Strategic Partnerships & Engagement Manager

Client: London Borough of Southwark

Location: Hybrid Working

Salary: £47,043 - £54,135

Closing date: Sunday, 25 February 2024 23:30

Strategic Partnerships & Engagement Manager

The Role:

Our Strategy and Impact division is a part of the Strategy and Communities department, which sits at the heart of the Council’s corporate centre. We are a busy and fast-past division with lead responsibility for the Council’s overarching strategic Anchor Network partnership work: Southwark 2030, co-ordinating whole council improvement oversight such as our recent LGA Corporate Peer Challenge, maintaining and improving the Council-wide strategic policy framework, and providing corporate performance structure and insights.

We are looking for a personable, dynamic and self-driven Strategic Partnerships & Engagement Manager who will facilitate the environment and conditions for meaningful collaboration across our Anchor Network, which will bring our Southwark 2030 vision to life. The perfect candidate can bring a range of disparate partners to the table with enthusiasm and the will to work together to deliver real and lasting change. We want someone who is comfortable operating within ambiguity and is motivated to enable creative thinking to act as a conduit for realising strategic recommendations that address the challenges and opportunities facing Southwark. The role involves establishing impactful, dynamic strategic partnerships and networks, primarily focusing on the Anchor Network and developing a comprehensive strategic partnership framework that aligns to the Southwark 2030 Strategy.

The post holder will actively participate in cross-functional collaboration across council services to form coalitions and initiatives that involve both internal and external partners. The responsibilities extend to taking a lead role in coordinating, drafting, and advocating for bids aimed to attract external funding into the borough. The role also involves research and analysis of current policies, legislation, and emerging trends and providing sound advice and guidance to senior management on policy issues.

About Southwark:

A people powered council, creating a fairer, greener, safer future for all”

Southwark is home to a diverse community of over 320,000 residents who live in neighbourhoods ranging from Bermondsey and Rotherhithe on the south bank of the River Thames to Peckham, Camberwell and Dulwich. We’re also home to a thriving voluntary sector, world-class health institutions, and high-performing schools.

The council itself is one of the largest local authority social landlords in the UK and directly manages over 55,000 homes, which are lived in by nearly 40% of Southwark residents. But perhaps the most exciting fact about our council is that it’s powered by people like you. 

Southwark is a values-led council and our beliefs – in the power of people and the vital importance of tackling inequality – define who we are. Being ‘People powered’ means that we recognise the people who work here, at the council and with our partners, and live in our communities are our greatest strength. That’s why collaboration – with residents, partners and colleagues – is at the heart of everything we do and in every decision we make.

About You:

  • You are adept at building and managing successful relationships with stakeholders both within and outside organisational boundaries, even in situations with conflicting views.
  • You have an in-depth understanding of the public policy context in which the Council operates, where and how this interacts with our key partners
  • You are a powerful, effective and persuasive communicator, in both verbal and written form to diverse audiences of varying seniority levels, able to develop the relationships required to make your work a success
  • You will be able to plan and prioritise exciting, engaging projects and events effectively and with confidence, from inception to completion.
  • Proficient in presenting and communicating clearly and effectively through position statements, discussion papers, and annual reports.
  • A leader with strong leadership and management skills, enabling you to lead a small team.
  • Possess a degree or equivalent qualification in politics, sociology, or related economic fields.

Additional Information:

We’re always looking for new ways to deliver even better services. Join us and you can do more for yourself and the residents and partners in Southwark.

Benefits and more information:

  • Training and development programmes, uniquely tailored to your interests
  • Standard hours, 36 hours Monday – Friday,may vary, occasional evening meetings may be required
  • Hybrid working arrangements available subject to business needs
  • Generous 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and rising to 37 days having met criteria
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Job share potentially available

For more detail on benefits, please visit:

Recruitment Timetable

  • Advert closing date: 11.30pm on the Sunday 25th February 2024
  • Interview dates: Thursday 21st March 2024

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

  • Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
  • Are currently in care, or have previously been in care
  • If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition

Please visit our recruitment site for more information at:

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact: Mandy Dhillon on 07543 306 303 or email