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Opportunity to join the Challenge Partners central team

We are looking for an ambitious and driven sales and marketing leader to play a central role in the next stage of Challenge Partners’ development and growth.

Here's some more information about the role:

£46,022 to £53,139 full time equivalent

Part time/Full time (minimum 4 days per week)

Hybrid/London (office move within London due in June 2024), with minimum two days per week in the office during term time. We would consider reduced office days for a successful candidate based in one of our target regions across the north and midlands. Travel throughout England is a requirement of this role.


25 days annual leave, bank holidays and up to 3 days Christmas leave
Employer-matched Royal London Pension Plan of up to 5% of basic salary
Private health insurance

More about Challenge Partners

Established by headteachers in 2011, Challenge Partners is an education charity with a mission to reduce educational inequality and improve the life chances of all children. We do this by accelerating school improvement, leadership development, and pupil progress across the 575 schools in our partnership. We share excellent practice between schools and trusts through rigorous peer reviews, tailored school improvement programmes, and national and local collaboration.     

By driving our sales and marketing activity, you will deliver a crucial strand of our ambitious strategy to enhance and extend Challenge Partners to benefit 500,000 pupils each year by 2027. Reporting to the Chief Executive, your main objective will be to inspire schools and trusts to join Challenge Partners. You will do this by leading a small sales and marketing team, and personally securing sales. You will also be responsible for enhancing our brand, PR and communications, and will support our fundraising efforts.

You will be the sales and marketing expert in the organisation, with good commercial sense and sensitivity to the sector. You will be able to design, execute and monitor impactful campaigns to help us reach new schools and trusts.  You will have the personal credibility to win the confidence of school and trust leaders and the tenacity to convert interest into sales.

You will be a strong and highly skilled communicator with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop and strengthen new and existing relationships.  As a confident public speaker, you will engage and inspire audiences of school and trust leaders.  As a senior leader you will have a track record of building, managing and developing high-performing teams and play an important role on our Leadership Team in steering the organisation and upholding our culture.

It’s not all about the strategic. We are a small, but diverse and dynamic team. We expect everyone in the central team to get stuck in, so you will need to be comfortable to both set the strategy and ‘do the do’ in the functions you oversee.

We would really welcome your application (via BeApplied) if you want to make a difference to children’s lives and are an experienced marketing and sales specialist within the education sector. 

All employees at Challenge Partners will be subject to an enhanced DBS check as part of our commitment to safeguarding. 

Challenge Partners is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion and we are working towards a goal where our team fully reflects the diversity and difference in lived experiences. We strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups including: people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ people, and those with disabilities. 

As part of our commitment to fairer recruitment, all applications must be made through BeApplied. The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential.

No agencies please.

Further info

Closing Date — Monday 15th April 2024, 9AM

First round interviews to be held virtually 17th and 18th April 2024

Second round interviews in person Friday 26 April 2024