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External Funding Manager

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
London (Greater)
£43,434 - £58,893
Closing date
14 Apr 2024

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About Us

Do you have a track record in successfully bidding for external funding? Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are ambitious local authorities serving 500,000 residents across South-West London, aiming to maximise available external funding for the benefit of the boroughs and residents. This role will provide you with the opportunity to use your knowledge to shape and drive our approach, build meaningful partnerships and rise to the challenge of successfully securing funding for important projects and causes across Richmond and Wandsworth. Can you lead us to secure the funding we need?

About the role 

Connecting stakeholders: you will unite people, services and information, developing partnerships to strengthen bid prospects and maximise funding outcomes.

Prepare: you will assess proposals prior to funding being announced, creating a pipeline of robust project proposals, according to the objectives outlined in our Corporate Plans.

Communicate: you will share emerging opportunities with senior stakeholders and councillors, overseeing active bids to monitor performance and ensure corporate oversight.  

Rapidly respond: you will react to funding announcements, using data and expertise to provide a clear recommendation as to whether a service should bid for funding.

Challenge: you will identify any risks, resources and match funding requirements from external funding opportunities, assessing chances realistically and providing challenge where necessary. You will evaluate bids as a 'critical friend' to strengthen outcomes. 

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Proven experience in securing external funding, ideally for a local authority.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of major UK, regional and NGO funding programmes and emerging funding initiatives, in the wider context of central government policies (e.g. Levelling Up). 
  • Capable of working with senior stakeholders and elected members in a political environment, providing evidence-based recommendations for crucial bidding decisions.
  • Effective communication skills, able to build relationships with a range of internal and external services, partners and stakeholders.
  • Managing competing priorities, balancing the needs of different services and project proposals, using project management tools.

If you are experienced in achieving external funding, and eager to lead on our ambition to secure money for a wide range of projects that support the needs of our boroughs, we invite you to apply for this opportunity.

Closing Date:  14/04/24

Shortlisting Date: W/C 15/04/24

Test: 22/04/24

Interview Date:  W/C 29/04/24


For an informal conversation please contact: Jamie Fisher, Policy and Review Manager via

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. 

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. If you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. 

We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Some posts may be exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to these posts will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

We offer a wide range of benefits designed to attract, develop, and reward our employees such as 40 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays), flexible working and a generous pension plan.  

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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