Home-based
£30,693 - £36,110 per year plus London weighting of £3,285 per annum if applicable
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Social Entrepreneur Support Manager

Immediate Start

Location: Due to Covid-19, this is initially an agile role so you can be based anywhere in the UK. Once we start to re-open our offices for staff, you are welcome to use one of the UnLtd office hubs in London, Bradford or Birmingham, or a satellite office in Scotland or Northern Ireland. We welcome applications from anywhere across the UK and are open to discuss flexible working, including working from home. Please note as this role covers the UK some travel will be required.


UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. Our mission is to find social entrepreneurs with bold solutions to today’s challenges. Through funding and support, we help them to realise their potential and creating lasting change.

UnLtd’s vision is a future where enterprising people are transforming our world for good. To enable this, we are committed to developing an eco-system of support to make it easier for those who need help to find it.

UnLtd values diversity and is committed to inclusion and understanding intersectionality. These are more than just buzz words for us. They are principles guiding how we build our teams, support leaders, empower social entrepreneurs and create an organisation that is the right fit for every person.

To support an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their lived experiences and ideas, we have embedded an equity and inclusion group within UnLtd giving us a wide range of different perspectives in our work to help us see what is most needed in society. We are particularly keen to hear from those who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic, LGBTQIA, those with a disability, impairment, learning difference, those with caring responsibilities, from a less advantaged socioeconomic background as well as any other under-represented group in our workforce.

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About the Role

As a Social Entrepreneur Support Manager, you will be responsible for delivering market-leading and inclusive support to social entrepreneurs in order to maximise their social impact in the access to employment space and improve the opportunities for individuals and reduce inequalities in the UK.

Each year you will work with colleagues to provide support to innovative entrepreneurs at different stages of their journey, from ideation to scale, and deliver a varied package of support to entrepreneurs that includes funding, peer support, consultancy, networking and coaching.

You will also play a role in finding the most impactful social entrepreneurs from across the UK and developing a diverse pipeline of applicants, 50% of whom will be disabled or from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

You will become a champion of equitable employment and co-create the development of our support offer in the access to employment space. This will include building internal knowledge and awareness of the issues faced by those marginalised in the labour market and the solutions that social entrepreneurs are providing, increasing our visibility and reputation across the sector as leaders in this space, and expanding our networks to increase our reach and embed our offer within the ecosystem. This role will be part of our Access to Employment team, will report into the Impact Lead who manages this area and following UnLtds strategy refresh of Ambition 2025 will be key in delivering the following 2 goals:

1. Work with the most impactful social entrepreneurs in communities across the UK who embody our values and principles.
2. Provide market leading support to social entrepreneurs to collectively build a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable society.

Essential experience, skills and knowledge
• You have experience in providing funding and advisory support to individuals and ventures
• You have knowledge of early stage ventures and the challenges they face when growing (i.e. cash flow management, access to capital, team development, routes to market etc.) and experience in supporting them to overcome these
• You have knowledge of the political, economic and legal context that social entrepreneurs work in
• You have extensive skills in and experience of engaging partners and building valued, trusted relationships
• You have financial awareness and experience of budget management with experience of early stage business cash flows
• You can demonstrate a collaborative approach to your work and an ability to form strong relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
• You have good IT skills, especially MS Office, and can access and derive information
• You pay great attention to detail
• You have excellent communication and persuasion skills with the ability to negotiate and influence at all levels

Desirable experience, skills and knowledge
• You have lived or professional experience and/or knowledge of the access to employment space
• You have experience of starting and running a venture

Personal attributes and values
• You are mission driven and empathetic, with a powerful connection to our mission and values
• You are a strategic thinker and practitioner with a proactive, solutions-oriented approach
• You have real intellectual curiosity and a desire to understand based on rigorous evidence and collective wisdom
• You are results and impact-oriented with the highest standards in terms of delivery and performance, seeking to continuously improve and learn
• You are collaborative and a team player
• You demonstrate personal integrity at all times


Interested? Here’s how to apply

We need to know a bit about you, your experience and what you can bring to UnLtd.

You can submit a CV + supporting statement (up to 2 pages). We’d love you to tell us:

• About you – your skills, experience and personal qualities;
• Why you’re interested in the role and what you hope to get out of it.
• What you feel are the most pressing barriers for social entrepreneurs operating in the access to employment space.

The main thing is you can demonstrate you have skills and experience that relate to what we have said we are looking for.

We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQIA and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

To apply, please click on the Apply button.

Application Closing Date: Wednesday 17th March 2021 at 10am
First round of interviews: Friday 26th March 2021
Final interviews: Tuesday 6th April 2021

*UnLtd is committed to offering employment opportunities for people with criminal convictions. As a result, we will only ask you about any criminal convictions at initial offer stage. Your information will be treated fairly and confidentially and will not automatically exclude you from the role that you have applied for.

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Posted on: 04 March 2021
Closed date: 17 March 2021
Job ref: SESM
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