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Research and Operations Lead (Philanthropy & Partnerships)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Our new strategy has partnerships at its heart. As our Research and Operations Lead, you will be pivotal to us brokering game changing partnerships that are central to our strategic outcomes being achieved.

You will lead on prospecting by the Philanthropy and Partnership team, optimise new business and ensure we secure new partnerships with philanthropists, trusts and corporates at the highest level.  You will build donor acquisition strategies in line with our strategic goals, manage and execute prospect development and oversee portfolios and new business across the team. As part of this, you will manage our Research Executive, and identify new markets and sectors to secure financial and non-financial value at the highest level.

Interview Dates: 18 / 19 November 2019

Role Responsibility

Deploying exceptional interpersonal and organisational skills, you will work jointly with Senior Managers as functional lead to create and sustain a sector leading stewardship programme. Drawing on sector and organisational insight, you will establish robust internal systems and oversee the delivery of stewardship events, the creation of consistent and high quality stewardship communication, and report on and interpret KPIs to measure team effectiveness and performance.

You will ensure the team is compliant with fundraising codes of practice and support the Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships to manage risk and support organisational decision making on new partnership work. You will design and implement bespoke technical solutions in relation to IT, CRM funcationality and data management; and oversee and interrogate team wide KPIs. Working closely with senior managers, the Business Development Manager and head of team, you will develop and align financial processes, budgeting and forecasting and deploy prospect research techniques to develop long term and sophisticated multi-year modelling

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be driven to succeed, ambitious and relish a challenge. He/she will also have excellent interpersonal skills, strong writing, database and organisational skills and excellent attention to detail. A good understanding of the sector and the external funding environment are essential, and you will be required to apply strategic thinking both to research and stewardship, and to drive improvement with existing CRM systems. As an expert in the team and within the organisation, you will need to be authoritative, collaborative and able to engage internal and external stakeholders to deliver exceptional research and an excellent high value donor experience. 

If you are excited by this opportunity and the chance to lead on helping Diabetes UK secure and capitalise on high value partnerships, we would love to hear from you. 

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,500 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan (on completion of your probation period)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time.  There are currently 3.8 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes, and 1 million more with undiagnosed Type 2.

We are working to make sure that those affected by diabetes get the best care and support they need to live well with their condition and avoid life-changing complications.  We're leading the way by funding critical research, improving healthcare and treatment so we can reach our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Diabetes UK staff are motivated and experienced and extremely passionate about helping people affected by diabetes.  We have been fighting for people with diabetes for more than 80 years and changed millions of lives thanks to the new treatments, technology and policy changes we've been behind.

But there's more to do.  And you can be part of it.

We're a diverse bunch and as a charity we recognise and respect the value of everyone.

We've recently been awarded a One Star Accreditation status by Best Companies.  And this year we were named 65th in the top 100 not-for-profit organisations in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list. 

We're committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expect all staff and volunteers to actively support this commitment.

We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.  If you’d like to be part of that, why not join us? 

To learn more about the work we do - Click here

Diabetes UK

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