Current vacancies

Health Professional Engagement Facilitator (Scotland)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £32,500 – £37,500
  • Home-based with some travel within Scotland: You will complete engagements remotely and face to face depending on demand. (Remote working only during the pandemic period)
  • Closing 16th May 2021

The role

Cancer Research UK has set out an ambitious goal that three in four people diagnosed with cancer should survive that diagnosis by 2034. In order to achieve this ambition, our focus is on the early diagnosis of cancer because of the great potential for improvement in outcomes through diagnosing cancer earlier.

To help support our ambition our Health Professional Facilitators are the visible face of our work with the NHS. Our Facilitators work closely with Primary Care Teams, clusters, public health and other stakeholders working in cancer care. They provide valuable practical support for quality improvement and lead educational sessions supporting cancer prevention, screening, recognition and referral. Our team is built of engaging, committed people who love building relationships and working with a wide range of healthcare professionals and their teams to drive improvements in cancer outcomes.

What are we looking for?

  • Proven ability to develop strong collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders to influence change
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • Knowledge and application of Quality Improvement methodology and tools
  • Proven ability to shape your approach and tailor the use of different tools to different audiences needs, including digital technologies
  • Experience of using evidenced data sources to engage with different audiences, including presenting information in a clear way
  • Able to identify and share crucial intelligence from your work and utilise this to inform future planning/strategy

If this describes you, join our team as we work hard to beat cancer sooner.

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Public Affairs Manager (Scotland)

  • Full time
  • Circa £36,000
  • Office-based in Edinburgh (with flexible-working opportunities)
  • Closing 9th May 2021

We have a great opportunity for someone to join us a Public Affairs Manager responsible for driving Cancer Research UK’s public affairs work in Scotland, leading our work with the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, and key NHS bodies to influence along our policy priority areas. Managing one officer and one assistant, the role will be an important member of the Devolved Nations Public Affairs team and the wider Policy Department, ensuring opportunities to influence are taken up to have impact for people affected by cancer in Scotland.

Some of the key responsibilities you can expect are...

  • Manage the charity’s public affairs activities in Scotland, build our profile among politicians and officials, and ensure our policy messages are heard at every level.
  • Lead Scottish public affairs planning and work closely with the Policy Development, Public Affairs and Campaigns, Communications, Strategic Evidence, and Clinical Engagement teams.
  • Support the work of the Senior External Affairs Manager (Devolved Nations) and play a key role in the management cohort across the Department.
  • Use knowledge and understanding of the Scottish political and policy environment to proactively seek opportunities to grow the charity’s influence and drive forward our policy priorities.
  • Manage one Public Affairs Officer and one Public Affairs Assistant for Scotland, overseeing our relationships and influencing in the Scottish Parliament, including our work as secretariat of the Cross Party Group on Cancer and Scottish Cancer Coalition.
  • Act as a media spokesperson for policy matters in Scotland.
  • Lead on relationship management with key political and policy stakeholders in Scotland, ensuring the charity engages effectively and in a joined up way.
  • Oversee the delivery of impactful communications with Scottish stakeholders, including briefings, speeches, blogs, social media content, reports, letters, emails and consultation responses.
  • Oversee the delivery of a programme of events and activities to engage with key political and policy audiences.
  • Monitor trends in policy and advocacy and drive innovation and collaborative working across public affairs activities, seeking new ways to have impact.
  • Build strategic and operational relationships with key teams across Cancer Research UK including support for our research and fundraising work.
  • Build and maintain good working relationships with key sector colleagues and act as a representative of the charity on appropriate bodies, groups and networks.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact and success of our work in Scotland and participate in producing annual operating plans and budgets for the Policy Department.

To be successful in this role you need...


  • Excellent understanding of the political environment and experience in successfully influencing for change in Scotland.
  • Excellent political judgement, with commitment to neutrality and ability to work across the political spectrum.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills, and strong experience of influencing internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Excellent communications skills (written and oral), including the ability to write with a methodical, analytical and concise style.
  • Ability to prioritise, work well under pressure, manage multiple projects and meet tight deadlines.
  • Experience of working in coalition or in partnership with other organisations.
  • Experience of acting as a media spokesperson.
  • Adaptable self-starter with the ability to work remotely and in self-directed way as part of a larger team.