Closing in 7 days
Farringdon, Greater London (Hybrid)
36,575- £38,500
Contract, 6 months, Full-time
Job description

The job of a Save the Children's UK Programme Development Manager is creative and varied

  • Do you have experience of working in programming and a solid understanding of programme design and programme management?
  • Do you have exceptional proposal writing skills with a proven track record of producing high-quality written concept notes and proposals for business and/or philanthropy partners?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

 If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

Please Note: This is initially for a 6 month contract but with likely extension 

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children's unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

The Programme Development Manager role sits within our Business Programmes Hub within our Programme Partnerships department and is comprised of programme development, innovation, and MEAL professionals responsible for developing new shared valued partnerships which speaks to interests of the business community and philanthropic stakeholders.

The Programme Development Manager will lead the development of impactful high-quality programmes in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. The postholder will ensure new programmes incorporate creativity and innovation to capture the interest of corporate partners and philanthropists.

Role Summary

As Programme Development Manager, your role will be to oversee the development and writing of high quality, bespoke pitch decks, concept notes, and proposals for business and philanthropic partners. You will project manage the opportunity development process to ensure we are designing programmes that truly leverage the unique assets and capabilities of the private sector – beyond philanthropic funding – to create transformational change for children. This includes designing innovative, sector leading partnerships that emerge through a process of co-design which you will facilitate in partnership with colleagues across the organisation in the UK Impact, Global Programmes, and Fundraising and Marketing Departments.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Identify and develop innovative partnership opportunities that leverage the unique resources and capabilities of prospective business and philanthropy partners, working closely with the UK Impact, Global Programmes, and Partnerships & Philanthropy departments to ensure alignment between partner and Save the Children priorities
  • Work with Partnerships & Philanthropy to proactively steer new opportunities and enquiries with business and philanthropic partners towards Save the Children's strategic objectives and priorities
  • Lead on writing high quality, bespoke and engaging pitch decks, concept notes, and proposals for business and philanthropy partners, as well as cross-sectoral proposals that bring together partners across business, philanthropy, and government.
  • Project manage the proposal development process, including ensuring quality assurance of the programme design, including theories of change and budgets.
  • Build excellent working relationships with colleagues in the UK Impact, Global Programmes, and Philanthropy & Partnerships teams to ensure our business development materials are compelling for potential partners whilst driven by Save the Children priorities and needs
  • Maintain updated systems and databases that track our funding and grant management activities

Person Profile

  • Exceptional proposal writing skills – a proven track record of producing high-quality written concept notes and proposals for business and/or philanthropy partners
  • Deep understanding of corporate engagement with society and business motivations for societal engagement, including corporate philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and shared value creation
  • Proven ability to conduct analytical research on business to identify corporate opportunities to contribute to development outcomes through core business investments
  • Keen ability to tailor your work into persuasive and visually appealing materials for different audiences, including business, philanthropy, and government partners
  • Outstanding project management and coordination skills, including an ability to manage high workloads and meet deadlines
  • Experience of working in programming and a solid understanding of programme design and programme management
  • Ability to understand financial information and produce budgets
  • A strong team player with an empowering and collaborative working style and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Solutions-focused with a creative problem-solving approach
  • Able to prioritise and manage a varied workload, taking the initiative, and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to travel up to 20% in the UK and across Save the Children's international country offices

Remote Working:

The majority of SCUK employees are currently working remotely within the UK in line with UK Government guidance. Commencing July 2021 we will transition to flexible and hybrid ways of working (i.e. a mixture of remote/home and office-based working) as social distancing restrictions ease.

We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: 

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. 

To see our full statement please visit our website.


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Posted on: 21 July 2022
Closing date: 20 August 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Communications, PR, Business Development