Deputy Director of Benefit Risk Evaluation Team I
£71,000 - £117,800 pa + benefits
Permanent, Full Time
Location: Canary Wharf, London
At an exciting time in the MHRA’s development, we are seeking to appoint a talented, innovative leader with a passion for patient safety to join our Safety and Surveillance group as Deputy Director of Benefit/Risk Evaluation I.
This is a full-time opportunity, on a permanent basis in a key leadership role which may particularly interest those with clinical or academic experience.
The role will be based in 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf London, E14 4PU. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas. We are currently implementing a flexible, hybrid way of working, with a minimum of 4 days per month working on site, which can flex up to 8 days a month (or more if you prefer).
Who are we?
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency enhance and improve the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices, underpinned by science and research.
To deliver effectively on our central mission of protecting public health, we need robust vigilance processes that are able to quickly detect, monitor and evaluate signals across the product lifecycle, the ability to evaluate the benefit/risk of signals of concern and design effective risk mitigations and a healthcare system able to implement them. The new Safety and Surveillance Group brings together into a single integrated structure expertise on the safety of all medical products with enforcement capabilities. These functions are supported by the Agency’s data and evidence generating capabilities complementing our signal generating capabilities delivered via the new common vigilance platform SafetyConnect.
What’s the role?
This role is a key leadership position within the Agency, a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the Safety & Surveillance Group as well as part of the wider One Agency Leadership community, providing operational and strategic leadership to one of two specialist teams made up of c40 highly skilled specialist staff. They support the Agency Delivery Plan through delivering medicine and device vigilance benefit-risk evaluations and highlighting connections between our work and the impact on patients and the public by, inspiring colleagues, and actively promoting the work of the group internally and the agency externally.
The Agency is facing a rapidly evolving external environment involving increasingly complex products and utilisation of these products across an ever more diverse health system. The post holder will:
- Provide clear and professional leadership to a wide range of staff (including scientists, clinicians and regulatory specialists), motivating and ensuring their continuing development and performance delivery which meets the objectives and targets of the Agency.
- Develop and drive the strategic direction and priorities of the function and facilitate delivery of overarching Agency strategies. This includes contributions to cross-Agency projects, external initiatives as well as deputising for the Chief Officer, where necessary.
- Ensure consistent quality of assessment decisions made across the vigilance units within the group and that processes are in place to manage resourcing for relevant activities across the Agency and product life cycle. You will also lead the design and implementation of new safety measures across the health care ecosystem.
- Work with patients and the public as well as strategic partners in the clinical community to utilise and influence all additional sources of safety information available. You will also develop and maintain relationships with other regulators in the EU and beyond, professional bodies, NHS, Department of Health and Social Care, international partners and industry as part of a systematic approach to medical product safety.
Who are we looking for?
Our successful candidate will:
- Be a strong and inclusive corporate and team leader, confident in people leadership with the ability to empower and motivate others in a dynamic environment and across organisational boundaries and create cultures of high performance and continuous improvement, with an engaging, adaptable, leadership style.
- Have highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills and the credibility and ability to build excellent relationships and networks with key stakeholders across organisational boundaries, taking a collaborative approach.
- Have a medical or scientific degree in a relevant discipline, e.g. science, medical engineering, toxicology, medical physics, biomaterials or healthcare professional qualification or equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.
- Be an innovator who tries new approaches and pushes yourself to work outside your comfort zone.
As part of accepting this role you have accepted an assignment duration of 3 years which sets out the minimum period that you are expected to remain in this post to deliver agreed key business outcomes and build capability in the role. Please note this is not a contractual provision and does not form part of your terms and conditions.
Closing date: 10th October 2022
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