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Senior Marketing and Communications Planning Manager (Maternity Cover)

Diabetes is the most potentially devastating – and fastest growing – health crisis of our time, requiring ongoing high-quality care and support. There are currently 4.5 million people in the UK living with diabetes, and 11.9 million more at increased risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. Those diagnosed face the risk of life-changing, and life-limiting, complications, unless they are given the very best care and the support they need to manage their condition well. As a society we need to work together now – and take action now – to fund critical research, improve healthcare and treatment, and prevent yet more people developing this potentially life-threatening condition. 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?

The post of Senior Marketing and Communications Planning Manager sits within the newly created Strategic Marketing team. The team is dedicated to building a strategic and coherent approach to marketing across Diabetes UK, which builds and deepens engagement with the public. To meet this goal the Strategic Marketing strategy focuses on three pillars: marketing and communications planning and governance, integrated marketing campaigns and supporter engagement strategies.

Reporting to the Head of Strategic Marketing your role will be to lead the delivery of the marketing and communications planning and governance strategic pillar. The role will develop and deliver new planning and governance structure to ensure our marketing campaigns are driven by audience insight and support delivery of the charity’s strategic goals. This pivotal role will play a key role in prioritising our campaigns and activities and ensuring we are integrated across our messages and channels. It will challenge and support colleagues across the charity to drive forward marketing capability across the charity.

This is a senior role and we are looking for a strong leader who will take this new strategy forward. Ideally you’ll have a strong marketing background with experience in developing and delivering integrated marketing strategies and campaigns. You’ll have significant experience in advising colleagues on communications and marketing planning. You will be adept at building strong working relationships and will use your expertise to build credibility with colleagues and to strategically influence across the charity.  You’ll be seen as the go to person and ‘communications planning expert’, sitting in various strategic project groups where you’ll share your expertise, challenge current thinking and ensure the we are maximising opportunities to amplify and integrate our message. If this sounds like you and you’re excited by the challenge don’t delay in applying for this exciting role.

What we can offer you:

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays
  • 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
  • Discounts on gym membership and days out
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life
  • Annual Season ticket loan
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and permanent health insurance

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