Current vacancies

Below are details of the current vacancies at The Poppy Factory:

Job Title: Director of Fundraising

Company: The Poppy Factory

Location: London (Richmond)

Contract: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

The Poppy Factory is the country’s leading employment charity for veterans with health conditions or impairments. The charity works with businesses across the country to provide bespoke opportunities and ongoing employment support for hundreds of disabled veterans of all ages and from all Services, helping to restore their financial independence through sustainable and rewarding work.

The Poppy Factory relies on its generous supporters to continue its life-changing work and the charity’s fundraising team has grown in recent years in order to access additional funding sources.  

The charity is now seeking a Director of Fundraising to develop and deliver its fundraising strategy, accelerating the growth of income across a diverse range of streams and helping the charity achieve long-term sustainable income to support service delivery.

The role also involves working in close partnership with the Director of Operations and the Head of Communications to develop an integrated approach to fundraising, communications and marketing.

This position requires significant experience of developing and implementing successful fundraising strategies, as well as a demonstrable track record of success in a broad-based fundraising role. You will also need a proven record of meeting challenging income targets and of experience of developing and implementing innovative fundraising and income generation programmes, e.g. donor acquisition and major gifts.

This is an exciting time of growth at The Poppy Factory and this is an amazing opportunity to drive fundraising growth that can help transform the lives of many more wounded, injured and sick veterans.

If you meet our meet our requirements and are a positive-minded self-starter who is comfortable working in a diverse environment, then we are keen to hear from you.

Please contact Anton Packheiser +44 (0) 7749 858597 or Suzie Spooner at +44 (0) 7960 932 3215 at Astarita Aldrich & Ward for an informal conversation about this role.

 Please apply by submitting a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter, highlighting your suitability for the position and why you are interested, by email to:

Closing date: 17th October – 9am

Interview date: week commencing 29th October

Please note that we will be shortlisting as we receive applications, so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Volunteer Tour Assistants

What is the role?

Our Volunteer Tour Assistant’s support our Tour Guides during our busy Factory tours which are open to the general public. Visitor groups come from all walks of life- from adult social groups, to school groups and visitors with varying levels of disability. Our tours are very important as they help us to raise awareness about the unique history of The Poppy Factory as well as our life- changing work with disabled veterans.

Tours run twice daily from Monday- Thursday at 10:30am and 1:15/ 2:00pm and consist of a 40 minute presentation and a 30 minute guided walking tour of our production area, followed by a brief spell in the gift shop on the till. We have also recently started running tours on Friday mornings.

Main activities and tasks include:

  • Welcoming visitor groups alongside TPF Tour Guides (35 max)
  • Providing refreshments
  • Answering visitor questions or directing questions to the Tour Guide
  • Helping in the shop including using the till and wrapping items for sale.

What is the time commitment?

  • An initial meeting face to face to discuss your motivations, skills and experience will take place as part of the recruitment process
  • We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of 2-3 tours per month.

Where will I be based?

This role is based at The Poppy Factory, 20 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 6UR

Apply for the role of Volunteer Tour Assistant

To have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Alice Barrett, Volunteers Manager, on / 0208 940 3305

Do you enjoy communicating with people from all walks of life? Are you looking to gain valuable hands-on experience within a national charity?

Join Team Poppy Factory and help us to make a real difference to the lives of Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) Veterans across the UK! Why we need your help!

As well as seeing an increase of 85% in registrations for our employability service between 2015 and 2016, last year The Poppy Factory welcomed just over 9,000 visitors on site to experience our very popular Factory Tours. With an increasing awareness of our employability work and tour offering, we are looking for a team of volunteers to provide additional support to our front of house staff so we are better able to deal with new enquiries and provide a warm welcome to guests visiting our various departments.

About the volunteer role

As a Volunteer Receptionist, you will support the day to day running of the front of house area, dealing with face to face, telephone and email communication with visitors, staff, volunteers and the wider public. You will also provide additional administrative support to staff in our front office.

What is the time commitment?

  • We are looking for volunteers to cover reception mid-morning to mid-afternoon, 1 or 2 days per week on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays. Days/ times can be flexible according to your other commitments.
  • An initial meeting face to face to discuss your motivations, skills and experience will take place as part of the recruitment process.
  • We ask volunteers to commit to The Poppy Factory for a minimum of 6 months.

Where is the role based?

The Poppy Factory, 20 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 6UR

What we offer

  • A named supervisor plus ongoing support from the Volunteers Manager.
  • An induction to The Poppy Factory and your volunteer role
  • Reasonable out of pocket expenses
  • Access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities
  • Opportunity to be a part of a national charity including invitations to TPF Volunteer events, other social & information events and access to regular organisational updates.

How to apply

To apply for this role please prepare your CV and a brief covering letter outlining any skills or experience that might be relevant. Apply for the role of Volunteer Receptionist For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Alice Barrett, Volunteers Manager: 0208 939 1821

We are committed to making every reasonable adjustment to the workplace or volunteering arrangements so as to accommodate people with disabilities.