We are looking to recruit a Partnerships Manager within the Kaplan Pathways Partnerships team. This will be a varied role focusing on our UK University partners and supporting the smooth running of our relationships. This role is flexible with location which can be based in any of our colleges or London office.

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Partnerships Manager


  • We are looking for someone to join our Partnerships team at Kaplan International Pathways, a full time, permanent role.
  • Some of the most important strengths and skills for this role include: a people manager with ability to influence, enjoys networking and ready to engage with people, confident presenting and being active in discussions. You should be used to being in situations where you are leading conversations. You’ll be using Microsoft Office to share our ideas with partners and keep us on track and using data to build strong stories and clarity - so experience in these areas is very useful.
  • This role would suit someone who has professional experience in roles such as account management, sales, or partnerships. We would especially welcome candidates from universities who have worked within an International Office.
  • To apply for the role, you should be passionate about international education with some knowledge in international markets and recruitment. You don’t need to be an expert in these areas, but if you are interested and passionate about the work we do, we think you will enjoy and thrive in this role.
  • We set ourselves high standards and work at a fast pace, where no day is the same and we respond to both the markets we work in, as well as to our partners. This makes this position exciting and varied, with opportunities to constantly develop and grow professionally.


Our Values

Our values are the best way to quickly understand who we are and what we stand for. They are a useful shortcut for you to get a feel for whether we’re a good fit for you.
Action: we are motivated by doing and enhancing our overall impact
Energy: we bring energy and commitment within our teams and partners
Useful: everything we create and do is relevant and useful to others, both internally and externally
Work in progress: we are always learning and improving and always developing our partnerships and products

Partnerships Manager – more about the role


  • Kaplan International Pathways have 15 university partners across the UK and we are constantly working on developing those relationships and our product offering. We want to be the leading Pathways offering to our partners and create strong relationships with their people.
  • This role will be part of the Partnerships team which sits within Marketing and Recruitment, reporting to the Senior Partnerships Manager.
  • As a company we are always evolving and growing and we imagine this role will grow with us. Everyone’s role at Kaplan has lots of variety, working across teams internally and externally and we all support each other and adapt along the way.


Partnerships Manager – the ‘what’ & the ‘how’ of the role


The what

Research and investigation: You will have a nose for digging out opportunities for increasing recruitment and balancing it with the universities goals and priorities.

Communication: you will be building relationships with our partners and internal teams to support each partnership. Stakeholders will trust that you understand what they need and deliver it when they need it with an ability to influence and lead discussions.

Pitching for opportunities: You will lead in the creation of decks and papers to be delivered to partners, working with various teams to quickly understand what needs to be created and turning that into a persuasive  You will be confident and ready to present, negotiate and discuss these papers to our partners with support from the rest of your team.

Engaging with partner universities: Leading university activities and initiatives, such as  forums, workshops, partner visits and activities.


The how

Attention to detail: You enjoy telling a story whether that is through PowerPoints, proposals or meetings, using data and information from other teams, highlighting key messages to drive and influence discussions.

Continual improvement: You are always looking for opportunities to develop so that you shine as an individual and shine as a team.  

Initiative and teamwork: you enjoy the space to take initiative and make things happen. You will have a team to support you whenever you need it, but lots of freedom to get involved in different projects and grow into the role.


And in return…


  • £32-36,000 per annum, plus 0-10% performance-based bonus
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • 28 days holiday per annum
  • Permanent contract, 6 months probation
  • Benefits including pension, medical cashback plan, ride2work scheme, and discounts at leading retailers and wellbeing providers, financial wellbeing programme



  • Hybrid working with 1-2 days a week in any of our pathways colleges or London HQ office.
  • Travel is required on an ad hoc basis to our partner universities and pathway colleges, and for 2 days per month to our HQ office if based out of London
  • We are committed to supporting flexible working while still meeting the business and partner needs, so let’s figure out how to make it work together
  • A dedication to creating an inclusive workplace with opportunities to be part of representative groups working towards equality, diversity and inclusion



  • Regular team learning to look forward – for example quarterly dedicated professional development time, webinars, conferences and courses held through the company, e.g. Kindness curriculum
  • Opportunity to apply for fully funded post-graduate courses through our Kaplan Open Learning offering
  • Mentor and coaching opportunities

How to apply

Overview of process

  • Deadline for application: 29th May
  • Interviews to be held before 9th June
  • Decision 16th June
  • Role to start first week of July


What we need from you

  • Your up-to-date CV
  • A cover letter outlining why you think you are the right fit for the role and the company
  • Please apply through our website

Any questions about the role or how we work at Kaplan please get in touch: Amber.tipper@kaplan.com


About Kaplan International Pathways 

Kaplan International Pathways, a division of Kaplan Inc., offers international students a wide range of flexible study options - from University preparation programmes in the UK, Australia, USA and Japan through to full degree programmes in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Through our academic partnerships with leading universities, our expertise in student recruitment, our exceptional teaching and a real focus on customer service and pastoral care, each year we are proud to welcome thousands of students from more than 100 countries through the doors of our colleges. 

In the UK, we operate 9 campus-based colleges in partnership with Bournemouth University, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool, Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, University of Brighton, University of Essex, University of York and University of West of England, Bristol and an off-campus college in London offering pathways to 7 leading well-ranked UK universities. 



At Kaplan International, we are committed to working in a diverse organisation and strive to provide equality of opportunity for all. We encourage and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or identity, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnership. If as a disabled applicant (as defined under the Equality Act 2010) you would like to request that your application is considered our Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) please let us know using this form

As part of our commitment to safeguarding, successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

Applicants must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK. 

For international students who have the rights to stay in the UK following graduation, we welcome application under the Graduate Route visa. 

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