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Senior Business Development Executive - 12 Month FTC

London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
30 May 2023

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About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading progressive global law firm with a rich history spanning more than 200 years. We are proud of our history and are future-focused, having expanded into new technologies through our NewLaw division, Ashurst Advance, and our consulting arm. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing excellent 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

Department/Role overview:

An opportunity has arisen to join our busy and dynamic Business Development team as a Senior Business Development Executive with a particular emphasis on the Strategic Advisory group.

The candidate will provide high quality and pro-active business development support in a timely and professional manner. This role offers broad opportunities with a real mix of BD responsibilities, including pitching and will also see the successful applicant work across a number of initiatives and projects as determined by the business development function leaders.

The Strategic Advisory Group

The Strategic Advisory team at Ashurst is a multi-product, multi-jurisdictional platform providing advice to leading organisations on complex contentious and non contentious issues that they are facing and are focused on delivering strategic innovative solutions to our clients' most complex business critical challenges.

Main responsibilities:

Practice and Market leadership

  • Supporting the delivery of the practice BD plans. This includes our go-to-market strategy and our approach to industry publications/briefings, alignment with industry bodies, prioritisation and organisation of practice/industry conferences, and events and thought leadership/profile raising initiatives.
  • Proactively tracking client and practice news and trends, spotting revenue generation opportunities and working with the BD Senior Manager in driving those opportunities to their ultimate conclusion.
  • Supporting the Priority Client Programme by assisting on the implementation and delivery of priority client account plans and relationship agreement commitments.


  • Assist the Partners in developing new business through pitching, including providing background research, collating information on the firm's experience and producing focused business proposals highlighting the team's expertise.
  • Manage the production of pitches with great attention to detail and to agreed deadlines, collaborating effectively with the Bid team to create unique solutions tailored to the client.
  • Provide practice, industry or client related input, as required, on other pitches across the Ashurst network.
  • Maintaining BD systems to capture pitch metrics, our pitch win/loss ratio and reasons for success or otherwise across both practices - ensuring the completion of post pitch debriefs where possible, including acting on feedback to improve client service and win rate.
  • Monitor market/industry trends to ensure that Ashurst's pitch capability keeps pace with
  • competitors and takes advantage of new pitch techniques and technologies, and makesrecommendations for change.

Business Development

  • Provide tactical and creative advice to Partners to help drive their marketing/BD efforts, regularly reviewing and reporting on progress versus objectives.
  • Assist in the management of BD budgets, ensuring spend is aligned to business plans.
  • Maintain a series of marketing materials (brochures, flyers etc), including writing content and liaising with the design and brand team as required.
  • With the events team, plan and manage events of all descriptions, including client dinners and hospitality events, seminars and sponsorships from inception to completion, to ensure maximum stand-out and ROI.
  • Proactively work with the PR team on media opportunities to boost the team's profile.
  • Maintain key information systems such as CRM and intranet to share and capture strategic client relationship and deal information.
  • Website maintenance, ensuring content is as up to date and relevant.
  • Manage directory/league table/award submissions, ensure all submissions are delivered on time.
  • Keep up to date with relevant trade/industry press, highlighting articles of interest to the Partners and proactively work with the PR team on media opportunities, reporting back any coverage to the Partners.
  • Contribute to central marketing and business development initiatives, as required.

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:

  •  Degree educated.
  •  Professional services/legal experience.
  •  Authoritative, analytical and intelligent.
  •  Ability to juggle a busy and varied workload, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines.
  •  Dynamism and great all-round communication skills.
  •  Determination and commitment to ensure successful completion of projects.
  •  Creativity and initiative.
  •  Excellent attention to detail.
  •  Strong multi-tasking and organisational skills.
  •  High level of confidentiality, discretion and diplomacy.
  •  Lateral thinking and the ability to overcome obstacles.
  •  Sense of humour and can-do attitude.
  •  Team player.

Background checks:

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.


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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