Farringdon, Greater London
£38,250 - £45,000 per year
Contract, Maternity Cover, 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 support Save the Children's ambitious vision for 2030 to ensure every last child grows up healthy, educated and protected. 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 GSK, a multi-layered, high value and innovative long term strategic partnership that raises significant funds for Save the Children, whilst also delivering wider value for our organisation and partners. Working effectively across Save the Children and externally, this role will deliver our ambitious partnership strategy with GSK and be instrumental in the creation and development of new partnership programmes and initiatives including engaging with employees, stakeholders, monitoring progress and evaluating impact.

Main Accountabilities

  • Work with the head of team to develop the new partnership strategy.
  • Monitor and deliver the partnership strategy and objectives
  • Monitor key partnership performance rigorously through use of targets and KPIs
  • Create strong partnerships and effective ways of working with colleagues across Save the Children globally, and ensure that all activity is embedded within the partnership team
  • Play a leading role in operationalising and delivering the Partnerships & Philanthropy department strategy.

Specific Projects

  • Oversee partnership programmes, working closely with a range of internal stakeholders and colleagues in Global Programme department to monitor programme KPIs and ensuring high quality reporting
  • Develop, implement and manage global commnications strategies ensuring a clear and effective marketing and PR plan is deployed

 Partnership Management

  • Build and develop excellent relationships with external corporate contacts at all levels to ensure high levels of partner engagement. Lead relationship for several critical external stakeholders
  • Matrix manage numerous project groups both internally and externally to develop and deliver partnership programmes and objectives
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of a PR and marketing plan for each account
  • Effectively negotiate and solve problems, manage expectations and diffuse conflict to ensure achievement of targets and maximise opportunities
  • Prepare high quality presentations, proposals, plans, contact reports as necessary
  • Lead on regular partnership reviews, providing regular reports and analysis a
  • Promote Save the Children events, campaigns, sponsorship, payroll giving and volunteering to companies, maximising income by looking to diversy our income from all opportunities
  • Maintain a strong external profile and keep up to date with developments in the corporate and charity sector e.g., competitor and client sector activity
  • Work with internal teams to lead on contractual agreements with partners

People Management

  • Responsible for the line management and personal development of up to two account managers within the team

New Business

  • Work with Save the Children teams and accounts to develop new ideas and initiatives to grow the partnership
  • Produce and deliver high quality creative presentations and proposals to develop new income streams from existing partners, ensuring a tailored approach at all times


  • Monitor income and expenditure and resources across the team as part of the overarching financial tracking and reporting responsibilities
  • Establish and build effective and productive relationships within the Partnerships team and across Save the Children in the UK and globally
  • Raise awareness of Save the Children's work and the urgent need for funds


Person Profile

We are looking for an ambitious Senior Partnerships Manager to cover a maternity leave with experience in corporate partnerships; the commercial sector; global health or partnerships more widely to manage one of our largest and most strategic partnerships, with GSK.

The successful candidate should demonstrate a strategic 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. This role will line manage two Partnership Managers in the team. 


  • Solid and relevant experience in fundraising, managing complex partnerships, 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 partnerships
  • Experience in, or a strong desire and willingness to learn about international development and programming


  • Ability to deliver creative solutions to overcome obstacles to meet targets
  • Ability to think creatively and develop new initiatives to grow partnerships
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments to achieve organisational goals
  • Ability to network and influence stakeholders, both internally and externally, to achieve shared outcomes


  • 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
  • Focuses on the achievement of financial targets and views issues in terms of costs, profits, markets and added values
  • Diplomatic and persuasive, able to present a variety of viewpoints assertively
  • 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




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. 

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Posted on: 11 January 2022
Closing date: 10 February 2022
Tags: Fundraising, Management