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As the UK’s largest independent funder of cardiovascular research, we offer competitive salaries and an attractive package of benefits, which empower and support the health and wellbeing of everyone who works at the BHF.

But more than that, we provide opportunities that are completely unique to the BHF, such as going behind-the-scenes of cutting-edge research, and hearing from people who have directly benefited from the research we fund.

We have been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for our Live Well. Work Well. programme and we’re passionate about creating a mentally healthy workplace for everyone. We know there’s more to work than targets and being behind a screen.

Annual leave

Your work-life balance is important to us. We offer all colleagues 30 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), our annual leave allowance is among the best in the sector.

Health benefits

We offer a wide range of health benefits designed to help you live and work well.

Support Leave

From April 2024, we have a holistic Support Leave provision of up to 10 days leave, with additional 5 days in extenuating circumstances (pro-rated for part time) to provide extra support to colleagues in time of uncertainty, where you may need to take additional time away from work to support yourself or others close to you during a life event, such as caring responsibilities, bereavement, and specialised medical appointments.

Long service

You will have the opportunity to develop and progress in your role with us and we’ll celebrate your service at key milestones.


Our generous pension scheme will support you to save for your retirement. You can contribute a minimum of 3% but can increase this to 8% or more, with employer contribution starting at 5% and increasing to a maximum of 10%.

Life assurance

Should the worst happen, life assurance will give your loved ones some peace of mind.

Employee assistance programme

Our EAP provides all employees a source of confidential and independent advice for many of life’s challenges.

Family leave

From April 2024 we will be offering 12-weeks’ pay package for all family leave including maternity, paternity and adoption leave and are committed to offering returning parents and guardians the opportunity to work flexibly.

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