Appointed Partnerships Lead

War Child

War Child believes that children’s lives should not be torn apart by war. It is the only specialist charity for children affected by conflict, with four main areas of work: protecting children, educating children, supporting communities and campaigning. War Child are renowned for their creative, innovative and entrepeneurial approach, with strong connections to the gaming, music and creative industries. In 2021, the charity supported over 140,000 children and adults – making it one of their strongests years ever.

War Child’s multi-award-winning fundraising team aim to bring a bold, inspiring, informative, and personalised approach to everyone they come into contact with. They also strive to build and maintain relationships with supporters based on trust, transparency, and accountability.

War Child 2021 Annual Report 

The corporate partnerships team works with big names in industry to develop partnerships which raise funds, awareness and solve strategic issues facing children affected by war.

There is a huge amount of potential for fascinating partnerships in this team. The charity has excellent links with HNWIs, celebrity ambassadors and the music industry. Using these as hooks, and then engaging companies in the wider work of War Child, can lead to impressive, sector-leading partnerships.

QuarterFive Fundraising Recruitment are delighted to be partnering with War Child to build a partnerships team that will embark on an exciting new phase in their corporate strategy. The Partnerships Lead will guide, manage and develop the corporate partnerships team at War Child. Reporting into the Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships, the Partnerships Lead will devise the strategy for both account management and new business, with the aim of delivering growth and diversification of partnerships. The Partnerships Lead will manage a team of 3 (Account Manager, New Partnerships Manager and Partnerships Executive), which could grow over the coming years. There are impressive partnerships already in the portfolio, and the focus of this team will be developing, extending and improving these, as well as developing new business.

About the role

As Partnerships Lead, you will:

  • Drive and deliver the sustainable long-term growth of income from corporate partnerships – philanthropic, commercial or strategic
  • Lead, manage and motivate a team of fundraisers to succeed – including the division of new business and account management within the team
  • Lead by example; to deliver high standards of hands-on fundraising
  • Develop first-rate relationships with partners (potential and existing) so that War Child in a strong position to motivate and engage partners into transformation levels of giving
  • Maintain a culture of delivering excellent relationship management
  • Personally attend meetings, networking events, write proposals, make pitches and represent War Child
  • Ensure a strong and diverse pipeline of corporate partners is developed and delivered, including CRM, strategic and COTY partnerships
  • Support the Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships on the development and implementation of department strategy, budgeting and planning
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, including Communications, Marketing, Music and Programmes teams
  • Contribute to creating a culture committed to the safeguarding of children and adults and compliant to WCUK’s Safeguarding and PSEAH Policies.

About you

This role would best suit:

  • An experienced senior fundraiser having worked across philanthropic, commercial and strategic partnerships, ideally within an international development or humanitarian NGO
  • Someone able to demonstrate consistent success in achieving financial targets through account management and business development in the charity sector
  • Experience working in a target led environment with a proven track record of successful fundraising results, delivering against targets (including securing six-figure gifts) and income growth
  • An excellent negotiatior and are able to engage and influence a diverse range of stakeholders, internally and externally
  • Someone focused on developing sector-leading partnerships that look beyond financial transaction, and that will provide mutual benefit to War Child and the partner
  • Experience in planning, budgeting and monitoring performance across multiple audiences, including the management of six figure income streams
  • Solid experience of line management and a strong understanding of the principles of motivational people management and individual development
  • A creative and innovative thinker with the ability to develop new commercial ideas and translate into action and results



War Child offer a lively, collaborative, creative and supportive working environment. Their people are supported to engage in a balanced work and personal life, enabling them to flourish and reach their potential. Benefits include:

  • Flexible working – all staff are able to request flexible working, regardless of their length of service
  • Salary – War Child offer a competitive salary based on defined job roles and grades
  • Annual leave – 28 days (pro-rata), plus bank holidays which increases by one day per year on your work anniversary, up to a maximum of 33 days
  • Pension – all eligible employees automatically enrolled into their Aviva Pension with a 5% employer contribution, with minimum employee contribution
  • Family – War Child offer enhanced maternity, paternity and shared parental leave
  • Volunteering – all employees are granted paid volunteer leave per year to volunteer with a charity of their choice
  • Health and wellbeing – employees may take advantage of a healthcare cash plan and a range of wellbeing initiatives and training. In addition, all employees have access to free, confidential one-to-one wellbeing consultations with trained counsellors
  • Learning and development – War Child is dedicated to the investment in learning and continuing professional development for all employees

Apply for this role

Please get in touch with Emily to arrange a call to discuss further or complete the form below.

Closing date: Wednesday 29th March

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