Partnership Account Manager

Employer: WES
Job location
Stevenage (with some travel)
Job salary
Job term
full time, permanent
Job closing date

It’s an exciting time to be at the Women’s Engineering Society. For 100 years we have been promoting the education and practice of women in engineering, and as our second century dawns, we partner with ever more businesses who want to support their female engineers. Our relationships with companies, universities and other organisations are key to delivering our goals and we are seeking a new Partnership Manager for our ever-growing portfolio of partners.

We are passionate about supporting women in engineering and work hard as a team to have a huge impact in the world. We reached 175 million people on International Women in Engineering Day in June 2019.

Working in Partnerships is fast-paced and varied. You will support a number of initiatives generating sponsorship for our premier events such as INWED and the WES Student Conference. You will nurture our existing Company Partnerships, working with great engineering organisations such as BAE Systems, Toyota and National Grid. As our influence develops you will reach out to other companies to encourage them to partner with WES. You will also be an integral part of the development of our next three-year business strategy.

You will be expected to manage existing relationships, develop and shape commercial scope as well as business plans for new partnerships, and also integrate well with the broader WES team to bring your partnership portfolio to life. You will also be confident managing the needs of our event sponsors and ensure our work aligns with the overall WES marketing strategy, while upholding our Charitable aims and vision. 

Our Partnership role comes with big potential to make your mark on WES. The engineering industry is changing, with more focus on problem-solving and enhancing the world around us. WES needs to be at the forefront of that change, finding new ways to support women in engineering and our partners. If you’re a brave and a bold thinker, willing to work hard and enjoy working in a hands-on team, you will be in your element with WES. 


To create, develop and manage engagement with all partners, including corporate, government, trusts and education, to support WES’ strategy including fundraising to expand current services as well as develop new services to enable a sustainable funding model to be developed

To be the primary point of contact for partners and sponsors ensuring relationships are proactively managed and identify opportunities for growth

Principal Tasks and Responsibilities


Develop and deliver a partnership strategy for WES by identifying opportunities for growth from both new and existing partners and sponsors including fund-raising targets

Build relationships with partners, funders and other stakeholders such as universities and provide high-quality services for them

Manage activities so that detailed tailored partnership plans are delivered including


Ensure that appropriate reporting systems are in place to provide relevant and timely information for reporting on partnership activity and results on a regular and ad-hoc basis

Oversee the development of an effective partnership management system/database


  • Make appropriate use of different communication channels including digital and print media to maintain excellent partnership relationships

Person Specification


  • Experience of successfully building relationships with partners and funders
  • Significant business engagement and account management experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Exceptional communication skills including persuasive writing, concise report writing and use of social media
  • Proven fundraising experience including working with institutional and corporate donors
  • Strong presentation and networking skills
  • Good understanding of the engineering sector
  • Knowledge of the Data Protection Act
  • Understanding of importance of diversity and inclusion


  • Understanding of the charitable sector
  • Existing network in the engineering sector

Flexible working considered

Applicants are invited to apply as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the vacancy if a suitable candidate is found prior to the closing date.

For further information, and to apply, please send a covering letter and CV via the vacancy posted on the Reed website