Location:  Daisy Chain Premises and Sites

Hours of work: Full Time – 37.5 Hours per week (ability to work evenings and weekends as required)

Salary:  £28,000-£30,000 (depending on experience)

Closing date: 31st August 2021 with interviews scheduled to take place w/c Monday 6th September 2021


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I am passionate about improving the lives of families affected by autism and believe I can make a difference. Does this sound like you?

Daisy Chain is a well-known and established charity in Tees Valley specialising in helping families affected by autism. We believe that Daisy Chain makes a demonstrable, significant and sustainable difference to the lives of hundreds of families across the Tees Valley. Working at Daisy Chain gives you the opportunity to make a difference on a daily basis and to see the positive outcomes that your input can make.

Come and join Daisy Chain Project. We are offering an exciting opportunity for a skilled Business Development Manager to become part of our successful Business Development Team.

You will be responsible for the financial growth of the department through the development of new and existing funding streams and opportunities. Ability to write compelling and persuasive applications and experience in securing funds is desired.

Daisy Chain have exciting and ambitious plans for growth and development of autism services across the Tees Valley and beyond. Are you an organised and motivated individual seeking a new challenge? Are you looking for the opportunity to make a difference in a fast paced and rewarding environment? If so, then we would love to hear from you.

Daisy Chain is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone in our care and therefore this post is subject to an enhanced DBS check


Job Summary

Working with the Head of Development and Economic Generation you will identify and develop new and existing opportunities for future strategic partnerships. This role will play a pivotal role in diversifying and strengthening the charity’s income streams which in turn helps provide vital front-line autism services.

You will be responsible for the contractual management and reporting of all new and existing grants, funded programmes and service contracts.

The post holder will be accountable to the Head of Development and Economic Generation and will work with them to identify and implement a strategy for key income streams for DC including but not limited to: trusts and foundations, local authorities’ corporate partners and entrepreneurial opportunities. Working across all aspects of Business Development, you will lead on the growth and development of fledgling initiatives, taking them from pilot projects to established services.

Key Responsibilities

  • To work with Head of Development and Economic Generation to build upon and grow existing and new funded services and enterprise
  • To assist the Head of Business Development and Economic Generation to implement the agreed income strategy including but not limited to: trusts and foundations, local authorities and corporate partners and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • To work with staff from across the organisation in order cultivate, and design funded services and processes
  • To support new cross departmental projects and fledgling services into mainstream delivery
  • To ensure funding reports are completed in a timely fashion to meet annual targets and effectively manage budgets
  • To maintain administrative systems for all activity so relationships can be monitored and maintained
  • To prepare partner agreements where appropriate
  • To submit planning applications when appropriate
  • Ensure timely delivery of grant thank you letters/receipts to funders
  • Liaise with Finance Department to monitor and track grants received, ensuring funds are drawn down when applicable and that accurate evidence of grant expenditure provided
  • Liaise with Fundraising and Communications Department to ensure appropriate publicity is given and that contact with funders and potential funders is in line with the work of this department
  • To work with key Daisy Chain personnel to ensure new projects are established correctly and according to any funding requirements and/or terms and conditions
  • To work with the Operations Team to ensure that all Daisy Chain projects make use of appropriate and well-maintained facilities


Additional responsibilities:

  • Comply with the Charities’ Health and Safety policy in all employment practices
  • Maintain the integrity of the Daisy Chain brand in all internal and external communications
  • Maintain a proactive approach to your role and responsibilities along with a commitment to contribute and maintain the positive working ethos within the Charity
  • Ensure attendance at staff meetings.
  • Undertake any training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post
  • Work in a way that contributes to the continuous improvement of the Charity’s services and embraces the organisations quality initiatives
  • Any other duties from time to time, commensurate with the level of the post


This job outline is intended to indicate the broad range of responsibilities and requirements of the post. It is neither exhaustive nor exclusive but, while some variation can be expected in particular duties, the outline is considered to provide a reasonable general description of the post.


Person Specification

Successful candidates will have a strong work ethic, and share our Company values of Passionate, Inclusive, Empowering, Ambitious, Open and Innovative. If you have worked in a similar setting before all the better, but most importantly we are looking for people who share our Ethos of improving the lives of families affected by Autism. The below details what we are looking for in an ideal candidate if it is Essential (E) Desirable (D) and how we will assess that skill, via your application (A) at Interview (I) or as part of a task during the interview process (T)



  • Experience in writing reports for funders -E,A&T
  • Experience in managing contracts and tender processes -E,A&I
  • Good knowledge and understanding of grant contract conditions and risk management-E&A
  • Experience of developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders-E,A,I&T


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent -E,D&A
  • Management qualification—E,D&A



  • Highly organised with a positive, can do attitude -E&I
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise work load and manage multiple tasks and deadlines -E,A&I
  • Strong copy writing and persuasive writing skills -E,A&T
  • Excellent written English language skills -E,A&T
  • Excellent project management skills -E&I
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team-E&I
  • In-depth knowledge of IT systems including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, e-mail and internet -E,A&I
  • Strong research skills-E,A&I



  • Understanding of and commitment to the aims, ethos and philosophy of Daisy Chain -E&I
  • Ability to alter work patterns in order to respond to funder opportunities and deadlines (which may periodically include working evenings and weekends) -E&I
  • Ability to travel to projects, events and meetings -E&A
  • Clean driving licence with own transport-E&A
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the charity -E, A&I
  • Knowledge of online tendering portals such as NEPO-I
  • Ability to forge relationships with different stakeholders -I&T
  • Great attention to detail – E, A&I
  • Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills – E&I
  • Ability to trouble-shoot and solve problems-E, A&I


Company Benefits

Our staff do amazing jobs and as such we want to reward our staff that is why we offer

  • Enhanced holiday leave of 33 days annual leave (pro rata for part time employees) rising to 35 after 5 years’ service.
  • A bespoke induction plan specific to you and your role which starts as soon as a job offer is accepted.
  • Alongside your induction plan new members of staff have a 6 month induction programme and planned meetings with their line manager to ensure the employee is settling in and offer any support needed to fulfil their role.
  • Ongoing training and development.
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme offers a full range of confidential services designed to ensure you receive professional support that may affect work and home life.
  • Company Pension Scheme.
  • Staff discount.
  • Free on-site car parking and refreshments.
  • Social and charitable events.
  • Company sick Pay after successful completion of probationary period.
  • Savings Club
  • Give as you earn scheme for staff to make donation to a charity of their choice if they wish.
  • If your role requires membership of a professional Body we will pay your membership fees.


To be considered for the role click on the apply button above and submit your CV and details alongside a covering letter detailing with examples how you meet the person specification for the role. If you have any gaps within your employment history, please state the reasons for these gaps within your CV. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us on 01642 531248.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.

If you require any adjustments to the recruitment process, to enable you to perform to the best of your ability, please let us know when submitting your CV.

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