Newham, London
£25000 - £30000 per annum + excellent benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description


2 x positions available

Salary: Circa £30,000 per annum

Location: Stratford, London office-based. Currently home-based working during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a return to office-based working after this period.

Hours: Full-time, 35 per week

Contract type: Permanent

Closing Date: Sunday 17th January 2021, 23:59pm

Application method: CV and cover letter

The Westminster & Local Public Affairs team communicate Cancer Research UK's policy messaging to parliamentarians in Westminster and local government across England to achieve policy change and help beat cancer sooner. We now have two amazing opportunities to work with the Westminster & Local Public Affairs Manager and other Officers supporting Cancer Research UK's award-winning public affairs programme. The postholder will lead on a programme of influencing activity for one of our policy areas; regularly brief elected members; monitor parliamentary activity and share intelligence; work closely with the campaigns and policy teams, and other departments across the organisation; develop stakeholder engagement plans for senior staff; and represent the charity at external meetings and in external coalitions.

Some of the key activity you can expect to be involved in is…

  • Delivering and reporting on a programme of activities aimed at ensuring that Cancer Research UK has a high profile in Westminster, and our policy priorities remain on the Parliamentary agenda, including managing a rolling contact programme for MPs

  • Leading a programme of influencing activity to help us achieve change on one of our key policy priorities, and support public affairs activities on other policy areas

  • Monitoring political developments, policy and legislative changes, parliamentary debates and questions

  • Reacting swiftly to Parliamentary business, briefing as appropriate and using tools such as parliamentary debates and questions where useful

  • Proactively seeking opportunities to meet and brief MPs, Peers, support staff and Committee clerks

  • Organising events in parliament, at party conferences and at a constituency level as required

  • Engaging with and promote the charity's wider work including local, constituency information to MPs

At CRUK we have a shared purpose of speeding up our progress towards eradicating cancer. The pioneering work we do around prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives, but we still have a long way to go. Its teams such as our Public Affairs team that allow us to have a significant impact on the way in which our health policy is governed across the UK, and we want to continue this work. This is a key time to be joining us in this area as we respond to current affairs and ensure cancer research remains a priority.

Who are we looking for? Someone with…


  • Demonstrable political interest and judgement, with commitment to neutrality and ability to work across the political spectrum

  • Ability to quickly understand, summarise and analyse complex policy issues and distil for a range of internal and external audiences

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to adapt style to different audiences

  • Strong organisational skills and experience of managing a complex workload, with tight deadlines and often changing priorities

  • Good influencing skills and confident managing challenging stakeholder relationships, including in coalition

  • Adaptable self-starter with the ability to work remotely and in self-directed way as part of a larger team

If the above sounds like you, then we would like to hear from you. Please see our candidate pack here for a full role profile and more about CRUK:

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Posted on: 11 January 2021
Closed date: 17 January 2021
Job ref: R016975
Tags: Policy/Research