Head of Patient Preference Centre of Excellence

Location United Kingdom
Salary: £100000 to £999999
Contact name: Matthew Vesty

Contact email: matthew.vesty@medella.life
Job ref: 363
Published: 23 days ago

Head of Patient Preference CoE


We have an incredible opportunity for a Senior Principal to join my clients team.


Location Options:

Candidates can be based anywhere across Europe or the US . This role can be either office or remote based.



As Senior Principal, you will be the Head of our Patient Preference Centre of Excellence as part of the company Patient Centered Outcomes (PCO). Their PCO group undertakes consultancy projects for international clients in both the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, supporting development of medicines and clinical trials.


The work of the PCO group focuses on patient-centered research, including health related quality of life, disease signs and symptoms, treatment preference, adherence and satisfaction. The group is respected globally for the quality and innovation of their applied qualitative and quantitative work. Much of their work involves Clinical Outcome Assessment (COA) measurement development and evaluation including conducting patient interviews and focus groups and qualitative analysis.


Highlights of Key Responsibilities:


  • Act as a scientific thought partner with the client and the project team throughout the project
  • Identify and apply leading edge tools/techniques and develops new and insightful analytic approaches within patient preference
  • Leading a team focused on preference elicitation and multi criteria decision analysis.
  • Develop endpoint reviews that include consolidating evidence, identifying gaps, and proposals on how to address gaps
  • Review and finalize project deliverables and ensures study findings are valid and reliable and presented in a manner that is up to a high standard
  • Independently develop project plans and scientific content in proposals and achieves good conversion rate of submitted and won proposals
  • Serve as KOL on project methodology, project risk and project execution
  • Develop a comprehensive set of sound recommendations on scientific methods and approaches that help clients meet their goals as well as identify those that will not help clients meet their goals. Prioritizes recommendations based on ease of implementation and expected impact
  • Lead interactions with clients in the pharma/biotech/medical device industries
  • Initiate and nurture client relationships and maintains contacts to build reputation and deal flow
  • Contribute to shaping business strategy and new product/service development
  • Regularly pursue new business opportunities and leads the organization to meet changing client needs; responsible for teams’ alignment and support of BD efforts
  • Represent PCO at internal and external meetings and strategy review presentations/overviews
  • Regularly contribute to external efforts such as International Society of Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), International Society of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research (ISPOR), CPATH,
  • DIA, FDA initiatives, National Institute of Health (NIH) initiatives etc.



  • Significant proven industry experience in a similar role. Extensive academic research experience in a related methodology may offset some of this work experience
  • Direct experience leading a diverse set of bespoke outcomes research studies in collaboration with pharma / biotech / medical device study teams or CRO Clinical Operations divisions
  • Demonstrated experience in consulting
  • Demonstrated advanced scientific leadership experience and directing project teams
  • Assesses whether instruments are fit-for-purpose with particular attention to content validity and psychometric properties specific to context of use.
  • Master’s degree in outcomes research or related discipline, PhD strongly preferred.


Skill Requirements


  • Experience within the patient preference research landscape
  • Able to efficiently direct teams on data gathering effort
  • Able to lead team in formulating, articulating and prioritizing key conclusions
  • Demonstrated ability to work well within diverse project teams
  • Excellent communication and scientific writing skills, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications, technical reports, or other scholarly work
  • Articulate and persuasive. Draws information well from others
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze project risks, define mitigation actions of identified risks, and apply lessons learned across projects and during the proposal development stage.
  • Able to successfully communicate with and advise clients