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Marketing & BD Executive

DLA Piper
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
Closing date
6 Sep 2024

Job Details

The role

The role holder will support the MBD Manager in the delivery of the firm’s International Marketing and Business Development (MBD) strategy in the UK, through the execution of business plans specifically for the Edinburgh office and by engaging with clients and sectors. They will also work with the Client Relationship Manager for one of the firm’s key clients, supporting with marketing and business development activities.

The role holder will work directly with partners and lawyers, assisting them in client development as part of the overall go-to-market strategy. This position requires a proactive and accountable work approach, including coordinating tasks with others to ensure efficient workflow (e.g. Warsaw Global Service Centre).

Occasional travel to meetings and events within the UK may be required, and the role holder should be available to work outside regular office hours when needed. The specific responsibilities of the role may vary based on the demands of the UK Clients and Sectors operating model.


  • Support the firm’s MBD Managers to execute and implement business plans, the UK Clients and Sectors strategy, and various related workstream deliverables
  • Manage the entire event delivery process, from initial scoping and objective setting to execution and analysis/ROI reporting
  • Support with internal and external communications, including coordinating with our local PR agency and managing social media, digital posters, event invitations, news alerts, press releases, advertising, legal directory submissions, awards entries, and marketing collateral. Exceptional writing skills are crucial
  • Lead on preparing location-specific pitches, capability statements, and materials for client business development meetings. This involves scoping, drafting, and project management, often under tight deadlines
  • Support with coordinating sponsorship campaigns, ensuring maximum value and return. This includes managing internal and external communications including social media
  • Support with various business development activities, such as working with intermediaries, conducting client listening exercises, targeting specific sectors, and assisting in new business generation
  • Support with managing and promoting the firm’s corporate partnerships and business memberships
  • Help track budgets and report on spend

The role holder must:

  • Have experience working within a corporate environment or, ideally, within Professional Services
  • Have excellent organisational skills, with the ability to multi-task and manage assigned tasks efficiently and effectively
  • Have excellent attention to detail and strong writing skills
  • Demonstrate a strong commercial awareness in both approach and delivery
  • Be able to operate on their own initiative, owning and executing projects, seeking input from managers as and when needed
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise tact and diplomacy
  • Be able to deal with confidential and sensitive information
  • Have experience dealing with a demanding workload and conflicting priorities
  • Have experience delivering high-profile events, from large scale conferences to private dinners
  • Demonstrate a consistently positive attitude, collaborative working style, and a proactive ‘can do’ approach. They should be capable of working on their own initiative as well as part of a wider team
  • Be IT literate and have experience of Excel, PowerPoint, Word 2010 and Outlook. Experience using InterAction/CRM systems would be beneficial
  • This job description is not designed to be exhaustive and can be varied, as required, to develop or fulfil the role required of the MBD Executive

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers and business service professionals located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations

At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits and where relevant, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and work-related references.


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients, and we achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed.

We’re proud to serve an international client base that includes more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 companies. We help the world's top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, we represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Our lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance. We have strong practices in employment, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and have developed key teams in pensions, private equity, real estate, tax, and technology

As a firm we are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive culture for all of our people, where differences are genuinely valued. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued.

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+44 (0)20 7349 0296
160 Aldersgate Street

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