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Head of GCD Medical Devices


Monheim, Mettmann, Germany

Job Function:  Clinical Development
Job ID:  71622

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul, and skills into making a difference for people living with severe disease. Working together to push the boundaries, we blend the best of our talents to unlock innovation.  Will you join us in our pioneering adventure?






To strengthen our Global Clinical Development (GCD) community, based in one of our offices in Monheim, Germany, Brussels, Belgium, Slough, UK or Raleigh in the US we are looking for a: Head of GCD Medical Devices.


You like to work in an environment where you can:


  • Lead for Global Clinical Development the evolution and maintenance of an asset-agnostic medical device clinical development framework spanning combination products and class I-III devices, including Drug Delivery Devices, Software as Medical Devices, non-regulated and regulated Wearables, and In Vitro Diagnostics/Companion Diagnostics.
  • Lead an UCB-internal advice and co-creation forum covering all aspects related to medical-device development as well as deployment of medical devices in clinical trials.


You will contribute by:


  • Being an ad hoc member on UCB’s governance body for medical device development and engaging with project teams to enable decision making for asset-related devices.
  • Representing GCD on our Study Concept Review Committee for trials involving or targeting medical devices.
  • Representing GCD on the relevant technology programs to support innovative solutions and devices that objectively capture and measure disease-specific parameters enabling patients to participate in decentralized clinical trials.
  • On assigned projects, leading the development and subsequent revisions of device-related aspects of the strategic Clinical Development Plan ensuring strategic alignment with the Target Patient Value Profile and representing contemporary research approaches across all phases (feasibility, validation, approval, post approval).
  • Developing and maintaining a strong knowledge base of the medical device landscape, relevant device development pathways, technological advances and pertinent regulations and drive awareness across GCD, and deliver integrated development strategies and plans in close collaboration with subject matter experts in other functional groups.
  • Maintaining excellent working relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure patient-driven and patient-oriented innovative device development strategies, based on deep understanding of most recent medical, scientific, regulatory, commercial, and external insights.
  • Being accountable for budget preparation and delivery according to allocated budget.
  • Managing recruitment, training and deployment of staff to ensure optimal design and delivery of studies and programs in an effective manner. 


Interested? For this position you’ll need the following education, experience and skills:


  • Relevant Master’s degree required (ideally PhD, M.D., PharmD preferred).
  • Depending on previous professional experience, 7-10 years of relevant experience in both biopharmaceutical-clinical development and medical device development.  
  • Proven track record in medical device development across different classes and modalities (including but not limited to Drug Delivery Devices, Software as Medical Devices, non-regulated and regulated Wearables, and In Vitro Diagnostics/Companion Diagnostics) and demonstrated appropriate risk-based approach.
  • Ideally previous experiencing in building and leading a medical device group within a pharma company. 
  • Demonstrable evidence of successful implementation of innovative device development solutions.
  • Flexible and inspirational leadership that values and demonstrates partnership, with an ability to articulate a clear vision that links all aspects of clinical development work and that of its partners.
  • Current, expert knowledge and global view of all aspects of the global clinical development and clinical device development processes, including regulatory landscape.
  • Sense of urgency with the ability to plan strategically with the end in mind, and implement effectively.


Why you should apply


At UCB, we strive to attract passionate and outstanding talents who thrive on change and are ready to bring real value to patients. Working for us you’ll discover a place where you can grow and express your full potential. We place an emphasis on innovation, collaboration and impact. Through meaningful recognition and a motivating work atmosphere, we aim to provide an optimal experience by caring about and valuing our employees – just as we do for the patients we serve.


If you believe you are the perfect match to join us on our pioneering adventure, then we invite you to apply and tell us more about your profile and motivation.


About us.

UCB- Inspired by Patients. Driven by Science. Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this create value for people living with severe diseases?” By putting patients at the heart of what we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees and operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website www.ucb.com.

UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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