Battersea, Greater London
up to £65,000 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Are you passionate about dogs and cats? Our people and animals make Battersea a great place to work. Your expertise will help increase our impact for dogs and cats everywhere.

We are looking for a Head of Philanthropy, Partnerships & Commercial to create and lead a vibrant, customer-centric and unified high performing function: driving growth of the Philanthropy & Trusts, Special Events, Corporate Partnerships, and Licensing teams’ programmes; and identifying new income streams to grow overall income in line with Battersea’s five year strategy.   

About us

Battersea is here for every dog and cat and has been since 1860. We are a leading animal welfare charity and over the last 160 years we’ve grown from one home in London to three rescuing and rehoming centres across the South East. With c500 staff and 1000 volunteers, we have cared for over three million vulnerable animals We also campaign tirelessly to make things better for dogs and cats; sharing our expertise and educating the public and policymakers about responsible pet ownership. Join us and make a difference for every dog and cat.

Our Fundraising Team

Battersea’s multiple award-winning Fundraising department raises around 60% of the Charity’s total income. Working with colleagues across the organisation, we provide members of the public and organisations with opportunities to engage with Battersea and to support our work. Through continued investment, net fundraising income has risen from just £100,000 in 2010 to £10m in 2019, and we will continue to grow our income to make sure Battersea can be here for every cat and dog now and in the future.

Philanthropy, Partnerships and Commercial Team

Philanthropy, Partnerships and Commercial works to engage philanthropists and partners to support Battersea’s current and future work; helping them to understand the dramatic difference their donations can make to the work of our charity.

  • Philanthropy and Trusts Team

Within Philanthropy, Partnerships and Commercial, sits the Philanthropy and Trusts team. We build and nurture special relationships with incredible individuals and charitable trusts who have the potential to give five-, six-, and seven-figure gifts to support the care of our animals.

  • Corporate Partnerships Team

Within Philanthropy, Partnerships and Commercial, sits the Corporate Partnerships team.
We explore and cultivate new and existing partnerships with companies to drive income that supports the care of our animals through sponsorship, cause related marketing and aligning strategic objectives. 

  • Special Events Team

Within Philanthropy, Partnerships and Commercial, sits the Special Events team. We deliver a programme of special events to raise income and attract individuals and companies to support the care of our animals while enjoying fun and entertainment.


  • Strategic Case for Support Team

Within Philanthropy and Partnerships, sits the Strategic Case for Support team, working across fundraising and the organisation to build robust cases for support and compelling propositions to engage our donors and drive high value fundraising.

  • Product Licensing Team

Within the Philanthropy, Partnerships and Commercial Team sits the Product and Licensing team, that works with manufacturers and retailers to licence Battersea’s assets for use in a wide range of products.

What we can offer you

Our dedicated people mean that we can be here for every dog and cat. Whether you are sharing an office with our dogs or directly caring for our cats, our animals show their appreciation every day. There is no better reward than seeing the difference you make to the lives of our dogs and cats first-hand; although we also provide a wide range of employee benefits, including:

  • 28 days of annual leave (plus 8 days paid public holidays) per year
  • Generous pension contributions – up to 10% employer contribution
  • Free healthcare cash plan, where you can claim for a range of treatment including dental (£120), optical (£120), physiotherapy, chiropody and acupuncture (£300) every year
  • Annual interest-free season ticket loans
  • Discounted gym memberships and cycle to work schemes
  • Life insurance

So, if you are passionate about dogs, cats and about our work, then we’d like to hear from you.

We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all current and prospective staff, volunteers and Trustees. We aim to ensure that this commitment, reinforced by our values, is embedded in our day-to-day working practices and our work together. We would particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic and disabled candidates, who are currently under-represented at Battersea.

For full details, including our job applicant privacy notice, please download our recruitment pack. You can apply by visiting our website. All applications must be submitted before the closing date advertised.

Refreshed on: 25 January 2021
Closed date: 31 January 2021
Job ref: BDCH1345
Tags: Fundraising