Communications Manager, Research, London, United Kingdom 114 views

Communications Manager, Research

Wellcome is a politically and financially independent global charitable foundation, funded by a £26.8 billion investment portfolio. We support discovery research into life, health and wellbeing, and we’re taking on three worldwide health challenges: mental health, global heating and infectious diseases.

These challenges need the bold science we support, but they won’t be solved by science alone. Wellcome’s Corporate Affairs team works to build and sustain the trust, influence, reputation and brand that will help us to ensure that science works in the interests of the people we seek to benefit, and has the most positive possible impact on their health.

We have an opportunity for a creative and influential communications manager to plan, create and deliver communications plans aimed at Wellcome’s research community in support of Wellcome’s vision and mission.

In this role you will:

Plan, create and deliver multi-channel, audience first communications plans that enable researchers to find and act on key information.

Advise colleagues in Research Programmes and Grants Funding on the best communications approaches to meet their objectives, taking a tactic-agnostic view.

Develop a detailed understanding of the stories, priorities, and challenges of researchers, especially current and potential Wellcome grant-holders, including attending relevant meetings and conferences and building direct relationships where appropriate.

Embed our anti-racist and anti-ableist principles and involve minoritised communities in the development of communication plans.

Draft timely and engaging content either authored by, or tailored to, the research audience, including newsletter copy, Wellcome policies, talking points, comment/explainer pieces, briefing materials, working with the product and content team to ensure optimum format, findability and tone of voice.


global health

infectious diseases

mental health


Guide Wellcome spokespeople to develop their professional profiles and personal communications channels including on social media, the Wellcome website, and at events.

Build excellent working relationships with peers in other science and health foundations and charities, universities, funders, companies, and other relevant organisations and stakeholders.

Manage agencies, contractors, and freelancers where necessary.

Be the owner of the risk and control environment for your area and be accountable for the quality of you and your team’s outputs.

Contribute to the creation and development of a diverse and inclusive culture across the organisation

We are looking for someone with excellent people skills and the ability to establish, build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders at all levels of the organisation. Someone with a knowledge of global health, research and policy and the ability to persuade and influence at a senior level.

To be successful in this role you will have.

Experience of working in an in-house communications team delivering multi-channel communications to external audiences, preferably within a scientific, medical or research-oriented organisation.

Excellent written skills including writing clear and compelling copy relating to strategy, business process and research.

Well-developed presentation skills, including ability to create engaging and visually appealing PowerPoint decks.

Salary: £43, 942 per annum

Closing date: 3rd August

To apply please upload your current CV and complete our short application form.

You can view the full job description here.

Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do

Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Wellcome. We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you would like us to make adjustments during the application process, please contact us

We support researchers, we take on big health challenges, we campaign for better science, and we help everyone get involved with science and health research. Wellcome isn’t just a supporter of great ideas, it’s a great place to work. We offer excellent benefits and help our employees to develop in an open, respectful culture where differences are valued.


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