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Career Returners – Head of Employer Partnerships

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Location: UK: London or surrounding areas (with remote working)

Opportunity: Permanent role, 4-5 days a week

Salary: £60,000-£65,000 (pro-rata)

Start Date: September 2024

Apply by: 29 July 2024

Join our Career Returners Team!

Would you like to contribute to our mission of building a fairer and more inclusive working world and making career breaks a valued part of a lifetime career?

We’re looking for a Head of Employer Partnerships, a newly created role. The Head of Employer Partnerships is a senior leadership position responsible for expanding our global network of employer partnerships, delivering tailored solutions that meet the evolving needs of our employer partners and fostering strong, long-term relationships.

We can offer hugely rewarding work and a welcoming and supportive working environment, with a friendly and informal team who all work remotely.

The role is open to candidates with relevant skills and experience. Of course, we welcome applicants who have taken a career break, but this is not a requirement! If you’re successful and you’ve taken a career break of 2+ years, we’ll provide you with coaching support through the transition back to work. Applications are particularly welcomed from ethnic minority candidates.

The role is home-based but you will need to be based in or around London to attend occasional meetings and events. The role is 4-5 days, working pattern to be agreed.

About the role

Employer Partnership – Returner Consulting and Support

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with Career Returners’ employer partners worldwide to design, develop and grow a wide range of tailored individual and cross-company returner initiatives
  • Provide expert consulting at a senior level to leading organisations
  • Present at business leader stakeholder meetings
  • Lead on programme plans
  • Work with the Programme Manager and the Coaching team to provide a high standard of end-to-end support to all employer stakeholders
  • Work with the Community Manager to create employer engagement opportunities with our returner community

Business Development

  • Identify and pursue new opportunities for business growth
  • Respond to employer enquiries about Career Returners and our partnership services
  • Develop proposals and presentations to attract and retain employer partners
  • Represent Career Returners at industry and professional association events and conferences

Team and Business Leadership

  • Lead, mentor and develop a high-performing team of Programme Managers
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement and innovation
  • Work with the senior leadership team to contribute to the development of business strategy, drive strategic initiatives and generate innovative ideas

Full training on our returner programme expertise will be given. You’ll gradually take on your own employer partnership portfolio with full support and shadowing opportunities.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Significant experience in leading on the design and delivery of talent management programmes or similar initiatives
  • Experience with securing internal buy-in and resources for projects and programmes
  • Team leadership experience

We’d also like to see:

  • A shared passion for our mission
  • A consultative and empathetic approach
  • Commercial understanding and acumen
  • Credibility and professionalism to engage at a senior level
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, self-managing a workload with multiple deadlines and demands
  • An open, engaging, positive and personable style
  • A self-starter, with a proactive problem-solving approach, focused on finding/creating solutions
  • Flexible and adaptable, moving easily between strategic to “hands-on”
  • Comfortable with tech and open to learning new tech skills along the way

You must have the right to work in the UK.

Why you’ll want to join us!

This is a great opportunity for someone with corporate experience who is keen to take on rewarding work for a purpose-driven organisation. By joining us, you’ll not only be part of a mighty team, but you’ll also be part of a movement towards positive change. If you’re passionate about making a difference and want to be involved in something impactful, we’d love to have you on board!

Meaningful Impact: You’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference, both to individual lives and to society. Our mission-driven approach means every day brings new opportunities to help others thrive.

Supportive Team Environment: When you join us, you become part of a close-knit team!  We believe in supporting each other, sharing ideas, and working collaboratively towards our common goals. Whether it’s brainstorming sessions, team-building activities, or simply lending a listening ear, you’ll always find support here. We celebrate each other’s successes and provide encouragement during challenging times.

Open Communication: Your voice matters here. We foster an environment of open communication where everyone’s ideas are valued and respected.

Work-Life Balance: We understand the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between work and personal life. While we’re passionate about our mission, we also encourage our team members to take time for themselves, recharge, and pursue their interests outside of work.

Fun and Camaraderie: We believe that enjoying what we do is essential. From virtual team meetings and in-person team meet ups, we make sure to have fun together. Building strong relationships and fostering a sense of camaraderie is at the heart of what we do.

Exciting Growth Opportunity: Career Returners has been established for a decade and we have ambitious plans to grow our organisation!  Your input will be instrumental in our growth development strategy.

Values-Led Organisation: Our values are important to us; they shape us and our organisation.

  • We are change-makers
  • We are credible
  • We are connection-builders
  • We care

How to apply?

If you have relevant experience and skills and would like to join our team, please send your CV and an email detailing how you are a good fit and why you would like to work with us in this role to Hazel Little on

Closing date for applications is 29 July 2024. We’re hoping to find someone who can join our team in September.

If you have any questions, please email us on

We look forward to hearing from you!