Business Development Manager - ESG


Liverpool, GB

Department or practice area:  Business Development

Taylor Wessing


Taylor Wessing is a global law firm that serves the world's most innovative people and businesses. Deeply embedded within our sectors, we work closely together with our clients to crack complex problems, enabling ideas and aspirations to thrive. Together we challenge expectation and create extraordinary results. By shaping the conversation in our sectors, we enable our clients to unlock growth, protect innovation and accelerate ambition. 


With 1000+ lawyers, 300+ partners, 29 offices and 17 jurisdictions we are looking to expand our Business Development  team, with the addition of a Business Development Manager - ESG.


The opportunity for you


Taylor Wessing has put sustainability, diversity, inclusion and the core principles of ESG at the heart of its business.

Our ambition is to be a leading law firm that thrives commercially as a result of acting responsibly and advising clients on sustainability matters.

We are seeking to recruit a BD Manager to drive forward our ESG programme and continue the drive to support our clients in this area. This BD Manager will be focused on taking the ESG programme to the next level, working on a range of sector and firmwide initiatives.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an established BD Manager who is passionate about ESG and wants to add real value to a firm and tangibly client awareness and profitable mandates in this area.

The successful candidate will work alongside our ESG team and Responsible Business Board to lead the delivery of our ESG BD strategy and raise the profile of our ESG capabilities internally and externally.

Key responsibilities


  • Lead the implementation of the ESG BD strategy.
  • Work across the firm to communicate and confirm ESG priorities and coordinate BD strategies targeting the work we want to win.
  • Pursue profitable and sustainable revenue growth from clients and sectors that are aligned with own sustainability goals and net zero commitments.
  • Develop and foster relationships with key and growth clients and intermediaries active within ESG.
  • Support new client acquisition initiatives; identifying key sustainability issues, key target clients and routes to market.
  • Lead our ESG client listening programme to further understand our clients net zero goals and wider ESG agenda.
  • Work with partners to respond to client and profile-raising opportunities supporting our ESG goals.
  • Create external marketing collateral and content enabling the firm to confidently pursue and win ESG instructions and develop ESG partnerships.
  • Support the pitch process and client meetings from an ESG perspective.
  • Manage external relationships with industry bodies in support of our ESG strategy.
  • Oversee our ESG-related events, communications and content marketing being delivered across the Responsible Business programme (eg Annual Responsible Business Report).
  • Target ESG directories and awards to achieve third party recognition for our market leading team.
  • Work in collaboration with colleagues across our international business to pursue a unified approach to ESG.
  • Build and grow the profile of our ESG capabilities internally.


Knowledge, skills and experience


The successful candidate for this BD Manager will need:


  • Strong BD & Marketing experience in a legal, professional services or financial services environment.
  • Experience of, and a passion for working in the ESG arena.
  • The ability to take initiative, deliver results and positive outcomes.
  • Track record of building collaborative working relationships at all levels.
  • Experience of building or developing a practice or sector from infancy to a tangible offering.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A strong commercial mindset.
  • Ambition, drive, likeability and a strong work ethic.




Here are a select few benefits that Taylor Wessing offer; 


  • Hybrid working (Offering the opportunity to work remotely, while maintaining a social boundary by working from our award-winning offices for 3 days a week) 
  • Holiday (Our basic annual holiday entitlement starts at 25 days, with a further discretionary day of paid leave in December. You may also purchase up to five extra days each year (pro rata). 
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity leave (After one-year service, you are entitled to up to 26 weeks leave full pay if you or your partner give birth or adopt a child). 


Along with these there are many more benefits we offer, with the addition of a comprehensive flexible benefits package available. 


Our culture


Nurturing a diverse, inclusive culture allows all of our talent to flourish, sparks creativity and powers innovation.  We continue to build a team that exemplifies inclusivity and reflects the firm's core values: creative, excellence, integrity, responsible, respect and team.  We value and celebrate the differences in who we are, what we have experienced and how we think, so all candidates will be treated fairly regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender identity, marital status, neurodiversity, pregnancy, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background.


The way we work


At Taylor Wessing, we never settle for average. We're creative thinkers, problem solvers and continuous learners who excel at what we do and believe our best work is still ahead of us. We are a firm that's large enough for you to achieve your ambitions, but connected enough to be a true community.  


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