Head of Science Media

Cancer Research UK
Excellent pension scheme & holiday entitlement
06 Sep 2017
04 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

We are the world's largest cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Thanks to our supporters, we've saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Last year, we spent more than GBP430 million on research and we have an ambitious aim of seeing 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034.

Our media teams provide a first-class service to journalists and the public, working on proactive campaigns and features about our work, while responding quickly to media enquiries requiring comment on third-party research and a wide range of other cancer issues.

As Head of Science Media, you'll deliver impactful national and international media coverage that raises awareness of our research strategy and its impact.

Building and maintaining strong relationships with influential science journalists and publications, you will design and deliver a science media strategy that will position Cancer Research UK as an authoritative voice in the science and science funding community.

Through your close working relationship with our Research & Innovation teams, you will also identify & develop a range of scientific spokespeople who will be ambassadors for Cancer Research UK and promote our scientific credentials to the media.

Reporting to the Director of Communications, your responsibilities will include;

  • Maximising public awareness of our research impact and brand recognition through targeted media coverage of CRUK's scientific research; identifying and delivering new and innovative ways to communicate our science to UK and international media.
  • Partnering with senior colleagues in Research & Innovation to align media content to the charity's scientific strategy and areas of priority.
  • Working closely with the News Editor and Head of Social, News & Content to ensure effective short- and long-term planning, scheduling content that aligns with the charity's overall priorities
  • Collaborating with the Head of Regional Media Relations to support high quality media relations coverage for science across the UK
  • Developing a highly-motivated team; setting clear expectations, driving results, creating a culture of development and managing performance.
  • Developing and maintaining meaningful relationships with key departments and individuals across the organization, including senior stakeholders
  • Acting as a member of the Communications Department Leadership Team, contributing to the development of departmental and directorate wide strategic plans.

About you

Join the team and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured through your:

  • Extensive experience in journalism, media relations and/or science communications work
  • Developed knowledge of media outlets and key journalists in the science sector
  • Skill in developing proactive high profile media stories both in the UK and internationally
  • Significant experience of handling high-profile media projects
  • Proven ability to develop strategy for your own specialist area whilst feeding into broader organisational aims
  • Demonstrable suuccess in leading and managing staff
  • Significant experience of creating and managing communications output across a large organisation
  • Significant stakeholder management experience both internally and externally
  • Proven track record of developing productive relationships with journalists
  • Ability to prioritise work, tackle heavy workloads and meet tight deadlines
  • Creative, imaginative and persistent approach

What's in it for you?

As an organisation committed to changing lives, we care a lot about our own people too. We'll help you take care of your health, happiness and financial well-being, and your talent, passion and hard work will be rewarded. While you're with us, every ounce of effort you put in will be supporting our work to stop cancer in its tracks. And you'll be supported every step of the way, from our comprehensive learning & development offer, to tailored career development plans.

Closing date: 24th September 2017

From 2019, we will be relocating from our current offices in Angel to a new office space in Stratford, close to the Olympic Park.