Director of Human Products Authorisation and Registration (HPAR) Department

Closing date for applications: 22/10/2021

Director Human Products Authorisation and Registration


The Director of Human Medicines Authorisation and Registration, leads a department responsible for the delivery of the organisation’s public health protection remit through the assessment of the quality, safety and efficacy/effectiveness of human products, which are authorised for use in Ireland and across the European Union. This role also supports research and development through the assessment and authorisation of clinical trials for medicines for human use and other scientific evaluations.


Reporting to the Chief Executive, the role of the Director of HPAR is to:


o   Provide strategic and operational leadership to the HPAR department.

o   Ensure that the resources and processes of the department operate in an integrated and effective manner to achieve the goals, objectives and targets defined in the strategic and departmental plans.

o   Assist the Chief Executive and Management Committee in delivering the overall organisational strategic goals.


The Director will:


Lead the department, including the oversight of complex authorisations, with intellectual and scientific rigor, working closely with the department’s management team to:


o   Ensure that appropriate objectives, analytics and targets are used to drive performance and that these are incorporated into the management plans of the individual teams within the department.


o   Ensure that the department has the required technical, managerial and operational skills; and that the department’s processes and practices are supported by appropriate standards, policies and guidelines.


o   Lead quality improvement in terms of reviewing processes and making them more efficient, smarter, and informed by experience.


o   Provide leadership, motivation, encouragement and effective management for all staff to maintain a positive working environment.



o   Maintain effective working relationships between the department and other areas of the HPRA, ensuring that any required interactions are adequately defined, effectively managed and reviewed as appropriate.


o   The Director, working with other senior colleagues as required, will be responsible for representing the Authority and the State on all human medicines authorisation related issues.


Experience and Qualifications

To be considered for this post, candidates must significant relevant management experience which will include a minimum of five years at a senior level involved in strategic decision making in any of the following areas: the healthcare industry, clinical medicine or regulatory affairs. Significant experience in the leadership and motivation of large, high performing multi-disciplinary team(s) and a strong track record in the area of performance management with the ability to communicate direction to the team, set standards for high performance and drive the achievement and delivery of results are also required.


The successful candidate will have a degree in pharmacy, medicine or in another relevant life sciences discipline. A relevant postgraduate qualification would be an advantage.


Full details can be found in the role profile.


Applicants for this post should submit:

(a) Current curriculum vitae

(b) Completed application form , as attached


to no later than 5pm on Friday 22nd October 2021. Shortlisting of applications will be undertaken. Please note it is anticipated that interviews for this post will take place week commencing 1st November 2021.


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