Director of Business Development and Engagement

Cambourne, Cambridgeshire with travel across Beds, Cambs, Northants and occasionally London
Circa £45,000 depending on experience
27 Feb 2018
27 Mar 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

Director of Business Development and Engagement
Salary: c. £45,000 depending on experience
Location: Cambourne, Cambs CB23 

Regular travel around Beds, Cambs, Northants and occasionally to London and elsewhere.
Hours: 37.5 per week with some flexibility and unsocial hours for which time off in lieu may be taken.
Part time working will be considered for the right candidate.
Contract: Permanent,
6 month probationary period with review at 3 months

Our client is among the largest of 47 Wildlife Trusts across Britain. Covering a large part of central England, population 2 million, they are the only charity caring for the whole range of wildlife habitats and species in the area.  They currently manage 126 nature reserves covering over 4000 hectares.  They have pioneered the partnership of wildlife and development: with house-builders, retail and logistics organisations, creating important new nature reserves funded by developers.  Their nature reserves also have potential for income generation, from payment for ecosystem services such as flood relief and carbon storage,   or potential from wood products, hay and grazing.  As an organisation they have staff skilled in land management, livestock, ecological survey and monitoring, in community consultation and teaching at every level from pre-school to postgraduate.

The Director of Business Development and Engagement reports to the Chief Executive and is a member of the Executive Board.  They are looking for a resourceful, creative individual with a calm, confident and pragmatic approach coupled with a determination to succeed.

The successful candidate will

  • Have strategic and operational responsibility for growing the charity’s income through partnerships with developers and other businesses.
  • Lead negotiations over provision of land management and advice.
  • Grow income from nature reserves
  • Maintain and enhance the charity’s outreach and public engagement, both face-to-face and via digital, print and broadcast media.
  • Directly line manage the Head of Communities and Wildlife and the Communications Manager, and lead a team of c. 15 staff.

Essential skills and aptitudes

  • Degree or equivalent qualification or experience
  • Experience of managing a diverse team of staff, and in preparing, managing and monitoring budgets
  • Understanding of principles of ecology and habitat management, and a knowledge of UK habitats
  • Ability to motivate and manage staff
  • Ability to build partnerships and inspire confidence in partners
  • Strong strategic planning, project management, financial and organisational skills
  • A keen interest and commitment to wildlife conservation and environmental issues.

On offer, to the right person is a great package, a supportive and friendly working environment, a truly remarkable cause and the chance to be part of a dedicated and professional executive board and leadership team, committed to making a real difference.

  • 28 days annual leave pro rata (3 of which are non pro rata  and are fixed and must be taken between 25 December and 1 January)
  • 8 Bank Holidays per annum (pro rata for part time staff and those working less than a year)
  • Contributory pension. The company contributes 5% salary.  The scheme can be joined on successful completion of probationary period.


To find out more information and apply for this position, please click the apply button. You will be taken to a simple CHM Recruit form and then redirected to the employer’s website.

Closing Date for applications: Tuesday 27 March 2018 at 17.00
Interviews are likely to be in week beginning 9 April 2018

Our client values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

No agencies please.

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