Dagenham, Greater London
£37,000 - £45,000 per year
Permanent, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

LifeLine Projects are recruiting for a dynamic business development manager to expand our range of exciting work with young people in East London and with faith and community groups, nationally. We are looking for someone who can drive, develop, and oversee the organisation’s income generation, focussing on grant and trust-funding proposals, catalysing corporate funding partnerships, and advancing opportunities and tenders with existing and new commissioners. The successful candidate will be a good team-worker, who will support a close-knit senior management team to mature existing funding-streams, discover new opportunities and advance the organisation’s business and fundraising strategy.

LifeLine Projects has a strong values-based work ethic, which flourishes because of our faith-inspired roots. We are all about impacting individuals and influencing systems:  Our vision is to build thriving communities, where no-one is isolated or lonely and everyone can contribute. Our values pervade all areas of work and are the drivers behind the way our programmes support people to become agents of change within their communities.

The creative individual will be hungry to build on our heritage that has seen the charity grow from its seed-bed grant of £20,000 to one of the largest charities in east London, with a  multi-million pound annual turnover, bringing over £60m to the region in its 20 year lifespan.

This role is a unique opportunity to be part of growing the charity to the next level by:

  • Identifying relevant funders and funding opportunities to support continued growth and evolution of LifeLine’s core activities in public health, community programming and young people’s services
  • Generating new business leads through relationships with a range of funders and partners, including corporate contacts
  • Managing an active bid pipeline to ensure an efficient and effective work rate across the team, with a focus on quality, consistency and impact of submissions
  • Producing high quality, competitive funding proposals and tender submissions (typical values range from approximately £25,000 to £2 million)
  • Overseeing the bid production process, supervising the work of internal and external bid writers, and ensuring input from relevant operational and technical managers
  • Supporting, through guidance and insight, the application of evidence and relevant project evaluation to the bid writing process and to organisational knowledge and expertise
  • Managing relationships with funding partners, delivery partners, stakeholders and external consultants to ensure LifeLine’s business interests and objectives are achieved and that we continue to build on our strong reputation for approachability, positivity, and being practically minded
  • Identifying and managing risk during the tender process to support successful project implementations and handover to operational leads
  • Working with project managers and operational leads to develop implementation plans to ensure management and resourcing requirements are met and key milestones achieved
  • Working closely with the SMT to develop LifeLine’s business and fundraising strategies
  • Contributing to the vision and values of LifeLine as a community-focused organisation

Applicants must have a proven track record of effective bid-management and administration at a senior level, and management of multi-disciplinary teams. This must include a proven track-record of successfully securing significant funding. You will also need to have a thorough understanding and experience of the voluntary sector’s business development world, along with experience of community and trust or grant fundraising. You will also be:

  • Highly articulate with excellent writing and communication skills
  • Highly analytical with the ability to distil and summarise information clearly and engagingly.
  • An excellent researcher, including into Government Policy with the ability to obtain and update varied demographic information
  • Commercially astute and detail focused with negotiation skills
  • Resilient with the ability to manage multiple initiatives
  • Self-motivated, solutions-oriented and flexible
  • Able to manage staff, associates and the business development process including finance and operations

For full details of salary, benefits, role requirements and features, please refer to the job description.

Please note that in the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all employees are working remotely, and all interviews will be conducted virtually for the foreseeable future. This guidance is subject to change as government guidelines are updated.


  • Closing date: 9am 7th September
  • Shortlisting date: 7th & 8th September
  • Interview dates: 14th & 15th September


Refreshed on: 18 August 2020
Closed date: 07 September 2020
Tags: Fundraising, Business Development