Development Manager (Major Donor lead)

  • Full time
  • Circa £40,000
  • Central Edinburgh with hybrid working
  • Closing 12th June 2023

  • Advertised from 12th May 2023
  • Full time and permanent. 35 hours a week over core working hours of 10am - 3pm, Monday to Friday, with a one-hour lunch break. The office is open 7am – 7pm daily and our hybrid working policy requires all full-time employees to work at least two days a week in the Edinburgh office.


Who are we?

Worldwide Cancer Research is a small charity with immense ambition – to see a day where no life is cut short by cancer by starting new cancer cures worldwide. We find and fund innovative ideas at the start of the cancer research journey all over the world. Starting the life-saving advances of the future by sowing the seeds of new discoveries today. Funding brand new ideas and supporting researchers who ask big, challenging, new questions about how cancer works and how we can control it.

For 40 years our scientists have explored brand new concepts and advanced our understanding of cancer – taking the first step in the research journey that provides new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

As a charity, we are committed to opportunity without barriers, and we are striving to seek, value and learn from different perspectives and experiences, just as the best research ideas can come from anywhere. We welcome applications from all communities to help build our inclusive team, as diverse as the scientific community we fund and the families whose lives we impact. We are a team where everyone can be themselves and feel valued.

We are determined that all applicants and employees receive equitable, fair treatment regardless of gender, sex, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status or ethnicity. We have pledged to ‘Show the Salary’ for our roles, we are also an accredited ‘Disability Confident Committed Employer’ because our team members are at the heart of everything we do.

To help start more cancer cures around the world and save lives, we are looking for a Development Manager (Major Donor lead), to be known internally as Philanthropy Manager, to join the ambitious Marketing and Fundraising directorate at Worldwide Cancer Research.

About the Philanthropy Manager role and why we need you

As part of our multi-million-pound funding programme for discovery cancer research, you can make an impact every day at Worldwide Cancer Research.

We are working on a strategy of income growth and diversification in the Fundraising and Philanthropy team, and your role will be central to achieving this mission. You will be willing to take an agile and creative approach to maximising income from High-Value and Major Donors, through the delivery of first-class engagement, cultivation and stewardship activities. Our Major Donor programme sits closely alongside our Trust portfolio, and you will also work closely with the team developing Trust proposals and stewardship opportunities.

An effective, intuitive and genuine relationship-builder, you will proactively develop an income pipeline of prospects and donors. The role also gives you the unique opportunity to establish and evolve ‘The Collective’, our newly launched, high-value giving club.

The charity’s values include curious, united and spirited, all of which you can readily demonstrate as you work with colleagues across Worldwide Cancer Research and among your own Fundraising & Philanthropy team. You will be an advocate for our vision when in touch with supporters and influencers, as you raise awareness of Worldwide Cancer Research and our mission in your day-to-day work.

A full Job Description is available for download below.

Benefits:10% employer pension contribution; employee assistance programme and counselling service; enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption pay; enhanced sick pay; 33 days’ paid holiday annually plus four winter public holidays as paid leave; 2-weeks fully remote working a year; three paid carer days a year; death in service benefit; cycle to work and travel season ticket schemes are available.

To enable employees to maximise their performance and productivity whilst maintaining a good work-life balance, we are trialling a nine-day fortnight where every second Friday is a stand down day for the team.

Application notes

How to apply:

• Please email us your tailored CV (no more than two pages) with your covering letter outlining your suitability for this role to

• You will find the full job description, person specification and our benefits on Worldwide Cancer Research careers

• Closing date is Monday 12 June 2023, 12 noon

• Interviews will be held on Wednesday 28 June 2023 and we will contact all applicants as soon as possible after shortlisting for interview

• Please note your covering letter will be key to the success of your application

• For administrative purposes, please tell us where you first saw this job advertised

• We are a disability confident committed employer, please contact us if you would like to ask about our recruitment process