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Senior Media Manager

Job Introduction

We’re delighted to offer an exciting opportunity for an exceptional and experienced media professional to join our Content and News Team, and lead our successful press office: shaping the conversation around diabetes, setting the media strategy for the organisation, and driving improvement and change through dynamic media campaigns.

We have a brilliant and inclusive working environment here at Diabetes UK and are proud of our ‘Connected Working’ framework 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 of course.  We do not dictate the number of days you have to attend the office.

Interview Dates

Stage 1: Wednesday 24 August 2022 (MS Teams)

Stage 2: Wednesday 31 August 2022 (face-to-face at our London office; E1 1FH)


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:

  • To view a full list of accepted documents and the checks employers are required to make click here
  • To view guidance on proving your right to work to an employer click here

 If you have any questions, please contact recruitment@diabetes.org.uk

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Head of Content and News, the successful post holder will join the organisation at an exciting time of change and opportunity, and will be responsible for delivering a media strategy that supports the delivery of our ambitious organisation-wide goals.

In addition to supporting setting our strategic direction, the Senior Media Manager will be responsible for leading our UK-wide media activity, storytelling and celebrity functions, and ensuring delivery against key objectives and KPIs. Overseeing a diverse, wide-ranging portfolio of projects, and the expert media, stories and celebrity teams responsible for delivering them, you’ll lead on bold, creative media campaigns that ensure key diabetes issues receive standout and sustained media coverage across print, broadcast and digital news outlets.

As a critical member of the Marketing and Communications department, you’ll be responsible for providing training, advice and counsel to colleagues at all levels and across all areas of Diabetes UK, ensuring we speak with one voice, and that our media activities are attuned always to achieving our goals and improving the lives of people living with and affected by diabetes.

The Ideal Candidate

As well as solid experience in leading a high-performing media team, and an impressive track record – not just of securing coverage, but of shifting opinions and perceptions, challenging stigma and driving tangible social change – you’ll take a sophisticated approach to setting goals, getting results and evaluating success.

As a seasoned media professional who inspires confidence in others and shows grace under fire, you’ll have solid and demonstrable experience in safeguarding an organisation’s reputation, as you’ll work as a trusted advisor to our Executive Team across a range of issues.

With strong traditional media and communications know-how, you’ll have a creative instinct that extends beyond crafting a first-class press release, and you’ll bring with you an open mind, a refined news sense, exceptional writing ability and a experience of building great relationships with our colleagues across print, digital and broadcast media. As an enthusiastic team player, you’re experienced in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and you’ll come armed with ideas on how best to use media in partnership with a range of difference channels – particularly content – to bring issues to life for different audiences in imaginative ways, and drive engagement and long-term support.

Most importantly, along with the ambition to grab this exciting opportunity with both hands, you’ll bring gravitas, confidence, enthusiasm and determination to this fast-paced, high-energy role, together with a steadfast commitment to ending the diabetes crisis.

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 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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