Development Manager

25 January 2024

25 January 2024

The newly created Development Manager role will play a crucial role in maximising funding for the SS Great Britain Trust, helping to protect the legacy of Brunel and the SS Great Britain and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs of the future.

Job title: Development Manager

Reporting to: Deputy Director – Development

Department: Development

Hours: 36.25 per week

Job type: Permanent, full time and part time considered. We are very open to flexible working and remote options for this role with at least one core day on site per week

Salary: £36,000 plus benefits

The SS Great Britain Trust is a dedicated education charity and a multi award-winning world-class attraction. Through its charitable mission, the Trust delivers unique education initiatives, powerful community projects and crucial conservation work.

The newly created Development Manager role will play a crucial role in maximising funding for the SS Great Britain Trust, helping to protect the legacy of Brunel and the SS Great Britain and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs of the future.


As Development Manager you will:

  •  Work with the Deputy Director-Development to expand a range of income streams, with a particular focus on achieving funding from Trusts and Foundations including multi-year grants, unrestricted and restricted income.
  • Lead the team in prospect research, developing qualified prospect pipelines across income streams and driving new funding approaches, building the financial resilience of the Trust.
  • Help realise The Albion Dockyard Project – the Trust’s transformational Capital project to conserve Bristol’s largest and oldest working shipyard in the Albion Dock.
  •  Play a crucial role in maintaining the Trust’s relationship with ACE as an NPO organisation.
  • Maximise opportunities with Corporate supporters. Enhance the Development Officer’s work in maintaining and developing existing Corporate Partnerships. Identify opportunities for growth and achieve new income across Memberships, Sponsorship and Corporate Trusts and Foundations.
  • Achieve results through persuasive and compelling applications and proposals and creating robust budgets. Amplify project impact through detailed monitoring and inspiring reports.
  • Advance relationships with funders both personally and through guiding colleagues, the Executive Team, and Trustees.
  • Develop and manage high-quality cultivation, engagement and stewardship plans for existing donors and new funders. Design, deliver and support a range of unique events to inspire supporters and cultivate new relationships, bringing to life the extraordinary work of the Trust.
  • Strengthen the team through line management of the Development Officer and Development Assistant (to be appointed). Inspire colleagues across the Trust through your work and through sharing ideas and best practice.
  • Support the team through additional duties as reasonably required to assist the smooth and efficient running of the Trust and maximise the impact of the fundraising function. Some weekend and out of hours working may be required.


We would like to hear from you if you:

  • Have enhanced income streams and made a real impact upon the charitable objectives of an organisation. A degree is not an essential requirement.
  • Have a successful track record in securing funds from Trusts and Foundations and knowledge of the broader fundraising landscape. In particular, knowledge of corporate fundraising, although further training can be given.
  • Enjoy analysing and interpreting complex information to create compelling and exciting proposals to ‘WOW’ a range of funders.
  • Are a persuasive and influential communicator and enjoy building and deepening relationships with funders.
  • Have an ambitious, positive, and creative approach, with experience at working collaboratively organisation wide.
  • Enjoy in prospect research and developing successful cultivation plans to inspire funders and secure funding.
  • Are passionate about working for the SS Great Britain Trust and making an impact within the heritage/maritime/engineering and education sector.
  • Are keen to amplify the work of the team through line management, sharing of ideas, knowledge, and best practice.


We welcome applications from those looking to step up into a Manager role and develop their existing fundraising experience. We currently operate a hybrid model of working and are open to discussing flexible ways of working, including full and part time and remote working with at least one core day in the office. This is because we want the best people for our roles, and we recognise that sometimes those people aren’t available full time or need more flexible working patterns. Please get in touch to arrange an informal conversation ahead of applying to learn more about us and why this opportunity is right for you.


In return we offer:

  • Flexible working, including new hybrid working models on site and from home as required by the business.
  • 23 days Annual Leave per year plus 8 Bank Holidays. The entitlement increases by 1 day per year to a maximum of 26 (pro rata for part time staff).
  • Staff training and opportunities to develop your skills.
  • Up to 5% Pension contribution matched by the Trust.
  • Free tickets to local attractions.
  • Discounted/Free Travel with local transport services.
  • Health Plan through Medicash paid for by the Trust.
  • Death in Service benefit.
  • Discounts available to all staff in the SSGB shop, Harbourside Kitchen and The Dockyard café.
  • Cycle Scheme and Tech Scheme.
  • Staff bike shed on site.
  • Great Western Credit Union. Access to a range of services from loans through to saving accounts.
  • Regular Staff Breakfasts
  • Annual Discovery Day and staff social events where possible.



Moon Executive Search has been appointed as chosen Search Partner SS Great Britain and will manage the recruitment process.


To apply, please send a copy of your latest CV together with a supporting statement (no more than one of A4) explaining your motivations for applying for the role, how your skills, knowledge and experience match the role outline and what you can additionally bring to the role. Please be clear on your application which role you are applying for.

To ensure fairness to all Candidates, any decision to shortlist you for initial telephone screening will be based solely on the information that you supply on your CV and supporting statement.

Therefore, it is important you give as much information as possible regarding why you wish to apply and what you think makes you a suitable applicant.







We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Preliminary interviews will be with Moon Executive Search virtually, we anticipate that only one round of panel interviews will be required but SS Great Britain may invite Candidates back for a second round, depending on the candidate pool.

SS Great Britain has retained Moon Executive Search to manage this campaign and are therefore unable to accept CVs from third party agencies. All CVs and expression of interest received will be forwarded directly to Moon Executive Search for consideration.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, or other category protected by law.

On behalf of SS Great Britain, Moon Executive Search would like to thank you for your initial interest in their Development Manager Role.