Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Co. is an exciting new social enterprise situated in the Erskine Veterans Village
Estate in Bishopton, Renfrewshire who are now looking to recruit a Senior Bid Writer to join our team.
Main Purpose of the Job
To secure grant funding and sponsorship for Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Co. achieving the annual income target.
This fundraising is largely for employability support for Scotland’s most disadvantaged veterans including those
with severe physical disabilities and mental health challenges. There are also other capital opportunities for
SBMC including facilities, machinery and transport, and other RBLI activities such as LifeWorks and STEP IN that
You will produce persuasive grant applications and sponsorship proposals, mainly for charitable trusts and statutory
funding opportunities, although needs to be flexible to undertake corporate and HNWI approaches and occasionally
engage RBLI’s community supporters in Scotland.
Experience of working closely with colleagues across delivery/operational departments to develop service proposals
and a successful track record in generating income through writing competitive bids is essential. An ability to
work independently is a prerequisite.
Your Key Responsibilities
- Lead on regional fundraising planning and activity to achieve annual income targets for Scotland’s Bravest
- Pursue varied income sources including trusts, statutory, corporate partnerships and
HNWI, to ensure the annual targets can be met.
- Pursue opportunities at different giving levels to ensure
targets are met.
- Ensure bid writing and other fundraising activities align with SBMC income
- Liaise with SBMC’s Director, and with operational and welfare colleagues at SBMC to ensure
that all content required to support applications achieves the highest possible quality.
creative input into bids and supporting business case documents, to ensure they are appealing to a wide range of
funders including trusts, statutory, corporate and HNWI.
- Engage RBLI’s senior stakeholders including CE,
Exec Team and Advisory Board, in support of funding applications wherever impactful and
- Establish, develop and maintain relationships with funders and other influential external
stakeholders to ensure greater support for SBMC, high levels of donor retention, and the highest quality
- Write quality project reports to secure pledged funds and achieve repeat
- Record details of all of the applications submitted and the outcome of each on RBLI’s database
- Record details of all relevant networking, e.g. senior stakeholders for statutory
- Provide RBLI’s Director of Strategic Development with regular updates, response analysis, and
recommendations for growing regional support for SBMC.
- Attend events, presentations, pitches, Trustee
meetings and arrange site tours in support of winning applications.
- Other duties as may be reasonably
required, including occasional communications and events activity with community fundraisers in
This role will be based in Scotland. It will be mainly home based with some time at Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing
Co. at Erskine in Renfrewshire e.g. for donor tours.
- A ‘can do’ attitude, proactively looking for new opportunities.
- Organised and
systematic ways of working on long term plans.
- Winning writing ability, in a range of different
- Able to communicate complex issues and projects clearly and concisely.
- Ability to work
to multiple deadlines and manage a varied workload.
- Strong interpersonal skills and experience of
working well with a range of departments within a large organisation.
- A flexible team player able to go
the extra mile to service supporter needs, and win for RBLI’s beneficiaries
Skills & Experience Required:
- An evidenced track record of successful grant, trust or statutory funding applications including 6 figure gifts
and multi-year commitments
- Track record managing programmes of mixed activity to deliver on annual
- Experience working on corporate partnerships or securing corporate
- Ability to work at a fast pace, to multiple deadlines, and across a variety of
- Ability to work independently while regularly checking in with operational teams and senior
- Excellent written communication skills
- Ability to brief and involve staff at all
levels, including CE and Board level.
- Evidence of flexibility in writing styles – ability to write
differently for different audiences
- Strong understanding of trust and statutory
- Good knowledge and understanding of the issues and debates important to trust and statutory
stakeholders, their professional pressures and priorities
- Good knowledge and understanding of the
Scottish charity sector, and statutory trends specific to Scotland
- Face to face presentation
- Education to degree level or specialist IoF training across several relevant disciplines or to Diploma
- Experience working for a social enterprise
- Experience in statutory business development
- Experience of capital fundraising campaigns
RBLI offer a competitive holiday allowance, a Group Flexible Retirement Plan and Life Assurance.