Home-based
Chelsea, Greater London
circa £62,000
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, we lead the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment. Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top five cancer centres globally.

The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

We are looking for a brilliant new Deputy Director – Policy and Engagement to head up an ambitious programme of work across science policy, public affairs, cancer information, public engagement and specialist marketing. This is a senior role and we are looking for an exceptional individual, with the confidence and ability to lead, a track record of achievement in scientific policy, public affairs and engagement, and impressive skills as a communicator. We need a proven collaborator and influencer who knows that it is only possible to deliver changes in policy and regulation that can benefit patients by working with others to get your message out.

 The Deputy Director – Policy and Engagement will give The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) an influential voice in shaping the policy, regulatory and funding environment to encourage research and innovation, and ensure the most exciting new treatments can be developed and made available for patients as quickly as possible. Working closely with the ICR’s researchers and senior leadership team, the successful candidate will lead the development of policy positions and delivery of public affairs strategies aimed at influencing politicians, policy makers, stakeholders and funders in order to help the ICR to achieve its mission, to make the discoveries that defeat cancer. The post holder will also give the ICR a clear and consistent voice in our communications about our research and strategy, and will be responsible for the ICR’s public engagement activity, and our programme of communication and marketing for a variety of specialist audiences.

The successful candidate will play a vital leadership role within the Communications and Policy directorate. The post holder will head the ICR’s Policy and Engagement team, in its work on policy, public affairs, stakeholder engagement and public engagement, and manage the Head of Specialist Marketing and Communication, in their role supporting the ICR’s activities to engage with business and academic audiences. The post holder will lead in coordinating for the ICR a major cross-institutional project, The London Cancer Hub, to develop a world-leading life-science campus, and will be responsible for managing relationships with key partners, funders and stakeholders.

 The successful candidate is likely to have a postgraduate qualification in science, and will have a track record of success in policy, public affairs and engagement work for a research organisation. Most of all, you will have a passion to influence policy, regulation and the funding environment in a way that achieves real benefits for patients.

 To apply please submit online application on the ICR Careers site, attaching your CV with the supporting statement (addressing with specific examples where you meet the person specification, a brief description of your relevant experience and incl. the names and addresses of at least two referees).

Posted on: 22 October 2020
Closed date: 16 November 2020
Job ref: 1130
Tags: Communications, PR, Policy/Research

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