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It is estimated that 21 million people in the UK live with allergic disease. But there remains a huge gap in healthcare services for those affected by this disease of the immune system. Our mission is to raise the profile of allergy at all levels, with a vision for everyone affected by allergy to receive the best possible care and support.

Our dedicated free Helpline is there for people who need our help and support. Our free Factsheets provide information that is often badly needed to explain the symptoms and triggers that people with allergy are dealing with every day of their lives.

We are the leading national patient charity for people living with all types of allergy. We work with government, professional bodies, Healthcare Professionals and corporates towards our vision and to help improve the lives of the millions of people with allergic disease.

From time to time we look for people to join our team at Allergy UK as we continue to develop the services we provide for people living with allergy. 

Please find current vacancies below:

Operations Director 

Salary: £60,000 per annum

Location: Sidcup (Office based)

Position: Permanent 

About the charity

The British Allergy Foundation, trading as Allergy UK, is the leading charity that offers support to, and works with and on behalf of, those living with allergy, with a vision that everyone affected by allergy receives the best possible care and support. We collaborate with healthcare professionals, government departments, agencies and public bodies, a diverse range of corporate partners and other advisory groups representing the allergic community nationally, in Europe and internationally.  

We have ambitious plans for the future and these are exciting times for us, with the role of Operations Director being instrumental in converting our strategic objectives into operational reality. This will require driving change to revolutionise the way our charity operates, focusing on diversifying income streams and fostering commercial awareness and opportunity within the team. There is much scope here for an experienced leader to make a real difference to this charity and to the lives of those it touches. 

About the role

This role, along with the CEO, Commercial Director and Head of Clinical, will be a key member of the Executive Leadership Team. We are looking for a committed operational lead who can empower and support our team in the successful delivery of key programmes of activity. This is a unique opportunity to play a significant role in an increasingly high profile charity and we are inviting applications from individuals who can clearly demonstrate the following:

  • Manage operational team development, objectives and performance so that the organisation’s strategy is delivered
  • Able to demonstrate strong line management skills, including motivation and development of teams and individuals.
  • Instil a culture of quality and business improvement throughout the charity
  • An ability to effectively lead the delivery of a complex project or programme
  • Experience of budget management and using resources effectively
  • Provide evidence of impact through relevant reports and metrics
  • Experience of building and sustaining effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

Further information

A job description and person specification are available here.

Closing date for applications is Friday 29th March at 5pm, however we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and may shortlist before the deadline.

Interviews will take place on Monday 15th April 2019.

If you would like more detailed information about the role and what we are looking for, please e-mail

Fundraising Officer

To position Allergy UK as the charity of choice for people and organisations who wish to support the aims and objectives of Allergy UK through fundraising activities.

We want a passionate fundraiser who can use their creativity and skill to create a suite of opportunities that support the strategic plans of the Charity and that will drive up engagement with all our fundraising activities, and grow our supporter and fundraiser base, increasing our income and allowing us to make an even bigger difference for people affected by allergy. 

We are currently looking to build on and develop our fundraising team.  To help us to achieve our fundraising targets, we are looking for an all-round enthusiastic fundraiser who will thrive in a growing environment. The successful applicant will be an experienced fundraiser with demonstrable experience.

The role is full time and will be based in our Sidcup offices.

Key responsibilities will include

  • Support the development of the fundraising plan to raise awareness of the charity and its work, and maximise support and income for the charity.
  • Generate income from a range of sources and activities, including but not exclusively, trusts and foundations, special events, gifts in kind, challenge and sponsored events, including participant recruitment.
  • Manage and develop an effective communication programme to keep connected with a range of donors, supporters, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure appropriate systems and procedures are in place to manage fundraising campaigns and donor contact effectively. 

If this challenge is for you, and you have a passion for fundraising, we want to hear from you today. 

A competitive salary, £27,000 per annum

Annual Leave allowance of 28 days per annum (additional to Bank Holidays)

Pension Scheme 5% minimum (we match up to 3%)

For the full job description please download here.

To apply:-

Please send your CV and covering letter to

Closing date: Thursday, 18th April, however we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and may shortlist before the deadline.

Project Co-ordinator

Fixed Term Contract, 18 months


Job Purpose

To co-ordinate all internal project activity, providing internal Project Leads with advice, support and guidance on all aspects of the project management process. To undertake regular project assurance checks to ensure that all projects and associated activities are completed on schedule and produce regular reports for the executive management team highlighting any projects that are behind schedule. 

To succeed in this role, you should have previous experience of co-ordinating internal projects and excellent influencing, time management and communication skills. You will be seen as the ‘gatekeeper’ for all internal projects and will need to develop effective working relationships with senior colleagues across the charity. 

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide project management guidance and support to internal project leads, tasked with proposing, developing and managing the delivery of detailed project plans.
  • Support internal project leads to fully utilise comprehensive internal project management documentation. This may involve actively coaching, mentoring inexperienced project leads.
  • Develop and utilise an internal project assurance toolkit, to check the progress made in achieving outputs, outcomes and deadlines set out in individual project documentation.
  • Use the project assurance toolkit to routinely track progress made against project action plans and provide a monthly report to the executive leadership team on any variances.
  • Coordinate all specific project management activities across the charity and become established as the ‘go to’ person for all project management related tasks.
  • Support project leads to develop fully costed project proposals, breaking projects down into attainable activities, actions and timeframes.
  • Liaise with internal colleagues to identify and define requirements, project scope and objectives
  • Assist project leads with scheduling and project resource management. Provide an overview of all project activities across the charity.
  • Assist in the preparation of fully costed project budgets.
  • Support project leads to analyse project risks and opportunities.
  • Work with the Project leads to eliminate barriers/blockers
  • Use appropriate project management tools, to monitor working hours, plans and expenditures
  • In consultation with the Director of Operations, take on a project lead role for specific non departmental projects.

If you have the relevant experience, we look forward to hearing from you.

For the full job description please download here 

35 hours per week

We offer a competitive salary, £25,000 per annum

Annual Leave allowance of 28 days per annum (additional to Bank Holidays)

Deadline for application is 26th March, however we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and may shortlist before the deadline.

To apply, please contact expressing your interest in this role.

Helpline Advisor

The role is on a full time basis at Allergy UK’s Sidcup office.

We are currently looking for a full time Helpline Advisor to be part of our Helpline team. The Helpline works closely as a team. Successful applicants must be able to communicate efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment.

This role will include being a first point of contact in providing information, support and signposting on a diverse range of allergy topics to members of the public, across a variety of communication platforms including a telephone Helpline, webchat and email. Service users include the general public, healthcare professionals, schools, clinics and other external organisations.

Key responsibilities will include;

Working as part of a team to contribute to delivering high quality information on allergy related queries via Allergy UK’s Helpline. Helpline Advisors are required to be motivated and flexible, and be able to adapt to change. 

  • Respond to calls, email and webchat enquiries from a diverse range of callers.
  • Be responsible for administration tasks that support the helpline.
  • Accurately enter data and contact information adhering to relevant legislation.
  • Work and liaise with all members of the organisation.
  • Escalate complex enquiries to the clinical team or relevant manager. 

For the full job description download here 

If this challenge is for you, and you want to make a difference, we want to hear from you today.

35 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

In return we offer: 

  • A competitive salary, £21,000 per annum
  • Annual Leave allowance of 28 days per annum (additional to statutory Bank Holidays)
  • Contributory Pension Scheme (5% minimum employee contribution matched up to 3%)
  • Free Parking
  • Access to Allergy UK Employee benefit schemes

 To apply:-

Please send your CV and covering letter to

Closing date: Friday, 12th April, however we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and may shortlist before the deadline.

Microbiologist - Product Testing

The Role

Allergy UK is looking for a microbiologist with scientific expertise in validating test data on products that may be efficient at reducing allergens from the indoor environment. This is a contract position for eight hours per week.

You will be reviewing test data provided by a third party testing facility and writing a report to advise whether the results of that test data are valid, or otherwise, against our relevant testing protocols.

You will have a Master’s degree in microbiology, knowledge of testing procedures and how to assess product performance and thresholds, preferably including understanding reduction of allergens and other aspects required, knowledge of laboratory good working practice (ISO 17025 standards) and containment of hazardous substances, knowledge of how to appraise protocols for testing the range of products in the endorsement programme, and the ability to design and write test protocols to international standards, e.g. IEC, AHAM.

For the full job description please download

To apply, please contact expressing your interest in this role.