(MDXSU) Business Development Assistant


Middlesex University
1 Month
4 Hours per week
Smart Casual




This job is part of the Middlesex University Students’ Union’s Community Placement Scheme and is only available to current students of Middlesex University. The scheme has been established to ensure students are paid London Living Wage (£10.55) to put your studies or interests to use practically on placements whilst helping the local community. The scheme is designed to boost student employability and increase collaboration within Barnet and beyond.
We would recommend visiting www.mdxsu.com/community-placements before submitting any applications.

Organisation description

Community Souls is a social enterprise that trades as a cleaning company, employing adults (18+) who are dependent on benefits, low income and furthest from the job market. We are springboard for boh their personal & professional development; providing secure employment and personal development support to break down the barriers that prevent them from entering long-term employment.
Our priorities for 2019/20 are to;
1. Increase the working hours for current staff
2. Employ/ support 5 more people
3. Expand the package of support we offer our staff
4. Expand our services to new communities.
We will achieve this by;
1. Securing further funding/ investment
2. Increasing our operational capacity
3. Improving our strategy for securing new business.
The Business Development Officer at Community Souls will drive forward our strategy for new business; ensuring we can engage and inspire more businesses to take on our services, and in turn transform the lives of people living in their communities.

This an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to build a career within the social sector, this role offers excellent scope for personal development and growth as well as the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of others in Barnet.
You will be immersed in the day-to-day life of a small, dynamic social business, with the opportunity to learn directly from our Founder and Director who you will work alongside and report into.
It will require you to be motivated, hands-on, solutions focused and flexible in your approach. You’ll have strong communication and organisational skills, the ability to turn ideas into reality, and you’ll be excited by the opportunity to bring your expertise and enthusiasm to grow our business at this exciting stage in our development. As the Business Development Officer at Community Souls, you will be responsible for;
? Researching and identifying new business leads
? Developing and implementing a marketing strategy to engage new business
? Working with the Director to tailor and deliver ‘partnership’ pitches
? Producing and distributing marketing materials.
? Supporting the implementation of a CRM system to monitor this function.

• Strong interpersonal skills. Must be able to work well with others as well as to have leadership skills.
• Excellent communication skills, and confident in writing external communications to promote new business.
• Ability to work effectively under pressure and to tight deadlines
• Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and plan a workload effectively
• Understanding of marketing principles
• Creative and resourceful
• Proactive and determined
• Excellent ICT skills, including experience using spreadsheets and presentation software.
• A demonstrable commitment to equality and diversity which actively informs your approach to work.


• Experience in a similar role
• Passionate about social change and innovation
• Good business sense
Grand Arcade, North Finchley or Community Souls HQ office - Finchley Central
How to apply
Please note the deadline for this application is 3rd October. Please upload your CV, and answer the following questions in your cover letter (300 words max per question):

1. What interests you about this opportunity?
Demonstrate that you understand the role and talk about your motivations to apply for it; that will help us to get a sense of your personal connection to this placement.

2. Why are you the perfect candidate for this placement?
Demonstrate your skills by giving examples from your previous roles and describe how this experience has allowed you to develop each of the skills listed. Please refer to 'experience and skills' section.

3. Why is this experience important to you?
Tell us about how this role will support your personal development, develop your skills, complement your studies and/or benefit you in the future. Talk about your aspirations for the future and how you think this placement role could benefit the community, as a result why it is important for you to be involved.

4. Are you currently a student at Middlesex University? If so, what course and year of study are you undertaking?

5. Do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands, or final warnings we should take into account when applying for a DBS check?
Candidates will be shortlisted based on cover letter and CV.

Further Information
We will be completing the shortlisting process as soon as possible following the closing date, and aim to let you know as soon as possible. Please note however that due to the number of applications that the students’ union receives for placement opportunities, we are unable to offer personal feedback on applications. If you need any additional information or if you would like to speak to someone about your application please contact the Community Partnership Coordinator, Sally Bernard, at s.bernard@mdx.ac.uk or 020 84115009.