Head of Business Development

The Big Issue Group

To apply for this job please visit thebigissue.livevacancies.co.uk.

Location: London or Birmingham. A location out of Big Issue hubs at Glasgow, Bristol or Cardiff is possible.

Role overview

We have an opportunity for a Head of Business Development at Big Issue Invest (BII) to play a key role in the delivery of BII’s new strategy to achieve our 2020 mission statement.

Our strategy focuses on backing human potential through impact-first investing, pushing for social equality and providing more than money to our investees and the social sector.

The Role

The Head of Business Development will be responsible for bringing new fundraising, income development and partnership opportunities for BII to deliver this strategy. This includes identifying and pursuing business development opportunities and delivering applications to funders, investors and strategic partners to engage with new products being developed by BII.

These products include new impact investing funds, blended finance projects combining repayable finance and grant capital and accelerator projects for social enterprises. The Head of Business Development will work with the key investment and impact team members in the design and funding of these new opportunities and will also have the opportunity to develop our current fundraising systems to best practice.

This role is ideal for a candidate looking to contribute to shaping the future of a leading impact investor in the UK. The successful candidate will be driven to engage with the development of new funds and projects and to ensure these are successfully communicated to potential supporters of Big Issue Invest

Main duties of the Head of Business Development include:

  • Cultivating a pipeline of investors, funders and key supporters of BII, developing long-term relationships and prospects
  • Reacting to new fundraising opportunities quickly, identifying good fit for BII.
  • Working against agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to identify, cultivate and apply to new business opportunities as agreed with the Chief Executive.
  • Coordinating with the wider Business Development and Fundraising functions within The Big Issue Group
  • Identifying and managing the timely submission of quality proposals with BII team members
  • Using your preferred portals and watchlists, ensure the timely review of potential funding opportunities or tenders for BII.
  • Ensuring handover to the relevant BII delivery team in the Investment and/or Impact Team

Skills & Experience

We are looking for a Head of Business Development with the following:

  • Experience of business development and fundraising with a preference for fundraising in the impact investing, and/or social enterprise development sector
  • Ability to project manage grant and fund applications, bids and tenders in line with the funder’s/commissioner’s requirements
  • Ability to communicate social investment and enterprise development information to non-technical audiences
  • Experience of end-to-end management of grant applications, bid tenders or CSR applications to major donors, trusts & foundations, CSR corporates and/or public bodies
  • Developing and managing fundraising pipeline and opportunities with cross-team input
  • Experience managing fundraising processes for projects and/or funds between £100,000 and £25million
  • Knowledge of key forums, databases and groups to identify new business opportunities


For a full job description with details of skills and experience, please download from the link below.

Salary and Benefits include:

•    Salary of £50,000 to £60,000 dependent on experience

•    Incremental holiday entitlement starting at 25 days per year plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time staff) plus paid leave to care for a sick child or grandchild and a sick or elderly relation

•    Incremental sick pay starting at 5 days per rolling year

•    Enhanced contribution to our workplace pension

•    Enhanced maternity/paternity pay

•    Comprehensive flexible working policy open to all staff

•    Training and development opportunities including an open learning library and management training schemes

•    Health benefits include life cover, a health Cashplan scheme which provides access to counselling and a range of therapies

Please note that we reserve the right to review and amend our staff benefits and they do not form part of any contract of employment.

Workplace details

This role can be based in London or Birmingham, with flexible/remote working. A location out of Big Issue hubs at Glasgow, Bristol or Cardiff is possible.

If you have any queries, please email hr@bigissue.com stating the job title.

Closing date: 22 September 2021


Big Issue Invest is committed to equal opportunities and committed to promoting and enhancing diversity, equality and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applicants from all members of the community and particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQIA, and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

Since 1991, The Big Issue has fought poverty by creating opportunities and supporting people to take control of their lives. Over time our organisation has grown and now The Big Issue Group consists of The Big Issue Company Ltd and Big Issue Invest Ltd (our social investment arm). In addition, we also have our sister charity The Big Issue Foundation.

Contract type
1 Year Fixed Term Contract
£50,000-£60,000 dependent on experience
We are proud of our family-friendly and flexible working environment and while this is a full-time role, we can offer flexibility of hours and some flexibility of place of work as standard. While you will need to spend a significant part of your working week in our Finsbury Park head office, we have the technology to enable remote working. We have no service qualification to submit a flexible working request and we would welcome a discussion on how you would like to organise your hours of work. As well as a salary commensurate with our sector, we offer 3 days paid leave in a rolling year to care for a sick child or grandchild, 3 days paid leave in a rolling year to care for a sick or elderly relative, a generous maternity package, an incremental holiday scheme, an enhanced contribution into our workplace pension, life cover, a healthcare cash plan, access to an open learning library and other learning & development opportunities. We have the technology to allow remote working for part of your working week. We offer a salary commensurate with a social enterprise, an enhanced contribution to your workplace pension, incremental holiday entitlement, life cover, a healthcare scheme, unlimited access to our open learning library, up to 6 days paid leave to care for a sick child or elderly relation and the exciting opportunity to be part of a mission-driven social enterprise. We are equipped for flexible working and while you will need to spend most of your week with your team in our Finsbury Park head office, we would welcome a discussion on how you would like to arrange your hours of work. We particularly welcome applicants from those who are underrepresented, such as women in senior roles such as this, disabled people and people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.
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