Business Development Assistant




Business Development Assistant

Based in Edinburgh with regular travel to Glasgow and Aberdeen when required.            


Business Development Manager


We currently have a vacancy for a Business Development Assistant within Brodies LLP.  The role of the Business Development Assistant will be to assist the relevant Business Development Manager with the day-to-day, practical business development and marketing communications support.   

This varied role will involve supporting on a combination of regular ongoing BD and marketing activities and one-off projects. There is also an administrative element to this role to ensure the smooth running of the department and the successful individuals will be expected to “muck in” to complete BD and Marketing projects as required. Strong project management skills and attention to detail are essential.

As members of the wider Business Development team, the role holder will work closely with the other business development professionals and will have daily interaction with lawyers and staff of all levels within the firm.

This role is seen as an integral part of the management of the department they are serving. The role holder will be instrumental in ensuring that business development is regarded by partners and other lawyers as a critical aspect of their business and a key tool in maintaining and increasing Brodies’ profitability. 


·         BD Planning – Support the BD Manager in the development of strategic plans for the department and the implementation of BD initiatives and projects. This will include taking responsibility for the development and delivery of BD plans for specific units or sector groups; ensuring the smooth delivery of projects within budget and measuring return on investment where possible.

·         Budget Management – Work with the BD Manager to ensure budgets are monitored closely and that all data is accurate. This will involve reviewing/allocating lawyer BD expenditure as required and updating the department.

·         Tenders – Provide support to the BD manager as well as the Tenders Manager on tenders and proposals.  This may include collating client examples and relevant experience, case studies and lawyer CVs.

·         Internal and external communications – Responsible for ensuring that the department is correctly represented in all internal communications. Regularly attend business development and wider team meetings to share and gather information for your team.

·         Marketing – Create, update and edit external teamsheets, credentials, e-bulletins, blogs, and pitch documents for external distribution in accordance with brand guidelines. 

·         Events and seminars – Identify opportunities for bespoke client events and liaise with the Events Manager to plan and deliver successful events. This will often involve helping to create and develop marketing communications associated with the event including invitations and presentations. You will also play a key role in developing seminars for the annual seminar programme and the gathering and collation of feedback.

·         BD Project Management – Providing support to the BD Manager as well as managing your own BD projects from initiation to successful delivery.

·         PR – Work closely alongside our PR colleagues to maintain and update a press file for the relevant department, help identify potential press opportunities and ensure lawyers meet press deadlines.

·         Legal Directories – Help draft and coordinate entries to the legal directories.

·         Administration – Provide ongoing administrative support to the BD Manager regarding any BD or marketing project/activities; liaising with the secretarial and administration team when required.

·         Idea Generation – Continually be thinking of ways to improve the BD and marketing effort for the relevant department.

·         Market Research – Make use of all sources and databases available to provide information for client pitches, tenders, client meetings and competitor analysis. 

·         BD Training – Assist BD Manager with designing and implementing training on business development subjects to lawyers and staff.

·         CRM System – Provide support for, develop and maintain the CRM system data.

·         Be aware of Brodies’ information security policies, and protect information assets from unauthorised access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference at all times.


This is an attractive opportunity for a recent graduate or someone who has worked in a commercial environment, in a similar role, to build upon their existing skills and experience. Previous experience of the above areas of responsibility is preferred.  In addition we seek:

·         Flexible and pro-active approach to work.

·         Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills.

·         High attention to detail and strong client (commercial) focus.

·         Professional in outlook and attitude.


  • Excellent communication skills - both written and oral.  In particular we are looking for candidates who have strong creative writing skills.
  • Prioritisation, time management and organisational skills.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office and willingness to learn other software design packages.

We're looking for an individual who can work on their own initiative, is pro-active, persistent, robust and committed to "getting the job done".

Brodies is committed to equality, diversity & the creation of an inclusive work environment where no partner, employee, potential employee or job applicant receives less favourable treatment.  We value the skills, experience and perspective that a diverse and representative workforce offers us in terms of our ability to deliver top class legal services to our clients.

Application Details

Megan Anker

Reference No: BR584

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