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Business Development Director Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Join the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) as Director of Business Development, and help us unlock our future growth and development potential. If you are committed to evidence-based, co-produced improvement across social care, and bring the strategic income generation and marketing experience to ensure that we realise our ambitions for income and better promote our work; this could be the role for you.

  • Location: Homebased (with National travel)
  • Salary: c. £70,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 29th August 2022

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is the leading improvement agency and charity committed to evidence-based and co-produced improvement across social care for people of all ages.

We are a national charity with a clear vision of a society where care and support maximises people’s choices, removes social inequality, and enables people to live fulfilling, safe and healthy lives.

To achieve this we research, evidence, share and support the implementation of best practice. We use this evidence and experience to learn, shape policy and outcomes, and to raise awareness of the importance of social care and social work for creating a fair and equal society.  We are transparent in all that we do.  Our work is informed by people with experience of care and support and is focused on making a difference to people’s lives.

This is a pivotal time for SCIE as we work towards achieving our income generation and growth ambitions. To ensure success, we are seeking an experienced senior leader with a demonstrable track record of business development and strong health and social care policy knowledge, to join us as our new Director of Business Development.

This is a critical role that will unlock the future growth and development potential of SCIE, building on our emerging fundraising plan and creating and implementing a new marketing plan.

We are looking for an exceptional people leader; someone positive, solutions focused and ambitious – able to work collaboratively with our strong and dedicated SLT and wider staff team.

You will be a credible and impactful ambassador with a successful track record in building relationships across the health and/or social care sectors. You will bring a thorough understanding of the commissioning landscape, and be able to influence and negotiate within a large, complex, multi-disciplinary stakeholder environment.

Alongside the ability to demonstrate extensive experience of income generation within the charity sector, a proven track record of winning, delivering and implementing new business development opportunities and statutory contracts, will be essential.

Our Director of Business Development will be highly collaborative, able to think strategically and ultimately shape organisational thinking.

Above all else, you will share our values and bring a fundamental commitment to the work SCIE does.

We are committed to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation and living up to our values in everything we do. We therefore strongly encourage applications from people across all underrepresented groups.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

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About the Organisation

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is a leading values-driven improvement agency. In recent years we have evolved from a largely government-funded body to a fast-moving, high-profile and more commercial organisation and thought leader.

We are independent and people-focused, operating at policy and practice levels with a huge database of ‘what works’ good practice, eLearning tools and resources. Working beyond and across social care and health and children’s and adults sectors, we contribute to the development and implementation of better care, support and safeguarding at national and local level.

We support commissioners and providers in developing and embedding practices which are innovative, have impact, and enable effective scrutiny and accountability.

We offer a wide range of tailored and flexible improvement support, working collaboratively with associates and partner organisations. SCIE’s future success depends on our ability to continue developing our range of large and small commercial projects covering consultancy, training, evaluation and research to complement our government-funded commissions.

What makes us special


We believe that the five factors below, in combination, make us a unique and essential improvement partner for the Department of Health and Social Care, and our range of customers across sectors and at national and local levels.


  • Are independent, people-focused, driven by co-production principles and ways of working, and in children’s services by hearing the voice of the child and young people
  • Operate at policy development, strategic and operational levels, with a golden thread of what works in practice
  • Benefit from huge reach and a vast knowledge/evidence base, including e-learning tools and resources, alongside topical blogs and articles
  • Offer a range of flexible and tailored input (training, consultancy, topic expertise, research, evaluation, facilitation, coaching)
  • Work in highly collaborative ways, including levering in others where this might lead to better solutions and outcomes

Our Values


The success of our strategy doesn’t just rely on what we do, but how we do it. This is where our values come in. We are committed to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation and living up to our values in everything we do. We are ambitious about building the leadership and culture we need to enable our people to work at their best. We will develop a behavioural framework that ensures we are all living our values and are holding each other to account for continual improvement.

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Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Should interviews be in person they will be held at any accessible venue and SCIE will consider any adjustments as requested
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns/working locations can be adjusted.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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    Lucy Mavers| lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 29 August
    Candidates informed of outcome: by 5 p.m. Friday 2 September
    First Stage Interviews: w/c Monday 5 September
    Shortlist decision: by 5 p.m. Friday 9 September

    Informal staff discussions: w/c Monday 12 September

    Final interviews (in person or online TBC): w/c Monday 12 September or w/c Monday 19th September


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