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Fundraising Manager


Salary: £35-40k, pro-rata
Hours: 22.5 to 37.5 a week (part-time or full-time). Permanent position.
Annual Leave: 25 days plus bank holidays
Pension: NEST pension (3% employer contribution/5% employee contribution)
Location: Remote/home-based, attending regular meetings in Hampshire UK
Equipment provided: Laptop and monitor


AbScent is the UK anosmia support charity, offering the best support and information so that no-one faces anosmia alone. We do this with a range of online services providing support and interaction, trusted and accessible information, and practical resources to manage life with little or no sense of smell. We now have a combined online community of more than 30,000 people from all over the world, but we know there are thousands more that need support.

We’re looking for a Fundraising Manager to join our small, hard-working, passionate team, and help propel the charity to the next level and beyond.


The right candidate will be someone who can create and deliver a fundraising strategy that aligns with our charitable purposes. Fundraising experience with another charity is desirable but a creative and entrepreneurial approach using proven sales and marketing skills is valued. 

As a small and growing charity, we are still building the structure that will enable us to reach our goals. Developing your fundraising strategy will include CRM implementation and setting up new fundraising streams from scratch. If you relish the thought of a blank sheet of paper, this is a once-in-a-career opportunity. 

AbScent particularly loves to work with people who have lived-experience of smell loss, but empathy for the challenges of living with a sensory deprivation is a must.

The role:

As the Fundraising Manager, you will be the prime driver of income generation for AbScent.

Working with the Executive Director and trustees, you will develop an income generation strategy that will include online trading as well as charity fundraising techniques.

Joining our current team of three, there is no staff responsibility yet, but we’re sure your efforts will create the need and funding to grow the team. This role is hands-on and immediate, and your chance to build something amazing.

You will be home-based - AbScent doesn’t have an office yet - but you will be expected to attend regular meetings in Hampshire. 

We have an expectation that you will:

  • Create and deliver a fundraising strategy in line with AbScent’s objectives
  • Manage trading; supporting marketing and development plans 
  • Identify, cultivate and steward relationships with individual and corporate donors
  • Specify, implement and manage fundraising tools, including a supporter database
  • Monitor and regularly report on activity and results
  • Lend practical support to colleagues across all areas 
Skills and experience:
  • Fundraising, sales or marketing experience to management level. 

  • Numerate and financially literate, able to produce and understand budgets.

  • Excellent IT skills, and experience using a range of IT applications including CRM Systems. Comfortable with working in a virtual environment.

  • Great communication skills – articulate and persuasive across a range of audiences.

  • Project management and planning skills.

  • Creative: spotting trends and topics of current interest, linking with AbScent’s goals.

  • A flexible approach, able to move with a fast-paced and changing environment. 

  • Empathy with people living with a long-term health condition.

  • Understanding of the nature and impact of smell disorders.

  • Understanding of the importance of compliance with data protection legislation and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in the charity sector.

  • Knowledge of the funding environment in the voluntary sector.

  • Knowledge of Google’s office suite.


Closing date: When we’ve found the right person, so please get in touch now!

How to apply: Please email to tell us why you’ll be brilliant in this role, and attach a copy of your CV. 

This role was posted on Friday 26 February 2021.