29 days ago
  • Level Mid Level
  • Professions Strategist, Account Director
  • Type Full Time
  • Location London, United Kingdom

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Reporting to the Chief Content & Partnerships Officer, the Strategic Partnership Director is a key role within the FutureLearn team, with responsibility for one of our key strategic accounts, The Open University. To be successful, you will be skilled at initiating and leading strategic discussions with senior figures in the higher education industry on their organisational and people development needs and have proven business development skills and a growth mindset. Your focus will be to work closely with the partner and develop a strong industry-led, skills-focused revenue generating portfolio of short courses and Microcredentials.
FutureLearn is a fast growing education marketplace, featuring high quality online short courses, Microcredentials and degrees from the world's leading universities and industry brands. Our purpose is to transform access to education. We help our 12m+ learners build skills for today and tomorrow.
The Open University is a pioneer of high-quality distance learning. worldwide. In line with this ethos, the University founded Future Learn in 2012, now a renowned global digital education platform. The exciting new investment from SEEK has acted as a catalyst for the Open University, who have a clear ambition to be a global leader in online micro-credential learning and development.


  • Establish and sustain strategic relationships with the partner, advising on ways to address their challenges and meet their goals
  • Significantly grow the existing portfolio of short courses and Microcredentials
  • Contribute to the accelerated growth of FutureLearn’s business, championing the brand and representing the organisation in a myriad of settings
  • Bring an innovative, flexible and intrapreneurial approach to creating business opportunities
  • Advocate on behalf of the partner, representing their needs and championing their objectives within FutureLearn and externally with FutureLearn's clients and stakeholders
  • Evangelise for FutureLearn and its pedagogical approaches to delivering high quality learning at scale to a broad range of stakeholders
  • Develop and deliver a cohesive business development strategy for the account, incorporating innovation to deliver growth plans
  • Communicate with impact at a senior level, excellent stakeholder management
  • Demonstrate operational intensity: getting stuff done and removing bottlenecks
  • Understand the education and edTech industries
  • Work closely with the Insights and Marketing teams to leverage data driven analysis and spot market trends and opportunities for further development
Candidates will be attracted by the opportunity to develop a professionally stimulating strategic partnership and to contribute to FutureLearn’s growth, and by our purpose, to transform access to education. If you are considering applying for this role, you might be interested in these courses available on the FutureLearn platform:
  • Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World
  • Leading Strategic Innovation: How to lead with purpose


We offer lots of flexibility, competitive benefits and a cool work environment. At FutureLearn, we look after each other.


Please use our online form by pressing 'Apply for this job' below, including your CV and a cover letter telling us why you'd like to come work with us.Please also include your salary expectations.
This role will be fully remote whilst FutureLearn's office in Camden is closed. Once the office is open again this role will be a full time, office based role with a lot of flexibility to work remotely and frequent travel to the partner's offices (Milton Keynes).
Closing date for applications will be Sunday, the 7th of June.


We believe diversity matters and want to create an environment where that diversity can flourish. We encourage everyone to bring their whole self to work, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race or disability.


We encourage freelancers and people who have been made redundant as a result of COVID-19 to apply for opportunities at FutureLearn. We believe that in these difficult times, good employers have to rise to the occasion and play their part in the community. At FutureLearn, we take care of each other.

Skills Required

  • Strategy
  • Account Directing

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