Senior Science Media Manager 

Salary: £42,000 - £48,000

Reports to: Head of News

Department: Policy, Information and Communications

Location: Stratford, London. Office-based with high flexibility (1-2 days per week in the office).

Employment type: Permanent

Working hours: Full time 35 hours per week                                 

Closing date: Sunday 18 September 2022, 23:55

At Cancer Research UK, we exist to beat cancer.       

We are professionals with purpose, beating cancer every day. But we need to go much further and much faster. That’s why we we’re looking for someone talented, someone who shares our vision, someone like you.

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join us as our Senior Science Media Manager. You’ll manage communications that cover the latest innovations in cancer research and the charity’s drug discovery and life sciences portfolio. You’ll edit the team’s communications and lead on the delivery of campaigns to national broadcast, print, online and specialist media, ensuring that our audiences know of the strides being made in cancer research. And you’ll lead on the team’s strategy through planning, editing and evaluation of campaigns, ensuring a test and learn approach to all that we do to maximise the impact of our work.

What will I be doing?

  • Leading the team on crafting and pitching opinion editorials to national and specialist media, which are aligned with the news agenda and support Cancer Research UK’s science and policy thought leadership ambitions

  • Leading the team on building and maintaining excellent relationships with national, trade and specialist science press contacts

  • Managing the team’s editing processes and the overall process for sign-off of press releases, opinion editorials, pitches, video scripts and other communication content

  • Leading your team on planning, managing and delivering campaigns, features, opinion editorials and news stories to promote and build awareness of the charity’s scientific research portfolio

  • Leading on evaluation and impact of your team’s media campaigns

  • Communicating on a wide range of issues surrounding the causes, treatments and early detection of cancer

  • Working with the Head of News on issues and reputation management

  • Providing out-of-hours duty media cover as part of the department rota.

What skills are you looking for?

  • Excellent communication skills including first-class written and oral skills

  • Experience of editing: opinion editorials, press releases, pitches to journalists and other scientific content

  • Experience of writing, pitching and securing opinion editorials in specialist and national media

  • Experience of science communications

  • Experience of working in a charity, research organisation or news organisation

  • Experience of team and people management or demonstrable mentoring skills

  • Ability to manage, inspire and motivate a team and supervise others effectively

  • Project management experience including skills in handling multiple projects simultaneously and under pressure to meet agreed deadlines

  • Experience of building and nurturing professional relationships with a diverse internal and external stakeholder group.

Please click here for a full candidate pack.

What will I gain?

Each and every one of our employees contributes to our progress and is supporting our work to beat cancer. You’ll be making a difference in the world.

In return, we make sure you are supported by a generous benefits package, flexible working policies and a wide range of career and personal development opportunities and high-quality tools, policies and processes to enable you to do your job well.

Our benefits package includes a substantial retirement plan, a generous and flexible leave allowance, discounts on anything from travel to technology, gym membership, and much more.

We review pay annually and aim to recognise individual performance and achievements. 

We don’t forget people have lives outside of work too and so we actively encourage a flexible working culture.

Our work – from funding cutting-edge research to developing public policy – will change the world. It’s exciting to be part of our team.


How to apply

To learn more about this role (including how to apply), please click here

We operate an anonymised shortlisting process in our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. CVs are required for all applications; but we won’t be able to view them until we invite you for an interview. Instead, we ask you to complete the work history section of the online application form for us to be able to assess you quickly, fairly and objectively.

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At CRUK we value diversity and we're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures and believe that a diverse workforce will help us to beat cancer sooner. Unfortunately we are unable to recruit anyone below the age of 18, so that we can protect young people from health & safety and safeguarding risks. Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview (such as, but not limited to: information in a different format, more time for an assessment, a virtual/F2F interview) please contact us on [email protected].