Harrogate, North Yorkshire (Hybrid)
Circa. £32,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Policy Manager

Harrogate, North Yorkshire

About Us

Yorkshire Cancer Research is the largest independent cancer charity in England. With an ambitious goal of saving 2000 lives a year, it is an exciting time to be joining the charity. Every week in Yorkshire almost 600 people are told they have cancer, by working for Yorkshire Cancer Research you are helping to protect and save these lives.

Yorkshire is big, beautiful and diverse and, as an inclusive employer, our aim is that our workforce reflects the rich diversity of our region. We believe a diverse workforce is central to us achieving our strategic goal of saving more lives in our region. We offer equal opportunities regardless of race, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnerships.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is entering an exciting period in its development. As part of this we are expanding our team at our Head Office and a number of new roles are being created. As such, we are now looking for a Policy Manager to support our Research and Services team.


The Benefits

We offer all our employees a wide range of benefits including an enhanced contributory pension scheme, 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays (increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service), flexible working arrangements, private medical insurance, enhanced maternity leave, career progression, learning and development, wellbeing initiatives, offices within walking distance of Harrogate train station, free onsite parking and a whole lot more.

We’ve got a strong set of values that inform everything we do and we’re looking for people who are aligned with these. As our Policy Manager, you will strive for excellence in everything you do, have integrity, champion expertise through improvement and innovation and be a great team player. To find out more about our values and how important they are to us, please visit our website.

The Role

As a Policy Manager, you will be responsible for:

1. Using the latest evidence and insight to drive the creation of policies, position statements, and related key messages. The subject of these will be informed by the charity's strategy as well as our priority setting processes.

2. Using the evidence generated within policies and position statements to support charitable activity including assisting the Research Funding and Services teams with priority identification and advising on best practice, informing internal and external communications, and supporting specific campaigns run by the Brand and Relationships team.

3. Using the evidence generated within policies and position statements to influence local and national decision making for the benefit of people in Yorkshire.


Specifically, you will:

  • Research and produce high quality, evidence-based cancer-related policies and position statements, and work with relevant internal teams to create key messages for a range of internal and external stakeholders, ensuring these are in line with the latest evidence.
  • Act as a source of expertise on the charity’s cancer-related policies and position statements, both internally and externally.
  • Work with the Brand and Relationships team to develop and deliver cancer awareness campaigns and press activity, as well as providing expert commentary on media stories.
  • Maintain knowledge of key policy issues and an understanding of the external policy, influencing and political environment. This will include engaging with national policy groups.
  • Line manage the Policy, Data and Evidence Assistant. 
  • Influence local and national decision makers for the benefit of people in Yorkshire by:
    • Understanding the priorities and barriers for different groups including PPI and the NHS regionally.
    • Ensuring influencing subjects are driven from priorities identified through Yorkshire data, policy/position statement insights, PPI priorities and NHS priorities and aligned to the charity’s strategy.
    • Responding to regional and national consultations relevant to cancer in Yorkshire, making a robust and evidence-based case for the charity’s position.
    • Representing the charity at external events and meetings, developing contacts, building relationships and increasing the charity’s profile by communicating the charity’s position to external audiences.
    • Working in partnership with external organisations (such as Cancer Alliances, Hospital Trusts, Local Authorities, Yorkshire-based employers etc.) to influence on areas that support the charity’s strategic ambitions.
    • Undertaking media interviews to support the charity’s strategic ambitions and communicate key messages with the public.



About You

To be considered for this role, you will need:

  • A degree in a relevant subject area, for example public policy, public health, scientific, medical etc.
  • Substantial experience of developing evidence-based health policies for a health focused organisation and creating policy-related key messages and/or supporting health campaigns to appeal to the public to encourage behaviour change.
  • Substantial experience of communicating health policy positions to a variety of audiences include for influencing purposes.
  • Experience of providing comments for media outlets, including social media, radio and TV and of engaging with external organisations with the purpose of influencing decision making and of facilitating group discussions, representing an organisation to key stakeholders, and disseminating key messages.
  • To be a strategic thinker with strong analytical, judgement and decision-making skills.
  • The ability to sift out the essential elements from a mass of complex information, integrate and synthesise ideas, and present information to others in an accessible way.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills with the ability to interpret complex information and communicate this to a range of audiences so it is clear and accessible.
  • Strong networking, influencing and relationship management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate others, as well as the confidence and personal authority to work with external organisations.




Before applying, please visit our Careers Page to view the full role profile and find out more about working for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

To apply please submit a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to Claire Wooldridge, People Partner before Sunday 29th May. Please read our privacy notice before applying.


The charity is a responsible and flexible employer.  We welcome any discussion for flexible working at interview/offer stage where we will consider an individual’s circumstances against the needs of the charity.

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates from all backgrounds. If we can make any reasonable adjustments to support your application please contact us.

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Posted on: 06 May 2022
Closed date: 29 May 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Policy/Research, Advocacy

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