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Major Partnerships Lead

£48,696 - £54,107 per annum (pro-rata for 28 hours pw)

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You will be the main contact point with our partner and have overall responsibility for ensuring the partnership meets or exceeds both M&S and YoungMinds’ strategic objectives, and a £5 million income target.

Key information

Major Partnerships Lead
Part-time, Fixed term contract
£48,696 - £54,107 per annum (pro-rata for 28 hours pw)
Application closing date
16 Apr 2024
Interview date
Working environment

We are currently working with a hybrid working model, where there is the option of working from home combined with 4-12 days a month of working in the office.

About this role

Are you passionate about young people’s mental health? Would you like to take the reigns on Young Minds’ biggest partnership to date, with retail giant, Marks & Spencer, to make sure we maximise this opportunity, for both income and impact?

As Major Partnerships Lead you will spearhead our ground-breaking charity partnership with M&S, steering a multidisciplinary team of YoungMinds' colleagues.  You will be an experienced charity partnership lead or corporate account management expert, with outstanding agile delivery/project management skills, confident relationship-building and negotiation skills, alongside experience of leading programmes with multiple workstreams and stakeholders to deliver impact.

You will be responsible for effective delivery of the partnership towards its ambitious goal of raising £5 million over the next three years, enabling YoungMinds to double its reach to young people, and help get our annual awareness campaign, #HelloYellow, into every primary school in the UK. You will work creatively with our partner and steering group to shape both fundraising and purpose driven activity to maximise our impact for young people.

As an experienced agile professional, you will work with key stakeholders to understand project requirements and priorities. Your people skills help you to bring disparate teams and opinions together and have them focussed on an agreed shared outcome.

About you

The successful candidate will have:

  • experience of leading a large charity partnership or corporate fundraising function
  • knowledge and experience of delivery management and/or project management methods, with a track record of successfully delivering outcomes
  • experience of leading commercial negotiations
  • experience of establishing and embedding effective systems and processes
  • proven ability to establish credibility and manage and sustain strong relationships with a number of senior stakeholders
  • ability to work at pace and with an agile approach
  • excellent concise and robust communication skills both written and verbal
Major Partnerships Lead job pack
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This is a three-year fixed-term position, at four days a week, via a hybrid working arrangement.

We welcome applications from Black and minoritised, LGBTQIA+ groups and those with disabilities, as they are currently under-represented.

We hope that you would like to join us at a very exciting stage of our growth and development. You’ll be joining a bright, dynamic team who have a passion for supporting our ambitions.

Apply now

One of our values is: “We celebrate what makes you you – whoever you are, we welcome you and encourage you to be true to yourself”. 

If you are excited about helping us to achieve our mission, passionate about working at an organisation that puts the lived experience of young people at the heart of everything we do and want to be part of our drive to become a truly anti-racist organisation we want to hear from you.

To apply, please fill in the application form - downloadable below - and send via email to

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Team profile

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Our fundraising department is about to grow from 15 to 20 people. We've had a very successful fundraising year, due to our supporters knowing that the mental health of young people is so important. We hope you do too and want to be part of that change.

Our team size is perfect for someone who wants to experience a breadth of fundraising - we are large enough to offer support to one another and small enough to mean that we get involved with each other's work, so we all get some experience of different methods.

Also, because of our size, each person knows how much impact they are making. It's pretty special.

About YoungMinds

You’ll be part of a passionate, hardworking team that cares about the work they do and you’ll be part of making a real difference to the lives of children and young people. In addition to becoming part of the YoungMinds team, you’ll get:

  • 25 days paid holiday entitlement (plus Bank Holidays)
  • three days additional leave over Christmas and New Year
  • annual paid ‘wellbeing days’ – an extra two paid days off a year for all employees to take some time for themselves, when the office is closed.
  • auto-enrolment onto pension scheme where YoungMinds will match your contribution up to five per cent
  • statutory benefits such as parental leave and sick pay
  • a wide range of other health, wellbeing and lifestyle benefits
  • a dedication to continued professional development, training and shared best practice
Find out more about working at YoungMinds

Our vision

  • A world where no young person feels alone with their mental health.

    We want to see a world where every young person who is struggling feels able to reach out, and has people and services around them who can really help.

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