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Obesity Health Alliance Director

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Obesity is rarely out of the political and media agenda, with comprehensive government policy needed to stem the flood of unhealthy food in our environment and address the rising tide of related ill health.

The Obesity Health Alliance (OHA), is a coalition of leading health organisations (including Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and medical royal colleges), hosted by Diabetes UK. We work together to influence government policies on healthy weight and have campaigned successfully for landmark evidence-based policies including the soft drinks tax and restrictions on junk food advertising.

The OHA is looking for an experienced and passionate new leader to direct the alliance through its next stage of influencing government policy. This is a high-profile role, working with an established and effective coalition with the opportunity to secure significant change to improve population health.

Interviews: Friday 27 and Tuesday 31 May 2022 (face-to-face at Wells Lawrence House, London - including a short presentation)

Successful applicants will be provided with the title to prepare when contacted for interview. 

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Role Responsibility

The Alliance Lead is responsible for directing all alliance activity, spanning policy development, public affairs and communications to ensure effective evidence-based obesity policy is forefront on the political agenda. The role requires building close relationships with a wide range of external stakeholders to ensure OHA is a credible voice on healthy weight policy and is campaigning with its members to make change happen.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Significant experience of working in health policy or advocacy at a senior level with a strong understanding of the wider determinants of health and a track record of influencing health policy.
  • Proven ability to effectively influence a range of political stakeholders and communicate complex policy positions verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to bring together a range of stakeholders behind a shared strategy, matrix managing multi-disciplinary teams across organisations and managing differences of position and views.
  • Comfortable with managing multiple workstream, rapidly assessing the changing political environment and adapting strategies accordingly.

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days in your first 5 years here. Pro rata’d for those on part time hours or fixed term contracts.
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • 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 agile working
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life
  • Access to Remote GP, physiotherapy, mental health support, and much more
  • Annual Season ticket loan (after successful completion of your probation period and for contracts that are permanent or over 12 months if fixed term)
  • Home office season ticket (to help you spread the cost of any equipment or furniture you wish to purchase)
  • Excellent Family-friendly and Carers policies, e.g. generous maternity, paternity, and neo-natal policies – considerably higher than statutory leave and pay
  • Cycle to work scheme (after successful completion of your probation period and for contracts that are permanent or over 12 months if fixed term)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities which we are delighted have continued remotely during the pandemic 
  • We have a variety of well-being sessions throughout the year

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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