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Business Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,599 – £33,329
  • Glasgow with some travel required (Hybrid)
  • Closing 17th May 2024

  • Advertised from 2nd May 2024
  • Fixed term 2 years (potential to lead to permanent position). 35 hours per week (9 - 4.30pm working hours).


Early Years Scotland (EYS) has an exciting opportunity for someone with a proven record of accomplishment in business development to join Scotland’s leading national early years charity to promote, drive and lead the work of EYS as Business Development Manager (BDM).

Would you like to join our fantastic staff team at the Glasgow office and are you that special person we are looking for?

The EYS BDM’s core purpose is to work with the EYS Management Team to identify and develop new business and income opportunities, to enable EYS to meet its charitable objectives, specifically regarding the four main strands of our work:

  • Working Directly with Young Children and their Families
  • Membership and Support for ELC (Early Learning & Childcare) Settings, Groups, Professionals and Students
  • Professional Learning
  • Policy, Practice and Legislation: Advice and Advocacy

You would provide support to the senior management team in the identification of opportunities, services development, and potential partners to progress our social enterprise aspirations.

We are looking for a creative, confident, and experienced individual to join our EYS Team to progress the aims and objectives of our current Strategic Plan and beyond.

The EYS BDM will support the sustainability, viability, effectiveness, and impact of the organisation. Will be a professional with excellent communication skills who can set priorities for their own work and support the work of our Communications Co-ordinator, our Fundraising Manager and wider management team.

With experience in business development, income diversification and generation, and a proven experience of relationship building, the BDM will be able to identify, research and develop potential new areas of social enterprise growth for the charity.

This will help us to drive forward our ambitions to give every child the best start in life through the development and growth of our high-quality services to support members, children, and families, nationally.

If you are this person, then we want to hear from you!

Key requirements:

  • Proven record of accomplishment of business development and growth and able to draw on data and analysis to inform new service possibilities.
  • Developing national corporate partnerships and experienced in partnership formation and negotiating business/management arrangements for bids with partner organisations.
  • Meeting income generation targets as determined by the Membership and Business Support Manager and the Senior Management Team.
  • To progress market analysis identifying opportunities for growth, and to lead on the
  • development of appropriate business products and services as agreed.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills for a range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Represent and work to our values as, fostering a culture of positivity, support, respect, and inclusivity, while taking personal responsibility for their attitude, performance, and development.
  • Excellent IT skills, be highly numerate and be able to analyse and work with complex data and financial information.
  • An understanding of policies and challenges for children and families and the early years sector, and/or previous membership organisation experience is desirable but not essential.
  • Other duties as required, as identified.
  • Early Years Scotland will invest in you by:
  • Valuing your innovative, can-do approach
  • Being responsive to your ideas and creativity in developing our processes and your role
  • Supporting and nurturing the development of your skills, training, and experience in a third sector organisation.

REPORTS TO: Membership and Business Support Manager

DIRECT REPORTS: No direct reports (although this may change in future)

What we offer:

  • Hybrid working opportunities.
  • Free parking at Glasgow office (Car Park Club)
  • Accessible premises
  • Generous annual leave entitlement - 25 days annual leave in the first year rising to 30 days thereafter.
  • 12 public holidays per annum
  • Family friendly policies
  • Supported training and development.
  • 5% employer pension contribution from 3 months’ service
  • BUPA Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Paid sick leave entitlement on a service-related increasing scale.
  • Support for professional learning qualifications.
  • Staff Consultation Committee/Social events committee
  • Winter wellbeing day allocated in addition to annual leave entitlement.

Application notes

Closing date for applications: Friday 17 May 2024

Interviews: Friday 31st May 2024.

For more details of who we are and the value and impact of our rewarding work, please see our Impact Report

Completed CVs should be sent to:

For more information, please contact 0141 221 4148

Early Years Scotland is an equal opportunity employer.