BD and Marketing Specialist - Global Life Sciences & Healthcare/FDA

  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Chicago, IL 60603, USA

Job Description

Overview



The Business Development and Marketing Specialist serves as a liaison primarily to the Global Life Sciences Industry Group and Healthcare and FDA Global Practice Group, reporting to the Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager. S/He will work directly with the partners in the group (across various offices worldwide), as well as with others in the Marketing department, to develop and execute clear strategies and business plans, and manage an aligned range of marketing campaigns/programs, events, communications and key account activity.
Projects may include: securing panel and other appointments through the submission of written proposals/pitches; assisting in the maintenance of business development and marketing collateral and web pages for the group (including experience databases); monitoring progress against planned priorities; directory submissions and improving the profile of the practices; assistance with internal marketing initiatives such as newsletter and group meetings; and developing strategy for participation in, or planning of, major events and sponsorships. S/He takes an active role in learning about the practice and closely related practices. S/He helps developing projects to enhance the groups’ and the Firm’s internal knowledge about its clients and business in order to foster cross-selling.


Responsibilities



Proposals and Pitches
  • Serves as lead project manager for RFPs and pitches (primarily in PowerPoint format), both for the primary practices and other groups, as necessary.
  • Spearheads briefing discussions to propose and/or understand the opportunity.
  • Writes new business proposals, conducts matters research and produces targeted, tailored responses to RFIs/RFPs.
  • Supports follow-up, debrief activities post-pitch, and report them back to Firm.
Practice and Client Development
  • In conjunction with the Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager and others, consults with Practice Area Team (PAT) leadership and key partners on development and coordination of marketing and client development plans for the group and individual lawyers within the PAT.
  • Attends and contributes to PAT meetings and planning sessions.
  • Develops and refines processes and procedures relating to the practices’ business development “infrastructure” (e.g., written collateral; database/matter lists; contact lists; opportunity tracking; etc.). Maintains an acute level of quality control to ensure that all marketing collateral, communications, deal or matter lists and the like are consistent, error-free and up to date. Ensures processes are efficient and the best possible use is made of available technology and other resources.
  • Tracks and analyzes practice initiatives and how those initiatives impact the group's budget and to provide evaluation of past initiatives to determine if there is sufficient ROI to repeat those initiatives, especially in regards to events and programs.
  • In conjunction with the Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager and others, evaluates the viability and probability of the development of business prospects and cross-marketing efforts of the practice groups.
  • Leads practice areas’ submission of rankings, surveys, league tables and other ratings information.
  • Coordinates with Market Intelligence team to conduct industry and client research to aid in practice development initiatives.
  • Facilitates the planning, implementation and follow-up of new business or cross-marketing opportunities.
Events, Sponsorships and Programs
  • Develop and work with BD and Marketing Specialists on in-house firm-sponsored seminars and receptions for clients and prospective clients across the Global Life Sciences Industry Group. Among other things, this includes:
  • Create and project manage critical dates and timeline;
  • Maintenance and expansion of the Global Life Sciences mailing list and leveraging the CRM system to connect lawyers, clients, and other contacts
Other Marketing and Profile-raising Activities
  • Recommends and facilitates the involvement of Firm lawyers in professional organizations that will enhance the visibility of the lawyers and the Firm in global and industry platforms.
  • In conjunction with the Senior Business Development Manager(s) and others, qualify and promote relevant Sidley client alerts, via the Sidley client alert process, that raise the profile of the industry group and promote thought leadership in the market.
  • Assists in the onboarding and integration of new and lateral partners.
  • Works on special projects as requested by the Senior Business Development and Marketing Managers and lawyers.
Qualifications



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email staffrecruiting@sidley.com (current employees should contact Human Resources).
Education and/or Experience:
Required:
  • At least five (5) years of experience in the legal arena and/or strategic planning, sales, market assessment or positioning in other professional services industries.
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college or university
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Working knowledge of customer relationship management and other databases such as InterAction, S&P CapitalIQ, and Thomson One Banker/ SDC Platinum
Preferred:
  • M.B.A. or J.D. a considerable plus
  • Experience within a law firm environment
  • Life Sciences background
Other Skills and Abilities:
The following will also be required of the successful candidate:
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good judgment
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • A self-starter who desires to show ownership and commitment to the job
  • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
  • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities
Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer



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