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Head of Patient Safety Unit


Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Job Function:  Drug Safety & Pharmacovigilance
Job ID:  65854

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?

Head of Patient Safety Unit 
UK, Belgium or US
Help us transform patients’ lives

To strengthen our Global Patient Safety Group, we are looking to fill the position of: Head of Patient Safety Unit 
About the Role
You will be responsible for:
•    Leadership and oversight of a new Patient Safety Unit in Patient Safety: Safety Leads (SLs), Safety Physicians (SPs) and Safety Scientists (SS) and contract personnel
•    Member of extended Patient Safety Leadership Team (ePSLT)
•    Provide expert advice and challenge regarding scientific and strategic challenges relating to the defining, assessing and maintaining of the safety profile and Benefit Risk Assessment (BRA) of the assigned products
•    Ensure the development, implementation and documentation of product specific Risk Management Strategy and Plans, including risk mitigation strategies, in collaboration with SLs and SAW (scientific analysis and writing team)
•    Ensure that the early projects appropriately translate the preclinical data to the clinical space and that the early studies have adequate and robust risk management strategies to protect patients whilst enabling efficient drug development
•    Develop, with other therapeutic area PSU heads and the Pharmacovigilance Centre of Excellence team, tools and standards which will allow for the delivery of high-quality results within agreed timelines
•    Establish and leverage relationships with key stakeholders in the relevant PVUs to ensure awareness, understanding, and support of patient safety
•    Represent the company and speak at conferences, symposia, and meetings
•    Participate in governance/review meetings when appropriate (Global Labelling Committee, Benefit Risk Board etc.)
•    Global travel required
About You
You should have:
•    An MD or higher medical qualification, PhD/PharmD
•    Depending on previous professional experience, a combined minimum of 10 years in the biopharmaceutical industry with a proven and successful track record in biopharmaceutical clinical development and at least one of the following areas: risk management, pharmacoepidemiology or pharmacovigilance. A strong track record in clinical development with experience of working on safety topics will also be considered.
•    Broad knowledge of relevant concepts in health care, human biology, data management and systems, epidemiology, pharmacology, pharmacovigilance, drug development and statistics
•    Proven management and leadership skills that support and guide direct reports in the successful medical, scientific and project management of safety activities.  Substantial and personal experience with GVP.
•    Substantial personal experience of presenting to and interacting with regulatory agencies essential to ensure adequate coaching of function members
•    Drug development experience spanning the drug development lifecycle


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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