Director (Clinical Safety & Pharmacovigilance)

CHF200000 - CHF220000 per annum
  1. Permanent
  1. Clinical Development

A new opportunity has arisen for a Director Clinical Safety & Pharmacovigilance to join a world-wide healthcare organisation whose products and services are used to help care for patients who are critically ill. This is a permanent position based in Nyon, Switzerland.

Please note that to be considered for this role you must have the right to work in this location.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Accountable to conceive and implement a clearly defined tailored safety strategy that serves to characterize the comparative safety profile of the assigned biosimilar products against the matching originator i.e. reference products.
  • Appropriately monitor the emerging safety profile of the biosimilar products; this includes the medical review and approval of ICSR, the conduct of periodic signal detection and evaluation exercises, and the compilation and submission of required aggregate periodic reports.
  • To communicate emerging safety signals or other notable safety findings to key stakeholders within the company.
  • Assess the risk-benefit balance of the assigned biosimilar products and initiate suitable risk management and risk mitigation / minimization activities.
  • Ensure that subject safety and the expected product safety specifications are appropriately considered during the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of clinical investigations.
  • Maintain a comprehensive level of knowledge about the biosimilar product(s), the matching originator i.e. reference product and the therapeutic area;
  • Coach and mentor colleagues in the CSPV group and collaborating functions in the organisation with respect to the safety of the assigned products and the underlying methodology as required.
  • Act as a qualified and informed back-up for other members of the CSPV team, as needed.
  • Represent clinical safety and pharmacovigilance on cross-functional teams for the assigned biosimilar product(s) in such a way that all negotiated and agreed upon deliverables and deadlines for these teams are met (may be delegated as appropriate).
  • Any other assigned duties.

Key Skills:

  • Robust, mature project leadership and influencing skills.
  • Entrepreneurial thinking and striving to move project forward, within budget and timelines.
  • Strong team player and excellent networking skills.
  • Proven ability to chair meetings effectively.
  • Solution and results orientated.
  • Willing to cope with resistance and problems; demonstrated ability to work under pressure and achieving strict timeline targets.


  • Clinically versed MD with significant experience in pharmaceutical medicine (drug development and/or drug safety/pharmacovigilance).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (in English language).
  • Industry experience, preferably including both clinical development and pharmacovigilance experience (including medical safety evaluation and safety-based decision making).
  • Excellent knowledge of product development process and experience of cross-functional teamwork.
  • Preferentially prior experience with NDA/BLA or equivalent regulatory submissions or working experience from a Regulatory Agency on reviewing submission files.
  • First-hand experience in handling safety issues related to known target organ toxicities (e.g. hepatic, renal, hematological) and good understanding of either the oncology or rheumatology therapeutic area.
  • Professional experience in an international environment.
  • Several years of industry experience (minimum 10 years).

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