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Id: 10168



Venues, Festivals + Events


Publishing + Literature


Job Title:

Business Development Manager

Organisation Name:

Damian Barrs Literary Salon

Organisation URL:


South of England preferable - South East


Salary to be determined


Part Time

Date Posted:


Closing Date:



Job Description & Person Specification:

Damian Barrs Literary Salon production team is expanding. Now in our 11th year we are looking for a Business Development Manager to help us grow and expand the UKs most popular independent book event and reading community. Help us tell and, crucially, sell our story without ever selling out. Our community value independence and transparency and fairness and so do we. We require a self-driven, well connected and engaging individual to help secure partners and brand sponsors for our live events and content, including podcasts, short form video and online content. Existing partners include the Savoy and British Airways and past events and partnerships have featured Hendricks, the National Trust and Corney & Barrow. 

Key qualities and experience 
  • Be able to pick up the phone, engage with people at events and send effective emails 
  • Have strong, existing relationships and contacts with brands especially lifestyle and culture 
  • Have a proven track record of developing and maintaining brand partnerships and creative collaborations 
  • Understand that diversity isnt a box to tick but how we live and work 
  • Be self-motivated but know you can ask for help and share ideas 
  • Strategic thinking/planning and a strong focus on tactical objectives 
  • Love books, writers and readers and associated brands Have proven experience of negotiating 
  • Be excited about stories- help us develop and monetise new formats and ideas 
  • A passion for books, stories and experience of live events and varied content creation would be advantageous but ultimately this is a business development role. 
Key objectives 
  • Help us identify the brands and people we want to work with 
  • Work with our existing relationships and network to maximise opportunities. 
  • To oversee and lead on the completion of high-level proposals and pitches. This will involve working closely with the Salon team, ensuring proposals meet company needs 
  • To identify and take up opportunities to influence corporate prospects priorities, through proactive relationship development and peer-to-peer introductions. 
  • To set, manage and monitor an excellent quality standard for new business written documents, proposals, presentations and pitches. 
Working hours and salary 
Part time / Freelance Role working from home with meetings in Brighton and London.
You will be expected to attend the Literary Salon events.
Salary is dependent on experience and to be discussed. 

Who are we? 
Damian Barrs Literary Salon
DBLS is a community on and offline which began at Shoreditch House with live events and is now based at the Savoy and which encompasses a podcast, busy socials and inspiring cultural content. Our Salons are live events that tempt the worlds finest writers to the world's loveliest venues to read from their latest works. Our current London home is the Savoy, and we also hold Salons at other venues such as Theatre Royal Brighton, the London Library, and the occasional international venue. We showcase established names alongside emerging talents. All our events are led and hosted by Damian Barr, award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster, and key literary and cultural influencer. 

As well as our live events we have a strong online presence, with a lively and engaged social media following on Facebook and Instagram (including influencers and big names), and were producing an increasing amount of original content, including videos and podcasts from our events, exclusive recordings with authors and Damian, and an original series currently in development for our YouTube channel. The Salon podcast is available as in-flight entertainment on British Airways, as well as on iTunes, Acast and Soundcloud. 

Previous partners or sponsors include the National Trust, No3 Gin, Soho House, Hay, The Booker Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award. 

For more information visit and 

Please send your CV along with a covering letter detailing why youre perfect for this role, with examples of successful brand relationships youve managed.  Please also give an indication of your expected day rate. Send to





Kirsty Milner
Executive Director






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