Senior Development Manager

Centre for Sustainable Energy
41,802 - 50,071
Closing Date: 
Monday, 3 June, 2024 - 12:00
Contract Type: 
Full Time
Full time - 37.5 (minimum 30 hours considered)
Contract Details: 
Details of Role: 

About the Organisation


We share our knowledge and practical experience to empower people to change the way they think and act about energy. 


Job Description


We're looking for a proactive and enthusiastic Senior Development manager to identify new funding opportunities, develop high quality funding proposals that generate income for CSE's work in line with CSE's strategy and objectives. The successful candidate will nurture new and existing partner, client and, funder relationships. 


Pay and Conditions


  • The role is full-time, 37.5 hours per week (minimum of 30 hours considered). 
  • The starting salary for this role will be grade H £41,802 - £50,071.
  • Flexible hybrid working permitted for this role, with a minimum of two to three working days presence in the office required. 

Why Choose CSE? 

  • Attractive pension (6% employee contribution, CSE contribute 8%). 
  • Critical illness cover, health cash plan and free eye and hearing tests.
  • A variety of discounts including vehicle breakdown cover, gym and retail discounts.
  • Cycle and tech schemes.
  • Free weekly yoga classes.

Specific Responsibilities:

An applicant appointed to the role will be expected to: 

  • Work effectively with others to develop funding proposals for CSE projects. 
  • Lead the response to competitive Invitations to Tender, which require a specific and timely response to a client's brief and the ability to highlight and sell relevant CSE strengths and expertise. 
  • Support our development process by giving direction, supervision, and support to all contributing staff. 
  • Work with delivery teams and colleagues to set project budgets, costing work accurately using CSE's development and financial tools. 
  • Ensure effective setup of new projects and facilitate the handover when a project bid has a succesful outcome. 
  • Ensure appropriate quality checks are carried out on all proposals. 

To see a detailed list of responsibilities, please see the supporting documents attached. These documents are also available to download from our website. 

All CSE staff receive training and are given study time to complete the NEA City & Guilds in Energy Awareness. 

Essential attributes for this role include: 

  • Minimum Maths and English GCSE.
  • Extensive experience working in a project development or fundraising role with a proven track record of securing funding for projects or services. 
  • Familiarity with project management practices and systems. 
  • A commitment to CSE's work and charitable mission. 
  • The ability to construct clear and effective project proposals and tender documents. 
  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Good administrative skills with a strong attention to detail and commitment to quality. 
  • Self-motivated with a flexible attitude and a proven ability to manage own time and multitask.
  • Empathy towards the challenges people and communities face on their journey to net-zero. 
  • A general understanding of sustainable energy, fuel poverty and climate change. 

Please note the above is an overview of the skills required for this role. To see a full list of the essential and desirable skills please see the attached job description. Your application should demonstrate how you meet the criteria outlined. 

How to Apply: 

Please complete the application form available to download from our website, along with other supporting documents. CVs and cover letters will not be considered. Your application  should demonstrate how your skills and experience relate to the essential and desirable attributes listed above for the role. 

The closing date for applications is 12 midday, Monday 3 June 2024. If you haven't heard from us by Wednesday 5 June 2024, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. 

Interviews will take place Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June.  Please note we'll be shortlisting applications as we receive them and may hold interviews before the closing date. 

If invited to interview, we will ask you to provide evidence of eligibility to work in the UK. 

Contact Email:
Postal Address: 
Centre for Sustainable Energy St James Court St James Parade Bristol BS1 3LH