12AUG - Business Development Manager, British Council - Deadline: 26AUG


Organization Description

The British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organization and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world.

The Education and Society Strategic Business Unit (SBU) is one of 3 SBUs in the British Council the others are Arts and English and Examinations. Our vision for Education and Society is: A world where all people have opportunities to broaden their horizons and build their futures through international education and more open societies. We work in the following eight areas to engage people across the world with the UK and develop new and deeper relationships that deliver impact overseas and in the UK:

Education - Higher Education, Schools, Science and Research, Skills;
Society - Access to Justice, Civil Society (including Sport), Social Enterprise, Gender and Inclusion. 

Location - London, Manchester or Brussels, Belgium

Job Description 

The Business Development team provides professional leadership of the British Council’s global mixed economy business strategy for Education and Society (E&S), aligned to wider corporate and E&S objectives and priorities, to ensure the portfolio makes a significant and high quality contribution to the organisation’s cultural relations and commercial activity.

Department: Education & Society

Job Responsibilities

We have an excellent opportunity in the team of Business Development Services to support the delivery of the British Council’s global mixed economy business strategy for Education and Society, through the provision of high quality business development, proposal development and coordination services including assigned regional pipeline management and research and analysis of client and partner trends and opportunities.

Job Requirements

We require the successful candidate to have the following experience:

  • Experience in competitive tendering, proposal and business development for commercial contracts, including a proven track record in leading all stages of tendering processes to secure new business with key international clients (DFID, EC, ADB, WB);
  • In depth knowledge of the Project Management life cycle, with specific knowledge of client funded projects;
  • Experience in developing business strategy and positioning for new work, including risk and financial assessment and the identification of partners/suppliers, relationship building with clients and donors;
  • Experience in building capacity, developing and delivering learning opportunities in business development, proposal management;
  • Operating successfully in a complex, multi-cultural context.


Full time, permanent contract

Who Can Apply

Existing right to work in EU

How to Apply and Deadline 

If you are interested and feel you are suitable for this role, please apply before 23:59 UK Time Tuesday 26th August 2015.

Competitive benefits package offered.

Our Equality Commitment: 
Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. 

All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.