EC1V, London
£24,917 - £26,178 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

I CAN is looking for a proactive Business Development Officer to work for the UK's leading children’s communication charity. The role sits in the trading arm of the charity which aims to generate around £1 million per year from the sale of its educational training portfolio.  The role focuses on business development and the post holder will play a major role in ensuring that the department hits its revenue targets, so will require a commercially minded person.

Working with the Head of Commercial Services, you will be responsible for delivering I CAN’s business development and sales activity. This will include gaining excellent product knowledge, generating and cultivating leads, developing proposals and closing deals. You will also be expected to be the ‘face’ of I CAN at trade shows and as our audience is schools, many of these events take place at the weekend, so a degree of flexibility will be required, although the requirement will be small here.

You will also be involved in some aspects of marketing, and you must be comfortable with copy writing, design (digital and print), data management, reporting etc. Experience of changing web content through a CMS would also be an advantage. 

This is a very interesting and varied role. Being part of a small, dynamic team, the post holder will have the opportunity to gain additional experience in a whole range of areas such as product development, process improvement and customer acquisition. Our product portfolio is aimed at the children's workforce, so the role would be particularly suitable for someone who has a passion for children fulfilling their full potential, as well as experience of the purchasing behaviour of schools, children's centres and nurseries.

If this sounds like you, and you want to have a broad ranging role where you get ample opportunity to develop new skills whilst also helping children to find their voice then we would love to hear from you.

We do read cover letters so please submit one demonstrating:

  • Ability to learn and take on new challenges
  • Experience in sales or marketing or passion to learn
  • Passionate about going the extra mile to meet income targets
  • Excellent communication skills and a customer focussed aptitude

To apply, please submit your up to date CV and a covering letter by 11:30 pm, Sunday 07 November 2021. 


I CAN works within the government’s Covid-19 guidelines.

Please note that we will not close applications before this time and date as we recognise that candidates put in a lot of time and effort into making an application and we want to give each of you the time and space to put in an application you feel proud of.

Please note that we will not shortlist candidates who do not submit a CV and a supporting statement.

We serve children and young people from all backgrounds and strive to represent the same diversity in our workforce. We strongly believe there is unity in diversity and are committed to create an inclusive working environment for all. We are under-represented by people who are from ethnic minority backgrounds and those who identify as being from the LGBTQ+ community. We particularly welcome applications from all suitably qualified people from these backgrounds. If you are excited about making an impact in children’s lives, we would love to hear from you.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, unfortunately, we are not always able to respond to every applicant. If you have not received a response within one week after the closing date, you have not been successful on this occasion.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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I CAN Charity

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Refreshed on: 30 October 2021
Closed date: 07 November 2021
Tags: Marketing, Business Development