Careers/Business Services/Opportunities Opportunities Freshfields Business Services Freshfields offers more – be curious and experience with your own eyes what challenging opportunities Freshfields offers in addition to its legal positions. Careers/Business Services/Opportunities Join the Freshfields team! The different areas of our Business Services support the advice we give to our clients and ensure the smooth running of the internal processes. As business support staff, you are often the business card of the office. Our talented and dedicated business support staff ensures that we, as a firm, can offer our clients an excellent service. In Amsterdam we have so-called business services teams, such as Assistants, Business Development, Communication, Events, Finance, General Services, Human Resources, IT, Library&Information Service, Marketing or Office Management. Discover our individual departments, whose expertise makes an important contribution to the success of our office – be part of it! Testimonials Zoë Swenson HR Executive Zoë Swenson HR Executive Human Resources The most enjoyable question I’ve ever had when interviewing a candidate is: What are you most proud of at Freshfields? A good, but not really a very difficult question! Namely, that in all the positions I’ve held at Freshfields I’ve always had the confidence of colleagues. Officially, I’ve already held 5 positions within 3.5 years. In addition to my Master’s degree in Law, I started as a receptionist, in the summer I moved on to the position of Float Assistant. As a Float Assistant I worked in almost all departments, but in the GT – Finance department I got a job as a Personal Assistant. Because I had already worked s a Float Assestent in that department and my master went smoothly, I immediately applied for that position. During the year as a personal assistant, I learned a lot about the office and the different processes around clients, business and both internal and external procedures. I also used this year as a PA to orientate myself on what I wanted to do after obtaining my master’s degree, as I had discovered during a previous internship that the profession of lawyer is not my cup of tea. Luckily, I’ve found my passion, HR and within a very familiar environment – just within Freshfields! First as HR Officer and now as HR Executive. In this role I’m not only responsible for the administration of inflow, outflow and throughput, I’m also responsible for the business support staff from an HR perspective. I also actively support colleagues when they are absent. Preferably I also take on fun other projects such as a business deal with a local gym or a new profile photo project. In short, many opportunities within an excellent, and not too serious environment! Rob Vlietstra IT Project Manager Rob Vlietstra IT Project Manager Information Technology I started at Freshfields in 2002 and still enjoy going to work every day. As a large international law firm, clients expect the very best quality. This is something that can be felt in all layers of the company. Also within support. In the IT department it’s our job to make sure that everyone can do his or her job without too much delay and with the latest technology available. A landscape that is different every year and which has to meet high security requirements. That is the strength of Freshfields, a company in an authentic sector that has to grow with the changes of the new world. As part of this company you get all the opportunities to get the best out of yourself. Growth and development of the person are very important and are a great motivation to actually want to get the best out of yourself. The motto is excellent, but not too serious. This comes back every day when you walk around the office. Informal, interest in people, but the expectation that what you do is of the highest quality. This ensures Freshfields’ good reputation as a law firm, but also as an excellent employer. Sarodjani Raghoe Personal Assistant Sarodjani Raghoe Personal Assistant Global Transactions About 4 years ago I started at Freshfields as a Float-Assistant. After just one month I was asked if I wanted to fill a permanent position as a Personal Assistant in the Global Transactions – Corporate department. When I started as a float, I naturally had the intention to eventually become a permanent Personal Assistant with my own team of associates. I couldn’t have foreseen that it would happen so quickly. Despite the fact that I really enjoyed working as a Float Assistant, I was immediately very enthusiastic, because as a Personal Assistant in a permanent department, you have more tasks and responsibilities. No two days are the same at Freshfields. And that’s why I still enjoy coming to work to this day. In the beginning I often got the question: “Don’t you mind having to travel to the office for an hour?”. My answer is still, “No, because the work I do, I do with pleasure.” That’s partly because I work for a nice team. In addition to my administrative work, such as printing/scanning, working out documents, etc., I try to support my team as much as possible by learning more about the things they are working on. This allows me to proactively think along with them and take work off their hands. If that is not enough, I also work for Amsterdam Travel with two other colleagues. Working for Amsterdam Travel is also diverse; on the one hand I book and change flight and train tickets and on the other hand I keep the administration there of up to date. In short, over the past 4 years I have been able to learn a lot at Freshfields. Also in the future I would like to learn more. This is not all, besides working hard there is also time for relaxation. Various events are organised for this purpose, such as the Friday afternoon drinks in our own office bar, the Assistant outing and the annual Christmas party. All this contributes to our motto: “excellent, and not too serious”. CAREERS/BUSINESS SERVICES/OPPORTUNITIES Business Services departments Assistants Assistants An indispensable position in our office are our Assistants. They form the interface in the cooperation between clients and our lawyers. As an Assistant, you provide impeccable secretarial and administrative support to a team of associates. From correspondence on an international level, coordinating deadlines and appointments to planning and following up meetings and business trips – with their expertise they provide a smooth service to our clients and lawyers every day. Business Development Business Development Our Business Development department plays an important role in the acquisition of new clients and the development of existing client relationships. This team is largely responsible for the strategic development of our firm. From the continuous observation of the market and the realisation of appropriate marketing activities, professional relationship management to the development of strategic initiatives – our employees provide all the necessary tools for the optimal positioning of the firm. Our specialists in the field of PR/Communication, Events & Marketing contribute to the optimal positioning of our office in the market. They take care of our communication professionally, organise internal and external events and are responsible for our website and our presence on the social media. Finance Finance The employees of our finance team are an important part of the company and contribute to our success. Together with the regional management, they plan and control the office budget and ensure that all business transactions are correctly mapped in our systems. The Accounting and Financial Business Partnering departments are responsible for classic accounting and procurement tasks, but above all for invoicing our services to our clients. General Services General Services Our employees in the field of administration, facility management, reception & congresses, print services and our mailroom ensure that both our clients and our employees are assured of a professional service and an equally professional working environment on a daily basis. Human Resources Human Resources In the field of human resources, our colleagues ensure that the entire life cycle of the employees is professionally monitored and shaped, from the search for suitable employees, to personal guidance for the individual’s development and appropriate further training measures. They are therefore not only sparring partners for the individual line managers, but also contact persons for our colleagues. IT IT Our IT specialists provide the necessary infrastructure for our office. System maintenance and development are important core tasks, as are hardware support and the ongoing development of our IT strategy. Thus, our experts in this field ensure the smooth technical operation of our IT systems. Library & Information Service Library & Information Service Our Library & Information Service team ensures that all office staff receive all the information and resources they need to perform their tasks successfully. On a daily basis, they ensure that our local library is developed into a competence centre for information transfer and literature provision with a modern media mix. The team supports mandate work and the acquisition of mandates with valid literature, information and press research. How to become a part of the team? What requirements do I have to meet to apply for an open position at Freshfields? + Each vacancy describes what is required for the position in question. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us and of course also if you have any questions. How can I submit an application and which documents do I need to attach? + Apply via the website or send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org Your complete application documents must contain the following: – a personal cover letter – your CV What happens to my application after it has been submitted? + After receiving your documents, we will contact you as soon as possible. Tips for my job interview! + Your application was successful and you received an invitation for a personal interview with us. Be well prepared; Know what Freshfields does, what we stand for, what we think is important. Convince us that YOU are exactly the right candidate for a position at Freshfields! Dare to ask questions! And don’t forget to take enough time so you can arrive at the office stress-free on the agreed date and time. But most importantly: don’t be too nervous and just stay authentic in your conversation with us! “Excellent, and not too serious” What happens to my data? + The data will be stored and processed for the duration of the application process in accordance with the legal requirements for data protection in accordance with the GDPR laws and regulations.