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Policy Officer

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

Job Introduction

We are working to ensure that people with diabetes live well and longer and that diabetes is cured or prevented wherever possible.  Our policy team plays a vital role in developing and communicating policy positions to support and drive forward these strategy commitments.  As a Policy Officer you will play an important role in our Policy, Campaigns and Mobilisation team coordinating our responses where we identify opportunities to influence policy and supporting the development of campaigns and other influencing strategies.

Interview Dates: 3rd and 5th August 2021

Role Responsibility

You will work with others in the policy team to identify opportunities to influence policy change and you’ll work across the organisation to coordinate and draft responses to consultations. You’ll lead on responding to enquiries on our policy positions. You’ll support the production and promotion of policy positions and briefings. You will also have opportunities to network and liaise with decision makers and stakeholders externally to carry out policy advocacy and engagement, and to develop expertise in specific policy areas.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a policy officer who can communicate policy positions clearly and with a range of audiences, including health care professionals and people with diabetes. You will be able to learn from external networks in order to contribute to policy positions and to confidently represent Diabetes UK in order to influence others appropriately. You will be keen to seek out opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills and have an appetite to develop expert knowledge in particular policy areas.

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,500 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
  • 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 the 4.8 million people in the UK with diabetes, there’s no day off. So, at Diabetes UK, we’re leading the fight every day, campaigning for better care, treatment and support. We won’t stop until diabetes can do no harm.  

We are working to make sure that those affected by diabetes get the best care and support they need to live well with their condition and avoid life-changing complications.  We're leading the way by funding critical research, improving healthcare and treatment so we can reach our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Diabetes UK staff are motivated and experienced and extremely passionate about helping people affected by diabetes.  We have been fighting for people with diabetes for more than 80 years and changed millions of lives thanks to the new treatments, technology and policy changes we've been behind.

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

We're a diverse bunch and as a charity we recognise and respect the value of everyone.

We’re very excited to have been placed in the top 30 best UK charities to work for, and in the top 75 best large companies in London.

We're committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expect all staff and volunteers to actively support this commitment.

We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.  If you’d like to be part of that, why not join us? 

To learn more about the work we do please visit our website

Diabetes UK

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