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.