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MHRA searches for new “head of technology”, offers six-figure salary

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is looking to appoint an “inspirational leader” as its new head of technology and service operations.

Based in the drug safety agency’s Canary Wharf headquarters, the position pays between £90,000 and £100,000 a year and reports directly to the MHRA’s CDIO John Quinn.

Approximately 1,300 staff work for the MHRA, which seeks to “enhance and improve the health of millions of people through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices”.

The new head of technology will work within the agency’s transformation division and be tasked with supporting operational services, while working alongside a team of other executives to develop a new digital, data and technology strategy.

“As a senior leader within the Agency, you will provide inspirational and active leadership, contributing to the vision, strategy and business performance of the MHRA, communicating objectives, plans and priorities with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm,” the job advert states.

The tech chief will also be responsible for launching new services in a “mixed cloud, legacy and cloud native environment”, and overseeing a £10m budget for third party contracts and licences.

According to the candidate information pack, the preferred applicants will have a “proven track record of managing and running operational services across legacy, cloud and cloud native environment” and “broad knowledge of a variety of technologies and applications (such as Microservices, Kubernetes, Oracle, Microsoft) with coverage of core infrastructure, video, voice, end user computing and devices”, among other skills.

In the foreword to the pack, Quinn writes: “Our aim over the next few years is to build on the successes of the underpinning infrastructure upgrades and digital platforms, and to further engage with patients, the public and those we regulate when developing new services.

“We aim to be at the heart of one of the most digitally advanced medical regulators in the world, but we need partners who can help us mature and grow Transformation Division and to deliver the services we need.”