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At the MS Society we put people living with MS at the centre of everything we do, and it’s this commitment that unites us across the UK.

Our vision is a world free from the effects of MS. Our ultimate goal is to find a cure. But until then, we will do all that we can to enable people with MS to live life, knowing that they do not have to face MS alone.

We have a strategy that is based on what people with MS have told us is important to them, and it gives us a clear and determined focus. We have big aspirations and we need brilliant new people to help us achieve our ambitious goals.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the influencing work of the MS Society. The role will ensure that our external relations programme is targeted to those areas we believe will have the most positive impact on the availability of treatment, care and support for people affected by MS. As manager of the external relations team the post holder will seek to develop the team even further, ensuring they feel happy and supported in their respective roles.

This is an ideal role for an established external relations / public affairs professional with an excellent understanding of the health and care systems across the UK, and experience in successfully influencing policy and practice.

The post holder will be armed with excellent negotiation and influencing skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with a variety of external and internal stakeholders. You will approach work with a positive, can-do attitude and be able to demonstrate a successful track record of achievement in external relations / public affairs. You will be joining the Society at an exciting stage of its development and this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a supportive and friendly team.

We offer 27 days annual leave (excluding bank holidays), a 35 hour working week, travel loan and various other benefits such as supported developmental opportunities.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 8:00am on Monday 27th March 2017