Fundraising Development Manager – British Motor Museum

Job Title: Fundraising Development Manager
Salary: £35,000
Hours: Full time
Term: Permanent
Location: British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, CV35 0BJ
Closing date: 12:00 am 22 August 2022


The British Motor Museum is home to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT). Incorporated over 40 years ago, the Trust benefits from a number of well-established and successful commercial income streams, as well as heritage sector grant funding but has historically underplayed its charitable credentials when it comes to fundraising activity.

As an educational charity our mission is to:

  • Collect, conserve and research motor vehicles and archive material relating to the motor industry in Britain
  • Interpret the role the automotive industry plays in social, cultural, technical, economic and environmental development in Britain
  • To share this with local, national and international audiences for the benefit of our diverse nation and future generations.


Reporting to the Head of Commerce, this role is aimed at developing new income streams and is an opportunity for a fundraising specialist to help build the Trust’s charitable profile and to contribute to our vision – to be one of the world’s outstanding museums and the focal point of Britain’s automotive history and culture.

This is a unique opportunity to join an organisation at the beginning of its fundraising journey – a chance to shape, activate and grow fundraising activity to deliver sustainable voluntary income streams, aligning the needs of the charity with the needs of donors to create long-lasting mutually beneficial relationships.

We are seeking an experienced fundraising professional with a track record of income growth across corporate, community and philanthropy income, delivery of public-facing campaigns and appeals and broad-based fundraising experience. You should be able to work across teams to lead, create and deliver new fundraising initiatives.


  • Lead and develop voluntary income generation for BMIHT, implementing fundraising plans and supporting strategic growth.
  • Ensure that each planned activity is viable and meets its target and expected return on investment.
  • Lead, plan and project manage an annual cycle of fundraising, to deliver a sustainable income pipeline.
  • Build face-to-face relationships and cultivate donor relationships through events and ongoing communication, directly and indirectly influencing higher-level financial support.
  • Have a high understanding of donor motivations and trends, to deliver a bespoke donor journey, continuity of engagement and solicitation plans.
  • Work closely with other BMIHT teams, to recognise collaborative opportunities and identify, research and influence potential new partners and donors.
  • Ensure that campaigns and appeals remain relevant and meaningful to each target audience, developing and assessing the benefits and supporter entry points
  • Represent BMIHT internally and externally, ensuring the full understanding of the organisation, our purpose and need.
  • Record all relevant actions and communication with donors, companies and organisations, ensuring the data is accurate and up to date.
  • Produce periodic reports, respond to enquiries and acknowledge/thank donors.
  • Take responsibility for your own health, safety and welfare, ensuring compliance with Trust’s Health and Safety policies, procedures and safe systems of work;
  • Be responsible for your own behaviour and act in a manner that avoids and discourages any form of discrimination or harassment; to comply with the Trust’s Equal Opportunities Policy;
  • Undertake to familiarise yourself with the data protection procedures set down by the Company as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation;
  • Actively and positively contribute to the success of the business in delivering your duties and any other business-related activities which may reasonably be requested.


  • A broad understanding of fundraising with a demonstrable track record of income growth across corporate, community and philanthropy income
  • Experience of creating and delivering public-facing campaigns and appeals
  • The ability to collaborate and work across internal teams to generate maximum impact
  • Able to lead, create and deliver new fundraising initiatives
  • Outstanding client facing skills with an ability to communicate with and influence senior managers and decision makers
  • Proven proposal writing, pitching, presenting and negotiation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills
  • Ability to convey the work of BMIHT with confidence, credibility, and passion
  • Strong organisational skills, with a structured and methodical approach to work and a clear focus on results
  • IT literate and confident user of databases
  • A track record in securing significant funds and meeting challenging financial targets
  • A full drivers licence

Salary: £35-40k per annum (depending on experience)


To apply, please email with a CV and cover letter.

CLOSING DATE: Sunday, 22 August 2022

No Agencies

Inclusion and Diversity Statement

As an organisation the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.