BTA say “Together We Can” to Worldwide Cancer Research


BTA say “Together We Can” to Worldwide Cancer Research

At BTA, we love it when we hear of a Scottish charity doing something big, bold and brave.

When that charity funds life-saving cancer research projects in the UK and across the world which, in the 40 years since it was founded in St Andrews has helped double cancer survival rates, then we’re even more excited.

And when BTA was asked to play a part in helping the small but determined charity coordinate the biggest change in their history, we were absolutely thrilled.

Worldwide Cancer Research is moving from its traditional base in St Andrews to Edinburgh. To support the charity in this project, BTA will be working across all departments to recruit over 25 staff for the new headquarters in the Haymarket area. The roles will span all areas of the charity’s operations – from research to communications – and will be recruited between November 2018 to April 2019.

The advantages in relocating will be considerable and the charity is determined to find the very best talent to fill these new and exciting roles. To achieve this, the organisation has commissioned BTA to deliver the biggest and broadest recruitment campaign ever undertaken for a Scottish charity.

From its base in Stirling, BTA’s entire team will be involved in a campaign that will see them engage with thousands of applicants from the private, public and voluntary sectors. The recruitment process will involve weeks of candidate screening and the team will sit in on over 25 days of interviewing.

BTA’s joint Chief Executive, Bruce Tait said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Worldwide Cancer Research as part of this exciting development. For some charities, this rate of recruitment might have caused issues, but Worldwide Cancer Research’s strong operational culture of “Together We Can” makes a campaign like this possible. In fact, it’s a great way to develop a cross-organisational culture amongst a large staff group, all recruited through the same process at the same time. We are determined to find them many great new employees”.

Dr Helen Rippon, CEO of Worldwide Cancer Research, said: “This is a hugely exciting time for the charity. With 40 years of incredible discoveries thanks to our wonderful supporters, Scotland’s only cancer research charity is ready for the next chapter in its incredible journey.

“We are thrilled to be working alongside BTA and look forward to meeting our new Team Worldwide recruits!”

With our history firmly rooted in third sector consultancy, we branched out into recruitment in 2007. We now have sister companies in England, Ireland and Canada and so bring an international perspective and learning to Scottish charities and not-for-profits. We also have the unique advantage of having all worked in senior positions in the voluntary sector ourselves.

This work with Worldwide Cancer Research is one of the most exciting and dynamic assignments we have had. We can’t wait to get started!