Senior Business Development Specialist

EC1R 0BJ, London (Greater)
£40,222 - £41,440 per annum
08 Jan 2019
22 Jan 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Do you have a passion for designing innovative development programmes to transform gender norms and realise women’s and girls’ rights? If so, you could be our new Senior Business Development Specialist.


ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty. Our dedicated local staff are ending violence against women and girls and helping change lives, for good. We won’t stop until women and girls are out of danger, out of poverty and on track to create the future they want.

ActionAid UK is looking for an experienced business development expert to lead the development of commercial tenders and complex grant proposals to fund the delivery of our ambitious new strategy, Together with Women and Girls. 

As a Senior Business Development Specialist, you will be a key member of the International Development Policy and Practice (IDPP) team, which includes business development, programme quality and assurance, and technical specialists. The team is responsible for the development, funding and management of institutionally-funded development programmes.

The Business Development team is a new dedicated sub-team within IDPP, responsible for designing and implementing the organisation’s new fundraising strategy and delivering ambitious income growth for ActionAid.

As a Senior Business Development Specialist, you will work alongside the Head of Business Development and other members of the Business Development team to build ActionAid’s profile across the sector with donors, partners and networks. You will design and lead donor and partner engagement strategies to position ActionAid strategically for funding opportunities.

You will be a champion for women’s and girls’ rights and an advocate for increased resources for progressive women’s and girls’ rights programmes and approaches.

You will be responsible for leading complex and high priority grant proposal and commercial contract opportunities, coordinating bid teams across London and in-country, to ensure the delivery of high quality, competitive and compliant proposals and tenders. You will play a key role in developing and nurturing ActionAid UK’s relationships with institutional donors, partner organisations and networks. You will also lead internal team projects such as developing donor-specific training materials; developing capacity-building plans with other federation members; and designing and supporting new team processes, procedures and systems.

To support the start-up of this new, dedicated Business Development team, we are looking for candidates who will bring creativity, innovation and proactivity, to secure new channels of funding, strengthen internal process and ways of working, and build the business development capacity across the organisation. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of developing high quality, successful proposals and commercial tenders of seven figures and above, preferably with DFID. You will have excellent project management skills, with the ability to lead and work collaboratively with virtual teams across multiple countries in high pressure environments in meeting tight deadlines.

You will also have a strong approach to mentoring and supporting the personal development of other members of the team to learn and grow.  We are particularly interested to hear from candidates with experience of developing or managing programmes focussed on violence against women and girls, women’s economic empowerment or adolescent girls.

ActionAid is committed to driving improvement through digital channels, tools and ways of working.  We will ensure that we provide the technology and the training to enable all staff to perform their roles to the best of their abilities. In return, we ask that all staff are committed to continually improving their digital skills and knowledge within the working environment. Our recruitment processes will evaluate the digital skills of all applicants. 

ActionAid is committed to supporting flexible working. If you would like to discuss flexible working options, including the possibility of a job share for this role, there will be space to do so during the interview process.

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