Talent Initiatives Project Manager

Closing date: 19th December

REPORTS TO: Head of Government Relations & Education

ABOUT US 

The British Fashion Council is not-for-profit organisation that harnesses the collective power of the industry to enable sustainable growth and strengthen British fashion in the global fashion economy. We are an industry body that promotes excellence in creativity, business and education to a global audience, through high profile global events like London Fashion Week and The Fashion Awards and supporting talent through grants and mentoring. 
The Talent Initiatives team is responsible for leading 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 the students and designers that benefit from the charities’ funds. 

ABOUT THE ROLE 

  • This is a rewarding role that is central to the support that the BFC gives to both students and 
    designers to help their growth and development.
  • The focus of this role is the curation and delivery of Education programmes and student competitions and events that the BFC runs, working closely with other BFC teams, fashion educators and industry partners to deliver. 
  • The role holder is also responsible for managing the charitable operations and onboarding of designers to the BFC’s main talent initiatives. 
  • The role holder will work closely with the team Head to develop and deliver the BFC’s talent and education initiatives
The role holder is also responsible for managing the charitable operations and onboarding of 
designers to the BFC’s main talent initiatives. 
The role holder will work closely with the team Head to develop and deliver the BFC’s talent and 
education initiatives. 

WHAT YOU’RE HERE TO DO

Education Initiatives 

  • Works closely with Head of the BFC Education Pillar to develop education and careers agenda with the aim of attracting the best talent to the fashion industry.
  • Consults with BFC Education Pillar Presidents, the fashion industry, educators and government and works closely across BFC teams to promote and develop education initiatives including Press, Marketing, Designer
  • Relations and Business Support teams.
  • Manage the delivery of the BFC and Saturday Club Trust’s Fashion & Business Saturday Clubs including coordinating with host universities, liaising with industry to develop the masterclass programme. 
  • Coordinate the delivery of the BFC Fashion Trust Graduate Training programme, working closely with the
  • HR project manager, universities and students. 
  • Project management of the education initiatives, including critical paths, budgets and the Education Communications Plan. 
  • Actively seek and develop ideas for furthering the work of the Education Pillar, including finding industry sponsorship and contributions. Oversee creation of the BFC’s careers campaign.  

BFC Colleges Council:

  • Curate and manage the delivery of the Colleges Council programme including 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.
  • Manage the BFC Colleges Council, including budget, membership, arranging and supporting the Colleges Council Steering Committee, updating members’ website, promoting events and competitions. 

BFC Education Foundation: 

The focus of this role is the curation and delivery of Education programmes and student 
competitions and events that the BFC runs, working closely with other BFC teams, fashion 
educators and industry partners to deliver. The role holder is also responsible for managing the charitable operations and onboarding of 
designers to the BFC’s main talent initiatives. The role holder will work closely with the team Head to develop and deliver the BFC’s talent and 
education initiatives. Deliver the MA & BA scholarships programme including calls for applicants, liaising with universities, accepting applications, arranging shortlisting and judging panels. Develop and maintain working relationships with scholars as part of on-going mentoring. 
  • Deliver the MA & BA scholarships programme including calls for applicants, liaising with universities, accepting applications, arranging shortlisting and judging panels.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with scholars as part of on-going mentoring. 

Talent Initiatives

  • Support initiative critical path management, application processes and delivery (scholarships, NEWGEN, Fashion Trust, Vogue Designer Fashion Fund), including: 
  • Manage 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 the Charities’ operations including Trustees meetings.

PERSON SPECIFICATION: 

  • Project management - critical paths and monitoring budgets, deliverables, critical paths, risks, managing information flow and communication as appropriate
  • Time Management - manages very tight deadlines
  • Ownership - take responsibility for actions, outcomes and follow-through
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Action - practical and pro-active with an eye for detail and creativity 
  • Networker - forging and maintaining good relationships, including across Education Pillar Presidents, educators and the fashion industry, to develop a partnership approach 
  • Problem solver - 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 
  • Teamwork -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

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: 

  • Graduate with 3+ years’ experience in fashion, events or careers/education or a charity 
  • Industry experience within events, fashion or education
  • Excellent written and spoken level of English, essential
  • Strong analytical, IT, Word, Powerpoint and Excel skills, essential 

SALARY: 

  • Job type: Full time, permanent
  • Salary: £30,000
  • This salary is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This is due to the BFC being a recipient of ERDF funds.

How to Apply

  • Candidates should apply in writing with a covering letter highlighting your relevant experience for this role, attaching your CV to:
 Holly Evans, HR@britishfashioncouncil.com
    Candidates should apply in writing with a covering letter highlighting your relevant experience for this role, attaching your CV to:
emily.watkinson@britishfashioncouncil.com
  • Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK

 

Job type: Full time, permanent
Salary: £30,000This salary is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This is due to the BFC being a recipient of ERDF funds.