Trusts and Foundations Officer

  • Full time
  • Circa £30,000
  • Edinburgh (Hybrid)
  • Closing 16th April 2024

  • Advertised from 25th March 2024
  • 35 hours a week over core working hours of 10am - 3pm, Monday to Friday, with a one-hour lunch break. The office is open 8am – 6pm daily and our hybrid working policy requires all full-time employees to work at least two days a week in the Edinburgh office.


Who are we?

At Worldwide Cancer Research, we start new cures. Cancer is still one of the leading causes of death worldwide, but cutting-edge science can give us hope. Discovery research seeks to uncover new knowledge that could change the way we think about cancer. It reveals new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer that can save lives.

We actively seek unconventional and imaginative ideas from scientists at all stages of their career, across the globe. In some cases, we are the only organisation that will fund a scientist’s idea. We take an unbiased approach to research funding by focusing on supporting only the best ideas for new cures. By having a diverse research portfolio, we increase our chances of finding breakthroughs.

Our vision is of a day when no life is cut short by cancer, and we believe we can achieve this by starting the life-saving advances of the future by sowing the seeds of discoveries. Anyone that helps bring forward breakthroughs – including our staff, our supporters, and the researchers we fund – is a Curestarter.

As a charity, we are committed to opportunity without barriers, and we are striving to seek, value and learn from different perspectives and experiences. We want Worldwide Cancer Research to be an inclusive organisation – where everyone can be themselves and feel valued – as diverse as the scientific community we fund and the families whose lives we impact.

We are committed to ensuring that we provide equal opportunities to every applicant regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. We aim to ensure that our recruitment process is unbiased and that everyone is treated equitably. In support of this, we have pledged to ‘Show the Salary’ for our roles and we are a registered Disability Confident Committed Employer, because our team members are at the heart of everything we do.

To help start new cancer cures around the and fund discovery cancer research, we are looking for a Trusts and Foundations Officer to join our busy Philanthropy team.

About the Trusts and Foundations Officer role and why we need you

By joining our friendly, committed charity you’ll be making an impact every day. Working within the Fundraising & Philanthropy team, you will have the opportunity to shape and deliver our Trusts and Foundations Strategy by seeking out new funding opportunities, building lasting relationships and writing compelling applications. These three priorities will need you to be proactive in organising and planning your workload. You will be comfortable communicating with people at all levels, both your internal colleagues and external organisations. The role also gives you the chance to show why discovery research is vital to starting new cancer cures, and as a highly collaborative charity, your colleagues will be eager to share their expertise with you.

The charity’s values are Curious, United, Real, Entrepreneurial and Spirited, which you can readily demonstrate day to day. You will be an advocate for our vision and act as a role model for the charity when in touch with prospects.

Benefits: 10% employer pension contribution; employee assistance programme and counselling service; enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption pay; enhanced sick pay; 31 days’ paid holiday/year plus four paid winter public holidays; 2-weeks fully remote working/year; three paid carer days/year; death in service benefit; cycle to work and travel season ticket schemes.

To support the Team’s work-life balance, we work a nine-day fortnight where the charity is closed every second Friday.

Application notes

How do I apply?

• Please email your CV with your cover letter to:

• You will find the full job profile and our benefits on Worldwide Cancer Research careers

• Closing date is midnight 16 April 2024.

• Interviews will be held in person on 29 April 2024 - we will contact all applicants as soon as possible after shortlisting for interview.

• We are a disability confident committed employer - please contact Paula Cahill, our HR Manager, if you have any questions about our recruitment process, accessibility and adjustments to support you:

• Please note your cover letter will be key to the success of your application and applications without cover letters may not be considered.

• Please tell us where you first saw this job advertised.