Research Analyst (Energy and Natural Resources + Infrastructure, Construction and Transport)


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Business Professionals


Munich, Germany



The role


This role is part of our central commercial research function at DLA Piper and can be based in any of our European offices. Led by the Head of Information and Research Services, our international team provides business research support to our offices across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.  The nature of the team's work is to provide value add commercial research services and products such as deep company profiles, sector reports and market models. 

This is an exciting position, as your work and your market expertise contribute to the firm’s deep understanding of our clients and the industries they are operating in, fueling the international success of DLA Piper. 

You will have significant autonomy to take personal responsibility and work under your own initiative to effectively deliver the research products and support needed.


You will work closely with the research and knowledge team colleagues as well as the sector leadership and other stakeholders in the firm to define and develop the research service portfolio that will have highest impact on the success of the firm. As part of your role you will:

  • Analyse global developments in the sector and in specific markets, monitor client and competitor activity and provide regular briefings (written and in webinars/seminars)
  • Collaborate with other commercial research analysts, e.g., on cross-sector topics such as artificial intelligence to create products and services which may be relevant outside of your core sector.
  • Support research queries requiring specialist sector knowledge
  • Provide research input and advice for strategic sector activities like client events, training, external publications, pitches and other business development initiatives
  • Take responsibility for establishing a knowledge base for your sector
  • Assist in evaluating information resources required to support the sector knowledge needs of the business
  • Develop and deliver training related to industry knowledge and research tools


Your experience and skill set includes:

  • About 2-4 years of experience of conducting research into one of these industries, ideally working within a professional services environment or similar fast-paced corporate environment 
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Familiarity with data visualisation tools like PowerBI would be beneficial
  • Excellent English language skills, both written and verbal; ideally working knowledge in a major European language
  • Experience of using major business informaton resources such as Orbis, MergerMarket and / or other major industry specific information resources. You will be generally proficient using the internet and finding publicly available information as well as the ability to conducting research in print resources

Strong research skills are vital for this role, which means you will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Think critically and analytically
  • Undertake research methodically
  • Summarise and abstract what you read and synthesise multiple types of information that you find.
  • Draw conclusions and provide insight, whilst identifying the foundation and assumptions to those conclusions
  • Package and present your research findings in a structured way

In addition, you will be someone who is:

  • Professional – You have a customer-focused attitude with a practical can-do mentality. You are commercially astute with a solution-oriented approach to work
  • Confident and resilient – You are able to handle competing priorities and expectations in a fast-paced environment whilst maintaining a calm and professional manner. You have strong probing, consultative listening skills coupled with the ability to negotiate and persuade
  • Self-starter – You take ownership of tasks, progressing them independently but seeking direction and advice as appropriate. You can work autonomously with minimal supervision and take ownership of responsibilities, taking the initiative to do what is needed and following through as appropriate
  • Quality-oriented – You apply a high level of attention to detail, have sound judgment and are willing to consistently make the extra effort if necessary to complete what is required to a high standard
  • An excellent communicator – You are able to communicate effectively and clearly, both in writing and verbally
  • A team player – You recognise the importance of the team. You build strong working relationships in both physical and virtual teams and are a reliable and flexible team member
  • Self-aware – You take responsibility for your own self-development to ensure your knowledge and skills enable you to conduct your role to reflect best practice. You will have the aptitude and enthusiasm to learn new skills and to continuously improve who you are and your way of working
  • Interested in international affairs and the impact of these on the business and legal environment – You have a general awareness of economic, financial and general business concepts and you are generally intellectually curious with an investigative mind

This list is not meant to be exhaustive and can be varied as required to develop the role.


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 know 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.