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Media Manager (Research) 12-Month FTC

Job Introduction

As Media Manager (Research) you’ll be playing a leading role in shaping Diabetes UK’s media profile, while increasing awareness and understanding of the advances and investment being made in diabetes research here in the UK.

Diabetes UK is the UK’s leading charitable funder of diabetes research. Our research has been behind some of the biggest leaps forward in diabetes care and changed lives for the better. Our research makes headlines and in this role you’ll help build relationships with media, develop messaging and create media plans with impact. You’ll be part of a high-performing team that sees Diabetes UK appear on the national radio, TV, national newspapers, consumer magazines and more.

We have a friendly and inclusive working environment here at Diabetes UK and are proud of our hybrid approach which allows great flexibility in the way that we work. This means that you can balance your working time between home and the office, subject to the needs of your role.

Interview date(s): 14 & 15 May 2024


Please note that all job offers are subject to you providing acceptable evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK. You might find the following resources useful:

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Role Responsibility

As Media Manager responsible for the promotion of our ground-breaking research programme, you’ll be part of a busy, high-performing media team delivering campaigns on a range of issues.

You’ll work alongside our specialist Research Communications team to deliver coverage of scale and impact, and that showcases Diabetes UK as a research funder of excellence. You’ll also play a key role in our busy press office, working with national and trade media to provide expert comment and information.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a talented, experienced media professional with a passion for science and research and a track record for designing and delivering high impact press campaigns.

Responsible for driving media coverage for our ground-breaking research programmes and events, you’ll have an excellent working knowledge of UK, national, trade and regional media, an ability to build relationships with media and a knack for telling a great story.

You’ll have an eye for a story among complexity and a commitment to accuracy while driving engagement with complex information.

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time)
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,600 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working (not applicable to roles with fixed shift patterns)
  • 2 Days TOIL in recognition of fixed shift patterns (pro-rata for part-time)
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan* (on completion of your probation period and if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme* (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

For nearly 5 million people with diabetes in the UK, there’s no day off. At Diabetes UK, we fight day in, day out for better care, treatment and support. We won’t stop until diabetes can do no harm.

With more people than ever living with diabetes and millions more at risk of developing type 2, our work has never been more needed. We make sure they get the care and support needed to live well with diabetes and avoid devastating complications.

We fund critical research, which has led to life-changing discoveries – like the first insulin pen and programmes to put type 2 diabetes into remission. Now, we want to do this for everyone and find a cure.

We can’t do any of this without you. Our staff are passionate and determined about helping everyone affected by diabetes. For over 85 years, they’ve been behind vital policy changes, as well as new treatments and technologies to make living with diabetes easier every day.

But there’s more to do. And you can be part of it.

We’re a really diverse bunch and we recognise and respect your value as an individual. As well as helping people with diabetes, you’ll be part of one of the top 30 Best UK Charities to Work For, and one of the top 75 Best Large Companies in London.

We’re committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, and we need our staff and volunteers to support this.

Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Join us today, and together, we can make that a reality.

To find out more about what we do, check out our website.


Diabetes UK


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