Business Development Manager

Posted on 06 October 22 by Liam Parmenter

  • Remote
  • 34000 - 36000 per Annum

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Job Description

level= are proud to be supporting UK Deaf Sport in their search for a Business Development Manager.

To access the BSL translation link, please click here:

UK Deaf Sport is the leading organisation for deaf sports in the UK. Their vision is Every Deaf Person Active and Inspired by Sports and Physical Activity. They provide support, raise awareness for fairness and campaign for deaf people, ensuring equal opportunities in sport and physical activity. Its mission is for more deaf people to participate in sports throughout their lives and more deaf athletes to perform on the world stage.

The Business Development Manager, alongside the CEO, will be responsible for the growth and diversification of UK Deaf Sport’s income and delivering UK Deaf Sport’s Business Development Strategy. This includes developing their approach to local, regional and national growth, managing  grants processes end to end, forming and managing UK Deaf Sport’s approach to corporate partnerships, and leading business development best practice across the organisation and beyond.

Please note:
   This is a part-time, home-based role working 30 hours per week.

Business Development Manager Responsibilities:

  • Work with the CEO to further develop and deliver UK Deaf Sport’s Business Development Strategy and approach to secure financial growth and sustainability. 
  • Grow and diversify UK Deaf Sport’s income pipeline by generating new funding and income leads and opportunities at local, regional and national level.
  • Significantly improve and manage UK Deaf Sport’s commercial practices, including their approach to corporate partnerships including sponsorship opportunities.
  • Oversee existing and new partnerships, funder relationships and projects. 
  • Manage UK Deaf Sport’s grants process end to end, including co-ordinating funding bids, writing applications and proposals and lead in-person/virtual pitches.
  • Regularly review UK Deaf Sport’s position within the fundraising landscape and identify opportunities and risks that may impact their work. 
  • Work with the CEO to manage agreed project budgets and maintain accurate financial records in line with the Funder and/or the organisation's needs. 

Business Development Manager Person Specification:

  • Able to lead an organisation’s business development/fundraising function.
  • Ability to generate new funding and income leads and opportunities at local, regional and national level.
  • Ability to secure and manage corporate partnerships and sponsorship opportunities. 
  • Budget management.
  • Able to identify and co-ordinate funding bids, write applications and proposals, and lead in-person/virtual pitches.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills, attention to detail and understanding of inclusive and accessible communication.  
  • Ability to use own initiative, plan ahead and work accurately to tight deadlines, and to prioritise.
  • Excellent negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Ability to travel and work independently.

The Package:

  • Basic salary:  £36,000 per annum (Pro Rata).
  • Flexible, part-time, home-based working.


To apply for this role, you will need to first register your interest by submitting your CV. Your CV will only be used for information purposes and will not be relevant in the application process. You will then be emailed a response containing a link needed to answer some work-related questions. Our goal is to assess your approach to a problem and better understand what knowledge and skills you have. Your answers will be anonymised, randomised and reviewed by a diverse panel.

We also think giving feedback is incredibly valuable for candidates, so at the end of the process, you'll see how well you performed during the application process.

The closing date for applications is Monday 31st October 2022 at 5pm, and the deadline for submission of the work-related questions is Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at 5pm. 

UK Deaf Sport encourage applicants who are from underrepresented groups, across protected characteristics, as they value the benefits of a diverse pool of applicants to find the best candidate. Lived experience of deafness would be highly beneficial. If you require a BSL interpreter, or have other accessibility needs, please advise and we will make the necessary arrangements.

UK Deaf Sport uses the term ‘deaf’ in this job description to cover a range of potential definitions of deafness, including those who are profoundly deaf, have significant hearing loss or are hard of hearing. It is acknowledged that definitions and understanding of Deaf and deafness can be complex. Within the deaf community there are perceptions around the level of deafness where some who are completely deaf consider themselves to be different compared to those with hearing loss. This also includes the use of the terms Deaf and deaf whereby the use of a capital D in Deaf can denote those who identify as having a cultural and shared experience of being Deaf, usually with profound or little hearing and may use sign language, whereas the use of lowercase d in deaf can refer to those who have both a significant hearing loss or are hard of hearing.

Job Information

Rate / Salary

34000 - 36000


Leisure and Sport


Not Specified

Skills / Experience

Strong business development acumen; Ability to generate funding and income leads; Strong relationship management skills; Excellent organisational and communication skills


Flexible, home-based working, 30 hours per week

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