Business and Wellbeing Lead

Business and Wellbeing Lead

Salary: £38-50,000pa pro rata, depending on experience

Location: Flexible – Central London Office minimum once every two weeks

Part-time fixed term contract:  Minimum 20-30 hours per week for 12 months

About the role

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing aims to understand what organisations – governments, business, charities – can do to improve wellbeing cost-effectively.  As an evidence broker, we put the needs and interests of our audience at the heart of what we do including through the makeup of our Board, our Advisory Panel, our partnerships and our team.  We are looking for someone to lead our engagement with Business and to bring commercial business thinking to our Centre.

Managed by the Director of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, you will work with the Centre’s business sector partners and Board members to make best use of evidence that the businesses can use to improve wellbeing.    Building on these partnerships, you will grow new relationships and opportunities with the Business sector.

The Centre is a small community interest company, recently out of start-up phase, so all our team are a self-sufficient, energetic and organised and work well without the support system of a big enterprise, in a growing, close knit, team with a broad range of partners.

You will be hands-on, happy to deal with end-to-end business development and offer development across the centre, while also generating new business leads and evolving existing relationships.

This would suit someone looking to work more flexibly, in an exciting and growing area, wanting to make a difference to people’s lives on a national level.

Key areas of responsibility

  1. Relationships with the Business Sector: As our key contact with business sector partners and networks you will
  • Maintain and develop positive relationships with our current and previous funders and partners in the business sector being alert to new opportunities to work together and forming strategic partnerships
  • Speak at relevant sector events and exhibitions
  • Manage and develop new business collateral – including credentials, presentations, promotional materials and communications – working with the teams across the Centre
  • Generate leads, creating new business meetings through self-generation and personal networks including attending industry and networking events
  1. Strategy: as our lead on Centre sustainability and commercial aspects you will

Create an income generation strategy and identify potential funding avenues aligned to the Centres expertise and strategic priorities alongside the Board, Director and Management Team by:

  • analysing existing approaches to the development of business and making changes where appropriate
  • reviewing contracts and making recommendations on commerciality.
  • review all commercial parts of the business including relevant systems/processes
  • making commercial recommendations to the board of directors
  • develop and implement a sustainable funding model
  • responsible for driving pricing and win strategies.
  1. Opportunity development: ientify and develop new opportunities for the Centre with Business in line with the strategy
  • Be aware of trends and opportunities across the sector to identify potential projects and services the Centre can provide
  • Arrange and attend meetings with prospects, presenting our services and proposition.
  • Lead on drafting and co-ordinating bids, quotations, applications and proposals to grow and diversify our funding from business.
  • Creating, negotiating and closing commercial agreements and ensuring their profitability.

Person specification


  • Strong relationship management with experience in areas like account management and client relationship management.
  • Excellent knowledge of, and relationships with, the business sector.
  • Great communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with experience of presenting to and influencing board-level decisions.
  • Experience in being responsible for strategic new business planning with strong entrepreneurial skills and an ability to spot opportunities for revenue generation with a proven track record of increasing revenue through generation of leads.
  • Proven experience across all parts of the new business cycle, identifying new business opportunities, developing new relationships and solid experience in proposal writing.
  • Collaborative and able to work well in a small team and with a broad range of partners.


  • Strong networks and/or experience in the wellbeing sector is favourable but not essential, as is experience of working the world of evidence, social research, charities or nonprofits

About the Centre

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing aims to improve the wellbeing of people and communities. We do this by developing and sharing robust, accessible and useful evidence that governments, business, communities and people can use to improve wellbeing across the UK. We are independent, evidence based, collaborative, practical, open and iterative. The Centre is part of the UK Government’s What Works Network of Centres that bridge between knowledge and action for decision makers.  We bring together the evidence about the relative impacts on wellbeing of policies, programmes, projects and approaches, their cost and the quality of the evidence in partnership with the Economic & Social Research Council and Big Lottery Fund. The Centre also has a role to support the development and use of the evidence base including advising on measures and evaluation.

How to apply

Please send a CV and cover letter to

Closing date is Sunday 6th January 2019

Interviews are likely to take place in the week of 31st January.

Head of Programme, Governance & Operations

Head of Programme, Governance & Operations

Accountable to: Centre Director

Salary: £28k- £35k per annum

Duration: Permanent – full time min 4-5 days a week or equivalent

Location: London preferred but open to variety of working arrangements and location

About the Role

Are you efficient, organised and like to get things done?
Do you want to work in an exciting, growing area and help build our organisation further?
Do you like working with interesting people as part of a small team?

The Head of Programme, Governance & Operations is key to the Centre running as effectively as possible. Responsible for the overall coordination and administration of the Centre, you set the stage for the Centre to thrive. You will work closely with the Director, Head of Finance and Board as part of a small team with support from a Senior Administrator. You will liaise with colleagues in the Centre, the Board and with our academic teams. You will be expected to work independently and will hold a central liaison role within the Centre.

The Centre is a small community interest company, recently out of start-up phase, so all our colleagues are self-sufficient, energetic and organised and work well without the support system of a big enterprise, in a growing, close knit, team with a broad range of partners. We value teamwork, collaboration, being open, practical and iterative to make things work for our audience and the people in our teams.

Key areas of responsibility

  • Overall programme management of the Centre’s work and reporting across all our teams and to key funders and partners
  • Managing the centre’s budget and finances working with Head of Finance, Treasurer and Senior Administrator
  • Secretary to the Board of Trustees and ensuring the organisation meets its legal requirements
  • Oversee management of the day to day operations of the Centre with line management of the senior administrator

Person specification


  • Project and programme management
  • Budget and finance management
  • Organised, efficient and responsive
    Work well as a part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Think strategically, exercise initiative and work independently to ensure effective implementation
  • Service high level meetings


  • Experience of work in a small growing organisation
  • Experience of working in a research or university environment
  • A proven track record in being able to write effectively for and communicate with a range of audiences
  • ‘PRINCE2’, MSP practitioner or other relevant training completed
  • Company Secretary training or experience
  • A first degree or an equivalent relevant qualification, or equivalent experience
  • People management experience

The Appointment

We will consider flexible working arrangements and the post can either be London based or involve remote working as part of a virtual team. The postholder must be willing to travel to London regularly.

Secondments are encouraged and job share will be considered. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred pattern of working. Applications from joint applicants should be submitted together.

To Apply

Send a CV and covering letter to by Sunday 6th January 2019.
To find out more about the role please contact

Senior Research Associate

Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 per annum pro rata
Location: NBS – Norwich Business School
Job Type: Full-Time
Category: Research & Analogous (RA)
Closing Date: 03/01/2019
Reference: RA1567

Faculty of Social Sciences
Norwich Business School

UEA has some of the most innovative and highly regarded centres for research in the UK. Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate to undertake research in collaboration with/under the supervision of Professors Sara Connolly and Kevin Daniels in order to study “the implementation of cost effective workplace interventions to improve wellbeing and workplace performance” which is funded through an ESRC Grant).

The primary aim of this project is to develop better knowledge on the implementation of cost effective workplace interventions to improve wellbeing and workplace performance. A secondary aim is to identify factors related to the cost effective implementation of workplace interventions to reduce wellbeing inequalities.

The research will be based at the University of East Anglia in Norwich Business School, although you will be required to periodically travel to London or to meetings elsewhere in the UK.

You must have a PhD in Economics (or a related research area), along with significant previous experience of independent research and experience in the methods used in cost benefit/cost effectiveness analysis. You should also have excellent oral and written communication skills, and experience of presenting and writing-up research results for publication in peer-viewed books, conferences and/or journals and be able to meet all the essential criteria set out in the Person Specification.

This post is available from 1 February 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, on a fixed-term period for either 4 months full-time or 8 months part-time (0.5fte).

Closing date: 3 January 2019.

The University is a Bronze Athena Swan Award holder, currently working towards Silver.

To download the Job Description and apply online visit the UEA website.