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Business Development Manager (1591)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘Expert Hand, Human Touch’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But, we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things, and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

The work we do has been recognised in the awards we’ve won. We’re committed to being even better, and our awards help to show we’re on the right track.

Your Role

We are currently recruiting for a diverse and challenging role working within the Group Sales and Marketing team to support our National Employment team and our Education group. Working alongside Fee Earners and Partners, the Business Development Manager role will devise and implement strategic business development plans to support the winning of new, profitable clients as well as working to retain and grow existing relationships with clients and intermediaries.

The Business Development Manager will have a
commercial mindset and a good understanding of the commercial business landscape as well as the challenges and opportunities within it. Their experience in developing and driving business development strategy and client relationships forward is their strength. An understanding of the legal sector would be a preference, as would an experience of developing dedicated market-facing business development strategies and holding people to account.

Business Development Managers KPIs will align with those of the Partners and Fee Earners tasked with developing the business
in the firm’s Business Legal Services division. Strategic and tactical plans must contribute towards the National Business Development plans for each area. Using market intelligence and shared information the Business Development Manager must ensure close monitoring, recording, tracking and feedback relating to market and client activity as well as management of budgets.

The importance of ROI must be understood and performance will be measured and reviewed on a regular basis to ensure effective and efficient use of resources.

To be successful in this role you must have excellent communication skills and demonstrate a ‘can do’ and ‘want to’ attitude. You must have an understanding of the professional services market and be able to generate and implement focussed business development initiatives through to successful conclusion.

If you are a self-driven, proactive and tenacious individual who has the enthusiasm to drive the strategic objectives forward we would like to hear from you.


Please note this role is a 12 month fixed term contract.

What we can offer you
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture. 

Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Business Area:
    Group Services
  • Team:
    Business Development
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
  • Vacancy Type:
    Fixed Term Contract
  • :
    Birmingham, Gatwick, Home Based, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield
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