Blood Cancer UK

Blood Cancer UK

Remote-first - With Office Locations

Fully flexible hours

Purpose

We are here to beat blood cancer in a generation.

About us

Since 1960, we've invested over £500 million in blood cancer research, transforming treatments and saving lives. We're a community dedicated to beating blood cancer by funding research and supporting those affected.

We started because of Susan, we’ll get there because of you.

Blood Cancer UK was started by one family who lost their daughter, Susan, to blood cancer, and that history and sense of family continues to shape who we are today.

And we’re not that far away from beating blood cancer. We’re confident we can do it within the next generation, and this makes us hugely ambitious and gives us a sense of real urgency. It also means we’re changing quickly as an organisation as we constantly challenge ourselves and strive to become more and more effective. This pace of change means working here isn’t for everyone. But if you’re excited by the chance to work in a fast-paced, agile and supportive environment with the focus and ambition to beat blood cancer this could be the place for you! We focus on results rather than time spent at desk, so we deliver more for people affected by blood cancer.

We offer the chance to work for and with people affected by blood cancer, and the opportunity to advance your career and develop your skillset whilst taking on exciting new challenges and making your mark.

We have world-class staff engagement levels, and we're really pleased to have been accredited by Best Companies as an employer with 'world class' levels of staff engagement because it means people working here are able to do their best work in supporting people affected by blood cancer. We were named the 9th best charity to work for in 2021. We’re proud of the work we’ve done in making our values central to what we do as a charity. Also, our approach to agile working has gone far beyond just shifting the time people can log on and log off, and has been about empowering people and trusting them to take responsibility to work out the way of working that works best for them. But more important than leadership and policies has been the approach of the employees, whose can-do attitude had made the culture at Blood Cancer UK what it is today.

Flexible working approach

We use an agile way of working to help deliver more for people with blood cancer. We have offices in London and Edinburgh.

Working agile means we changed from having a culture where people are expected to be in the office from 9am to 5pm to one where we’re much more focused on what they deliver. We've built a positive culture where autonomy, trust, wellbeing, and flexibility allow us to recruit and retain the very best people.

Above all, agile working is about treating people like adults. If you want to go to your child’s assembly or a personal appointment and make up the time later, then fine. If you have a report to write and want to spend the day in a coffee shop because that’s where you do your best work, that’s fine, too.

Equally, there will be times when you’ll put in extra hours during a busy period, and for some of us working in the office means we perform our roles to the best of our ability. We also have colleagues with roles which mean they hardly ever work in the office. Agile means we can all balance trust and autonomy with responsibility and accountability.

For the vast majority of our roles, there is no requirement to work from one of our offices. We meet up as an organisation at 2-4 in-person events each year, such as all-staff away days.

We create spaces for our staff to do their best work in a place and space that suits them, their team and the organisation.

Underpinning this are our organisational agile principles, which are:

  • We focus on delivering outcomes for people affected by blood cancer, whether that be in person or virtually
  • We create spaces for our people to do their very best work
  • We connect in person when it matters to deliver for people affected by blood cancer
  • We provide collaboration and spaces for our staff, teams and supporters
  • We make good use of virtual working
  • We constantly review these principles and adjust them always making sure we continually deliver for people affected by blood cancer

Within each team, there are practical agile resources and principles, which give everyone a framework to make values based decisions on when and where they work from.

Better work-life balance

This approach means better work-life balance, making it easier for us to attract brilliant people, and to make sure that once they’re here they want to stay. And becoming more focused on the results will mean we deliver more for people affected by blood cancer.

We work in an agile way because it will help us deliver more for people with blood cancer.

This is because:

  • We have the ability to make decisions about the most effective way to achieve our targets
  • Agile working allows for better work-life balance = better recruitment and better retention of staff
  • It supports diversity and wellbeing within the workplace – e.g. non-neurotypical employees, mental health, extroverts and introverts
  • One size doesn’t fit all! We’re all different, with different strengths
  • We want everyone who works at Blood Cancer UK to be able to thrive at work, and do the best work they possibly can

Please talk to us about this if you’d like to discuss how it might work for the role you are applying for, either before you apply, or as part of the application process.

Travel expenses

For the majority of roles, your contractual place of work will be one of our offices. Very few of our roles require staff to work from an office, and so individuals are able to choose where they wish to live. And because we pay you for the role you do, not where you choose to live or work, we only have one pay scale rather than regional variances.

For travel expenses purposes, this means that we do not pay for travel into your contractual place of work (your commute). And if you have to travel to another location for your role, you’d be able to claim the difference between a normal journey to your contractual place of work, and the new location.

Company FlexScore™

Scoring against our flexibility index (1 = not at all flexible, 100 = couldn’t be more flexible, 51 is average) using a number of parameters to assess flexibility such as working from home, hours, frequency of travel, benefits, etc.

95%

Employee FlexScore™

Scoring against our employee perception index (1 = not seen as flexible, 100 = couldn’t be happier with the flexibility, 51 is average) using a number of more emotional / perception based questions to understand whether employees feel supported and offered what they want. The areas we cover are work-life balance / managerial support / flexible benefits / working environment / and many others.

88%

There has been a significant shift in our ways of working over the last few years. It feels as though it has become the norm to work as flexibly as you feel comfortable with. There are periods in the year where it gets extremely busy, but the skills we're developing in house are focused on time management and prioritisation to support all staff to feel confident to challenge or offer alternative solutions if capacity is stretched.

Blood Cancer UK Employee

100
Company employees
London and Edinburgh
Office locations

Approach to diversity & inclusion

We are committed to actively promoting equality, diversity, and inclusivity.

Our approach

We are actively trying to increase the diversity of our staff team. We try to reduce as many barriers as we can for those with a disability. On our website, you can find some examples of how we try to do this automatically, including for hearing or sight impairments, neurodiversity, stammer/stutter, mental health, mobility impairment, cancer, and photosensitive epilepsy/absence seizures.

We know that everyone is an individual, so please always tell us what we can do to support you. Here is what we will always do:

  • share interview questions with you in advance
  • ensure our panel have good light in the room they are in
  • let you know who you will meet at your interview
  • offer a familiarity session on Teams software if you have not used this before
  • Our brand and our recruitment system (Pinpoint) meet double A accessibility standards.

    We welcome approaches from individuals from underrepresented groups, including those from minoritised communities, and those with a disability, to better reflect the community we serve and help broaden our perspectives.

    We aim to make our recruitment process as simple as we can.

    All our vacancies have a closing date on them. Sometimes we close these early, usually because we have had a lot of great applicants, so we’d always encourage you to apply early rather than wait until the deadline.

    Once you submit your application, we will send you an email to confirm that we have received your application. If you haven’t received an email from us, check your junk or spam mailbox. If there’s still no email it means we haven’t received your application and you should send it again.

    Application process

    We ask you to send us a CV and cover letter. In your cover letter, we'd like to know why you're interested in working with us at Blood Cancer UK. It's also helpful if you tell us why you think you are a great candidate for this role. Your cover letter doesn't have to be too long, 1-2 pages is ideal.

    We use a blind shortlisting process for initial applications. This means that when you apply, the hiring manager cannot see any of your personal details, for example, your name, your contact details, or any equality and diversity data that you provide. Our recruitment system takes care of this, so you can just upload your CV as normal, you don't need to make any changes.

    Shortlisting and recruitment stages

    If you are shortlisted for a role, you’ll receive an invitation to the next stage of the process. We’ll send you all the details you need in advance. We usually have a maximum of a three-stage process if you are shortlisted, and we'll outline what these are for each role. All of our face to face interviews are currently held via Microsoft Teams. Once we can return to our offices, all candidates will have the option of interviewing either in person, or virtually.

    We also send out interview questions in advance to candidates who are shortlisted for interview. This is because we want to find the best candidates for the role, and we know interviewing can be nerve-wracking! The interview isn't a test, and we want you to be able to give your best during your conversations with us. The questions we send you will give you a framework of how the conversation will be structured during your interview. The panel will of course have further questions based on your answers, and we expect you'll have questions for us too. Sometimes, hiring managers will give you a call to ask a bit more about your experience before inviting you to an interview. We'll always arrange this with you in advance.

    We're part of the Show the Salary campaign, and so all of our vacancies will show the salary or salary range we are able to offer for each role. We will never ask you to share your current salary details with us.

    Access to Work

    This is a government scheme which supports employees with a disability. We can help you to apply for any funding which might support you to be able to do your job to the best of your ability.

    Conditions covered by Access to Work include any disability or health condition that affects your ability to do a job, or means you have to pay work-related costs, for example special computer equipment or travel costs because you can’t use public transport. This includes mental health conditions.

    It must also either be likely to last at least a year, or have lasted at least a year already.

    More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview

    Disability Confident Scheme

    Blood Cancer UK is a Disability Confident Employer, which means that we seek to provide a workspace which supports the needs of people with disabilities and support the government scheme that promotes the benefits of recruiting and retaining people with disabilities.

    What do we think of Blood Cancer UK?

    It's great to work with charities, they play an important part of society. It was a pleasure to work with Blood Cancer UK. The team were very detailed in their approach to flexible working. The transparency and response to the survey results is clear with a fantastic 95% employer and 88% Employee score. These scores reflect the commitment to Flexibility and we're delighted to celebrate their flexibility.

    If you're looking to work within the charity sector, or within a organisation with an vitality important mission then Blood Cancer UK is the place for you.

    Meet who might be hiring you

    When you join Blood Cancer UK, you don’t just become an organisational employee – you become part of a collaborative community dedicated to funding research into beating blood cancer that includes some of the most inspiring people you’ll ever meet. We have a great benefits package, and we provide support for all our employees.

    Our agile way of working is a key part of what makes us different- we care more about results than time spent in the office. Our values guide our decision making and our behaviours, and we’ll ask you about these at interview stage. Our values are:

    • Striving for results: We are determined, focused on a clear vision. We are motivated, practical and passionate to do all we can to make the lives of those affected by blood cancer better and to ultimately find a cure for blood cancers.
    • United as a family: We are one caring family. We work together to raise funds and awareness, to inform and look after people affected by blood cancer. We value each other’s contribution. We work as one.
    • Standing in other's shoes: We have empathy, we listen, we see things from the perspective of others. We take ownership to address issues and solve problems. We do all we can to help and support others.
    • Making knowledge count: We are experts in our field. We share our knowledge and use our expertise to help get the best outcomes for those affected by blood cancer. We build understanding.

    What they offer their employees

    • Open to part-time employees

    • Open to job sharing

    • Open to compressed hours

    • Sabbaticals

    • Enhanced maternity leave - Our maternity/shared parental/adoption offer is 12 weeks at full pay, 12 weeks at half pay, followed by 15 weeks at the statutory rate.

    • Enhanced paternity leave - Our paternity leave offer is 6 weeks at full pay.

    • Adoption leave

    • Shared parental leave

    • Work from anywhere scheme - For the vast majority of our roles, there is no requirement to work from one of our offices. We meet up as an organisation at 2-4 in-person events each year, such as all-staff away days.

    • 30 days annual leave + bank holidays

    • Enhanced sick pay - Our enhanced sick pay offer is: Up to two years’ service: 4 weeks full pay and 4 weeks half pay After two years’ service: 12 weeks full pay and 12 weeks half pay

    • Pregnancy loss leave

    • Ferlility treatment leave

    • Teambuilding days