Job Category
Business Development | Employer Engagement
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
£35,000 - £50,427
Closing date
Contract type
Total hours per week

“Shaw Trust promotes team spirit, inclusiveness and it is an organisation where everybody is somebody. I am proud to be part of this great organisation.”

At Shaw Trust we believe everyone has the right to live a decent and dignified life and an opportunity for rewarding work. We are a social purpose organisation challenging inequality and breaking down barriers to enable social mobility.

For us being part of the solution is about creating the conditions for this to happen, advocating and delivering services that make a real difference. Working in partnership not competition, we are part of an eco-system of purpose-led organisations, striving for a fairer, more equal society centred on opportunity for all.

Bid Manager

Ixion Innovation helps Europe’s most dynamic and ambitious businesses to grow through innovation. Your role will be to support businesses and researchers to access the funding they need to take cutting-edge innovations closer to market. You will be part of one of the most successful grant funding teams in Europe, working with clients to secure grants and investments between £250k and £10m.

We are looking for enthusiastic, articulate and capable individuals with strong skills in at least two of the three following areas:

  1. Excellent Bid Management skills. Your main role will be to author high quality grant funding bids that will be entering highly competitive funding calls. You will need to be articulate, concise and compelling; creating content that can hook a reader from the first page to the last. You will need to manage a portfolio of bids, liaising with clients, partners and colleagues to meet strict deadlines.

  2. A passion for innovation. You should be able to quickly understand different technology areas - our current client portfolio covers topics as diverse as high-speed satellite communications, materials recycling, skills development platforms, novel vehicle powertrains, medical implants and cyber security, to mention just a few. Experience of different technologies and market sectors would be a distinct advantage.

  3. An understanding of business and industry. As well as a strong technology focus, you must be able to understand, analyse and communicate the client’s business model. If you have experience of aspects of business such as supply chains, market analysis, business plans, IP management and competitor analysis, you could be the person we’re looking for.

You should also have:

  • The ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal
  • An ability to engage with clients at the most senior level.
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Computer literacy, especially MS Office
  • Research skills (e.g. market data, patent searching)

The following skills are desirable, but not essential:

  • Understanding of innovation processes
  • Understanding of grant funding schemes (full training will be given)

You should have at least a first degree or master’s degree in a science, engineering or business-related field.


You will have:

  • Degree level qualification in a relevant field 
  • Experience of grant funding, bidding 
  • Experience of R&D/innovation 
  • Good PC skills, especially MS Office 

Download the Job Description for full details.


Melton Mowbray

Employee Benefits

As an employee of Shaw Trust you will have access to the following benefits:

  • 25 days annual leave per year (plus bank holidays), with incremental increases post 3 years’ service up to 28 days, and the option to purchase additional holiday
  • 2 days paid volunteering leave each year
  • An enhanced pension scheme after 6 months
  • Life Assurance at 3 times your annual salary rate
  • Access to a suite of learning and development opportunities including paid for apprenticeship and masters’ levels qualifications, and management development programmes
  • Opportunities to connect with our employee diversity networks (LGBTQ+ Support Network, Racial Equality Network, Disability Equality Network, Women’s Network)
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives including internal support, employee assistance programme and health cash plan

Our Strategy

To find out more about Shaw Trusts aims in our 2030 Strategic Directive available here: 

Join a diverse and inclusive organisation

Shaw Trust is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, where every employee, regardless of their background or lived experience, feels that they belong and can progress in their career.

In our most recent colleague survey “86% of our colleagues say we demonstrate a true commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion”.

In addition;

  • We are proud to be certified as an employer who meets the National Equality Standard, the accepted standard for inclusiveness in business across the UK.
  • We are Disability Confident Leaders, support the guaranteed interview scheme and use of the government’s Access to Work scheme. 
  • Living our values, we are keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within our organisation.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community including from people with lived experience and/or knowledge of disability or social exclusion.

If you have accessibility requirements and/or would like further information about the role, please contact:  

Shaw Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applications are received.