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  • Application Deadline: July 24, 2022
  • Uppsala
  • Application Deadline: July 24, 2022
  • Uppsala

Are you a proven leader with experience in strategic thinking and theoretical development, understand scientific concepts and have international experience? UMC is looking for a new Director to lead an organization of about 150 employees and consultants in Uppsala, Sweden, devoted to supporting and enhancing global pharmacovigilance and patient safety.

In the role as Director, you will handle important tasks every day that will influence people both inside and outside the organization, knowing that you contribute to the global effort to prevent patients suffering harm from their medicines. The role involves working on the global market and you will develop contacts around the world.

What you will do

  • Be responsible for the scientific and business operations of the centre, matters relating to the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring, and relationships with other organisations
  • Develop strategies, lead the team in Uppsala and represent UMC worldwide
  • Define the core business for UMC and the organizations focus
  • You will report to a Board consisting of members appointed by the Swedish government and the World Health Organization

All this in close collaboration with colleagues in Geneva and other global partners.

Work with great people

Salvador Alvarado
Pharmacovigilance Officer
"Working at UMC has given me a fantastic opportunity to make a difference in patients’ lives, by contributing to strengthening the role of medicines safety in many countries world-wide."
Pinelopi Lundquist
Head of WHO Collaborating Centre
"It’s always been important to me to contribute to the safer use of medicines, and I get to do just that in my job. Most days, I leave the office feeling like I’ve contributed to something important"
Elsa Rådahl
System Developer
"I really enjoy the variation in my work, and learning more about the different aspects of the development process and infrastructure."
Shachi Bista
Data Scientist
"The environment at UMC is very open and accepting, and there are extremely smart and dedicated people here who are always working on challenging problems."
Elki Sollenbring
Senior Pharmacovigilance Education Specialist
"I love exploring how to deliver training, like self-paced online or instructor-led distance courses. There’s so much we can do at UMC to reach people across the globe!"
Tommy Dzus
WHODrug Terminology Specialist
"My job is great because I get to use my pharmaceutical knowledge to help make the use of medicines safer across the world."

Skills & Requirements

Your qualifications

  • Academic education in the field of medicine such as physician, pharmacology etc.

You have

  • Proven leadership abilities
  • Extensive experience working with medical, pharmaceutical or health-orientated companies
  • Knowledge of the medical sector and can navigate with ease in amongst current topics of discussion both internally and externally
  • Proven adaptability from working in diverse cultural and political environments
  • An ability to communicate effectively in English, which is our working language
  • People-management and leadership skills

Highly desirable qualities

  • Experience in business development and commercial operations
  • Own research or significant experience in pharmacovigilance, clinical medicine, pharmacology or pharmacoepidemiology in a regulatory or commercial setting/or clinical research setting

Personal profile
We are looking for a candidate with the following characteristics:

  • Leader - Ability to lead, motivate, and develop a team of strong individuals to perform to the best of their capacity; confident in making decisions
  • Proactive - Forward-thinking, enterprising and capable – getting things done
  • Personal and professional maturity - Perceptive and responsive; stable and insightful; displaying integrity and independence
  • Flexibility - Ability to function in a fast-moving, dynamic environment, adapting to change in internal or external demands
  • Communication - Excellent oral and written presentation skills
  • Driving force/Results orientation - The driving force to achieve results and push towards goals, but also to be pragmatic and recognize that several paths can lead to the same goal

This recruitment is handled by Michaël Berglund.

Great Place to Work

  • Real-world impact – Working for the greater good

  • Learning organisation – Skilled and curious staff

  • Flexible work hours – Allows us to be at our best

About the company

Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) is a centre for international service and scientific research in the field of pharmacovigilance. We are the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring, and manage the technical and operational aspects of the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring since 1978.

As an independent, non-profit foundation, we support the World Health Organization, regulatory authorities, and other stakeholders who share our vision of advancing medicines safety. Through research and development of new scientific methods, we explore the benefits and harms of medicines for patients, and offer products and services used by health authorities and the pharmaceutical industry worldwide.

UMC follows the collective agreements between the Swedish Agency for Government Employers and Saco-S and ST. Union representatives are Malin Zaar (Saco-S) and Jessica Avasol (ST), +46 (0)18-65 60 60.

Katarina Tillgren | Contact Person

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