Senior Press Officer (North West)

Cancer Research UK
North West England
£32,000 – 35,000 + Benefits
Closing date
7 Feb 2022

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Senior Press Officer (North West Region)

Salary: £32,000 – 35,000 + Benefits
Contract Length: Permanent
Hours: 35, Full-time (4 days a week/Compressed Hours considered)

Closing date:  Friday 7th February 11:59

Location: Home-based with travel around the region (at least two days per week). Due to business need candidates need to live within the North West or within a commutable distance. A lot of the activity falls around Manchester, however candidates can live anywhere within the region. This role also requires candidates to have a driving licence.


Are you a highly motivated, creative and experienced media professional?

We are looking for an innovative individual with significant experience in media relations to join our dynamic, sector-leading team.

This role is also known as Senior Media Relations Officer or Senior Media Officer. You could come from a journalism background or have worked in-house  at a press office and come with either national or regional media experience.

Why we need you

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research.  People with cancer and their families are at the heart of everything we do. We’re looking for candidates with a passion for our cause, you’ll be proactive and determined to ensure Cancer Research UK is at the forefront of regional and local media coverage.  Based at home in the North West, you will exploit and create media and public interest in the work and aims of the charity, giving those affected by cancer a voice and the chance to speak directly to audiences

What will I be doing?

Make an impact every day by:

  • Implementing regional media relations plans to support key and diverse campaigns.
  • Responding to media enquiries quickly – assessing and mitigating risks
  • Act as Cancer Research UK regional spokesperson – giving radio and TV interviews on agreed non-scientific subjects.
  • Sourcing, interviewing and nurturing cancer ‘media volunteers’ (case studies) and cultivating key organisational spokespeople in the region
  • Developing strong relationships with internal stakeholders– including fundraisers, scientists, nurses, statisticians and policy and public affairs colleagues.
  • Managing complex relationships with key stakeholders from partnership organisations in the region.


What skills are you looking for?

You’ll be able to bring to the role:

  • ·A background in journalism and/or comms
  • ·Strong written and oral communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills.
  • ·Resilience with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve competing issues quickly, creatively and calmly.
  • ·Experience in dealing with complex sensitive situations with empathy, particularly relating to health.
  • ·Strong IT skills. Ability to use smartphone to produce images and video packages suitable for publishing in external media and internal comms (training provided).


What will I gain?

Without you we wouldn’t be able to achieve our aim of seeing 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034. So we want to reward you in as many ways as possible. Our benefits package includes discounts on anything from travel to technology, generous holiday allowance, gym membership, and much more. We want to ensure that you have the best work/life balance possible, so we actively encourage a flexible working culture for all of our roles wherever possible. Depending on your role, options for flexibility could include home-working, reduced or flexi-hours, job shares, job splits, and core hours. For the majority of our office-based roles you’ll only be required to work from a specific location for 1 or 2 days a week on average.

 You’ll also be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. And ultimately you’ll know that you’ll be changing lives through your work.  If you’re as ambitious as we are, join our collective force and enjoy an excellent career, as we save lives and add years.

*This role is known internally as Senior Officer (Regional Media)

Closing date:  Friday 7th February 11:59

We will be shortlisting upon application and will close the role once a suitable candidate is found, please don’t delay applying to avoid disappointment*

Application Method:  In our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, we are using Anonymous CVs through our recruitment portal. Please therefore ensure that you have completed the 'Work History' section of the application form and that you have answered the application questions. You will be asked to upload a CV, but we will not be using this as part of the shortlisting process, and it will therefore not be reviewed.

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, please contact us.



Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to cancer research, helping more people beat cancer every year. Our work has saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
We are almost entirely funded by the public. Last year we spent more on research than ever before, a record £330 million. With thousands of staff, we are a large, complex, dynamic and diverse charity.

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