Business Development Officer

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Reference number: 43004

Title: Business Development Officer

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, full time

Location: Birmingham

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 9 December 2018

Salary: £29,785 - £32,177 per annum

Interview date: Tuesday 18 December 2018

To start: To be discussed at interview

Job advert:

About the role

Sense is looking for a Business Development Officer to join the Business Development Team. This is a full time, permanent position, working 37.5 hours per week at our Touchbase Pears location in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

The Business Development team manage and support growth and retention of business in line with our strategy.

You will play a large role in ensuring that existing business through externally contracted services is maintained and that existing contracts are monitored against specified outcomes and objectives and in ensuring we meet the needs and preferences of local people who are deafblind.

You will play a significant part in our tendering process, ensuring quality submissions and ongoing relationships with Commissioners, partners and stakeholders.

Ideally you will have a sound understanding of social care agendas and current practice governance and legislation.

About you 

As our ideal candidate, you will have experience in a similar role. We are looking for an individual who:

  • is conscientious, hard working and has the ability to communicate at all levels.
  • has excellent interpersonal skills and be able to engage a wide audience to build sustainable working relationships and achieve results.
  • has the ability to analyse data and make recommendations around improvements to services as well as identifying gaps and potential new business opportunities.
  • has persuasive writing skills and strong attention to detail
  • has a passion for social care and identification with our Sense values.

You will be able to work well both independently and as part of a team and be able to work to deadlines whilst maintaining a strong attention to detail. It'd be great if you had a commitment to working in the charity sector and developing an understanding of the health and social care sector and commissioning.  Ideally you will have experience of developing new and innovative services and have confidence in influencing at local and Commissioner level.

Please see the Job Description below for the full person specification and role responsibilities.

About us

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world.

We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

Sense has a proven record of offering high quality, pioneering services.

Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact: Debby Bayliss via or 07557 529758

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application; CVs will not be considered. Managers will use your application to shortlist candidates in relation to the Personal Specification; therefore it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format for example large print, Braille or audio please contact the HR department on 0121 415 6735 or textphone 0121 415 2720.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work. Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. 

Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

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