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ODI - Operations and Business Development Manager

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Type of contract
Economics and Finance
£39,897 - £50,466 per annum
Closing date
29 Aug 2017



Operations and Business Development Manager - Economics, Finance and Inequality cluster

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £39,897 - £50,466 per annum

Location: London

Ref: EFIC/02/17


The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

About us

ODI (www.odi.org.uk) aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.

We are looking for an Operations and Business Development Manager will manage Economics, Finance and Inequality cluster operations, provide oversight and coordination on cluster business development, foster cross-cluster working in support of strategic objectives and supervise the cluster programme officer.


Key responsibilities include:

Operations Management and Coordination

  • Ensuring coherence and consistency of reporting, information management, budgeting and other key business systems and processes across programmes;
  • Coordinating internal communication and acting as an interface with ODI’s Finance and HR departments;
  • Facilitating cross programme learning on operations and reporting and acting as a first point of contact and professional support for all administrative staff in the cluster.

Business Development

  • Maintaining oversight of business development processes;
  • Producing funding analyses and preparing strategy documents for consultation, to include: identification of new opportunities/donors and securing additional funding, developing and strengthening commercial and business development strategies, analysing the pros and cons of different funding sources and contract arrangements, and working with senior researchers to build more beneficial effective and strategic portfolios of funding;
  • Overseeing and supporting the preparation and submission of major bids;
  • Track business development activities across programmes, provide analysis of these at cluster level to identify synergies, successes and how to improve practices;
  • Supporting the ongoing management of major bids, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to the GPIP, DSF and PFI programmes;
  • Providing oversight of the programme officer and advising component leads as required. 

About you

  • Knowledge and experience of coordinating proposals, reports and donors and knowledge management
  • Knowledge of international development policy issues
  • Extensive knowledge of financial management
  • Entrepreneurship and ability to quickly progress unanticipated business opportunities
  • Excellent strategic thinking and ability to plan multi-year projects and programmes
  • Ability to work across multiple constituencies
  • Advanced IT skills including excel, word, outlook, PowerPoint and databases
  • Ability to write well and to prepare reports with minimum supervision
  • Multitasking skills in a high-pressure environment
  • Exceptional planning and execution skills
  • Ability to work to own initiative with minimum supervision

Closing date: 29 August 2017 

Interview Date: 06 September 2017

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at www.odi.org.uk/jobs. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 3817 0031 or email humanresources@odi.org.uk


ODI is an equal opportunities employer                                                                                          Charity Reg. No.228248

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