Patient Safety Lead

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Closing date
1 Oct 2020

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Clinical Research, Drug Safety
Full Time
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Title: Patient Safety Lead - BioPharmaceuticals Medical
Location: Cambridge,UK

Competitive Salary

Posting date: 03/09/2020 - Closing date: 01/10/2020

At AstraZeneca we win through science, it's at the heart of our every success. That science is only possible when we all work together - we'll always make sure you're clear about how your role is connected to our wider mission to really show what science can do.

At AstraZeneca we're relentlessly curious about science, and pursue our work with passion. We believe that when we follow the science we can make game-changing discoveries that can transform the lives of patients around the world.

BioPharmaceuticals Medical (BPM) ensures the best patient outcomes by providing healthcare decision-makers around the world with the evidence and confidence they need regarding AZ therapies. We support our internal stakeholders with medical insight and expertise and aim to lead AstraZeneca in achieving scientific leadership, being a great place to work, and keeping patients at the core of everything we do.

The Patient Safety function is part of BPM and is responsible for the Patient Safety activities within our commercial organisation.

Major accountabilities

  • Set up AE handling and local safety model, ensuring all local and global needs are met and the processes implemented meet external and internal standards
  • Lead Patient Safety training for the vendor
  • Have oversight of vendor activities, including KPI monitoring; lead targeted interventions as required to achieve compliance targets
  • Drive change in the business to ensure an efficient operating model with a focus on automation initiatives
  • Represent commercial Patient Safety areas on vendor governance teams and Global Patient Safety compliance teams
  • Have oversight of the budget and financial reporting in relation to vaccine reimbursement schemes
  • Support risk management and local study activities as required in order to ensure successful delivery
  • Lead the work to update processes and procedural documents as required
  • Deputise for the Patient Safety Director as required, including as the contact point for MC Patient Safety

Candidate knowledge, skills and experience


  • Science degree or equivalent healthcare profession qualification
  • Ability to manage projects successfully to time and budget and across markets
  • Willing to travel globally
  • Thorough knowledge of Patient Safety activities in the commercial SET areas
  • Understanding of Medical Information and PQC handling in the commercial SET areas
  • Understanding of the roles and functions of Global Patient Safety
  • Experience managing risk management plans
  • Ability to communicate safety data to internal and external stakeholders, including patients and healthcare professionals
  • Proactive and able to work independently
  • Ability to develop innovative solutions, and apply cross-functional and industry understanding to individual projects
  • Proven team-working skills
  • Able to respond to changes in the internal and external environment by adjusting plans or developing new ways of working
  • Ability to effectively engage with a wide variety of technical and business experts


  • MSc or higher in Pharmacovigilance or a related health science field (e.g. Regulatory Affairs)
  • Clinical experience in a hospital, general practice, Pharmaceutical or pharmacy setting
  • Broad experience in Patient Safety including experience working in local and global safety teams
  • Familiarity with relevant regional and international regulatory requirement
  • Vaccine or virology experience
  • Experience in vendor management
  • Experience working with vaccine pharmacovigilance

A global pharmaceutical company with a major UK presence. Our purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. The best way we can help patients is to be science-led and share this passion with the scientific, healthcare and business communities of the UK.

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Contact Us
  • Academy House
  • 136 Hills Road
  • Cambridge
  • CB2 8PA
  • United Kingdom
  • 01582 837837
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