Lead Venture Builder

Location: London

Salary: £47,465 per annum

Employment type: Permanent

Department: Innovation and Enterprise

Division: Innovation and Enterprise

Hours per week: 35

About us

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We know that homelessness is not inevitable. We know that together we can end it.  

Whilst the Venture Studio supports, builds and invests in start-ups, it itself is a start-up within Crisis. We’re in full growth mode, building the future for social change within the charity sector. We have had an exciting first two years - backing our first few companies, being shortlisted as the PropTech Investor of the Year, giving out 100+ grants and growing a diverse community around our mission and portfolio. Now it's time to build on our successful track record of starting businesses from scratch and define our approach to Venture Building. 

About the role  

As part of the first team to tackle homelessness using entrepreneurship, you have an opportunity to lead the development of our venture building work and accelerate the end of homelessness.  

You will work alongside the Venture Studio team, the entrepreneurs we support, internal expert colleagues, and a network of external advisors, partners and mentors. You will build and embed processes that enable Crisis to explore and build ventures from scratch, clearly prioritizing those with the biggest potential to impact homelessness at scale. 

You will also grow and nurture our community of entrepreneurs and influencers by making the challenges and solutions around ending homelessness accessible and drawing on the community to define prioritize.  

Collaborating with people who have lived experience of homelessness is an important part of our plan to end homelessness. You will strengthen our work around co-production with Experts by Experience, working to incorporate lived experience in our decision-making process. You will be responsible for opening doors between Crisis Members and our pipeline, portfolio, partners, and processes.  

The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of what makes a great business and how to commercialize opportunities. You will enjoy building your way out of uncertainty and learning at pace in a live environment working collaboratively within a team. We will work with you to put in place learning and development opportunities to set you up for success.  

About you  

To be successful in this role you will have: 

  • Proven ability and experience developing ventures from pre-idea stage to scale within organisational environment  

  • Ability to design and embed venture building process within organisations  

  • Have a deep understanding of what makes a great business and how to commercialize opportunities 

  • Have extensive experience developing new products, services, and businesses models, including ability to make financial models   

  • Be able to identify opportunities by looking at user needs and broader market trends and working directly with users and beneficiaries of services to identify needs  

  • Experience developing and embedding frameworks and processes to identify key risks and validate hypotheses 

You may have experience in: 

  • Experience working in housing sector 

  • Experience using venture building to achieve social impact  

You won’t need:  

  • A traditional educational background 

We believe diversity is a strength, and our aim is to make sure that Crisis truly reflects the communities we serve. We are actively working towards our organisation being a place where everyone can thrive and make their best contribution to our mission of ending homelessness for good. We know that the more perspectives, voices, and experiences we can bring to this work, the better. We particularly welcome applications from people who have lived experience of homelessness, and people from all marginalised groups, communities and backgrounds. 

Working at Crisis 

As a member of the team, you will have access to a wide range of employee benefits including: 

  • Interest free loans for travel season ticket, cycle to work, and deposit to secure a tenancy 

  • Pension scheme with an employer contribution of 8.5% 

  • 25 days’ annual leave which increases with service to 28 days and option to purchase up to 10 additional days leave 

  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, shared parental, and adoption pay 

  • Flexible working around the core hours 10am-4pm 

  • And more! (Full list of benefits available on website) 

Alongside our excellent staff benefits, we will support your ongoing development to build your skills, experience and career. 

When you join us, you will have the opportunity to join our staff diversity networks, which aim to champion issues across the organisation, enable staff to be their authentic and best selves and contribute to making Crisis a truly diverse organisation.   

How to apply 

If this sound likes the opportunity for you, please click on the 'Apply for Job' button below. 

Closing date: Sunday 10th July (at 23:59)  

Interviews will be held w/c 25th July 


We welcome applications from people who identify as neuro diverse and want our recruitment process to be as accessible as possible. If you need us to make an adjustment or provide additional support as you apply for a role, please email jobs@crisis.org.uk and our Recruitment team will contact you to discuss how we can help.  


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Registered Charity Numbers: E&W1082947, SC040094