Director PV Vendor and Alliance Management

Jazz Pharma
August 1, 2020
Philadelphia, PA
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Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an international biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing and commercializing meaningful products that address unmet medical needs. We are continuing to expand our commercial product portfolio and our research and development pipeline in therapeutic areas that can leverage our unique expertise.

Our therapeutic areas of focus include sleep and hematology/oncology – areas in which we have a deep understanding of the patient journey and a suite of products and product candidates to address critical needs.

We are looking for the best and brightest talent to join our team.  If you’re looking to be a part of a company with an unwavering commitment to improving patients’ lives and being a great place to work, we hope you’ll explore our career openings and get to know Jazz Pharmaceuticals. 


The Director, PV Vendor & Alliance Management will be responsible for

  • Provision of high quality pharmacovigilance expertise, strategic thinking leadership for vendor and business partner relationships contributing to the overall success of global pharmacovigilance activities for Jazz products
  • Management of a team of professionals who perform activities supporting good business relationships, vendor compliance monitoring, training and continuous improvement efforts

Essential Functions

  • Implement robust vision and strategy for the PV vendor and business partner relationship management at Jazz that fosters internal and external commitment to shared goals for optimal performance for contracted safety services supporting the Jazz PV system
  • Lead the PV Vendor & Alliance Management team including recruitment, training, mentoring and development.
  • Partner across the PV department and with other Jazz functions to negotiate contracts, working processes, and project specific documents
  • Partner with all PV leaders to develop policies, processes and procedures regarding outsourcing strategies, implementation plans, adaptation methodology and operational in support of better PV vendor and business alliance management
  • Oversee interactions with global vendors for rapid/proactive identification and resolution of PV-related questions and issues.
  • Review relevant Jazz and vendor controlled documents to ensure cross-functional/cross-company alignment and to ensure global PV requirements are met
  • Perform financial responsibilities related to invoice approvals and accruals related to PV vendors
  • Oversee the process for Vendor and Alliance Management to ensure Jazz remains in compliance with global PV regulation and guidelines while driving efficiency and quality
  • Proactively identify opportunities to continuously improve process and operations between PV, other Jazz departments and vendors
  • Represent PV at various business review / governance forums with vendors, communicating accountabilities, deliverables and achievement as appropriate
  • Manage and provide budget oversight and forecasting for the PV Vendor and Alliance Management team
  • Support EU QPPV in PV oversight and monitoring PV activities across the globe with regards to vendor relations
  • Undertake additional projects, as assigned, in support of PV or other business goals.
  • Stakeholder management & communication, including escalation of performance & delivery

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive understanding of Pharmacovigilance regulatory obligations including EMA GVP Modules, FDA IND and NDA reporting requirements, global risk management requirements, ICH, CIOMS.
  • Expert capabilities in writing/reviewing contracts, work orders
  • Strong Understanding and experience managing vendor budgets and invoicing
  • Demonstrated capability in conducting continuous improvement projects, developing SOPs, training material
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills are required with proven ability to effectively lead (multiple) projects and teams to successful conclusion
  • Proven abilities in managing multiple, often complex and sometimes competing, objectives, goals and other priorities to effective and efficient conclusion
  • Ability to work effectively within a matrix organization to achieve desired outcomes
  • Ability to lead in a high pressure, fast paced and changing environment to ensure objectives are met on time and achieved with budget allocation
  • Able to perform a variety of complicated tasks with a wide degree of creativity and latitude

Required/Preferred Education and Licenses

  • Health Care Professional Degree (e.g. RN, BSN, PA, NP, BPharm) or Life Science Degree (e.g. BSc Pharmacology, BSc Biology, BSc Neuroscience, etc.), or equivalent experience required
  • 7+ years of experience within pharmacovigilance working with either a Pharmaceutical, Consultancy or Biotech business.
  • Extensive business management experience with typically 3 years or more in a leadership role, or 5+ years in a role focused on vendor partnership/relationship management

Description of Physical Demands

  • Occasional mobility within office environment.
  • Routinely sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Constantly operating a computer, printer, telephone and other similar office machinery.

Description of Work Environment

  • Work indoors in normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, vibrations and temperature changes.
  • Frequent computer use at workstation.
  • May move from one work location to another occasionally.
  • Responsibilities may require a work schedule that may include working outside of “normal” work hours, in order to meet business demands.
  • Occasional public contact requiring appropriate business apparel.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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