Job vacancy: Communications Officer

Communications Officer (37.5 hours) – Permanent

Employer: Company Chemists’ Association

Location: Central London

Salary: up to £30k

Closing date: Friday 6th May

Role summary

We are looking for a Communications Officer to drive forward the organisation’s external communications programme. Covering a diverse array of topical issues, including funding and investment, Covid-19 vaccination, health inequalities, integrated care and NHS net zero, you will lead the development and delivery of the organisation’s PR, communications and social media activity.

Reporting into the Head of Public Affairs and working closely with the CEO and policy team, you will plan and deliver communications plans and maintain an active press office, building relationships with national and trade media journalists and editors as well as the communications leads from national brands such as Boots, Tesco and Superdrug.

This position is ideal for someone with 1-2 years of communications experience keen to work across an array of health and corporate communications issues.

You will have the opportunity to work with our members and the CCA team to deliver proactive corporate campaigns as well as managing a fast-paced press office, responding to media enquiries as they arise. You will join us at an exciting time for the CCA and the UK’s community pharmacy sector.

Skills and experience

  • Prior experience of 1-2 in an agency, as a press officer in an in-house role or a similar role (e.g., journalism)
  • Ability to foster good relationships with journalists and pitch in stories through strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to deliver advice to senior colleagues.
  • Good written and verbal communications skills.
  • Good time management and ability to manage multiple requests and workstreams.
  • Experience / knowledge of healthcare is desirable.
  • Education to an undergraduate degree level, or equivalent, preferably in English, journalism, media studies or public relations.

Diversity and Inclusion

At the CCA, we are committed to attracting diverse talent that represents the society we live in.

We encourage applications from all regardless of age, sexuality, socio-economic background, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, or beliefs. We are committed to building a culture of belonging and inclusion and this is reflected in our policies, practices, and the executive team.

We are a family friendly organisation, and we encourage flexible working as we want our employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance. The role will be based from our central London offices, with the opportunity for the flexibility of regular remote working.

Who are we?

Established in 1898, the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) is a trade association for the large community pharmacy operators in England, Scotland, and Wales. We represent the interests of our members and provide a forum for them to combine their unique scale, skills, and knowledge for the benefit of patients, the public, and the NHS.  Our members own and operate around 5,500 pharmacies across Britain. They dispense over 500 million NHS prescription items every year and deliver a broad range of healthcare and wellbeing services – such as COVID vaccinations.

How to apply

The role is permanent and is based in our London office, with the opportunity for some blended home working. The salary for this job is up to £30k. To apply for the role, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to [email protected], with a subject line “Communications Officer Query”.

The closing date is Friday 6th May, with interviews held in person week commencing 9th May and 16th May.

For further information or if you would like to arrange an informal conversation about your suitability for the role, please contact us at [email protected].

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