Top job! Director of Business Development

  • Full time
  • £70,092 – £77,413
  • Edinburgh (Hybrid)
  • Closing 29th May 2024

  • Advertised from 14th May 2024
  • Salary based on experience Permanent (flexible working considered)


Penumbra is one of Scotland’s largest mental health organisations which works to promote mental health and wellbeing, prevent mental ill health for people who are at risk, and support those with mental health challenges to live a fulfilling life.

As an advocate for change, Penumbra campaigns to influence government policies at both national and local levels. It also strives to enhance public awareness and understanding surrounding mental health issues, paving the way for a more compassionate and inclusive society.

Penumbra is dedicated to delivering exceptional care through high quality, personalised, and recovery focused services to adults and young people experiencing mental ill-health. Penumbra delivers a range of services including supported living and supported accommodation services; community/social inclusion services including Crisis, and Distress Brief Intervention Services; self-harm projects, including the Self-harm Network Scotland; support for Survivors of In-Care Abuse; and suicide bereavement support, to name but a few.

Penumbra has experienced and responded to a significant increase in demand for its services. Over the last year, the charity delivered 77 individual services, supporting 17,755 people. As an organisation it therefore needs to develop so that it can support the mental health needs of Scotland in the years ahead. Empowered by its 2021-25 strategic plan, Penumbra is committed to expanding its reach so that people have access to the right support at the right time.

To do this, Penumbra needs to achieve its full income generating potential as a national third sector organisation. As a key part of Penumbra’s Leadership Team, you will develop and implement our Business Development strategy, blending statutory and commissioned funding with trading and fundraising, You will develop and lead our Business Development team and will play a vital role in how we grow and deliver for the people of Scotland.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working at a senior strategic level and who has extensive experience in a commercially focussed environment. We are happy to hear from you if you are from the third, private or public sector. You will need to evidence that your strategy and execution have produced significant income benefit for your organisation. You will also need to have drive, determination to succeed, and leadership experience in getting your team to produce tangible results and, above all, an empathy and passion for the work of Penumbra.

If this sounds like you and you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact us today for the full candidate pack. PLEASE NOTE, THIS ROLE CLOSES ON WEDNESDAY 29TH MAY SO EARLY APPLICATIONS ARE WELCOMED.

Application notes

Please email us at to request an information pack, full job description and person specification. You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants. Early engagement is recommended to fully explore this opportunity.

Closing Date: Midnight Wednesday 29th May

Interview Date - 1st Stage Friday 7th June in Edinburgh

2nd Stage (if necessary) morning of Monday 10th June

This search is being conducted exclusively for Penumbra by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team have all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.