Commercial Manager

The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and entrepreneurial individual to work alongside the Partnerships and Social Impact Director to achieve income targets across the full range of I.D.E.A’s activities. This includes from placemaking and installation commissions, event and exhibition sponsorship and broader cultural activities. We seek partnerships with design-led companies and services, lifestyle brands and philanthropic supporters of arts and culture.

The role will have significant interaction with colleagues and with external partners, prospective partners, and collaborators.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Partnerships Director to reach income and sponsorship targets across all of I.D.E.A’s activities;

  • Building up a pipeline of new sponsor contacts through research and representing I.D.E.A at external events;

  • Direct account management of some partners;

  • Working with the whole team to ensure partner benefits and deliverables are met;

  • Maintaining pipeline documentation, database systems and contact details; and

  • Ensuring partners and sponsors are engaged in all relevant I.D.E.A activities

Person Specification

  • 5 years minimum relevant experience in a sponsorship or business development role

  • A strong interest in and active network across brands and the creative industries, in particular with luxury and / or design-led brands

  • A proven track record of developing sales plans and meeting commercial targets

  • A great communicator, comfortable presenting to everyone from internal stakeholders to headline sponsors

  • A supportive team member

  • An ambitious self-starter, with excellent time management and an eye for detail

  • Passionate about the creative and cultural sector

  • Highly organised and experience working with databases and spreadsheets

  • Confident working with a Mac and Microsoft Office (InDesign and Photoshop desirable)

Hours and Location

  • Full time, office-based in Holborn, central London

Start Date

  • Immediate (allowing for notice periods)


  • Circa £40,000 dependent on experience


  • Regular opportunities to attend talks, design events and exhibitions across London

  • 25 days annual leave

  • Employer’s pension contribution

  • Cycle to work scheme

Application Process

Please send your CV together with a one-page cover letter with the subject ‘Commercial Manager’ to by midnight Friday 18 November 2022.

Interviews will take place shortly after the closing date. Reference checks will be undertaken as a condition of the job offer.