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Top job! Head of Scotland

  • Full time
  • £47,000 – £52,000
  • Edinburgh. Desk space to be secured by postholder in Edinburgh with a partner organisation. Some home working will be considered.
  • Closing 29th April 2019

Pancreatic cancer is a tough one but we’re taking it on. We are supporting those affected by the disease, investing in ground-breaking research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic cancer and being a voice for everyone involved in the fight. Together we are taking on pancreatic cancer.

Our work in Scotland

Our work in Scotland is a central part of our activity to take on pancreatic cancer. Researchers in Scotland are leading the way in developing new exciting approaches to tackle pancreatic cancer, particularly through the Precision Panc programme based in Glasgow and we are delighted to be the patient engagement partner for this initiative. We also chose Scotland as the location for our first ever Future Leader’s Academy, which we fund at the Beatson Centre, to further drive our ambition to attract the next generation of bright minds into the pancreatic cancer field. As a charity we have been working hard to push pancreatic cancer up the political agenda in Scotland through the Cross party group, events and debates in the Scottish Parliament, working with some very dedicated supporters.

But we have much more to do. Particularly to make sure that everyone diagnosed in Scotland knows about the services we provide and has access to our face to face services to reduce isolation and improve quality of life.

The role

The charity has always been active across the UK but has been expanding its activities in Scotland, providing a significant level of research investment, growing our influencing activity to specifically call for a review of pancreatic cancer services and starting to roll out our face to face services. Over the last two years the charity has had a consultant and Interim Head working with the charity to start to shape our priorities for work in the nation but this will be the charity’s first permanent role in Scotland.

The role will sit within the Operations Directorate and have a key focus on establishing the charity’s presence and profile in Scotland working to engage with key stakeholders to increase our service presence, influence to improve treatment and care, increase research collaboration and increase our fundraising activity. The post holder will need to work closely with teams across the charity.

You will play a crucial role in ensuring our work is appropriately tailored to meet the needs of people affected by pancreatic cancer in Scotland and our wider stakeholders and to ensure we are responding to key concerns or opportunities around pancreatic cancer within the nation. You will also help us build relationships with key health and policy stakeholders in Northern Ireland, working with our postholder there. This is an exciting time to join the charity and help shape our work as we start to develop our next organisational strategy.

About you

To enable us to meet our strategic objectives including the production of a two-year plan for services, policy and campaigning, fundraising and engagement activity in Scotland with input from internal Heads, the successful candidate will be skilled in developing and maintaining strong working relationships. These include external relationships with key stakeholders from across the pancreatic cancer community including supporters, health professionals, policy makers, MSPs, researchers, funders, major donors and other charities. This role will be representing the charity and be comfortable and credible networking at a senior level.

The post holder will need to ensure excellent internal communication and effective co-working is maintained with internal contacts at the London office and have direct experience of service delivery, ideally in a health setting, operational planning, project management and budgeting, a high standard of written communication including presentations and policy development.

Working with us

We are an inclusive employer committed to developing a diverse workforce and are looking for people who can demonstrate dedication to our cause and values. We offer a supportive place to work with helpful and friendly staff who report a high level of job satisfaction. We are always happy to discuss flexibility in light of the needs of the role.