Business Development Advisor

Marketing & Business Development

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Marketing & Business Development


Business Professionals


Amsterdam, Netherlands



The role

DLA Piper is a global law firm, recognized for our innovation and entrepreneurialism. Our diversity and reach; operating in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific, mean we are uniquely positioned to support our clients wherever they operate, whilst supporting our local communities and providing our people with rewarding global career opportunities.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering  practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


Our growth ambition resulted in a requirement for a Business Development Advisor. We are looking for a professional with the ability to contribute, coach and support the team in realizing our team and firm’s ambitions.

You will work across international business services teams and advise the various practice groups and sectors; providing them with knowledge, resources and tools that will help them deliver exceptional service to our clients. Further, you will work alongside the colleagues in the MBD team in which your will have a senior role to drive our positioning, marketing and business goals forward.

The Marketing & Business Development team consists of eight colleagues that deliver a broad range of key marketing, communications and business development services for the Amsterdam office, designed to grow the firm’s market positioning, revenue and profitability. In our team, we work closely  with the lawyers, notaries and tax advisors to explore new business opportunities and market DLA Piper and its individuals, externally. The working environment is dynamic and fast paced so no two days are the same.

In the role of (Senior) Business Development Advisor you have a key role which enables you to build a network and work with many international practice groups, our international Marketing & Business Development colleagues and other business services teams such as Finance, Human Resources and Service Delivery & Quality. You will join an enthusiastic and experienced team that has a great spirit to bring their support to the next level.


  • Responsible for business development (key/priority) client and sector related go-to-market initiatives – this includes account management, developing, driving and facilitating key client  and sector initiatives, internal and external evaluations, campaigns and pitches that are directly related to the development and dynamics of practice groups and sectors
  • Manage go-to-market campaigns relates to ESG, Sector initiatives and other offerings
  • Drive pitches for (your) key/priority clients in cooperation with our pitch experts
  • Lead our local key/priority client development program and support the Directories programme in order to ensure continuity in our support; and
  • Educate the business on how to intensify their account management activities on relationship building and opportunity management.


  • Able to work within a matrixed organization – balancing the needs of the client against firm initiatives and goals
  • Able to collaborate across multi-disciplinary areas, including senior stakeholders across DLA Piper at national and international levels
  • Coaching the MBD assistant, Pitch Coordinator and working student
  • Ability to flex your style and versatility according to EQ is key
  • Passionate about collaboration, team work and sharing best practices; and
  • Ability to operate calmly under pressure and manage competing priorities

Who are you 

  • HBO or University degree, preferably in business, communications, law or commerce
  • Minimum of 3 years working experience in this field of expertise
  • Experience with account management, project management and pitching
  • Strong organization skills and ability to distinguish between urgent and important tasks
  • Eye for detail, pragmatic and good analytical skills; and
  • Excellent people management, verbal and written communication skills (fluent in English)

What we offer

We offer a competitive remuneration package and recognition for the value you bring to our team and business:

  • Support, coaching and feedback from really great colleagues
  • A pleasant and inspiring work environment
  • An informal working atmosphere with an open door policy
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you
  • 28 vacation days; and
  • A financial contribution to your fitness subscription via Bedrijfsfitness Nederland


Do you recognize yourself in this profile? Apply via our website. If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact our Recruiter Jordi Spijker via jordi.spijker@dlapiper or +31(0) 6 – 22 650 834.


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations


At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.


We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.