Chief Medical Officer
European Medicines Agency

Selection procedure reference: EMA/AD/6129

Job title: Chief Medical Officer

Deadline for applications: 19 September 2021 23:59 CET

About this role

The Agency is looking to recruit a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to be a key leader in the Agency and provide clinical subject matter expertise in working with the EU Network to deliver on its core business and implementation of its Regulatory Science strategy. The CMO will work directly with their peers and healthcare leadership throughout the healthcare industry and environment. The CMO will have superior judgment, excellent communications skills, a high level of creativity, and the ability to thrive in a complex, intellectual, and highly collaborative environment. Additionally, the CMO will work closely in developing industry and academic affiliations to increase the visibility of EMA public health mission.

As the CMO, you will report directly to the Executive Director (ED) and you will be a member of the Executive Board which supports the Executive Director in defining and setting EMA's overall strategy and objectives, and exploring opportunities for further improvement.

In this role, you will:

Work closely with the crisis co-ordinator to effectively manage the Agency's response to emerging health issues.
Promote the Agency's responses to strategies such as Europe's beating cancer action plan and other EU health related initiatives.
Provide scientific leadership within the Agency through the Scientific Coordination Group and the Scientific Coordination Board and developing close working relationships with committee chairs.
Lead a cross agency community of medical experts and therapeutic area leaders in discussion on medical aspects of medicines, their development and supervision.
Engage with the patients and healthcare professionals working parties to enable their delivery of workplans in line with the Agency's strategies.
Champion the Agency's scientific publication strategy targeting hot topic areas in high impact journals.

Job description

As a Chief Medical Officer (CMO), you will:

• Represent the "medical voice" of the Agency externally with particular emphasis on communication regarding high-profile regulatory benefit-risk decisions throughout the product /product class lifecycle.

• Provide clinical expertise and leadership in crisis and pandemic situations.

• Be the "go-to" reference point for sensitive media exchanges as well as presenting the Agency's standpoint in the relevant medical literature as circumstances require.

• Have a detailed knowledge of critical benefit-risk opinions of the Agency and is prepared to defend these to external parties.

• Advocate that interests of the patients and healthcare professionals are addressed in decision-making processes and in the evolution of these processes and their communication.

• Have a deep understanding of the medical value of medicines being approved by the Agency and their contribution to addressing unmet medical needs. The CMO supports partnering with downstream decision makers i.e., European HTA bodies and Payer networks.

• Act as an ambassador to facilitate the general public's understanding of science and its application in the authorisation and supervision of medicines by the EMA.

• Pursue the development of processes leading to increasing public trust and confidence in medicines and in the Agency's operations.

• Develop networks with key European and international, learned societies, medical science forums and institutions. This involves establishing contacts with the academic community and guide the progression of a series of regulatory science initiatives and representing their views in the evolutions of standards for the development and supervision of medicines.

• Advise on the need for strategic cross-stakeholder collaboration projects on medical topics.

• Contribute to formulating the Agency's medicines strategy taking into account the overall EU regulatory framework.

• Propose further improvements to the benefit-risk assessment methodologies as well as novel regulatory approaches, as part of the understanding of the regulatory impact of the new technologies and societal trends.

• Develop processes and systems enabling the Agency to measure its impact and contribution to EU health policies.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for consideration for this position, you are required to meet the following general and specific eligibility conditions:

General conditions:

enjoy full rights as a citizen of a European Union Member State, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway;
have a thorough knowledge of English (at least level C1) and a satisfactory knowledge of another official language of the European Union (at least level B2);
have fulfilled any obligations imposed by applicable laws concerning military service.
Specific conditions:

possess a university degree in medicine (minimum of four years or more) or a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years that must have been obtained by the closing date of this vacancy notice;
have at least 15 years of relevant professional experience in the domain of the Agency's activities after obtaining the relevant degree and before the closing date of this vacancy notice.
For general condition 1 and for specific conditions 1 and 2, you will be required to provide proof in the application form and at the interview stage. Failing to present these documents may result in the disqualification from the selection procedure.

Assessment criteria: Essential Criteria

Institutional and technical knowledge, and in particular:
Proven professional experience at a senior level in clinical medicine in one or more medical specialities in a healthcare systems, academic medical centre and /or healthcare technology industry;
Thorough knowledge of the development, authorisation and supervision of medicines including the European legislation and institutions and how they operate and interact;
Thorough knowledge of the methods of generation of clinical evidence and in its interpretation including oversight of clinical development programmes;
Track record of publication in high impact international medical or scientific journals.

Assessment criteria: Desirable criteria

Experience as a Chief Medical Officer / Chief Scientific Adviser or similar role either in public or private sector in a capacity relevant for the role;
Experience as scientific spokesperson either in public or private sector;
Good understanding of clinical information systems, data and technologies in the clinical or regulatory context;
Experience gained in a multicultural environment;
A postgraduate qualification in medicine.

Assessment criteria: Behavioural competencies

Leadership experience, and in particular:
excellent capacity and proven professional experience to develop and lead a strategic vision;
very good decision-making skills, including the capacity to take decisions in a complex political environment and in emergency situations;
experience in promoting principles of openness, transparency, independence and scientific excellence.
Communication and negotiations skills, and in particular:
Ability to communicate complex information efficiently and coherently in a transparent and open manner with stakeholders, including press, the public, European and or international authorities/ organisations;
Ability to maintain and proactively develop appropriate relations with EU institutions, academia, patients & healthcare professionals, HTA and payers and with Member States' competent authorities to ensure the proper functioning of the European medicines network and to forge effective alliances and partnerships.

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