Strategic Development Lead


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The Wise Group is a leading social enterprise helping to lift people out of poverty across the UK. In 2020 the Wise Group supported over 40,000 people through various services and programmes across three key areas – employability, energy advice & advocacy and community justice. The Wise Group builds better lives, better communities, and stronger businesses in partnership with a diverse range of organisations across the UK.

The fallout from covid has impacted us all and The Wise Group have been working tirelessly to support those in need throughout 2020 and 2021, providing tailored services and embracing new organisational values. They want to attract exceptional people that want to join their winning team.  The group have achieved so much in the last 12 months that they are on a high.  Revenue has increased by 50% in this period to accommodate the delivery of key contracts and services. The Group expects this growth to continue as their services are in high demand UK wide.

The Wise Group now has an ever-growing pool of opportunity and they are looking to recruit two new Strategic Development Leads, welcoming applications with networks in the north of England. The successful candidates will lead on strategic development activity to realise the Group’s growth aspirations and generate income through developing external relationships. As an ambassador for the group the post holder will identify and nurture growth opportunities, develop beneficial and relevant partnerships, work collaboratively across the enterprise to deliver improvement and innovations, design and develop new and innovative programmes to support customers to transform their lives and focus on securing inward investment to support the delivery of our mission. The posts sit within the Strategic Development team; the post holder will work as part of a broader team and across the enterprise.

We are seeking candidates who have a passion for social enterprise and can align with The Wise Group’s core values, whilst driving growth activity through a multitude of channels. The appointed candidates will have excellent communication skills and a track record in business development.



We believe that to achieve our vision, all Wise Group colleagues must demonstrate on a daily basis, the behaviours which underpin our core values. We therefore invest and take time to recruit the right colleagues, knowing that this impacts on our culture which in turn delivers excellent results and outcomes for our valued customers.


The Wise Group provides an inclusive and supportive working environment and an excellent benefits package, which includes the following:


  • 33 days’ annual leave (including Public Holidays) plus one additional day for every completed year of employment up to a maximum of an additional five days
  • A day off on your birthday
  • Flexible Working
  • Generous Salary Exchange Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life Assurance
  • Cycle Scheme
  • We are a family friendly employer and we actively try to ensure a positive work life balance and we welcome applications from employees requiring flexibility.




The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 9th August 2021.


For more information  please visit: To discuss this opportunity in detail please call Nigel Fortnum or Mike Orr on 0141 212 7555


Disability Confident – The Disability Confident scheme supports us to make the most of the talents that disabled people can bring to our workplace. 


If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online please call 0141 303 3131.


Family Friendly Working Scotland – We promote a flexible and family friendly working culture.


Armed Forces Covenant – We are an armed forces-friendly organisation.  We seek to support the employment of veterans and current or previous members of the reserve forces.


Scottish Charity No: SC004089

Disability Confident Employer