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Partnerships Manager - London

Technology. Award-winning customer service. Bleeding-edge data ability.

Simply Business is a new type of insurance company, using all of the above to create the best possible insurance experience for small businesses and self-employed people.

We love working here, and have even taken the number one spot in the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2015 and 16 lists; we’ve stopped entering now to focus on a few bigger projects, but you get the idea. It’s a great place to work.

There are currently over 425,000 active Simply Business insurance policies in the UK alone. And we have offices in London, Northampton and Boston, USA.

Talking of offices, ours are bright, airy and geared up for really smart working. We’re flexible, with plenty of remote workers coming in and out, and we believe work and life should be hand in hand, rather than a juggling act. So no need to worry about school pick-ups, or a horrible commute.

Our people are our most important asset, so we focus on building a working life that helps us thrive, not stick. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

The role

The role of the Partnerships team is to deliver value and growth to the business by implementing and developing commercial and strategic relationships with organisations that resonate with our core market.

Our overarching objective is to develop a profitable distribution channel to grow our customer base and enhance our offering.

The Partnerships Manager is the owner of a number of key partner accounts and the go-to person for anything related to those accounts. The main purpose of the role is to strategically pitch, plan and implement initiatives in order generate incremental benefit.

Responsibilities include:

  • maximising a number of key partnerships through exceptional account management, product delivery, product marketing and sales skills
  • strategic planning and day-to-day ownership of account activity
  • managing client contracts including renewals, amendments and compliance
  • influencing acquisition forecasts and budgeting for the business area
  • contributing to development of the partner strategy through lead generation, analyzing industry trends, competitor benchmarking, online and offline technologies
  • creating pitches and proposals, financial modelling and commercial negotiations

What we are looking for:

  • demonstrable experience of effectively account managing partnership accounts to drive growth and hit development objectives
  • clear ability to create, plan and execute account strategy
  • senior level negotiation experience and great relationship management skills
  • experience of product delivery and product marketing
  • someone commercially astute - the ability to tackle key priorities
  • a great colleague! We have fun, work hard and do it all together

More things we’d like!

  • experience within the insurance industry, ideally related to the online ecommerce marketplace
  • confidence using analytical tools to identify commercial opportunities
  • experience of team management
  • someone comfortable working in a fast paced environment

What are the benefits?

There’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call ‘core benefits’. On top of that, you can pick and choose from the more exciting options we offer – whether it’s a full gym membership or gym subsidy, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday, or a National Trust pass.

The ‘core’ stuff

Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:

  • a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day, generous annual leave
  • life cover (financial cover for your family, should the worst happen)
  • a cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
  • an extra day off if you get married or move house
  • a stakeholder pension (employer-matched at 5%)

The fun stuff

Passed probation? Time to pick and mix from things like:

  • a full gym membership
  • private medical insurance
  • cinema passes
  • up to 5 extra days annual leave
  • shopping vouchers
  • dental and/or travel insurance

But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance and memberships. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose), cycle to work, childcare vouchers, and season ticket loan schemes, and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.

Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. Forget a simple Give As You Earn scheme (although we’ve got that too) – we trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, and meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching, yoga, cheeky manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.


Bank, London

The Simply Business culture is truly unique. And you sort of have to come and spend time with us to appreciate it. So get that application in and we’ll take it from there.

How to Apply

If you are interested in working for us, then please email your application to careers@simplybusiness.co.uk, or uscareers@simplybusiness.com for roles based in the US, quoting the specific job role in the subject line.

Note for recruitment agencies We have an internal team in place for our recruitment needs, so we tend not to use recruitment agencies. If we do not have signed terms of agreement with your company, then we advise against you sending us any speculative candidate profiles. They will not be subject to any terms and conditions, regardless of whether we progress with the candidate.