How do I search for my next role?

To search for current roles, please click the ‘search for your next role’ link, under ‘your next role’ in the navigation bar. This page will display all current vacancies.

Use the search criteria drop-down menus to search for a job as follows:

  • by job type  to view either permanent or fixed-term roles by free text
  • to search for key words in the role profile by location
  • to search for jobs in either London or Edinburgh

You can also sort the results by:

  • date posted
  • relevance
  • job title
  • reference number (if you have seen the role advertised elsewhere)
  • distance

Once you have reviewed the role profile, you can click the ‘apply now’ button to start the application process.

How do I apply for my next role?

Already registered?

If you have registered with us before and already created an account, the application process is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Once you have logged on to your account, you can start the application process by clicking ‘apply now’ for the role you are interested in. You will then be asked to:

  • upload your CV
  • fill out a few criteria about what we need to know to ensure you are eligible
  • agree to our privacy statement

Your application will then be submitted, and you can monitor the progress under ‘your next role’ in ‘your applications’.

New applicant?

By clicking on ‘apply now’, you will start the application process. You will firstly be asked to create an account (with your email address and a password of your choice), and by submitting your personal details. (This is how we will contact you throughout the application process so we would recommend using your personal phone number and email address).

Once you have completed these two steps, the process is the same as above.

You will be asked to:

  • upload your CV
  • fill out a few criteria about what we need to know to ensure you are eligible
  • agree to our Privacy Statement

Your application will then be submitted, and you can monitor the progress under ‘your next role’ in ‘your applications’.

Confirmation of your application

You will automatically be emailed to acknowledge receipt of your application. We notify all candidates by email if they have been unsuccessful in their application for a role with us.

Application status

You can check your application status by logging onto your account on our careers website and looking under the ‘your applications’ tab in ‘your next role’.

The status will show as either:

  • CV/application received
  • shortlisting
  • invite to interview
  • interview stage
  • withdrawn
  • offered role
  • regret

What are the next steps?

The selection process

Our selection process is tailored to each job but, typically, each candidate will go through three or four stages involving:

Screening

The recruiting manager will review your application to assess how well your skills and experience match the requirements of the job you have applied for. The role profile details what we are looking for and the criteria against which you will be assessed. The better you match your application to the competencies required, the better your chance of getting through the screening stage.

Testing

For most roles, it is likely that you will be asked to sit an ability test related to the role for which you have applied. The tests normally take between 20 and 40 minutes. Our tests are designed to help make sure that all our candidates are treated in a fair, consistent and objective manner. The results provide further evidence to the panel of your potential to succeed.

Interview

Our competency-based interviews usually last about an hour and provide you with the opportunity to discuss with the panel your previous experience and your motivation for the specific role for which you have applied. The interview will also provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have as we want you to be sure that the role and our culture are right for you. For certain roles it is likely that there will be two interviews. An interview panel normally comprises of two to three people.

Additional assessment tools

It is possible, depending on the role, that you may be required to prepare and deliver a presentation to the interview panel. Where this is the case, you will always be given appropriate advance notice. The presentation topic will be job-related. For senior positions, we also ask candidates to complete a personality questionnaire which provides additional information to the selection panel on how you prefer to behave in certain situations. Should you be successful in being offered the position, it will also help form part of your personal development plan once you start. You may request feedback on this after the interview.

Inviting candidates to interview

We will usually contact you by email and/or phone to arrange interviews. This is normally within two weeks of the closing date.

'Regretting' candidates

If we feel you are not suitable for the role at this time, we will notify you by email. We aim to do this within two weeks of the closing date.

How can I prepare for my interview?

All interviews will be competency-based (unless otherwise stated). We would therefore suggest that you prepare by having a thorough look through the job profile, and then think about how you may have demonstrated the required skills and competencies in your experience to date.

We would also advise that you research Breast Cancer Now so that you understand what we do and why you would like to work for us. The Breast Cancer Now website is a good place to start.

I can’t apply online – who do I contact?

We prefer that you apply online as it makes the entire process more efficient and saves us money so that we are able to put more funds towards vital breast cancer research. If you would like to discuss your application, or if you are unable to apply online for any reason, please email recruitment@breastcancernow.org or call our recruitment team on 020 7025 2416.

Do you accept speculative CVs and/or applications?

We have put as much information regarding our teams and our current roles on our careers page so that you can apply for the right role for you, and therefore as a small POD team we don't accept speculative CVs. This also allows us to use our time more efficiently and saves the organisation money so that we can put more funds towards vital research.

Can I make changes to my details after I have submitted my application?

You can update your personal details under ‘your next role' and in ‘your details’. However, please be aware that you can’t change your email address as this is the way in which we identify you. Please also be careful when registering that you spell your email address correctly. If you accidentally misspell your email address the system won’t recognise you when you come to log back on. If you are having problems logging in, or need to change your email address, please call our recruitment team on 020 7025 2416 or email recruitment@breastcancernow.org

What benefits do you offer?

Please see a breakdown of all our benefits under the ‘benefits’ tab.

How can I apply for an internship?

As an intern, you’ll work within one of our key departments and will be given a specific project to complete along with some administration duties. The role also involves shadowing team members and attending meetings – both internally and externally – which will give you a real insight into how we work.

Your internship, which is over an agreed term and voluntary, ends with you giving a presentation to your host team.

If you’re interested in becoming an intern, please keep an eye on ‘your next role’.

Do you operate a “refer a friend” scheme?

Yes. The scheme is aimed at employees who would like to recommend someone they know to work for us. If their referred candidate is successful in securing a role they will receive a monetary sum.