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Bermondsey, Greater London
M3, Manchester
Manchester, Greater Manchester
SE1, London
£27,500 - £33,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
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Job description

upReach is an award-winning social mobility charity supporting less-advantaged undergraduates to secure top jobs. We deliver a comprehensive programme of professional development, in partnership with leading employers and universities. upReach works to address the progression gap, supporting students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to secure graduate jobs after university, aiming to reach its vision of a society in which everyone has the opportunity to reach their full career potential, regardless of social background.

upReach is seeking to hire two new Partnerships Managers, who will support the execution of our Corporate Partnerships strategy and the delivery of sustainable income growth from new and existing partners. One role will focus on growing partnerships within the Technology industry and the other on partnerships within the Investment and Savings industry.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a diverse team of individuals who are passionate about improving social mobility. The successful candidates will demonstrate previous experience of building and managing partnerships.

Key Information 

  • Role: Partnership Manager
  • Location: London (near London Bridge) or Manchester - initially on a remote basis
  • Hours: Full-time 40 hours per week, 9am - 6pm
  • Start date: April 2021 - ideally within four weeks from offer
  • Duration: Permanent
  • Salary: £27,500 to £33,000 per annum, including London weighting if based in London
  • Application deadline: 9am on Monday 22nd March Early applications are encouraged, and we may appoint before the deadline

About upReach

Do you think that your socio-economic background should determine your career prospects? upReach’s vision is of a society in which everybody has an equal opportunity to realise their full career potential. We help young people from less-advantaged backgrounds achieve their career potential by providing an intensive programme of support that addresses socio-economic barriers to graduate employment.

Our work is important because right now those from comprehensive schools are 17 times less likely than those from selective schools to secure graduate roles at some top employers. We are an award-winning charity employer working to address this issue in partnership with employers and universities.

In October 2019, upReach won the​ Charity of the Year​ Award (income < £1m) in the prestigious Charity Times Awards, and in May 2020, upReach was announced as the winner of the “Embracing Digital” Charity Governance Award.​ Building on this success, upReach’s current partners include Bank of America, the Civil Service Fast Stream, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company and Slaughter and May. We also partner with universities including Exeter, King’s College London, Liverpool, Warwick and Manchester.

This academic year, over 2000 undergraduates (we call them upReach Associates) are being supported through our unique programme of application support, soft skills workshops, video forums (small group, online seminar-style sessions), mentoring and professional experience. We aim to support 2,500 per year by 2022, while maintaining our personalised approach and expanding the support offered.

upReach is a dynamic place to work. We have invested in class-leading technology to facilitate, deliver and evaluate our programmes. The upReach Graduate Employability Framework (GEF), against which all of our activities are mapped, enables students to understand their employability and plan their learning. We built getEmployable​ to provide all students with a means to measure their employability using the GEF.

Our contextualised grade model, ​REALrating​, is used to better understand academic potential rather than relying on grades alone. We host the ​Student Social Mobility Awards​ held annually at the House of Lords, celebrating outstanding student success, and providing role models which we showcase with our ​aspire​ videos and guide sent to 2,500 state sixth forms.

We are constantly looking to identify new opportunities to have greater impact through growing our existing platforms and exploring new concepts. Our most recent idea, the​ Social Mobility Network​ was launched in January 2021.

To find out more about upReach, visit our ​website​ and read our ​Annual Report.

Core Responsibilities

Growing the number and value of corporate partnerships:

  • Create new partnerships in either the Technology industry or in the Investments and Saving industry, implementing our strategy to grow our impact in these areas.
  • Research and develop a pipeline of corporate partners ​to expand the opportunities available for Associates.
  • Support growth in our strategically important partnership areas.
  • Identify gaps in the market and develop ideas for new sectors, partners and types of partnership.
  • Prepare and deliver compelling and evidence-based pitches and presentations.
  • Maintain the organisation’s presence in the social mobility sector through thought leadership articles, webinars, newsletters and networking at relevant events.

Managing and developing existing partnerships:

  • Take on management for some of upReach’s portfolio of existing partners, stewarding relationships to ensure the partnerships remain strong and mutually beneficial.
  • Further develop existing partnerships and identify new opportunities to deliver greater and more diverse income.
  • Ensuring all outputs are delivered effectively and on time, in collaboration with the Delivery & Sector Managers and Programme Leaders.
  • Execute our partner communication strategy to ensure partners are kept up to date with upReach news and events.
  • Collaborate with the other Managers and Programme Leaders to ensure the smooth running of all partnership events and follow through on identifying and communicating impact.

Person Specification

This position would be suited to individuals who are committed to upReach’s mission and have an understanding of, and empathy with, the challenges facing those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

To be successful, candidates should have experience developing partnerships (probably with corporates in the charity sector). You should be able to demonstrate a proven track record in building, developing and owning effective long-term relationships with new and existing partners, and in managing stakeholder relationships at all levels of seniority. The ideal candidate will be proactive, resilient and used to managing competing priorities within a varied workload. They should be flexible and willing to perform varying duties depending on the shifting needs of the charity.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  1. A proven track record of building corporate partnerships for a charity
  2. Experience in delivering varied and successful proposals and projects
  3. Experience in qualifying, scoping, and pricing client/partner projects
  4. Experience in pitching to potential new partners
  5. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  6. Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise a varied workload, manage competing demands and deliver to tight deadlines
  7. Strong problem solving and negotiation skills
  8. University degree (2:1 or higher)*in any discipline, or equivalent experience.
  9. Self-motivation and anability to work in a small team as well as independently.
  10. Ability to engage and communicate confidently with stakeholders, such as Trustees, beneficiaries, upReach partners and all levels of employees across the organisation.

* The nature of the role requires a high standard of Maths and English, and the ability to quickly review a large amount of information and identify and communicate key themes clearly. Applicants may demonstrate this through the academic qualifications shown above and/or other relevant experience. As our beneficiaries are all undergraduates, a good understanding of the university experience is essential, although it is not necessary that this was acquired through personally gaining a degree.

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  1. Experience in contract negotiation
  2. Knowledge of either the Investment and Savings or the Technology sectors
  3. A good understanding of GDPR legislation and regulations
  4. Familiarity with Trello and G-Suite

Values & Competencies

upReach upholds the following values: 

  • Perseverance
  • Integrity
  • Advocacy
  • Aspiration 
  • Proactivity

We are looking for candidates to display the following competencies during the application stages:

  • Problem solving and decision-making
  • Effective prioritisation
  • Collaboration
  • Communication skills
  • Project Management skills

Application Process

Please submit a .pdf copy of your CV and covering letter to our Human Resources team for attention of Sam Gill by 9am on Monday 22nd March. Please ensure you explain your motivation for applying to this role, why you are interested in working at upReach, and provide further details on how your experience matches the job description. Please also include in your cover letter which area (Technology/Investment and Savings) you are interested in applying for. Please include ‘Partnership Manager’ in the subject line and indicate where you heard about this vacancy. Early applications are encouraged, and we may appoint before the deadline.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a virtual assessment centre on 25th or 26th March. If you are not available on these dates please let us know in your application.

If you have any questions about the role or application process, please reach out to Sam Gill from our Human Resources team..

Please note: upReach has a responsibility under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to ensure that, at the time of starting their employment, successful candidates have permission to work in the UK.

If you have a right to work in the UK, you will be required to bring proof of this to your interview (by providing your original passport or other right to work documents). If your permission to work in the UK relies on a job offer, please bring written details including evidence of any existing visas or work permits. A photocopy will be taken of your document(s) and stored securely. If you are unsuccessful at the interview the photocopies will be destroyed. Unfortunately, upReach is unable to financially sponsor visas or work permits.

Equal Opportunities

upReach is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexuality, social background or any other protected class. We support workplace diversity and believe it creates dynamic and effective organisations. We are working hard to increase diversity in our team and would particularly welcome applications from BAME candidates.

We are committed to making our roles and culture inclusive. We can make reasonable adjustments throughout the application process and on the job. If you have particular needs or requirements, please get in touch with our Human Resources team.

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Posted on: 02 March 2021
Closing date: 22 March 2021
Job ref: Partnerships Manager
Tags: Senior Management,Management
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