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Business Development Manager FTC

England, London
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Vacancy Type
Business Development, Business development
Contract Type
Experience Level
Role Classification
Other Professional

Job Details

Are you an experienced Business Development Manager looking for a 6-12 month contract working with a tech-focussed law firm? This role can be based in our London or any of the following offices; Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow or Edinburgh.

About CMS

CMS is a Future Facing firm with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries and 5,000+ lawyers worldwide. We combine deep local market understanding with a global perspective. We are passionate about building strong relationships with our clients, our people, and the communities we work in.

We take a bold, dynamic, and agile approach to ensure our clients are able to face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of working. Our aim is to inspire, impact and support our clients and our people, helping them to maximize their potential and thrive.

About the Role

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a team supporting a market-leading practice. Our UK corporate practice, with about 80 partners and 250 lawyers, is one of the most sought after for advising on transactions in the UK and across Europe and regularly tops the M&A and equity capital markets league tables. Its funds & indirect real assets team is considered market leading by all major directories.

Under energetic and ambitious leadership the corporate team is looking to further boost its market profile, leverage firm-wide client relationships and land roles on headline transactions. You would be part of a team of five business development professionals supporting the corporate partners on making these ambitions come to life.

We pride ourselves on having an energetic and loyal team of lawyers and support staff and a friendly atmosphere. Do you have a can-do and solution-oriented attitude? Can you make others responsive to new ideas and engaged in new initiatives? Do you like thinking of new ways to win business? Then you may be the candidate that we are looking for!

Key responsibilities will include:

 Campaigns: lead on the development and execution of marketing campaigns
 Events: lead and organise seminars, webinars and client social events
 Client targeting: support activities aimed at targeting potential clients and further developing existing clients
 Pitching: provide strategic advice and execute proposals
 BD infrastructure: to maintain and work with BD infrastructure, including standard pitch content, credentials database and client relationship management software
 Directory and award submissions: support on directory and awards submissions
 Management: supervising and mentoring junior colleagues on the team
 The role is also the lead BD support for the firm's Hotel & Leisure sector group, including business planning, driving strategy, creating thought leadership materials, event management and managing key sector client relationships

About You

The successful candidate will have significant Marketing & BD experience within a professional services environment. Experience will include pitching, practice group and sector marketing, client targeting, campaign planning and execution, and budget management. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills (both written and spoken) and a demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships with partners and staff at all levels within the firm and with external vendors.

Equal Opportunities

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive. For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please view the Diversity & Inclusion pages on our website.

Please apply online or contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team if you have any questions. For information regarding our competitive range of benefits please visit our Rewards & Benefits page on our website.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.



CMS is a future facing international law firm. With 74 offices in 44 countries and 5000+ lawyers worldwide, and home to business services colleagues across everything from Information Technology, Human Resources and Innovation to Finance, Diversity & Inclusion and Communications.  The firm’s core purpose is to build rewarding futures for its clients, people, and communities.

We’re a global law firm. We focus on the big and the small. We look to the future and embrace agility and challenge. We are experts in our sectors and have the rankings to back that up.  But it’s not all sectors and rankings. We focus on relationships. We’re a community. We look out for each other, encourage everyone to be themselves, and the best version of that. We’re friendly and go-getting. We act with purpose and find passion in what we do. We seek out different ways of thinking and doing. We don’t want everyone to be the same.  We know the best route forward is with the most diverse group of colleagues as possible. We’re here to build a better future.

In a world of ever-accelerating change where technology is increasingly important in the deployment of global strategies, every team at CMS is empowered to operate and innovate in ways that best meet clients’ needs. We encourage ideas from every corner of our business. We are also committed to addressing our own impact on the environment and approach to sustainability, as well as advising clients with their related legal needs.

We strive to spend more time looking at our clients’ world than inwards at ours.  That’s what makes our approach different. Being able to see things from our clients’ perspective means our people are approachable and accessible. And this means we have a genuinely supportive, open culture you won’t find everywhere. 

Our culture

It’s all about relationships. Our relationship with you, your relationship with us, and the relationships we have with clients and the communities around us. We want you to thrive and show your personality. Foster community, work together, listen, be open, and help each other succeed. Act with purpose and find passion. Strive for progress and embrace challenges. Seek out different ways of thinking and doing. We value trust over rules.

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do.  We're diverse, supportive, and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.  

Whatever your specialism, and whether you’re a lawyer or a business services professional, a career at CMS gives you huge scope to carve out a brilliant career as you help us, and our clients, to face the future with confidence.

Company info
+44 (0) 20 7367 3000
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom

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