Chief Communications Officer

Ref: 4448/2

Early Disease Detection Research Project UK

South East England

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Role Managed by:

Phil Entwistle

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6239


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 31/12/2019

The Early Disease Detection Research Project UK (EDDRP UK) is a major new initiative emerging from the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy. This high-visibility UK initiative will result in the establishment of the world’s largest research cohort of 5 million volunteers who will participate in studies focussed on identifying individuals at risk of the major chronic diseases. The initiative will seek to demonstrate the utility of new approaches that can be used to identify individuals at risk of common diseases and the technology that allows the early detection of these. The project has strong financial support from UKRI and the Department of Health, as well as support from major disease charities and both diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies. It forms an important component of the second Life Sciences Sector Deal.

EDDRP UK will provide a transformational research platform integrating clinical, genetic, behavioural, and environmental data acquired from volunteers in order to study the sources of health and disease, leading to the development of innovative approaches to early detection and prevention of disease.

EDDRP UK is now seeking an exceptional candidate for the role of Chief Communications Officer (CCO).  Sitting on the Executive Team, the CCO will be responsible for the design and delivery of a comprehensive internal and external communications strategy for EDDRP UK. The inaugural CCO will have responsibility for developing a compelling and engaging brand identity and communicating this effectively to a wide range of audiences. Moreover, the CCO will create a strong narrative around this project and build excitement for it, and work to engage potential volunteers from an early stage. They will then be responsible for stewarding these relationships throughout the duration of the project.

The successful candidate will have proven leadership and team development experience, as well as substantial experience in creating and delivering a comprehensive communications strategy. The successful candidate will also have a background in the voluntary, medical, health and/or research sectors.

The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon GMT on Tuesday 31st December 2019.

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