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Senior Partnership Manager (Sales)

Job Description

Senior Partnerships Manager


Salary:                                      £35,000 pa plus OTE £13k (potential earning excess of £48k)


Benefits:                                  26 days holiday rising, plus 8 bank holidays

                                                Private Medical Insurance

                                                Pension 8% non contributory

                                                Cycle to work scheme

                                                Standard Travel Loan

                                                Membership of D&AD, for full details see the website  

Job Objective:             

To be an active fundraiser and develop mutually beneficial partnerships with both leading brands and agencies .  This role is a fantastic opportunity for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen and real people skills. Who’s looking to widen their commercial experience and help make a real difference to creative education.  

Job Description

  • Develop valuable and content rich sponsorship packages for our clients
  • Generate revenue for D&AD through our Awards and Education programmes
  • Help grow and manage a portfolio of new and existing clients, our clients include adidas, BBC and Microsoft to name but a few.
  • Work with other D&AD teams to innovate and identify opportunities to further client engagement
  • Manage key accounts as assigned by the head of partnerships, including drafting proposals, negotiating and closing deals
  • Deliver all benefits for committed partners - ensuring that all invoicing, contracts and other transactions are effectively administered
  • Be an outward face of D&AD – attending industry events and promoting our values and work
  • Work with the Education, Marketing and Digital team to ensure our sponsorships are truly integrated into D&AD programming and marcomms.


  • Proven fundraiser
  • Entrepreneurial
  • A natural networker with the ability to establish and develop key business relationships
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Effective influencer and persuader
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Keynote and some knowledge of Salesforce or equivalent (D&AD use a Mac platform)
  • At least 4 years experience in either sponsorship, sales or business development
  • Knowledge of the creative communications industry desirable
  • Proven fundraiser
  • Entrepreneurial
  • A natural networker with the ability to establish and develop key business relationships


  • Can do attitude
  • Creative thinker
  • Self motivated, pro-active and goal orientated
  • Able to work under pressure and take initiative
  • Able to work as a team player, in a busy and fast moving work environment

Due to the number of applications we receive, we regret that you will not be contacted unless you are shortlisted for an interview. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date of your application you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion. 

In order to comply with the Prevention of Illegal Working, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act, you will need to provide appropriate documentation that proves that you are eligible to work in the UK. 

D&AD is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. It is our commitment that no member of staff or job applicant will be treated less favourably on the grounds of their sex, marital or parental status, race, colour, nationality, religion, belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender reassignment.

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