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Senior Partnerships Development Manager

Save the Children
Based in any UK office (Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London or Manchester)
£38,250 - £45,000 per annum
Closing date
11 Nov 2021

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Fundraising, Marketing, Corporate Fundraising
Children & Youth
Full Time
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Job Details

The job of a Save the Children’s UK Senior Partnerships Development Manager is exciting and fulfilling.

  • Do you have significant experience of securing ambitious, multi-dimensional corporate partnerships?
  • Can you demonstrate your ability to win partnerships of £500k or more?
  • Are you a strong relationship builder?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the Head New Business Partnerships, the Senior Partnerships Development Manager will be responsible for securing strategic, multi-year corporate partnerships that align with Save the Children’s organisational objectives and our 2030 ambition.

This role sits in our Partnerships and Philanthropy team and the Senior Partner Development Manger will be tasked with identifying and securing new partnerships to meet ambitious financial and non-financial, value- add targets.

The Senior Partnerships Development Manager will also collaborate with colleagues across our Programmes and Advocacy teams to develop innovative propositions for business that respond to their areas of interest and maximise their skills and expertise.

This is a great opportunity to work with a well-established team that is well known for leading corporate partnerships with many well-known brands.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The role holder will also support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.

Main Accountabilities

The Senior Partnerships Development Manager’s key duties will be to:  

  • Contribute to annual team target of over £4m
  • In addition to funding, identify and secure additional non-financial value that partners can bring to Save the Children
  • Develop and implement ambitious sector strategies and produce tailored new partnership propositions that align to corporate challenges and opportunities
  • Take personal responsibility and accountability for proactively generating leads, building networks, making contacts and bringing in new partnerships
  • Demonstrate emphasis on external facing activity, meeting and engaging prospective partners and seeking and attending external events as an opportunity to generate leads
  • Work cross-organisationally, identify when to engage experts across Programmes and Advocacy and senior staff in approaches and engagement
  • Produce and deliver high quality, creative bespoke proposals
  • Take a proactive role in feeding into the partnership development strategy, generating ideas, bringing external insight and taking a role in agreed areas of delivery
  • Play a supportive role in developing a high performing new business culture, including mentoring peers, maintaining process and high standards, identifying opportunities for increased impact across Partnerships & Philanthropy and other departments within Save the Children
  • Ensure Save the Children’s aims and objectives are met, legal and other guidelines adhered to and that new strategic partnerships align with Save the Children’s principles

Person Profile


  • Significant experience of securing ambitious, multi-dimensional corporate partnerships in the private or third sector
  • Demonstrable experience of the approach needed to win partnerships of £500k and above
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to include face-to-face and on the phone, effective proposal writing and correspondence to internal and external audiences


  • Ability to think creatively and to develop tailor made proposals to meet corporate and Save the Children objectives
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and manage a varied workload in a pressured environment
  • Ability to build relationships and influence others internally and externally
  • Ability to think strategically, influence and bring others on a journey to inspire and deliver new partnerships


  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.


We're the world's independent children's charity. We're outraged that millions of children are still denied proper healthcare, food, education and protection. We're working flat out to get every child their rights and we're determined to make further, faster changes. How many? How fast? It's up to you.

We're working flat-out to right the fundamental wrongs that affect children.

Too many children are still dying because they haven't got enough food or because they can't get treatment for simple illnesses. Millions aren't getting an education and are being exploited and abused. This is not good enough.

We're changing this, partly by working directly with children, and partly by using our experience and influence to persuade governments and others who are responsible for children to do the right thing by them.

We seek out the most marginalised children, wherever they are in the world, so that means we work in a really broad range of countries, from fragile states like Afghanistan, to developed countries like here in the UK. We work closely with our colleagues in the International Save the Children Alliance, both in our programmes with children and in our international campaigns and advocacy work.

We have high ambitions for what's achievable for children - we aim to inspire dramatic change for children and to involve them in creating that change. We'd like you to get involved too.

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