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Global Head of Non-Clinical Safety


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Research & Early Development
Job ID:  65308

Global Head of Non-Clinical Safety


At UCB everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this make a difference to the lives of people living with severe diseases?” We do that by connecting with patients and their families around the world living with the physical and social burdens of severe disease of the immune system and the central nervous system. Those connections offer new perspectives, drive innovation, and offer the hope of a new generation of therapies that will help to transform lives.


Role overview


The Head of Toxicology will be a key leader in the Development Science organization of UCB interacting with colleagues in Drug Discovery and Development across the entire portfolio. This individual will be responsible for overseeing the Nonclinical Safety function including Investigative Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology. The position will liaise with Research and Development colleagues to develop overall Nonclinical Safety, Investigative Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology Strategies for subsequent ratification by project teams. The individual will also represent Preclinical Development on Discovery and Development teams and regularly interfaces with internal and external colleagues to ensure timely and accurate dissemination of Nonclinical Safety Strategies as well as results to drive the portfolio strategically.


Your contributions (include, but are not limited to)


The primary role is to lead the Toxicology group in the conduct, interpretation and reporting of Nonclinical Safety, Investigative Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology studies/data. You will be responsible for development of drug candidates (biologics, small molecules and/or emerging formats such as gene therapy) and for the strategic leadership of late stage/post marketing phases. You will provide non clinical support to global project teams through FIM, POC and beyond. You will work in a collaborative environment and as a member of interdisciplinary project teams; you will represent the Development Science Department.

You will also demonstrate high skills in partnership with CRO’s, guide toxicology interpretation and issue resolution; and participate in various toxicology and R&D initiatives or other active cross-functional collaborations. You will review regulatory documentation and represent UCB in meetings with regulatory authorities. In addition to project teams work, you will provide strategic leadership and have managerial responsibilities in the department.

Most importantly, your role requires strategic in addition to excellent people leadership.


Essential requirements


You must hold a Ph.D (or equivalent) in a field related to Nonclinical Safety / Toxicology (DVM, Pathology, Biomedical Science, Pharmacology), have a strong knowledge of non-clinical development in biopharmaceutical industry, have extensive experience of regulatory toxicology/pathology and strategic leadership/managerial competencies.

Due to the nature of the position, you need to consider the following desirable assets;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate interactions; excellent oral and written English communication skills. Demonstrated technical writing skills.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving, strong decision-making, complex problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated critical data analysis and interpretation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a strong collaborative member of diverse teams.
  • Open, confident, and persuasive behaviour, succeeding through influence, experience in balancing big picture thinking with detailed analysis, ability to be flexible and to adapt to a changing environment.

We can offer you an excellent leadership opportunity to join an exciting company with a strong portfolio. In return, UCB is offering a competitive salary package, continuous professional and personal development training and career progression.

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