Role purpose
Together with the Programme Manager, the Business Development and Marketing Manager co-leads the London Associate Programme, with a focus on developing trusted business relationships and external communications. The role also takes on wider organisational leadership and development, in collaboration with colleagues in other programmes and cities.

About On Purpose
On Purpose develops leaders who will help bring about an economy that works for everyone, that is equitable and sustainable for the long-term. Our core Associate Programme, which helps professionals with an average of 5-7 years’ work experience transition into a purposeful career, has now established a significant reputation in London, Paris, Berlin and beyond.
We have built a vibrant community of over 300 Associates and alumni, 1,500+ professional volunteers and operate in an un-paralleled network of organisation that are using commercial approaches for social and environmental impact.
On Purpose itself operates as a social enterprise and earns 95% of its regular income from paying customers. We are based in London, near Aldgate.
After 8 years, we are currently planning the next phase of our development, to grow and maximise our reach and impact, which is opening up exciting opportunities. This role will be expected to contribute significantly to these developments.

Scope of role

This is a rare opportunity to play a leadership role in a well-respected and evolving social enterprise. The Business Development and Marketing Manager co-leads, together with the Programme Manager, the London Associate Programme. Within this (s)he has the following primary responsibilities:

  • Finding and managing the network of organisations (from whom the programme receives its revenues) that provide our Associates with their paid work experience that combines social/environmental and commercial ways of working
  • Overseeing the recruitment of 40 top-calibre Associates a year
  • Planning and managing the programme’s outward marketing and communication
  • Supporting wider programme activities, such as facilitating Associate training and managing Associate-placement relationships

Like all members of the On Purpose leadership team, the Business Development & Marketing Manager will also contribute to and lead wider strategic initiatives for the programme and organisation.

The Business Development & Marketing Manager co-leads with the Programme Manager the London Associate team that also includes the Programme & Marketing Analyst (whom (s)he line-manages) and the Programme Coordinator & Finance Manager. (S)he also collaborates closely with his/her counterparts in Berlin and Paris, the relatively newly formed CEO Programme team in London and the Head of Operations; (s)he is line-managed by the CEO (see also here).

Skills profile

This role requires an individual who is both personable and professional, who can quickly forge trusted relationships and is a first-rate communicator through diverse channels. As the first point of contact with potential placement hosts and Associates, (s)he must embody the qualities that On Purpose endeavours to portray, including high levels of integrity, true social commitment and strong analytical and problem solving abilities.

In a small and developing organisation the role requires comfort with ambiguity and flexibility, a positive nature and can-do attitude. High levels of organisation, reliability, attention to detail are also a necessary. Lastly, we will be looking for a colleague with whom we will form a warm and friendly relationship and who will fit into and complement London and wider team.

Remuneration, benefits and holidays

This is a full-time position with a salary of £38,000-£42,000 p.a.. On Purpose also pays a 5% employer’s contribution into the organisation’s pension scheme.

The holiday allowance is 25 days p.a. (in addition to UK bank holidays).


Please address your application to the Associate Programme Manager, Katherine Hewetson, and send it to [email protected] We are looking to fill this role as soon as possible and so will be holding first interviews as soon as we have identified several promising candidates.