Media Relations Manager

Remote-first - With Office Locations

Fully flexible hours

Employment type
Full time
£42,000 - £45,000 / year

Our mission is to beat blood cancer within a generation. Our strategy has set the ambitious goal of firmly establishing blood cancer as a category. We want everyone affected by blood cancer to know about blood cancer, as this will be important in ensuring it gets the political focus it deserves, and that people affected get the support they need.

We’re looking for an experienced and talented Media Relations Manager to establish a new media relations function within the charity, setting the strategic media relations direction and building relationships with key journalists and internal teams.

To be able to achieve this, you will be able to secure regular, high-profile media coverage about both the issue of blood cancer and about our work to bring about the day when blood cancer is finally beaten. You will also be responsible for managing our Celebrity and Influencer Lead, ensuring we harness the energy of our existing celebrity and influencer supporters and build new relationships in a way that best enables us to increase our reach and deliver our work.

We welcome applications to work full time or four day a week, please specify in your cover letter.

Key Responsibilities

· Maintain a reactive press office, ensuring we’re using requests from the media to get our messages across and raise our profile. This includes assessing our needs in terms of media databases/monitoring.

· Develop a proactive programme of media relations work, focusing on our strategic objective of establishing the blood cancer category (tying in with the wider category establishing campaign) and on helping us reach as many people affected by blood cancer as possible.

· Work closely with the Deputy Director of Research and the external communications team to develop a pipeline of news stories about our research programme.

· Act as an advisor to colleagues about media relations issues, including the reputation management implications.

· Work with people affected by blood cancer to tell their stories via the media.

· Build good working relationships with journalists with an interest in health.

· Help spokespeople prepare for media interviews.

· Manage the Celebrity Lead to develop a programme of work to build deep, long-term relationships with celebrities affected by blood cancer that could have a potentially transformational impact.

· Work closely with the Senior External Communications Manager to ensure our media work and our wider content and communications output work together.

· Be a champion of continuous improvement and work with others to develop new and improved ways of working to maximise efficiency and prioritise effectively.


• Promote Blood Cancer UK’s vision, mission and core values

• Attend and assist at Blood Cancer UK events and activities as required (NB this involves evening and weekend work)

• Be an effective ambassador for Blood Cancer UK at any activity you attend

• Develop an in-depth understanding of our work

• Follow the principles of LEAN

• All staff are expected to adhere to Blood Cancer UK s policies and procedures

• Do any other reasonable things your manager needs you to do

Skills Knowledge and Expertise

  • Excellent understanding of the news and consumer media
  • Excellent writing ability
  • Proven experience of securing high levels of media coverage
  • Good interpersonal skills, including ability to work with people affected by blood cancer to tell their story, to build relationships with journalists, and to build good internal relationships at senior levels
  • Ability to develop a good understanding of blood cancer and our research programme
  • Good understanding of the celebrity environment
  • Ability to line manage
  • Builds and maintains good working relationships with colleagues to foster team spirit, commitment to the team and achievement of shared goals
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and diversity and the aims and values of Blood Cancer UK

Remote-first - With Office Locations

Fully flexible hours