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Head of Global RWE Practice

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Head of Global RWE Practice


Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium
Job Function: General Management
Job ID: 64793

Global Head of RWE practice, Brussels, Belgium / Slough, UK

About UCB

UCB ( is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With 7 500 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 4.6 billion in 2018. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels.

To strengthen and lead our Real-World Evidence (RWE) department, we are looking to fill the position of Global Head of RWE practice.

About Real-World Evidence (RWE)

The world of drug development is changing; the evolving external environment increases our need to deliver differentiated solutions to specific patient populations, enhance access to those solutions and better demonstrate their value to society.

To achieve this vision, we aim to maximize the value provided by "Real-World Data" (RWD) from the health care system. Thus, we and our external stakeholders will gain a deeper understanding of unmet needs in those patient populations and the realities of current clinical practice.

Your role summary

As the Global Head of RWE practice your primary goal is to lead a team in the development medical unit that takes global responsibility for life cycle RWE strategy & tactics for each of UCB's assets/molecules in full support of/and collaboration with the Solutions Units (business units).

Your team objectives

Your team aims to ensure flawless connection of the RWE practice with the Solutions Units to support and/or guide them in the execution of their patient solutions goals through framing and execution of the appropriate RWE strategic and tactical plans.

The team will guide translation of the Solutions Units patient goals in relevant projects using realworld data that contribute to our understanding of the natural course of diseases, treatments and patient outcomes within priority ecosystems of care that:

- help drive strategic internal decision-making thereby empowering differentiating R&D activities within UCB

- support external decision-making groups such as key policy makers, payers, and prescribers.

Your responsibilities

As the head of the Global RWE practice you will:

* Provide strategic direction and oversight of the Global Real World Evidence Practice and community,

* Ensure that the Real World Evidence strategies and global functions are aligned with UCB values, vision, mission and objectives,
* Ensure that RWE deliverables are met in a suitable timeframe and with an appropriate innovative view, methodological rigor and quality.

Your competencies

You aim to drive and inspire strategic and innovative leadership, recognizing opportunities and developing innovative techniques to support the development of clinically differentiated patient solutions ensuring long term business sustainability.

You lead decisions by applying the best evidence generating methodologies. You empower the team to use the latest data sources and tools to create compelling evidence than can drive internal and external decision making.

In addition to maintaining knowledge of strengths and limitations of specific RWD, your expertise in data comprehension leads you to inspire and cultivate the understanding of the wider "state of the art" in RWD. It lets you ensure that UCB uses optimal data, tools and methods.

Your oversight and strategic capabilities enable you to foster RWE analytics. You drive and inspire analytical, programming and statistical expertise to ensure timely delivery of answers to research questions; you ensure an in-depth understanding of modern analytical and data visualization techniques to assure rigour and credibility of all in-house analyses.

You build further on your healthcare, patient population and disease knowledge by continuously developing a deeper understanding of relevant patient populations, clinical practice, patient journeys and unmet medical needs; you can apply this knowledge to develop insights on relevant RWE business questions.

Your proactivity and championing skills allow you to drive and inspire environmental awareness & shaping. You capitalize on your ability to monitor, anticipate and analyze trends in the healthcare ecosystems in order to translate this into actionable plans that ensures RWE is utilized appropriately to maximize benefits to patients.

You ensure effective communication with internal and external audiences to inform, educate or shape decision making and the healthcare ecosystems.

About you

You gained at least 10 years of experience in Global Real World Evidence roles or mixed Access/safety evidence generation functions:

As an RWE expert and strategist, you achieved to create and drive a vision.

You developed effective strategies globally, in line with company strategy. You are up to date with the current knowledge of the legal/methodological environment and innovative RWE methods.

You have built up knowledge of the science that is driving the drug development process and the project lifecycle. You can demonstrate your ability to make compelling scientific and/or strategic argument to support UCB's portfolio.

Your experience in a global context allows you to know, understand and engage with authorities as well as to build on existing relationships.

You have a track record of at least 10 years of successful leadership:

As a mature leader, you acquired substantial experience leading high-performing teams of experts in a global, multi-cultural, matrix environment. You are accustomed to building an organization and highly experienced in creating excellence and leading change management.
Your interpersonal and people leadership skills, ability to engage, motivate and inspire people are excellent.

You have a hands-on and walk the talk attitude.

What we offer

UCB offers an exciting working environment where initiative can flourish and those with a 'can-do' attitude can thrive. Scientific excellence, innovation, co-creation, lateral thinking, reinventing the way we do things…these are some of the key competencies we are constantly developing, and looking for, at UCB. Are you the mature leader we are looking for? Help us transform patients' lives.

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Head of Global RWE Practice

UCB, Anderlecht
Contract Type: 
Permanent contract
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