Data Acquisition Specialist

12 Jan 2021
26 Jan 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
Data Acquisition Specialist


Doing now what patients need next

At Roche, 94,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we've become one of the world's leading research-focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity. We do this today to build a better tomorrow. We are many, working as one across functions, across companies, and across the world. Personalised Healthcare is transforming the healthcare industry with significant emphasis on data-driven, customized healthcare for the individual patient. This evolution has associated impacts to the way other parties in the healthcare ecosystem operate, including patients, their advocates, healthcare providers, governments, regulators, public and private payers. 

The team

The Safety Data Acquisition team is a group of staff from a variety of backgrounds including pharmacovigilance, data science and research.

The role

As a member of the Data Acquisition team in Safety Operations you will support our mission of "Advancing personalised safety through the power of data".

Data generation is increasing and the platforms and tools by which we engage with our customers are evolving - from websites for physicians to directly request access to our medicines, to applications designed for patients to track/monitor their conditions (such as Kaiku and Floodlight). Data from diverse sources (such as electronic health records, insurance databases, literature & social media posts, clinician notes, adverse events reported directly to us) can be utilised to inform on patients' quality of life, new opportunities for treatment and feed into the organisation's mission to personalise healthcare.

The Data Acquisition team supports in access and acquisition of data for the Global Safety function. Not only to ensure pharmacovigilance compliance but also to facilitate advanced analytics to further signal detection/management and safety strategies. 

  • Working across the organisation to provide transparency and awareness on where and what data is available - translating the potential uses and expanding the safety data palette
  • Supporting in third party agreements for access to new data sources, this includes ensuring the correct contracts/agreements are in place
  • Maximizing opportunities for the Global Safety function from data collection activities, influencing data collection to derive meaningful insights to support the safety strategy and benefit/risk profile enhancement of our products.
  • Supplier oversight, monitoring the quality and effectiveness of the data we use

  • Advising on the identification and collection of safety data (including adverse events), streamlining and automation of data intake, e.g. advancing electronic reporting and increasing patient and healthcare professional engagement
  • Consulting in the implementation of new platforms, digital channels, digital studies and tools, to ensure compliance in the collection of data and maximise the potential of the data being generated.
  • Ensuring data intake is of high quality with efficient processes

This role provides an opportunity to interface with different functions across medical affairs, global product strategy, device development groups, clinical safety and data scientists. Building strong networks with various stakeholders across the organisation as well as building your drug safety expertise and applying it to new exciting areas such as Digital Health, wearables and the use of real world data in pharmacovigilance.


Who you are


Minimum: Degree level qualification

Experience, Skills, Knowledge: 

This role requires good knowledge of pharmacovigilance and experience in data handling / data science is a bonus.

Pharmacovigilance experience required:
  • In-depth, demonstrated experience in a breadth of areas pertaining to pharmacovigilance, and pharmacovigilance legislation; at least 3 years work experience in PV functions
  • Good knowledge of international regulations (ICH, EU GVP Modules, FDA)
  • Understanding of the pharmaceutical industry (product development and the commercial environment) and of the rapidly-evolving personalised healthcare environment and ecosystem 
  • Preferable : experience working with big data sets, service provider experience 

Other skills required:
  • Creative problem solving in a complex, process-focused environment. 
  • Well developed influencing and negotiating skills, with the ability to influence at all levels of an organisation, without direct authority.  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, builds strong sustainable relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proven ability to engage with new stakeholders effectively and with a high degree of comfort and confidence
  • Effective leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to input and deliver on strategy  
  • Ability to work in global or matrix teams, to work across geographic areas, business settings and cultures, including in a virtual environment.
  • Proven track record of effective decision-making; makes good business decisions and exercising sound judgment
  • Quick learner
  • Good computer literacy
  • Professional level in English, in oral and written communications 
  • T ravel Requirements - International travel required (less than 10%)

If you are proud of contributing and feel you have the commitment to teamwork and innovation that we are seeking, then Roche is the organisation for you.  In return we offer a competitive salary plus the excellent benefits you would expect from a blue-chip organisation, including a genuine interest in your development and progression. 

Roche is an equal opportunity employer.
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