Business Development Manager – Apply by 12 July 24

Become a key player in our ambitious social enterprise which helps parents progress their careers and ultimately address gender equality in senior leadership.

Enjoy the benefits of a fully flexible, remote role in a fast-paced and forward-thinking organisation. 

Salary: £40,000 Full time equivalent 

Contract: 4 days per week (30h), permanent, open to any form of flexible and remote working (e.g. term time only contract, job share).

Location: Remote, any UK location. You will be joining us for meetings in London approximately once every two months, travel expenses paid.

Job Purpose

Are you passionate about helping leaders with young children advance to senior leadership roles whilst being present with their children? Do you love creating meaningful partnerships with purpose, excel at closing sales and thrive when leading growth with a clear income target? If so, we want you on our team!

We are seeking a dynamic and highly organised Business Development Manager who enjoys taking charge and getting things done. In this hands-on role, you will be the sole person leading  our partnership efforts, sales and business development, building strong relationships with employer partners and achieving ambitious targets. Join us in making a real impact on gender equality in the workplace.


What We Do

Leaders Plus is an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to supporting leaders with babies and young children to progress in their leadership careers. Our flagship intervention is a 9-month award-winning Fellowship Programme for working parents which leads to promotion and therefore gender equality at the top. We have also started to engage in research and thought leadership, publishing our Big Parent Career Progression report. Our employer partners include varied organisations such as the RSPCA, King’s College Hospital Trust and HSBC Global Internal Audit. 


Your Role Within Our Team

Too many mothers find that their careers stall when they have children. This is a root cause for the lack of women at the executive director level. Our multi-award-winning Leaders Plus Fellowship supports working parents to progress their careers against the odds. You will lead the growth of our employer partnerships and manage a pipeline of applications from working parents, reporting to our CEO & Founder. This will help us to increase the number of parents we support so that in 2030, we have 1000 women in executive director roles who wouldn’t be there without our support. 

Our social enterprise is at a crucial stage of growth, having grown steeply over the past years and this role will be critical in helping us to scale further. You will join a small team consisting of our CEO & Founder, our Programme Officer and Programme Coordinator who deliver the programme, a Digital Marketing Officer and an Executive Assistant, and a team of 5 freelance trainers who deliver our training and yourself. We value making a difference, excelling at work and enjoying our time off – at the moment we all work part-time and are all off on Fridays.


Apply Cover letter (max 1 page) and CV (max 2 pages) sent to, outlining how you fulfil the key requirements of the role and answering the following two questions:

  • What attracted you to apply for this role?
  • What top 5 successes do you bring where you could apply the learning to this role?

Closing date: 12 July midnight 

Interviews: 24 and 25 July

Ideal start: As soon as possible but we can wait for the right candidate

Questions to: 

We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential; please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help with making the application process work for you.

We welcome applications to this role from all interested candidates regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, or family circumstances. We particularly welcome applications from colleagues currently underrepresented in our team including those who identify as from a minority group. Individuals returning after career breaks are welcome to apply.


Key Responsibilities


Take responsibility for an income target 

  • You will generate an income through offering the Leaders Plus Fellowship, which is a 9-month career development intervention with peer support, a senior leader mentor and innovative elements such as workshops for couples about career progression 
  • Your ability to generate income will help our social enterprise make an impact on gender equality in senior roles sustainably.

New Employer Business Development

  • Develop new employer partnerships through referrals, cold leads, LinkedIn, and events.
  • Manage a pipeline of potential employer partners who are interested in our Leaders Plus Fellowship Programmes and our wider work (research, thought leadership and best practice).
  • Collaborate with employers to create mission-aligned partnerships that support working parents.

Growth and Development of Existing Partnerships

  • Develop long-term purpose-driven partnerships with current employer partners to advance our mission of supporting career progression for working parents and promoting gender equality in leadership.
  • Identify and curate content that supports employers to create a different future of work (you will have support on the administrative event management team and marketing side).
  • Promote our Fellowship Programmes to employers, providing opportunities for their employees to advance their careers.
  • Collaborate with partners on in-house cohorts of our Fellowship Programmes or joint research projects.

Applicant Support and Pipeline Management

  • Manage a pipeline of potential applicants, respond to inquiries, and conduct calls with interested individuals.

Employer Marketing

  • Engage with employers on social media, particularly LinkedIn.
  • Work with the Digital Marketing Officer to create marketing materials and manage an email list for employers, including data reporting.
  • Lead the content creation for employer engagement events.
  • Collaborate with marketing to commission valuable content for employers.

Strategic Partnership Development

  • Support the CEO in developing long-term strategic partnerships to reach more employer partners.
  • Build relationships with new and existing outreach partners who promote our programmes to employers and parents.
  • Work closely with the team to achieve our shared goals of creating a positive impact for working parents.


We Would Love to Meet:

(Please do apply even if you don‘t fulfil all criteria – some of our strongest applications in the past have been from surprise candidates!)

  • Ability to build long-term partnerships with stakeholders at all levels that add value.
  • Ability to take responsibility for growth in income generation.
  • You can close sales and sell clearly defined products.
  • You are good at generating new leads from referrals and managing a pipeline.
  • You are highly organised and self-motivated, able to prioritise a varied and fast-paced workload.
  • You are extremely results-oriented and enjoy responsibility for income generation.
  • You are a team player committed to working collaboratively to achieve results. 
  • You are excited to work in a small organisation with an entrepreneurial culture, willing to learn and get involved in activities outside your role when required.
  • You thrive in a dynamic environment and enjoy juggling multiple tasks. We know you are in control of your workload and will get things done or let us know if we need to adjust priorities.
  • You have a flexible and ‘can-do’ approach and get stuff done with limited resources and systems. Things change quickly here, and you aren’t fazed by that.


Why Work For Us

Inspiring Team: Be part of a dedicated team making a real difference for working parents and promoting gender equality in senior leadership.

Flexible Working: Experience best-in-class flexible working arrangements to help you balance your professional and personal life effectively.

Quick Decision-Making: Work in a small, agile organisation where we make impactful decisions swiftly.

Holidays: Enjoy 5 weeks of holiday each year plus bank holidays pro rata.

Excellent Pension Contribution: Benefit from a 6% employer pension contribution.

Professional Development: Receive a £500 contribution annually towards your professional development, helping you grow and advance in your career.

Company benefits with Pirkx: There are lots of benefits and services to make use of via Pirkx such as 24/7 GP booking helpline, 24/7 dedicated telephone counselling service, discounted gym memberships and virtual gym classes for all abilities, virtual and physical physio, mental health resilience training, courses for a lifelong learning, guidance on financial wellness, discounts on big brand shopping, cinema tickets, holidays, plus loads more.

Dynamic and Entrepreneurial Culture: Thrive in an environment that encourages innovation, learning, and getting involved in various activities outside your role.


General Leaders Plus Core Competencies:

  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Results orientation
  • Inclusion
  • Activating leadership in others
  • Resourcefulness
  • Continuous learning
  • Resilience
  • Planning and organising
  • Alignment with the Leaders Plus principles.