Business Development Manager - Projects & Infrastructure

London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
17 Dec 2021

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Vacancy Type
Business Development, Business development
Role Classification
Other Professional
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About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here.

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

Department/Role overview:

Ashurst's Global Business Development and Marketing (BD&M) team is located in major cities across EMEA, Asia Pacific and the US. We execute the firm's clients and markets strategy by driving profitable growth with a specific focus on our chosen products, sectors and priority clients. We focus on improving our client experience, driving BD campaigns, leveraging data analytics and client insights, significantly enhancing operational excellence and building out new BD&M capabilities.

We are a diverse team spanning the range of business to business, professional services and hands-on industry expertise. Our different perspectives and experiences enhance the outcomes we achieve and make us a fun and adaptable team.

Role overview:

The Business Development Manager (BDM) will be a part of our global Business Development team focusing on the Infrastructure Industry and Practice.

The BDM is responsible for:

  • Providing commercial advice on the development and execution of the Infrastructure group strategic plan.
  • Serving as a member of the Infrastructure leadership team.
  • Driving and managing the effective execution of the go-to-market-strategy.
  • Managing specified key client accounts, ensuring relationships and growth targets are met or exceeded year-on-year.
  • Executing and supporting strategically important pursuits.

Main responsibilities:

Strategy & Planning

  • Work with the key Infrastructure practice and industry partners to develop the BD strategy to maximise opportunities to grow revenue in line with the firm's 2023 strategic plan.
  • Coach relevant partners and associates to deliver the business development objectives.
  • Develop and lead strategic BD initiatives to meet the business plan goals, evaluating progress on implementation.
  • Provide market information and analysis of financials to identify trends and opportunities to raise our profile and awareness in key markets.

Opportunity Management

  • Manage and support the entire opportunity pursuit process, including identifying opportunities, managing opportunity tracking processes, preparing client-focused sales collateral and coordinating partners around pipelines.
  • Collaborate with other practice and industry BDMs to identify cross-selling opportunities.
  • Support all relevant major client opportunities including pitches and proposals, working closely with the Global Bids and Pricing teams.
  • Provide Infrastructure related input, as required, on transactional or project pitches across the Ashurst network.
  • Ensure that post matter debriefs are completed for strategically important pitches.

Practice Management

  • Develop and implement integrated profile raising campaigns, thought leadership, digital marketing, events and other market facing activities, working collaboratively with the firm's Infrastructure teams and other specialists, in our key markets.
  • Develop and manage the Infrastructure BD budgets, monitoring spend and capturing ROI.
  • Maintain knowledge of key and emerging issues impacting the Infrastructure practice and industry.
  • Share knowledge across the wider BD&M team and contribute to functional and firm-wide training programmes.
  • Ensure the Infrastructure requirements for data capture are met (e.g. experience statements; relevant directory and award submissions; etc).
  • Lead and develop the Infrastructure BD Executive to ensure that all performance and learning metrics are achieved.
  • Contribute to wider BD&M team projects, including supporting new systems and processes, as required.

Client Management

  • Support Client Relationship Partners to develop and execute client account plans for key Infrastructure clients to help deepen relationships and drive profitable growth across the Ashurst network.
  • Coordinate and manage pipeline development with the Client Relationship Partners within the designated client accounts.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the nominated clients and their businesses, and assist with the sharing of that information within Ashurst.
  • Engage with the Client Listening programme by conducting and capturing client feedback through client listening, matter and pitch debriefs.
  • Coordinate and liaise with other CRMs to ensure consistency and sharing of strategic information across clients and industries.

Risk and Control: Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with our regulatory requirements and internal policies.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Previous experience in a professional services BD environment (5-10 years' experience).
  • Demonstrated leadership experience for both coaching teams and managing major projects and/or initiatives.
  • Commercial awareness and an innovative mind-set for developing and evolving ways of working.
  • Enthusiastic and proactive, with the ability to work to tight deadlines and manage multiple projects and activities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication with the ability to effectively interact with peers and influence internal clients including senior stakeholders.
  • Strategic thinker with strong focus on execution.
  • Ability to build positive and collaborative working relationships with the BD&M, legal teams and other functions.
  • Previous experience in a client facing capacity.


Ashurst is a leading international law firm with world class capability and a prestigious global client base. The firm's in-depth understanding of its clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service has seen it become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law. The firm's people are its greatest asset and it brings together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need.

Ashurst has 25 offices in 15 countries and offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. With 400 partners and 1,200 lawyers working across 10 different time zones, the firm is able to respond to clients wherever and whenever required. As a global team, Ashurst has a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects and delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.

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