Irish Cancer Society - Medical Director

The Irish Cancer Society is the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland, a major service provider and the respected voice of Ireland’s cancer community.

REF: ICS0122

In 2021, they invested almost €4 million in cancer research and trials and are continuing to grow their investment year-on-year. This includes developing new and transformative relationships with healthcare professionals and cancer institutes in Ireland, including multi-million-euro partnerships and research collaborations.

Irish Cancer Society is working to build a future where no one dies from cancer and everyone affected by the disease has access to world-class treatment, care and support. The Society’s Strategy 2020-2025 sets out an ambitious plan to achieve this through significantly increased investment in cancer research, a major expansion of services, effective advocacy and transformative partnerships. To ensure this work is informed by clinical experience and expertise, the Society is creating a new role of Medical Director.

The Role

The Medical Director will be a strategic leader within the Society and Ireland’s clinical community. They will lead the Society’s relationships with healthcare professionals and healthcare institutions, including multi-million-euro research investments and institutional partnerships, which will change the face of cancer care in Ireland.

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Medical Director will serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO and wider Executive Leadership Team on clinical issues. The Director will act as the Society’s clinical spokesperson and play a key role in relationships with medical professional bodies, oncology networks, other research funders, and international partners. The Director will drive patient-centric research, with a focus on patient impact from the Society’s research programmes and partnerships. They will provide clinical oversight and advice to the Society’s services and will collaborate internally and externally to bring clinical innovation to Ireland.

The Person

The successful candidate will be a respected and qualified medical or surgical consultant with oncology, cancer care or cancer research experience. They will have demonstrated excellence in clinical practice and research and strong patient centricity across their work. They will hold a high degree of emotional intelligence and an ability to lead, inspire and build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels. They will have excellent networks and relationships across the cancer system. The will be a highly effective communicator, with experience in media and public relations an advantage. Above all, the candidate will be purpose-driven, with a strong commitment to the Society’s mission and a desire to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

Application and further information

For further information, please see the detailed application booklet below. All enquiries relating to this role should be directed to the Executive Recruitment team by email at or by telephone at +353 (1) 449 4400.

Applications are to be submitted via the online portal and must include:

  1. A cover letter outlining why you wish to be considered for the role and why you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role and;
  2. A comprehensive CV clearly shows your relevant achievements and experience in your career to date.

Mazars will be managing all aspects of this recruitment project on behalf of the Irish Cancer Society.

No enquiries or canvassing should be made directly to the Irish Cancer Society.

Deadline for applications: Monday, 3rd October 2022 at 12 noon.

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunities employer with a strong emphasis on diversity, inclusion and equality at all levels of the organisation.


ICS0122_Medical Director_ Info Booklet
ICS0122_​Medical Director_​ Info Booklet