Wellbeing Corporate Partnerships Manager

Forestry Commission

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 19th February 2023



Reference number



£35,870 - £38,842

Job grade

Higher Executive Officer
Pay Band 4

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Until 31 March 2026

Business area

FC - Forestry England

Type of role

Communications / Marketing

Working pattern


Number of jobs available



East Midlands (England), East of England, North East England, North West England, South East England, South West England, West Midlands (England), Yorkshire and the Humber

Job summary

At Forestry England we care for more land and trees than any other organisation in England. From small woodlands on the fringes of towns and cities, to vast areas like the ancient New Forest, for over 100 years we have been growing, shaping and caring for the nation’s forests. 

The scale of what we do puts us in a unique position to tackle some of today’s biggest issues. 

Our forests are the most extensive resource for outdoor recreation in the country with many within our finest national parks or on the edges of our largest cities. Last year, we welcomed around 363 million visits to our forest estate and we offer wellbeing through running, cycling and walking trails alongside events such as Forest Runner and our Forest Rider campaign.  

Our Active Forests programme has delivered health and wellbeing benefits to communities around England since 2014. The programme is now transitioning into its next phase and we have a new three-year partnership with Sport England.     

We aim to expand our Active Forests programme to tackle inequalities by engaging with the diverse communities our forests serve, while continuing to deliver our popular walking, running and cycling offer. 

We’re looking for a proactive, motivated Corporate Partnerships Manager to help bring further, sustainable sources of funding to this important programme and our wider wellbeing work. You’ll play a vital role in helping to shape the content of our programme, whilst bringing in income and helping us access new audiences via our corporate partners. 

Join us, and let’s grow forests for the future.   

Job description

You will play a central part in our small but productive Corporate Partnerships team. Established in 2019, we have since secured millions in additional funding through partnerships that have helped with Forestry England’s vital work in tree planting, wildlife conservation and recreation.  

You will be helping us progress our partnership work, as our Active Forests programme transitions to its next phase and builds on its success over the past seven years. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future of this impactful programme and see the wellbeing benefits of nature, and access to outdoor places, reach a wider and increasingly diverse audience.  

Key work areas / responsibilities 

New Business: 

  • Secure a range of new corporate partners that can support Forestry England’s wellbeing programme by providing access to additional funding and/ or new audiences;
  • Support the Head of Partnerships with contributions to wider proposals and partnership pitches with information and suggestions relating to the wellbeing programme; 
  • Develop and maintain a pipeline of potential partners for the health and wellbeing programme; and
  • Ensure contracts are signed for all new partners and liaise with our Finance team to ensure invoices are issued appropriately and incoming income is managed and distributed appropriately. 

 Account Management: 

  • Manage and coordinate the delivery of all partnerships for our wellbeing programme to ensure our and partner objectives are met. This will include working closely with colleagues in Marketing, Engagement, Operations and in our Forest Districts;
  • Coordinate associated communications, marketing and branding; 
  • Keep track of progress and evaluate return on investment, communicating regularly with internal and external stakeholders and prepare reports at agreed points in each partnership; 
  • Troubleshoot relationship management issues, and 
  • Proactively plan for the legacy of each partnership to ensure we are thinking long-term. 


        • Share regular updates with the Corporate Partnerships team to ensure opportunities are discussed and opportunities across other areas of Forestry England’s work are identified at an early stage;
        • Share advice, updates, briefings and consultation with colleagues across the Partnerships, Marketing and Operations teams, and
        • Understand the complex operating environment that Forestry England is a part of, with both its public and commercial areas of interest and responsibility. 

        Person specification

        We’re looking for someone who is confident, creative and able to generate and execute new ideas. As well as securing new corporate partners, you’ll be responsible for managing them at every stage, including working with our local teams to oversee the delivery of partnerships, reporting on their success and planning for their legacy to ensure funding streams are sustainable and long term. 

        We are looking for a Corporate Partnerships manager with strong communication skills and commercial acumen that can build close working relationships with our internal team and external partners. Working openly as part of our close-knit team will be key in ensuring we are all contributing to Forestry England’s wider Corporate Partnership strategy and sharing opportunities as they arise.


        We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

        • Delivering at Pace
        • Communicating and Influencing
        • Seeing the Big Picture
        Forestry England is a great place to work. We help all our employees to achieve their best – actively encouraging learning and development. We support everyone to achieve a healthy work-life balance, offering flexi-time and blended working where possible. 
        We offer 25 days annual leave (rising to 30 days after 5 years) and 10.5 days public/ additional holidays, as well as a generous pension. On top of this we give you days out to volunteer for the charities close to your heart and we offer a range of other discounts and benefits including:- 
        • Learning and development tailored to your role 
        • An environment with flexible working options 
        • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity 
        • A Civil Service pension 

        Selection process details

        This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

        This is a Temporary Appointment for until March 31st 2026 with the possibility of extension or permanency but no guarantee.

        To apply for this role, your application should be submitted via Civil Service Jobs and be completed no later than 23:55 on 19th February 2023.
        As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement as follows: 
        1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years. 
        2. A Personal Statement (no longer than 750 words). Please explain why you are applying for the role and how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience are suitable for the job, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification and what you can bring to the role. 

        Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

        We will be conducting online interviews with the use of Microsoft Teams or equivalent online communication methods. Candidates would therefore require access to a computer and internet at interview stage. Interviews will be assessed using Behaviours. 
        Interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday 7 March 2023. Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.

        Further Information

        Any move to Forestry Commission from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

        This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

        If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

        In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-EmploymentChecks.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

        New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

        This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

        Reasonable adjustment 

        If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

        If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 

        Contact Government Recruitment Service via FCERecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

        If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

        Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


        Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
        People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

        Nationality requirements

        This job is broadly open to the following groups:

        • UK nationals
        • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
        • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
        • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
        • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
        • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
        • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
        Further information on nationality requirements

        Working for the Civil Service

        The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

        We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
        The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
        The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
        This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
        The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
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        Contact point for applicants

        Job contact :

        • Name : Jemma Hulbert
        • Email : jemma.hulbert@forestryengland.uk

        Recruitment team :

        • Email : fcerecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

        Further information

        Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact FCE by email: englandhr.services@forestryengland.uk. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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