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Partnerships Officer

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20 May 2024

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Business Development & Commercial
Children & Youth
Full Time
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We are a not-for-profit organisation committed to increasing the diversity and numbers of young people entering engineering and technology to meet the future workforce needs, as well as promoting roles that help us work towards net zero and drive environmental sustainability.

This is a great role for someone who enjoys variety in their role, enjoys engaging with lots of different stakeholders, and who can think creatively about the relationships we seek to forge. Experience of working in STEM or in similar roles is not vital, but a proactive approach and interest in the work we do is important.

About EngineeringUK

Our purpose is to drive change so more young people choose engineering and technology careers.

Our vision is that the UK has the workforce needed for engineering and technology to thrive, to improve sustainability and to achieve net zero.

Our mission is to enable more young people from all backgrounds to be informed, inspired and progress into engineering and technology.

In the UK, we don’t have enough engineers and demand is going up. So, we need more young people to realise there could be a future for them in engineering and technology. To really thrive, we need a stronger, more diverse and representative workforce and for that we have to do things differently to make engineering more appealing.

We are a not-for-profit working with hundreds of organisations across business, education, professional institutions and the third sector so we can all grow the future talent pool together. We drive that collective effort through research and evidence, leadership, activities for schools and advocacy, with a focus on long-term sustainability.

We guided by a series of values that we apply to all our activity:

  • We are inclusive and care about diversity. We understand that we have different needs and create opportunities for everyone's voice to be heard
  • We are collaborative. We listen, share and work in partnership to achieve our vision
  • We are curious and keen to learn.
  • We challenge ourselves and others to innovate and experiment
  • We are insightful. We evaluate what we do and draw on research to make decisions and to improve our collective understanding
  • We are driven by a strong sense of purpose. We are determined to make an impact and achieve our goals

About the role

The Partnerships Officer role will be part of the Business & Industry team (11 people), who have responsibility for all funding and industry relationships across EngineeringUK. The team works strategically with stakeholders across the engineering, technology and education sectors, to support our mission to increase the number and diversity of young people choosing engineering and technology careers.

As part of the New Partnerships team (3 people), you will be helping to identify and secure new relationships with industry, to support delivery of all four areas of our organisational strategy: research and evidence, collective action, activities for schools, and advocacy.

This will primarily focus on securing support for our work to engage young people through:

  • The Big Bang programme which comprises The Big Bang Fair, the UK’s largest STEM Careers Fair; the Big Bang at School, smaller Fairs within schools; and The Big Bang Competition
  • Energy Quest and Climate Schools Programme, which are programmes to engage young people within the school environment.

As well as seeking to increase the number of corporate members we have, to support our mission and increase collaboration across industry.

We believe that hybrid working has many benefits and are pleased to offer flexible working with a minimum of 2 days (or 40%) a week in the office and the option for a flexible start and end to the working day in our vibrant central London office overlooking the Thames. Further details on our flexible working practices can be discussed at interview or you can reach out to a member of our HR team.

Further details of the role can be found in the job description and person specification.

Person specification

Essential Skills / Competencies

  • Experience conducting research independently and being able to synthesise key information.
  • Project delivery experience, including carefully following procedures but able to use initiative when needed and consider the impact of their work and decisions.
  • Excellent attention to detail and well organised.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Team player and experience of building and managing relationships with colleagues and/or external partners.
  • Good time management, with flexibility to respond positively to changes in work schedule. Ability to work independently and prioritise own tasks and time, while also working across multiple projects
  • Confidence securing introductions to new people and organisations in-person, virtually, and through written correspondence.
  • Strong record keeping, with experience of using a CRM for maintaining records and reporting.
  • Commitment to our mission and values, you will be able to engage with our values and work in a way that supports our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Desirable skills/competencies (non-essential)

  • An understanding of education and/or STEM.
  • Relationship management and/or new business experience.
  • Events management experience.
  • Formal education qualifications are not required, but evidence of continuing professional development is very welcome

EngineeringUK is committed to being an inclusive workplace, where everyone feels they belong. This is supported by the dedicated work we are doing to ensure our polices and practices are inclusive and that our staff are trained to be able to fulfil this commitment.

We value the benefits of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and experiences.  Our recruitment process is designed to be as accessible and inclusive as possible and to ensure people are individually assessed regardless of their backgrounds or characteristics. We are an equal opportunities employer and are open to flexible working, including job share.

Applying for this role


If you would like to request to submit your application in an alternative format to support accessibility, please let us know.  

The deadline for applications is 9am on the 20th May.


Applications will be assessed against the requirements for the post as set out in the Role Profile and Person Specification.

We are a Disability Confident committed employer. We guarantee an interview to any disabled people who meet the minimum requirements of the role. Additionally, if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to make this process easier for you then we are happy to do so. Just complete the relevant sections of the online application form. 

We aim to notify candidates who have been shortlisted on 21st May. If you have not heard from us after this date, please assume that you have not been successful.

First interviews will be held  on the 28th May.

What can we offer you?

  • Competitive salary
  • 28 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), in addition we normally close for the Christmas week
  • Competitive pension (10% employer contribution)
  • Annual bonus opportunity
  • Flexible working
  • A vibrant office with terrace overlooking the Thames embankment and Tower Bridge
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life Insurance (4 x salary)
  • Long term illness/incapacity insurance cover (permanent health insurance or PHI)
  • Annual private health check for all employees over 40 once they have completed their probationary period and to employees over 35 after 3 years’ service
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Yearly flu vaccination


We drive change so more young people choose engineering and technology careers.

There aren't enough people working in engineering and technology and demand is going up. So, we need more young people to realise there could be a future for them in those careers. Many of them don't understand what the opportunities are and the different ways to get into them. We want to change that. We need a stronger, more representative workforce for engineering and technology to thrive and we have to things differently to make those careers more attractive. We want more young people to see engineering and technology could offer them a varied and rewarding career.

We are a not-for-profit working with hundreds of organisations so we can all grow the future talent pool together. We need more people and more diversity and we all have a part to play in achieving that.

We can't afford not to work together. At EngineeringUK, we drive that collective effort through research and evidence, leadership, activities for schools and advocacy, with a focus on long-term sustainability. All our work is delivered in line with our values.

Our vision is that the UK has the diverse workforce needed for engineering and technology to thrive and to drive economic prosperity, improve sustainability and achieve net zero.

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