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Head of Product Management

  • Application Deadline: Oct. 2, 2023
  • Uppsala
  • Application Deadline: Oct. 2, 2023
  • Uppsala

Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) is an independent, self-funded, non-profit foundation established in 1978. UMC is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre and oversees the technical and scientific operations of the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring, covering more than 95% of the world’s population. UMC is the custodian of VigiBase, which is the largest global database of suspected adverse events of medicines and vaccines. In addition to working in drug safety signal monitoring, UMC has developed WHODrug Global, which is the world’s most widely used drug dictionary, and is advancing pharmacovigilance through science and innovation, education and communication. UMC is governed by a board appointed by the Swedish government and WHO, and has approximately 150 employees based in Uppsala (Sweden).

The Head of Product Management is responsible for the line management of a team of over 15 product managers, owners and specialists. The Head of the Product Management section of UMC is part of the leadership team of Portfolio & Product Management (P&PM) and reports to the Head of the P&PM department. The Product Management section works both with product development and support, within signal monitoring with our VigiBase portfolio, and with our drug dictionary WHODrug Global and our initiatives within the Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) standards. The section is also responsible for our custom search function in our database of suspected adverse events VigiBase. The Head of Product Management will work closely with the two Portfolio Officers in the department and will support the members of the section in both internal and external interactions. The role:

  • has responsibility for line management, as well as budget and staffing, of the Product Management section
  • is a member of the leadership team of the Portfolio & Product Management department
  • supports the section and the function in internal and external interactions
  • fulfils line management deliverables and execution in accordance with UMC’s targets and values
  • ensures that the product portfolio remains vital, competitive and of the high quality expected by UMC customers

Work with great people

Salvador Alvarado
Regional Manager
"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
WHO CC Director
"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."
Tomas Bergvall
Agile Product Owner
"At UMC, I'm able to use my skill set to create meaningful solutions that make a real difference in the world. I'm proud of what we do and the impact we have."
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!"
Alem Zekarias
Senior Pharmacovigilance Scientist
"Knowing I'm doing something meaningful that can help patients all over the world is my passion and my drive."

Skills & Requirements


  • University degree in Life Sciences or equivalent professional experience

  • Product development experience and project management and business administration education desirable

Professional experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of life science/pharmaceutical experience, ideally with some work in product development

  • Previous line management experience

  • Preferably previous experience of working in a global environment

Technical/functional area skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

  • Proficiency in line management in complex matrix organisations

  • Understanding of product development of digital solutions and services for life science applications

Personal skills:

  • Excellent collaboration skills to easily inspire and influence people to commit to work together towards common goals

  • Excellent coaching and people management skills

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills


  • Fluent in oral and written English

Systems (IT):

  • Experienced user of MS Office package

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’s official language is English.

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.

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