Farringdon, Greater London
£38,250 - £45,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The job of a Save the Children's UK Senior Partnerships Manager is strategic and creative.

  • Do you have experience of managing large, complex partnerships?
  • Are you creative with the ability to develop new initiatives and grow partnerships?
  • 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!

About Us

We are Save the Children. Together we fight for children every single day so that they can make their mark on the world and build a better future.

We stand side by side with children in the toughest places to be a child. We do whatever it takes to make sure they survive, get protection when they’re in danger, and have the chance to learn.

Partnerships and Philanthropy is at the heart of Save the Children’s future. We aim to deliver income and brand value to support organisational priorities as well as securing investment, influence, and wider transformational value through strategic long-term partnerships on a national and global scale.

Job Purpose

This is an exciting opportunity to manage and develop our long-term partnership with Unilever, a multi-layered, high value strategic partnership that raises significant funds for Save the Children, whilst also delivering further value for our organisation and wider partners.

Working effectively across Save the Children and externally, this role will drive forward our ambitious partnership strategy with Unilever. You will lead your team to identify and maximise opportunities for growth through areas such as advocacy, brand partnerships, and key thematic areas like climate change. This role will be responsible for hitting and exceeding income targets and ensuring continued growth and maximum value is leveraged.

This role will line manage three Partnership Managers in the team.

Main Accountabilities


  • Manage, develop, and deliver the partnership strategy and objectives through targets and KPIs
  • Work with Unilever and internal teams at Save the Children to deliver on the partnership growth strategy including programmatic delivery, advocacy workstreams and campaigns
  • Work to ensure the partnership delivers additional value to Save the Children, beyond income

Partnership Management

  • Create and deliver against your comprehensive partnership development strategy to maximise opportunities for growth and exceed targets
  • Build and develop excellent relationships with external corporate contacts at all levels
  • Matrix manage project groups both internally and externally to develop and deliver partnership programmes and objectives
  • Develop, implement and manage global activities ensuring clear and effective marketing and PR plans are in place
  • Oversee partner-funded programmes, monitoring programme performance and navigating complex challenges to ensure we are delivering and demonstrating our impact for children
  • Lead on partnership reviews, providing regular reports and analysis
  • Promote Save the Children events, campaigns, sponsorship, payroll giving and volunteering to companies, maximising income by looking to diversify our income from all opportunities

New Business

  • Work with teams across Save the Children to develop new ideas and initiatives to grow your partnership across the team
  • Produce and deliver high quality creative presentations and proposals to develop new income streams from existing partners


  • Monitor income and expenditure and resources across the team as part of the overarching financial tracking and reporting responsibilities

Working With Others

  • Work with departments across Save the Children to deliver partnership programmes and initiatives, ensuring the objectives and needs of the partner are met
  • Work closely with the Head of Partnership Management and the Partnerships team to inform, promote and deliver on our wider strategy
  • Line management responsibility for the team

Person Profile

We are looking for an ambitious Senior Partnerships Manager with experience in corporate partnerships; the commercial sector; child rights and value chains; or partnerships more widely to manage one of our largest and most strategic partnerships, with Unilever.

The successful candidate should demonstrate a growth mindset to drive forward progress with vision, energy, creativity and in a proactive nature. You will be a key senior leader within the Partnerships team and demonstrate excellent communication skills combined with strong project management, organisational and relationship building skills.


  • Solid experience of managing complex partnerships, value-chain work, or within the commercial sector, to demonstrate the key elements required to succeed in this role
  • A proven track record of delivering against targets, goals and KPIs. If from a partnerships background, evidence of managing and growing complex partnerships
  • Experience in, or a strong desire and willingness to learn about international development and programming
  • Experience in managing growth opportunities/sales pipeline, with solid outcomes and results
  • Experience working with international audiences or adapting your style across cultures when needed


  • Ability to deliver creative solutions to overcome obstacles to meet targets
  • Ability to think creatively and develop new initiatives to grow partnerships
  • Ability to network and influence stakeholders, both internally and externally, to achieve shared outcomes
  • Ability to focus on the achievement of financial targets and views issues in terms of costs, profits, markets and added values


  • Excellent project management, planning and prioritisation skills to manage a varied workload whilst focusing our immediate and long-term growth opportunities
  • A commercial outlook and understanding that could be gained from a partnerships or marketing environment from the public, private or third sectors
  • Understands and applies commercial and financial principles to improve performance
  • Good working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and use of CRM databases for recording and reporting
  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK's aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity​

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

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Posted on: 06 January 2022
Closing date: 05 February 2022
Tags: Fundraising, Intl Development