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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.

We recognise that the office 9-5 isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Flexible by Choice’. Whether it’s working from home, in our offices, or a combination of the both, we trust each other to support our clients, colleagues and communities at the right time, in the right way.

Our Team

Reporting into the Affluent, Wealth and Business Owners audience Head of Business Development, you will be responsible for developing the strategy, planning and managing business development activity and pipeline to support business growth and ensure outcomes are delivered to achieve business and strategic goals.

As part of the Commercial Growth Team, your role will support and be responsible in both acquiring and nurturing growth from new and existing clients.

What You’ll Be Doing
  • Responsibility, leadership and implementation of business development plans with the strategic aim of maximising profitable revenue, building new business pipelines from the audience and driving more services to existing clients to build lifetime value.
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues from across the business and with other Business Development Managers to identify, drive and maximise opportunities in each audience, sector and market across the Group.
  • Time dedicated in market and active in networks – identifying opportunities, attending meetings to win new clients, develop new relationships/partnerships that support strategic growth.
  • Have an excellent understanding of the Group’s legal and financial services and products and be able to advise others about them and promote/sell the Group services to external clients and contacts.
  • Responsible and accountable for forecasting business development budget spend aligned with the audience, ensuring that forecasting is accurate, up to date backed with strong and sound commercial decisions.
  • Responsible for assigned key accounts to support growth, with action plans to achieve appropriate objectives, research and knowledge sharing across the firm, attending internal and external meetings, coaching and monitoring ROI.
  • Preparing business cases and proposals to support opportunities that drive growth.
  • Conducting and chairing integrated sales and business development meetings for sectors/markets.
  • Working with Bids and Acquisitions Team, provide direction, advise on strategy, anticipating future trends in bid/tender opportunities.
  • Developing presentations and proposal documents and accompany partners on new business pitches where appropriate in conjunction with in the Bids and Acquisitions Team.
  • Analysing, interpreting and capitalising on market reports, trends and data.
  • To be the expert voice and representation of the client to ensure our approach is relevant.
  • Utilising reporting systems and data insights for ROI to include tracking and monitoring of activity: lead times, conversion ratios, client feedback, services purchased to inform sound commercial decisions and business development strategies.
  • Work alongside our Responsible Business Team to bring the Responsible Business strategy to life through business development identifying new opportunities to win new clients or partnerships and using it to help build relationships with existing clients and contacts.
What We’re Looking For
  • Extensive experience of working in a business development or sales and marketing role within professional services.
  • Experience or knowledge of the financial planning market.
  • Experience and ability to be proactive and engaged in external market, developing relationships with clients, contacts or intermediaries.
  • Strategic and budget/financial planning.
  • Strong team ethos; always keen to help and make a positive contribution to team deliverables, support and culture.
  • Drive and tenacity; enjoys a challenge, proven ability to adapt and remove obstacles to achieve results, determination and optimism.
  • Can interpret and make good use of data to make sound decisions. Encourages others to do so.
  • Is hugely flexible, collaborative and creative. Thrives on change, challenges the status quo and constantly looks for new opportunities to do things better.
  • An articulate communicator, who adapts style to meet the differing needs of the audience.
  • Ability to build and manage positive relationships both internally and externally.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • CIM qualification or a Degree based in Marketing or Business would be desirable.
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. 

We welcome applications from all diversity groups and backgrounds. We’re committed to enabling everyone to thrive and understanding and celebrating our differences is a key part of that. We’re proud of our work on the Disability Confident scheme, on the Race At Work Charter and as Stonewall Diversity Champions. We also have a range of networks for LGBT+, disability, generations, gender, social mobility, ethnicity, faith and culture to celebrate our people and to enable everyone to thrive.

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.