Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Requisition Number: Assistant Manager, Business Development-10-2018-001
Job Title: Assistant Manager, Business Development
City: New York
State: NY
Shift: Monday-Friday; 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Hours: 35

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Established in 1884, the Firm currently has more than 850 lawyers. On a world-wide basis, the Firm provides coordinated legal advice on the largest and most complex corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.

Assistant Manager, Business Development

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Description/Job Summary

The Assistant Manager, Business Development is responsible for working with Business Development Directors to support strategic plans and objectives for selected practice groups, client/industry groups, and Partners. This role assists in managing relationships and serves as a resource assisting with related communications, administration, research and reporting, marketing communications, coordination of projects, and leads implementation efforts of strategic plans to ensure successful growth and consistency regarding the Firm’s key business initiatives.


  • Collaborate with the Business Development team, Partners, and select practice and industry groups in implementing business development strategies and action plans
  • Support Business Development Operations with presentation development, pitches and responses to RFPs for new business
  • Provide competitive intelligence reports and analysis of and related to clients and potential clients
  • Work with Business Development team members and partners to prepare and maintain up-to-date practice descriptions, capability statements, engagement lists and other business development materials
  • Prepare marketing materials; assist Attorney’s with market research, copywriting, editing of materials
  • Assist in managing and maintaining the Firm's engagement database and maintain deals and case experience across other channels
  • Manage and oversee practice and client events, independently or collaboratively, including strategically developing agendas and panels with partners, working with speakers and implementing/overseeing logistics
  • Coordinate the development, maintenance and production of marketing brochures, experience lists, and other materials promoting the Firm’s  practices and  Partners both in print and on the Firm’s website
  • Prepare directory submissions, award submissions, and survey responses for various legal and business directories and publications
  • Assist Partners and other firm administrative departments in the preparation of internal presentations and varied practice management duties
  • Work with the Director and the Firm’s public relations resources to support public relations efforts including key corporate events, such as speaking engagements, business association networking, writing opportunities, and media events
  • Assist Senior Team members to coordinate, support and maintain Business Development Operations and systems including the Firm’s databases, website and related applications
  • Assist with projects and initiatives and perform other duties as assigned by the Chief of Global Business Development
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills

  • Minimum 2 to 4 years of demonstrated experience in either practicing law and/or marketing in a law firm environment managing teams and complex projects
  • Experience cultivating and managing client relationships
  • Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment
  • Ability to effectively present information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment working with Partners, multiple seniority levels and departments
  • Ability to interact well and build professional relationships while maintaining a high level of customer service, diplomacy and discretion
  • Ability to proactively identify and analyze problems, develop solutions and deliver results
  • Proficiency in MS Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong project management and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to prioritize and balance competing demands and meet deadlines in a fast-paced professional environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Flexibility to adapt to all work situations and work varied hours
  • Ability to make decisions and remain calm under pressure

Preferred Skills

  • 3 to 6 years working at a peer level firm preferred
  • Experience working on an industry focused business development initiative is a plus

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required preferably in marketing, communications, English or liberal arts

Preferred Qualifications

  • J.D. preferred
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