Corporate Partnerships Lead (head of team)

Plan International UK

Plan International UK is a global children’s charity striving for an equal world, one where every child can reach their full potential and every girl can choose her own future.

Girls experience inequality everywhere. The threat of gender-based violence and harassment follows them through every stage of their life. Millions of girls are robbed of their childhood because of child marriage. And it is much harder for girls to access their right to education and learn skills for the future. Plan brings people together to protect children’s rights and keep girls safe, in school and in control of their bodies – even when disaster strikes. They won’t stop until we are all equal.

The Corporate Partnerships Lead will lead, manage and develop a team of seven raising c.£4m pa, personally spearheading the new business strategy and major approaches.

Overseeing the account management team of four, you’ll strategically guide the development and growth of key partners. Leading the team of two in new business, you’ll personally lead on the biggest approaches while supporting the team to develop their own pipelines.

There will be a large focus on cross-team collaboration, working closely with your colleagues across the Major Partnerships Unit (trusts, foundations, major donors and corporates), for shared leads, pipelines and approaches.

About the role

As Corporate Partnerships Lead, you will:

  • Develop and implement a corporate partnerships growth strategy ensuring a focus on new partnerships
  • Develop, lead and motivate your team of talented corporate fundraisers
  • Provide strategic oversight to account management, working with the Corporate Partnerships Managers to create development and growth plans
  • Personally secure 6+7-figure corporate partnerships whilst working with and leading the new business team
  • Produce monthly reports detailing results and activities, flagging trends, issues and recommending solutions
  • Develop a deep knowledge of Plan and the development sector in order to identify new market opportunities and produce compelling propositions
  • Lead by example to promote and action Plan’s anti-racism plan within the Corporate Partnerships team

About you

Ideal skills and experience: 

  • Ability to secure new six-figure corporate partnerships as well as retaining and developing existing partnerships
  • Experience of developing and managing people and high performing teams – able to coach and inspire teams to succeed
  • Able to deal confidently and diplomatically with colleagues (including CEO and Board) and donors at all levels
  • Experience of strategic planning – initiation, development and implementation of strategic processes
  • Experience of setting targets and objectives, delivering against these and monitoring and evaluating performance
  • Creative approach able to generate innovative ideas and deliver effective pitches and partnerships
  •  Analytical, budgeting and financial management skills
  • A collaborative approach to working cross-organisationally and embedding effective ways of working to deliver shared objectives

Employee benefits

Benefits include:

  • 25 days annual leave per year plus bank holidays (pro rata), and for every year you work for Plan, your entitlement will increase by another day – up to 30 days after completing five years of service
  • Matched employer pension contributions of up to 7.5%
  • Enhanced benefits for parents and parents to be, including paid time off to undergo fertility treatment, and enhanced maternity / adoption / shared parental pay of up to 10 weeks’ at full pay and 29 weeks’ at half pay, as well as two weeks’ parental leave for partners at full pay (subject to meeting certain criteria)
  • Life assurance (3 x basic salary)
  • Paid time off for domestic and dependents’ emergencies
  • Enhanced sick pay to employees up to a maximum of 12 weeks’ paid time off after one year of service


Apply for this role

In the first instance, please complete the form below, including a copy of your most recent CV.

After a discussion with you, we will require a supporting statement covering the following areas:

  • Tell us why you are applying for this role at Plan International UK? (max 250 words).
  • Please select one of Plan’s values and tell us how you have demonstrated this value in your current or most recent role? (max 250 words).
  • Provide an example of a six figure corporate partnership that you have secured for your current or previous organisation. (max 250 words).
  • Describe how you have managed and inspired teams in your current or previous roles including any specific outcomes achieved (max 250 words).
  • Detail your experience of influencing senior stakeholders – what was your objective and how successful were you? (max 250 words).
  • Share one example of an innovative pitch or presentation you have personally created and delivered (max 250 words).

First interviews will take place on Thursday 20th June. Second interviews: w/c 24 June.

QuarterFive and our clients know fundraising could better reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the people the charity sector supports. We encourage individuals with relevant skills and experience to apply for roles regardless of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief. If you think you meet some of the criteria for a role and would like to discuss how your other experience might transfer, please ask us for a chat. We’re here to support you. Appointments will be made on merit alone and we will gladly make reasonable adjustments to always ensure a fair process.

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