London, Greater London
£36,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to lead and drive corporate fundraising as part of an award-winning fundraising team, secure new strategic partnerships and manage Autistica’s key partners. We are looking for a self-starter, business development expert with experience in winning and managing corporate partnerhips worth £50K+. 

About Autistica: Autistica is the UK’s autism research charity. Our mission is to create the breakthroughs which will enable our community to live happier, healthier, longer lives. 

About this role: Corporate Partnerships is a key area of growth for Autistica. As Corporate Partnerships Manager, you will have the opportunity to secure key strategic partnerships in our key sector areas, drive froward our new employment initiative DARE, and manage and grow Autistica’s current partners. You will be part of a team of 4 including: Interim Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships, Major Donor Manager, Games Partnerships Manager.    

Main responsibilities: 
New business and pipeline development 

  • Build a focussed, multi-year pipeline of high-value opportunities across strategic partnerships, CoTY, CRM, sponsorship and corporate foundations.
  • Lead on writing thought-provoking, impact-led pitches and applications for corporate prospects.
  • Work closely with the Interim Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships to strategically identify new opportunities for growth and grow existing ones.
  • Work closely with the Games Partnerships Manager, Major Donor Manager and the wider fundraising team to maximise lead generation and conversion. 
  • Work closely with the Head of Comms to target specific sectors and audiences with key pieces of editorial and social media messaging across key platforms to drive new business. 
  • Lead on pitching and selling Autistica’s employment product, DARE, to corporate prospects.
  • Generate new business from existing corporate partners and prospects utilising key themes, campaigns and products including: World Autism Awareness Month, Christmas, Dame Stephanie’s talks and Work for Good.   

Account Management  

  • Deliver excellent account management to Fujitsu and Herbert Smith FreeHills, meeting and exceeding partnership targets, upselling new opportunities and driving business development.
  • Develop clear, tailored stewardship roadmaps for key partners.
  • Manage partnership budgets, including reconciliation of income and financial reports.
  • Identify opportunities for PR/brand exposure, e.g. sector awards, social media shout outs etc. 


  • Using the Raiser’s Edge database system, ensure that up-to-date and GDPR-compliant records are kept for all donor contacts.
  • Ensure that all fundraising activities undertaken are legal, ethical and based on good practice guidelines such as those from the Fundraising Regulator and conducted in a way compatible with Autistica’s policies and professional reputation.  

Essential requirements: 

  • Demonstrable experience of securing partnerships (£50K+), from lead identification and pitching to deal closure, and meeting and exceeding financial targets. 
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to turn complex information into impactful, compelling corporate proposals.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and demonstrate the need of investing in scientific research to a corporate audience.
  • Demonstrable experience of account managing corporate partnerships worth £50,000+.
  • Demonstrable business acumen and a thorough understanding of corporate fundraising techniques. 
  • Demonstrable experience of drawing up contracts and partnership agreements.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and a can-do, resourceful attitude.
  • Able to network within companies at a senior level.
  • Experience of financial management and planning, producing budgets and reports which enable effective evaluation and monitoring of fundraising income.
  • Awareness of key current issues impacting the corporate fundraising market.
  • Understanding and experience of fundraising databases, particularly Raiser’s Edge.  

Desirable requirements: 

  • A background in research or science or experience of fundraising for a research charity.
  • Experience of organising and running successful events/campaigns.
  • Previous experience in sales or commercial environment.
  • Understanding of autism and neurodiversity.

How to apply: Please apply online with your CV and a one-page cover letter by Friday 26th March. We will consider applications on a rolling basis, therefore if shortlisted you may be invited to interview before the closing date.

Office location: Please note all Autistica staff will be working remotely until further notice. We will then be seeking new office space in central London. 


More about Autistica

Autistica is the UK’s autism research charity. Our mission is to create the breakthroughs which will enable our community to live happier... Read more

Refreshed on: 16 March 2021
Closed date: 26 March 2021
Job ref: Corporate partnerships
Tags: Fundraising, Business Development

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