Bid Officer

Contract Type: 
Fixed term
Part time
Application deadline: 
Tuesday, 27 August, 2019 - 12:00
Salary Scale
Per Annum
Children North East


Purpose of the Role

As Bid Officer within Children North East, you will lead in producing high quality, bespoke and engaging proposals for tenders, trusts and foundations.  We are looking for a vibrant, dynamic, positive and experienced Bid Officer to work within our Head Office team.  You will have excellent communications skills and the ability to work in collaboration, drawing on the expertise of staff across the organisation.

Line Management Responsibilities

You will report to the Deputy CEO, Leigh Elliott, initially.

Main Responsibilities

To be responsible for developing and writing grant applications to Grant Making Trusts and Foundations.

To provide stewardship for key stakeholders such as Trusts, Foundations and Donors.

To assist researching funding opportunities to sustain current and new funding for services and projects as per Children North East’s strategic priorities.

To provide administrative support to the department manager and the charity’s bid making process.

Work closely with the Leadership team to achieve restricted fundraising targets and associated Trust and Foundation funding targets.

Research funding opportunities and identify and horizon scan potential sources of funding.

Provide administrative support for bid making process including managing and recording funding application activity.

Produce grant applications to generate funding for Children North East services and projects.

Stewardship of a portfolio of external funders, partners and stakeholders gaining an in-depth knowledge of their needs and priorities.

Liaise with internal stakeholders including Operational Director, Service Managers and other key staff to prioritise applications for development.

Produce budgets and financial proposals in collaboration with the Finance Team and relevant managers for bids.

Maintain an in-depth and up to date knowledge of all Children North East services and projects.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills


Experience is more important than academic qualifications, however candidates are likely to be educated in a subject relevant to the post.

The candidate will be able to demonstrate history of developing and writing successful funding applications

Experience of creating accurate reports for internal and external use

Experience of using research mechanisms for identifying opportunities within trusts and foundations

Experience of setting and achieving agreed funding targets

Managing and developing supporter relationships, including communicating and influencing individuals on the phone, face-to-face and in writing

Networking experience with different stakeholders

Excellent organisational skills and ability to prioritise workloads

Analytical and problem solving skills

Excellent written skills including editing and critical read through skills

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Excellent administration skills

Ability to absorb large quantities of diverse information and identify the salient points with accuracy and speed

Respecting and maintaining confidentiality

Able to use supervision effectively and develop reflective practice.

Able to work in a challenging and changing environment.

Share the behaviours/values/aims/objectives of Children North East.

Able to work flexibly to meet the requirements of the post.


Experience of working in voluntary and community sector

Institute of Fundraising Certificate in Fundraising

Current driving licence/ability to meet the travel requirements of the post.

Educated to degree level

Ability to instigate and deliver ideas to achieve set goals

Personal Qualities

A great advocate of the charity, someone with the ability to promote Children North East

Excellent interpersonal skills to build relationships with a very wide range of people.

A rapid learner so as to quickly understand the nature of the charity, its services and aims.

A creative, flexible and strategic thinker

High levels of resilience

A relationship builder with high levels of emotional intelligence

Authentic and passionate about the cause

Reward, benefits, terms and conditions

Salary:                         £23,297 to £25,667 per annum, pro rata.  Please note that appointments are usually made with a salary offer starting at the lower end of the scale.

Hours:                         A normal working week is 22.5 hours days and times are flexible.  Due to the varied nature of the duties, a flexible approach will be required and may include evenings and weekends. Time off in lieu may be taken following agreement of the line manager.  We are very proud to be a flexible employer and therefore part time applicants, job shares and term time only applications are very welcome.  Please feel free to discuss any flexible working requests at interview.

Place of work:             This post is based at Children North East Head Office, 89 Denhill Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6QE.

Length of Contract:    This role is a fixed term role for 12 months with the likelihood that it will be made permanent

Holiday entitlement: 30 days a year plus statutory and general national holidays, pro rata.

Probationary Period: There is a 6 months probationary period for this position

Car allowance:          A casual car user allowance applies to this post.

Period of notice:        Two month’s notice from either the employee or the organisation is required.

Parental Benefits:      There is an occupational maternity pay scheme for staff who have 12 months continuous service and we offer 2 weeks partner/paternity leave at full pay.  We also offer an   occupational adoption pay scheme for staff who have 12 months continuous service.  Staff member who are due to go on maternity/paternity/adoption leave are entitled to attend Children North East WHOOPS child safety training and paediatric first aid training.  This training relates to home safety and emergency first aid.

Sick Pay:                   There is an occupational sick pay scheme at Children North East

Pension Scheme:      There is a staff pension scheme in which the organisation also contributes 7.25% of staff members’ salary

Health Care:               All staff members who are contracted over a ten month period are entitled to join the organisations private health care scheme.

Saving Scheme:         A saving scheme is available so that staff can choose to save part of their salary.  This is then paid back to staff on request.

Bus Passes:               The cost of an annual bus pass used for a member of staff’s work can be paid in 12 monthly amounts, deducted from their salary.

Application Form

Visit the “Our Vacancies” section of our website,

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

We welcome a diverse range of applications and are passionate about promoting equality, and valuing diversity.  We welcome applications from all suitable qualified persons particularly black, Asian and minority ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under represented in our workforce.

Closing date

Tuesday 27 August 2019 at 12 noon

Interview date

Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 2nd September 2019.


Please contact Alison Hutcheson (HR Manager) if you have any questions regarding the role on 0191 256 2444 or