Senior Talent Initiatives & Education Executive

Closing date: Monday 25th February 2019



Job Title: Senior Talent Initiatives & Education Executive

Department: Government Relations & Education

Reports to: Head of Government Relations and Education 

Location: Somerset House, London


The BFC is looking for a Senior Talent Initiatives & Education Executive to support the delivery and development of the BFC’s talent and education initiatives. This includes working closely with fashion educators and partners to curate and deliver student initiatives such as competitions and events, with extensive liaison with industry to garner participation in events and masterclasses and find sponsorship opportunities. You will be a graduate with 2 + years’ experience in fashion, events or careers/education or a charity.


  • The Talent Initiatives & Education team oversees the operations of the BFC charities that support talent in the industry, including the BFC Education Foundation, NEWGEN, Fashion Trust, BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund and the BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.  The team is responsible for the strategy, operations, fund raising and on-boarding of recipients of the charities’ funds.  For Education and Fashion Trust the team also delivers events, including curation of talks, demonstrations and master classes, student competitions, as well as initiatives.
  • Education is one of the five pillars of the BFC Strategy, which aims to set the foundations for attracting the best talent into the fashion industry and give a clear understanding of how to study and train for key roles.  The BFC, and the BFC Education Foundation charity, deliver a number of initiatives to attract, develop and retain fashion talent.
  • The Senior Talent Initiatives & Education Executive’s role is to support the delivery and development of the BFC’s talent and education initiatives. This includes supporting the Head of to deliver the critical paths for the BFC’s main designer initiatives and the delivery and development of the BFC’s Education Pillar initiatives, working closely with fashion educators and partners to curate and deliver student initiatives such as competitions and events, with extensive liaison with industry to garner participation in events and masterclasses and find sponsorship opportunities.

Role responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Head of, support initiative critical path management, application processes and delivery (scholarships, NEWGEN, Fashion Trust, Vogue Designer Fashion Fund), including:
    • Coordinate required deliverables across BFC teams to ensure successful delivery of initiatives, including communications (social media, press releases), designer relations, event operations (judging days and initiative events) and partnerships teams (sponsors and patrons management), Business Development (delivery of support, seminars and mentoring to initiatives designers) and Fashion Trust Curator
    • Overseeing on-boarding process to initiatives, from application through to signing of grant agreements with recipients, managing payments and maintaining records of all grant/scholarship recipients
    • Coordinate and oversee Charities operations including Trustees meetings.
  • Work closely with Head of on the BFC Education Pillar to develop education and careers agenda.  Consulting with BFC Education Pillar Presidents, the fashion industry, educators and government to develop project ideas and curate events and masterclasses that showcase the industry.  Work closely across BFC teams to promote and develop education initiatives including Press, Marketing, Designer Relations and Business Support teams.
    • BFC Colleges Council:
      • Coordinate the delivery of Colleges Council initiatives including curating events, seminars, industry competitions and Graduate Preview Day.  Liaising with high profile speakers and industry contributors.  Working in partnership with fashion brands to create industry based competitions with strong project briefs for students.
      • Provide administrative support to the Colleges Council, including arranging and supporting the Colleges Council Steering Committee, updating members’ website, promoting events and competitions.
    • BFC Education Foundation:
      • Coordinate the delivery of MA and BA scholarship programmes
      • Promote scholarships and calls for applicants, liaising with universities, accepting applications, arranging shortlisting and judging panels
      • Develop and maintain working relationship with Scholarships students as part of on-going mentoring
  • Coordinate the delivery of the BFC Fashion Trust Graduate Training programme, working closely with the HR project manager, universities and students.
  • Support the delivery of the BFC and Saturday Club Trust’s Fashion & Business Saturday Clubs including coordinating with host universities, liaising with industry to develop Masterclasses, providing administrative support to SCT.
  • Project management of the education initiatives, including:
    • Responsibility for updating and implementing delivery critical paths and budgets
    • Oversee the development and maintenance of the BFC Education website and content
    • Oversee the implementation of the Education Communications Plan
  • Actively seek and develop ideas for furthering the work of the Education Pillar, including finding industry sponsorship and contributions.

Person specification

  • Project management, in particular coordinate critical paths and monitor budgets, monitor deliverables, critical paths, risks, managing information flow and communication as appropriate
  • Knowledge of the fashion industry that translates to curating events and masterclasses that showcase the industry to school children and studetns
  • Takes ownership with exceptional organisational skills, attention to detail and follow-through
  • Manages very tight deadlines
  • Practical and pro-active with an eye for detail and creativity, with a commitment to high standards
  • Forging and maintaining good relationships, including across Education Pillar Presidents, educators and the fashion industry, to develop a partnership approach
  • Excellent relationship, communication and negotiation skills in dealing with the highest levels both face to face and on the telephone, ability to quickly establish rapport and gain buy in
  • Immediately addresses and resolves issues/challenges, resolves complaints and is able to trouble-shoot with designers, external bodies, consultants, funders, sponsors etc with empathy and in a conciliatory manner
  • Pro-actively supports Head of Department and internal teams to positively manage requests
  • Represents the BFC and acts as an ambassador at events, corporate initiatives
  • Confidence in level of authority and decision making skills, can prioritise tasks in order of importance to ensure delivery
  • Dynamism, personal energy and tenacity, balanced with gravitas, credibility and maturity

Professional experience & Skills

  • Graduate with 2+ years’ experience in fashion, events or careers/education or a charity
  • Events experience and contacts within the fashion industry and across education would be advantageous
  • Excellent written and spoken level of English, essential
  • Strong analytical, IT, Word, Powerpoint and Excel skills, essential

Salary, Benefits & Additional information

  • Job type: Full time, permanent
  • Salary: dependent on experience
  • Standard company benefits, including 25 days annual holiday + Bank Holidays + Christmas Eve 
  • Standard company working hours, flexibility required during events, exhibitions, etc.
  • Summer working hours (July & August Friday afternoons finish 3pm)
  • Confirmation of appointment and eligibility to benefits, subject to successful completion of 1 month probationary period
  • Location: Somerset House, London
  • The BFC is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer
  • This salary is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This is due to the BFC being a recipient of ERDF funds.

Application process

  • Candidates should apply in writing with a covering letter highlighting your relevant experience for this role, attaching your CV and email to Judith Rosser-Davies,
  • Application closing date: 25 February 2019
  • Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Candidates must meet the essential Business Skills, Person Specification and Professional Experience & Skills criteria for consideration. Unfortunately, the BFC is unable to respond personally to candidates that do not meet the mandatory criteria.
  • Successful candidates will be notified in writing and invited for an interview.