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Deputy Director, Benefit-Risk Evaluation

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are looking to hire a Deputy Director, Benefit-Risk Evaluation on a permanent basis. This is a unique career opportunity to positively influence medicines and devices regulation, at a critical juncture of change in Healthcare.

The MHRA is made up of c.1300 staff working across two main centres, in Canary Wharf as part of the Government Hub, and in South Mimms near Potters Bar, where our laboratories are located.  We also have staff who work peripatetically across the UK and abroad.

The Deputy Director, Benefit-Risk Evaluation I will provide professional leadership to c.40 specialist staff who make judgements on the continued benefit vs risk, and risk mitigation strategies, across a range of healthcare products including oncology, haematology, thrombotic disease, vaccines and infectious diseases, skin, senses, movement and pain, psychiatric disorders, cognition, mental health and CNS, allergy, immune systems and inflammatory disorders.

We are looking for an individual able to apply their analytical skills and thought leadership across diverse therapeutic areas and will work closely and collaboratively with the Deputy Director of Benefit-Risk Evaluation II who oversees different therapeutic areas.

As a key member of the Senior Leadership Team and wider One Agency Leadership community, you will develop and drive the strategic direction and priorities of the function, facilitate delivery of overarching Agency initiatives, and build credible and collaborative working relationships with a range of external stakeholders.

Applicants should demonstrate the following criteria in their application:

  • A strong and inclusive corporate and team leader, experience in the management of professional qualified staff, confident in both people leadership and policy development in an operational context, with the gravitas to earn the respect of stakeholders.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills, and the credibility and ability to build excellent relationships and networks with key stakeholders across organisational boundaries.
  • Knowledge and understanding of working in a regulatory environment would be an advantage but is not essential.
  • Medical or scientific degree in a relevant discipline, e.g. life sciences, medical engineering, toxicology, medical physics, biomaterials or healthcare professional qualification or equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.
  • Extensive knowledge or academic specialisation in one or more areas related to the clinical, academic and/or pharmaceutical medicine.

A comprehensive candidate pack is available for this vacancy, where you will find further information on the MHRA and the role.

Throughout the process, applicants will also be measured against the following Behaviours:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating & Influencing
  • Changing & Improving

For an informal conversation or to find out more about this opportunity, please contact Ed Stroud  (07920 104 751), Stephanie Robinson (07921 336 641) or by emailing [email protected]. The MHRA would be happy to discuss the opportunity of secondments for this post also.

Applications must be completed by 23.55 on Sunday 6th August 2023, submitted to [email protected]. A full application consists of: CV, supporting statement of up to 2 pages (against the key criteria found in the candidate pack) and diversity monitoring form.

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