Assistant Director of New Business and Partnerships

London, UK
Contract type: 
Permanent, full time
circa £64,000, commensurate with experience
Closing date: 
Monday, 20 April, 2020
Options is looking for an experienced individual to play a pivotal role in driving business growth and expanding Options' work in delivering innovative solutions to some of the most complex health challenges around the world.

The Assistant Director of New Business and Partnerships oversees the processes through which Options develops new business. The post holder is responsible for coordinating the work of the New Business and Partnerships team in identifying, tracking and positioning Options for new opportunities, including overall management and prioritisation of Options’ new business pipeline. The post holder plays a key role in the work of Options, engaging both internal and external stakeholders to build appropriate partnerships and ensuring high quality teamwork produces proposals of winning quality. The post holder also plays an important role in the development and implementation of Options’ strategy, particularly in relation to client diversification, as well as winning business in new markets.

Main duties

The post holder will monitor and oversee Options’ new business pipeline, ensuring a balance between long and short-term pre-positioning to increase profitability and reflect Options’ client, geographical and technical priorities. He/she will oversee the identification, tracking and management of new opportunities, and coordinate across teams on gathering of intelligence about future opportunities through in-house knowledge management, research, external engagement and international travel when appropriate. The post holder will track the performance of Options’ business development activities, reporting against progress at regular intervals during the year.

He/she will contribute to Options’ understanding of the market and landscape, including the funding priorities of current clients and potential investors, and establish and nurture relationships with consultants, partners and international development organisations to build strong partnerships for collaboration on new business.

The post holder will lead on the development of technical and commercial proposals, liaising between teams to create well-crafted, winning concept notes and proposals. This will include leading team design as well as  recruitment and sourcing of proposed candidates, oversight of preparation of budgets and commercial proposals and managing satisfactory negotiations with clients and partners for successful proposals.

He/she will also support and cultivate a highly motivated business development team to ensure that business development deliverables are met to a high standard, and will be expected to work closely with other teams to promote continuous learning and knowledge sharing across Options, identifying opportunities for collaboration, leveraging relationships, and developing staff knowledge and capacity.

The post is based in Options’ office in central London. Occasional international travel may be required.

Person specification: 


  • Education to degree level, or equivalent experience, in a related/relevant subject
  • Substantial and proven experience of generating and managing a pipeline of new business opportunities in the international development sector and demonstrable knowledge of the changing sector and funding landscape
  • Substantial experience of leading the proposal development process for governmental and other donors, including experience responding to competitive tenders, developing technical and commercial proposals
  • Excellent project management skills, includng ability to develop and analyse budgets, commercially aware, able to negotiate with stakeholders, etc.
  • Clear thinking and effective decision-making; ability to work to strict deadlines and under pressure
  • Strong record of line management and management of teams, including ability to set strategic direction and priorities of teams
  • Excellent attention to detail, with ability to digest and act on complex information in a timely manner
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Knowledge of landscape of partner / competitor organisations and individuals working in Options’ core areas of expertise
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Willingness to travel locally and internationally as required


  • Relevant post-graduate qualification, preferably (but not essentially) in international health or development
  • Experience in developing outreach and relationship-building strategies and implementing plans to achieve them.
  • Experience managing or engaging in co-creation grant making design processes with foundations and/or social investors
  • Knowledge about the international development strategies of key donors, particularly the UK Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Entrepreneurial spirit – good instincts, commercial nous and ability to identify creative solutions

Options offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous annual leave allowance, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme and a discretionary performance related bonus scheme.

Application process: 
  • To apply, please fill in the form here
  • Closing date: 20 April 2020
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview. Interviews will be held week commencing 27 April 2020
Other information: 
  • Options is an equal opportunities employer
  • We seek people who are pro-choice, energetic and enthusiastic about Options’ vision
  • Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment
  • Overseas candidates require a valid UK work permit
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