£25000 - £30000 per annum + excellent benefits
Job description

Press Officer (Corporate and Fundraising Communications)

Salary: £29,750 per annum

Location: Stratford office-based, London with flexible working opportunities

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full-time, 35 per week

Application deadline: Wednesday 20th January 2021, 23:59pm

Application method: CV and cover letter

Interview: date TBC, interviews will be over video conference

A bit about us

Our purpose at Cancer Research UK is to speed up progress in research and beat cancer. The pioneering work we do into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives, but we still have a long way to go. That's where you come in…

A bit about the role

We have an exciting opportunity for someone with a minimum 2 years' communications experience to join our Corporate and Fundraising Comms team. As part of the Communications department, the Corporate and Fundraising Comms team tells the story of Cancer Research UK through the media to help build understanding of our purpose and support for our work.

As a press officer, you'll plan, prepare and execute communications activities and campaigns that support the charity's fundraising and corporate activities. We're looking for someone with experience and/or understanding of corporate comms as this role will focus on our fundraising, corporate and philanthropy comms. Reporting into the senior manager, you'll join a team of senior press officers and press officers with a range of communications skills and backgrounds.

What are some of the things you can you expect to be doing? (Full list in candidate pack link below)

  • Work on communications campaigns and events; drafting and executing comms plans, and creating press materials, with support from a senior officer or senior manager?

  • Help devise bold, ambitious content, feature and story ideas to sell-in to national media and use across multiple comms channels ?

  • Build relationships with journalists and key opinion leaders to ensure Cancer Research UK is front-of-mind and the go-to charity for comments, info and stories related to cancer and/or fundraising

  • Receive and respond to media enquiries in a timely manner, including news desk duties, and advise/brief spokespeople on media opportunities?

  • Assist with crisis comms issues, drafting media lines and updating key stakeholders

  • Liaise with comms colleagues on the development and roll-out of media stories and campaigns to ensure the right comms channels are used and key audiences are reached

What are some the key skills we're looking for? (Full list in candidate pack link below)


  • Minimum 2 years' experience working in PR, either in-house or agency

  • Experience in corporate PR, or able to demonstrate an understanding of corporate PR

  • A good knowledge of media landscape

  • Strong and effective written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to find creative ways to publicise our corporate and fundraising initiatives

  • Able to identify and solve problems with minimal guidance

  • Can provide routine advice, guidance and support to colleagues and key stakeholders

  • Accountable for a busy workload while receiving a moderate level of supervision and direction from management

  • Able to prioritise day-to-day tasks and make decisions within established guidelines and policies; can allocate time to meet deadlines

  • Can explain information clearly and encourage colleagues to understand different points of view

If the above sounds like you, and for the full role profile, please see our candidate pack here:

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Posted on: 08 January 2021
Closed date: 20 January 2021
Job ref: R017001
Tags: Communications, PR