with the firm's Head of the US & the Global Head of Clients & Sectors, to help develop and implement the Business Development, Marketing & Client Development strategy for the firm.

We are very excited to be leading on this search and believe this is an exciting and very rare career opportunity for a Legal BD professional to play a key part in contributing to the development and expansion of Simmons & Simmons US operations.

About Simmons & Simmons

​With over 1,600 people situated in key business and financial centres across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US, we are an international law firm that acts as a business partner.

The smartest business solutions come when we work together - international but working as one integrated team. We have continually looked at every aspect of our business for the past 125 years. There is always more we can do.

Collaborative, agile and partner-led: that's Simmons & Simmons. A law firm that challenges, creates new possibilities and offers opinion not just option.

We focus on four highly regulated sectors -using our specialist skills to understand your business, and the forces at play around it. All grounded in exceptional knowledge of the legal detail. This is how we consistently deliver smarter, more efficient, ways to tackle your most complex challenges.

At Simmons & Simmons, we take Responsible Business (RB) seriously. For us, RB is about access. Access to careers for people from diverse backgrounds to legal advice for those on low incomes, to funding for charitable causes.

Our partners lead from the front on our RB programme, which includes diversity and inclusion, social mobility, pro bono, access to justice and environmental initiatives. This partner-level support gives everyone at the firm the opportunity to contribute to these vital programmes.

Through our diversity and inclusion initiatives, we aim to attract people from all backgrounds. And give everyone the professional and personal support they need to succeed. Our industry-leading women's network -TNOC (The Number One Club) supports the development of women at the firm and collaborates with client initiatives too. We are also renowned for the strength of our international LGBT+ network.

The Duties involved in the role

Working with the Head of the US on a daily basis, you will be tasked with delivering the firm's US business plan, this work will have a particular focus on the firm's established Technology, Media & Telecoms sector and will cover a wide variety of Marketing and Business Development duties.

  • Form a key part of the US office team, to help drive new client wins, existing client relationship management, supporting relationships with clients based in the US, also ensuring that this joins up with the firm's existing global client relationship programme.

  • As part of the wider International Marketing team, working in tandem with the sector leads and colleagues to provide joined up global marketing initiatives when appropriate to the US office, including supporting visits from global teams into the US market.

  • Support the profile-raising duties for the firm's US office, working with internal PR and Events professionals, to enhance the firm's brand and reputation within core markets. This will also include identifying and planning thought leadership opportunities, working with professional networks and implementing campaigns relevant to the US market.

  • Lead on the US events programme, taking on the organisation and project management of the events. You will also be expected to provide ROI on each individual event.

  • Play an important role in the bid/pitch process specific to the US market, working with key partners and wider business development colleagues on the production of this material.

  • Keep on top of marketing and business intelligence for the firm, with a particular focus on developments in Silicon Valley & the broader international TMT space.

  • International cross selling, be in communication with colleagues around the world ensuring there is joined up thinking to what the firm can offer US based clients.

Experience we are looking for

  • Previous experience of operating within the professional services industry would be highly advantageous. Experience within the Legal sector would be highly beneficial.

  • Experience of working with clients within the Technology, Media and Telecoms space and an understanding of this business environment would be preferred but not essential.

  • Someone who is excited by the idea of playing a crucial part in building the US business, you will need to have the experience and feel comfortable to contribute ideas to the firm and be able to work in autonomous environment as the work dictates.

  • A passion for building and delivering best in class client service, this will range from maintaining and enhancing relationships with current clients and fostering new potential relationships.

  • Have exposure of project managing and taking a lead on a wide variety of Marketing duties including; event management, social media, public relations & bids.

  • Enjoys being part of an international firm, previous experience of working in teams that cover the EMEA markets alongside the US would be beneficial.

Key additional benefits

  • Company 401k scheme for US employees.

  • 25 vacation days, plus California state holidays.

  • Flexible working options, company policy 3 days office versus 2 flexible days per week.

  • The firm will offer a health insurance plan paid for by the firm, additional healthcare plans are available to you too.

  • Eligibility for the firm's US bonus scheme.

* Further benefits are included

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