Director of Authorisations -Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)
The impact on veterinary medicines regulation of the UK exit from the EU remains unknown until the negotiations are completed. However, whatever the outcome, medicines will still need to be authorised and regulated. Working relationships with other medicines agencies will need to be maintained, and the VMD partnership working with non-EU medicines agencies further strengthened. VMD preparations for a range of eventualities are well advanced. The new Director of Authorisations will play a full and leading part in the preparations, managing the transition and expanding our global influence.
The Authorisations function makes a vital contribution to the work of the VMD, and there is an essential contribution to be made by the Director of Authorisations in terms of corporate leadership and management. You will bring a proven record of managing high performing teams and working strategically, coupled with a focus on achievement and delivery. Your professional skills will include the ability to challenge constructively, and you will help to ensure that business decision-making is sound. Your communication skills will be excellent, as will your influencing and leadership skills. You will have a track record of effective people management, experience of developing highly performing teams, and the ability to deliver results through others, both in your own team and across the organisation. This is a busy post dealing with high volumes often with conflicting priorities.
Your representational and negotiation skills will be a key strength, enabling you to build strong relationships and develop effective strategies for both national and international issues. This work is vital, as it determines the guidelines and standards by which we increasingly operate within the widening network of organisations striving for convergence of veterinary medicines regulation. You will therefore have a strong external focus, undertaken alongside the oversight of ‘business as usual’ in UK licensing and surveillance which is a very significant part of the VMD role, and will require an ability to delegate effectively, empowering staff while retaining oversight of the quality of performance and service delivery.
You will bring good judgement and a strong sense of proportion. You will lead quality improvement, not in a spirit of change for its own sake, but in terms of reviewing processes and making them more efficient, smarter, faster and informed by experience. Excellent analytical skills and judgement are a must – you will lead the oversight of complex authorisations and will need the intellectual and scientific rigour to do so effectively. The organisation sits on the cusp of the private and public sectors. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate is accountable to Defra Ministers, but works closely with a range of stakeholders across the public and private sectors, including the general public, the veterinary pharmaceutical industry, the veterinary profession, primary processors of animal products, farmers, companion animal owners, various professional and consumer representative organisations, the Heads of other National Medicines Agencies (both human and veterinary) and specific interest groups. Your own background is likely to be in regulation, either on the regulatory or regulated side of the fence. Whatever your background, you will bring a blend of leadership and managerial skills, and scientific expertise.
You will be a collaborative team player, working closely with colleagues across the organisation and building alliances across the professional disciplines. You must have the skills to establish your credibility quickly with Board members, senior colleagues in Defra, Ministers and staff. How you work will be as important as what you have done. Absolutely key will be your openness to change, persistence towards excellence, self motivation and ability to motivate others.