Director of Business Planning and Development

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Closing date: Monday 12 February 2024
Salary: £55,000 - £60,000
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time
Taunton, Somerset
With opportunities for hybrid working
This is an exciting new role created as part of a restructure of the senior leadership team at Somerset Wildlife Trust (SWT) to enable the organisation to grow and achieve more for nature’s recovery in Somerset.

With outstanding business planning, strategy and leadership abilities, the post-holder with significant experience in developing new business initiatives, will be able to bring together teams into one department and create a cohesive business plan for SWT.

This post will work closely with the CEO as part of the Director’s Team and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

Leadership & Management: The Director of Business Planning & Development will be part of the newly created Director’s Team at Somerset Wildlife Trust (SWT) and part of the Senior Leadership Team, partnering the CEO to:

  • Lead the development and delivery of a comprehensive business plan for SWT until 2030 setting out resource, HR and financial requirements for the Trust to be able to realise our strategic goals
  • Provide strategic leadership for the department and across SWT taking responsibility for collective decision making, creating opportunities and managing risk.
  • Design and implement business development measures to grow revenue, monitor performance and impact against strategic goals.
  • Influence and mentor the teams within the department.
  • Report to trustees and sales directors as required including attendance at board meetings.
  • Be accountable for the setting and management of budgets for the department.
  • Identify & secure strategic sources of income to fund delivery.

Responsibility 1: Business Planning

Lead business planning for SWT including customising business propositions, workforce strategy, financial strategy and resource allocation:

➢ Oversee & coordinate a strategic business & financial strategy for SWT & the sales company aligned to support delivery of Wilder Somerset 2030 setting out what SWT will look like in 2030, where and how we will operate and how we will be financed including through commercial activities

➢ Lead and customise the service proposition to ensure sales are innovative, ahead of trends and competitors

➢ Lead strategic development of all core services (IT, HR, Resources and Facilities, Fleet) to support delivery of SWT’s strategic goals.

Responsibility 2: Commercial Leadership

Provide leadership and support for SWT sales company to grow and achieve targets for nature and income generation:

➢ Support SWT Consultancy Manager to create, develop and deliver a business strategy for the Sales Company, overseeing financial management and monitoring of SWT Sales against agreed KPIs.

➢ Support & develop staff to implement agreed new income streams and grow existing ones achieving higher year on year surplus while contributing to Wilder Somerset 2030 outcomes.

➢ Develop core services to support the efficient growth of SWT Sales.

Responsibility 3: Governance and Compliance

Coordinate governance and compliance functions across SWT in line with best practice standards:

➢ Act as Company Secretary and ensure the trustees and sales board directors are supported and effective in their decision making with outstanding governance policies and practices.

➢ Oversee risk management and corporate risk register, and act as strategic lead on processes, systems development, compliance and internal controls.

➢ Ensure SWT and SWT Consultancy are always compliant with Health & Safety, Safeguarding GDPR and other relevant legislation.

➢ Ensure all operational management and strategies achieve SWT’s Environmental and Carbon Impact and EDI targets.

Somerset Wildlife Trust Benefits

The full job description and person specification is attached in the link at the bottom of this page. For further information about the role please contact: Georgia Dent, CEO at Applications to using application form at the end of the page.

Benefits of working with us:

  • 7% employer pension contribution.
  • 25 days leave plus Bank Holidays & 3 additional discretionary days (pro rata).
  • Flexible working including Time Off in Lieu & hybrid working options.
  • Dedicated 24-hour Employee Assistance Programme for you and your household.
  • Part of a national team of Wildlife Trusts Staff.
  • Discounts in high street retailers.
  • Joining a supportive team with Mental Health awareness and champions.
  • Working across some of the most beautiful locations in the county.

Additional Information

Apply by sending your completed application form to

The closing date is 5pm Monday 12th February 2024.

Please note that we will review applications throughout the advertising period and may close the advert early if a suitable applicant is found.

Somerset Wildlife Trust has an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Plan and is committed to continuing to improve the equality, diversity and inclusion of every aspect of our work; we know we need to engage with everyone to live our values and achieve our goals. We welcome applications from everyone and are happy to discuss any accommodations or arrangements that would make the recruitment process better for you, and the working environment should you be employed.

Associated Documents

Equality and Diversity Monitoring

  • Equality and Diversity Monitoring 2024.docx

SWT Application Form

  • SWT Application Form 2024_2.docx

Director of Business Planning and Development

  • Somerset WIldlife Trust - Director of Business Planning and Development Job Description_0.pdf