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Senior Grants Manager (f/m/d)


  • Organization: Common Goal
  • Location: Berlin
  • Grade: Mid level - Roster - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Grant writing
  • Closing Date: Closed



With more than three billion fans, football is the largest social phenomenon on the planet. No other sport boasts such wealth, reach or cultural significance. Common Goal is rooted in the belief that the world’s most popular sport is one of the few cultural forces strong enough to help shift society towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all. 

We want to maximise the game’s contribution to people and planet by forging a lasting connection between football as a business and football as a catalyst for social transformation. We believe that achieving long-lasting change requires everyone’s collaboration. That’s why we are building a movement that creates opportunities for every stakeholder in football to participate and collaborate in support of our people and planet, including some of the biggest players, brands, clubs and confederations in the world from Megan Rapinoe to Jurgen Klopp and adidas to UEFA.  

Bottom-up and inside-out, we place all our focus on strengthening local capacity via a network of over 200 community organisations across 100+ countries to transform realities, embedding purpose at the heart of the football industry and using football as enabler to inspire a shift in mindset. 


About the Role   

As our Senior Grants Manager, you will oversee the grant management processes at Common Goal in line with our strategic objectives. This includes the internal Common Goal funding cycle that distributes the 1% contributions made by Common Goal members as well as additional grant processes coordinated by Common Goal in collaboration with external partners. Responsibilities range from call for proposal preparations, application evaluations to contract management, project management and impact reporting. As a cross-functional position, you will be part of the Community team and work at the intersection of our Community, Impact, Fundraising, and Finance & Admin teams.  

Beyond strong communication and coordination skills with colleagues, international organisations and funding partners, we are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about developing and improving all processes linked to grant management and programme coordination, establishing standards and guidelines, and using clever technology solutions. A very high attention to detail and proven experience in grant management are crucial for the success of the position.  

This position will be based in our HQ in Berlin. 



Your Responsibilities 

 Common Goal’s 1% Funding Stream 

  • Provide funding recommendations to donors from the professional football industry based on preferences provided and the strategic direction of the movement 

  • Coordinate the distribution of funds to Common Goal Community member organisations, including the necessary contracting and financial transfer processes in coordination with our partners Transnational Giving Network and our Finance department 

  • Monitor organisations funded by Common Goal to ensure compliance with grant guidelines 

  • Oversee the financial administration and reporting processes, including defining reporting timelines and templates, reviewing financial reports received, and coordinating impact reporting with the quality management and brand & advocacy teams 

  • Manage communications with Common Goal Community member organisations on the grant cycles to ensure transparent information sharing with the entire community of organisations 

  • Oversee the implementation of technology and enhanced processes to increase the efficiency of our grant management and funding procedures 


Additional Call for Proposal Processes:  

  • Define and manage emergency or topic specific grant processes or call for proposal processes coordinated for partners within and beyond the football industry 

  • Coordinate and train external experts for the implementation of call for proposal processes, specifically for evaluation and reporting processes 


Your Profile 

  • You have minimum 5 years of professional work experience in grant management or similar, relevant areas in an international context 

  • You have strong project management and coordination skills 

  • You have a drive for process improvement and automation, as well as hands-on experience with technology solutions around grant management 

  • You have experience with contract management and impact reporting 

  • You possess an analytical mindset and high attention to detail 

  • You are a strong communicator, have high ethical standards and are experienced in interacting with a diverse group of partners and individuals 

  • You are fluent in English (minimum C2 level) and independent in Spanish (minimum B2 level 

  • You are a great listener and team player who enjoys taking responsibility and working in a diverse, culturally rich and inclusive workplace 

  • You possess strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and multitask 



  • Be part of a motivating work culture with highly talented colleagues and peers, lean decision-making processes, and unique personal development opportunities within an internationally recognised social enterprise 

  • Play your part in uniting the global football community in tackling the greatest social challenges of our time and join an innovative, experienced, solutions-oriented, and impact-driven team that is passionate about football for good 

  • Enjoy flexible and hybrid working arrangements, an inspiring and centrally located office in Berlin, 30 days annual leave and other great features to enable an optimal balance between work and personal life 

  • Benefit from attractive perks for all employees such as visa & relocation support, monthly public transport passes, a gym allowance, home-office equipment and support, as well as other great initiatives to create a fun and exciting workplace 

  • Kick-start your career at Common Goal in Berlin with your own initial 12-month contract with the potential of extension into a long-term position 

  • Last but not least, join an international squad of 18 nationalities, speaking more than 12 languages, where 100% of your future teammates agreed in the latest staff survey that “fellow team members are committed to doing quality work.” 


How to apply 

Kick things off by submitting your application via our online application form, including your CV and an optional letter of motivation. Your application will be screened against the position-specific criteria. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in a first interview, followed by a exercise and a final call with our CEO. 

Common Goal celebrates diversity and is strongly committed to providing a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on individual qualifications and abilities without regard to race, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, family or parental status, or disability status. 

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