The Bradfield Centre
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Full-time
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Do great work that actually matters.
Simprints builds identification systems for the "last mile" that integrate accurate, safe, and robust biometric technology into existing mobile tools. We are working at the exciting interface of biometrics, technology and international development. Our goal is to radically disrupt the inaccurate way we currently track and deliver essential services, instead building a world where every person—not guesswork—counts in the fight against poverty.
We are looking for a Strategic Partnerships Manager who can help us increase our portfolio of funding partners around the world - institutional funders, private foundations, and corporate CSRs. You are passionate, reliable, deeply collaborative, a quick learner, and thrive in a fast-paced, startup environment. From one day to the next you might be presenting our grant milestones to savvy partners, working with the team to write a robust poverty reduction proposal, or supporting a project deployment in Malawi to gain a first hand experience of our impact. This role will play a key part in increasing our income from a diverse range of sources and help drive our ambitious growth plans to achieve even greater impact in the coming years. Join us and you would be at the very heart of this exciting and meaningful journey.
Life is short. We believe work should be awesome, meaningful, and fun. At Simprints, we’re taking on global development’s biggest challenges, powered by an amazing culture and incredible people. Work with us, and you will grow faster, learn more, and take on greater responsibilities than at nearly any other job.
- Work that matters. No matter what role you take, from writing code to running field tests, you’re playing a crucial part in improving lives in the poorest parts of the world.
- Massive, interesting challenges. We’re taking on the biometrics industry to build open-source, accessible tools for frontline mobile operators. We don’t do “boring”.
- Learn like it’s your job. Because here at Simprints, it is. Learning objectives, external mentors, and a significant dedicated education budget you can use for any courses, trips, or projects that power your personal and professional development.
- Work flexible hours. More efficient late at night? Better before the sun rises? That’s fine by us. We are looking for people who get the job done, not people who work between 9am and 5pm.
- Unlimited paid time off.
- Fun, fast-paced Scrum culture.
- Quarterly ‘Lego’ days where you can work on any project you want.
- Free gym memberships and additional wellness budget.
- Free healthy breakfast and snacks.
- Coolest office in Cambridge (the Bradfield Centre - think ‘mini-Google’) with additional flexibility to work from our London office too.
What are your responsibilities?
- Write proposals that result in funding. Competition for funding is very high, and proposals will need to be of incredibly high calibre, complete with budgets deliverables, milestones, and narrative.
- Engage current partners & scope new ones. Keep our current funders excited about our work by reporting on grants. Look for potential partners to work with us, explore ways to engage with potential partners already in our pipeline, and identify how Simprints can add value to their work.
- Build relationships. Create lasting relationships through outbound work at industry events, conferences, and deployment trips.
- Cross-team collaboration. Work with the media team to identify opportunities with journalists and assist in writing content for our (and our partners’ own platforms). Work with the research team to assist in due diligence and reporting frameworks, leveraging data from our projects to communicate our impact.
- Bring your opinion. Continuously participate in tough & exciting conversations around biometrics, international development, and technology for development.
- ...and an added perk, you get to assist in deploying projects! At Simprints, Strategic Partnerships support Operations by joining the deployment team 2 times per year with the goal to gather qualitative data (e.g. interviews) from frontline users & beneficiaries to bring back to the team for a deeper understanding of the contexts in which our partners fight poverty.
What skills do you need?
- Excellent grant writing abilities. We work on exciting projects, and you need to convey this and generate enthusiasm in your audience through structured, logical, and punchy persuasion.
- Creativity. You can take a vague remit and come back with a robust solution. Even better, you can independently identify “pain points” within the team and resolve them with out-of-the-box solutions.
- Sector experience. We work closely with partners across international development (specifically tech4dev), philanthropy, and corporate CSR. You have a demonstrated track record of working in one or more of these areas, strong ability to engage directly with actors in them, and an understanding of what it takes to participate in fundraising opportunities and close large grants.
- Client focus. You are a warm and empathetic individual who understands how to build lasting positive relationships with people based on trust, respect, and reliability.
- High prioritisation and organisational skills. You understand time is our most valuable resource, and can manage it strategically to achieve maximum impact for our beneficiaries.
- Communications. You are an outward looking, confident communicator, in writing and verbal form, using words and numbers to illustrate key arguments. You have the ability to appropriately adapt your message to your audience, listen patiently, and ask thoughtful questions.
- Commitment. You are passionate about our cause and truly believe in its social impact. You know how to manage your time, when to ease off vs. when to go give it all and go the extra mile. You are willing to go above and beyond to get things done.
- Integrity. You have a strong moral grounding and will not compromise on values under any circumstances.
- Initiative. You can juggle several things at the same time, switch between tasks, and jump on whatever fire is burning highest. You don’t mind picking up the phone to cold-call someone when needed.
- Resilience. You are persistent and don’t allow setbacks to drag you down. Instead, you extract key learnings, turn them into opportunities for growth, and move on quickly.
- Teamwork. You are independent and reliable, but also quick to ask for and extend help to others. You thoroughly enjoy working in a small, agile, fast-paced team.
What to do next?
Please submit your CV and cover letter on www.simprints.com/careers. For the cover letter, make sure to answer the following questions:
- What is your vision for your contribution to the world, what excites you?
- Why are you applying to this role specifically?
- Which Technical and Human skills (listed above) are you strongest in, and which are you weakest in?
Minimum Education Required