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Principal Advisor, Commissioning and Priorities - MOH - Wellington

Job Description

  • Develop new ways of commissioning Health Research across Manatū Hauora
  • Wellington based with flexible working
  • Salary midpoint of $132,833, actual salary dependent on your experience

Opportunity to utilise your commissioning knowledge to make an impact in the research and evaluation space

Ko wai mātou – About Us

At Manatū Hauora we are the kaitiaki of the health system, providing leadership and driving strategy and performance. We regulate the health sector and are the primary source of advice on health matters. As we move away from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic now is the time to look to the future, to ensure New Zealanders are cared for by a health system that is innovative, future focussed and world leading.

Ko tōu ake mahi – What You’ll Do

The Research and Evaluation team is taking a leading role in ensuring research and evaluation is in place across Manatū Hauora, underpinning our agency wide work programme, and impacting the wider health and disability sector.   Our team takes a Te Tiriti o Waitangi grounded, evidence-based approach to commissioning research and evaluation to deliver outcomes that matter to whānau and communities. Building on Pae Ora and the Enabling Good Lives approach, we will bring the whānau ora vision into the health system.

As our Principal Advisor Commissioning, you will have the opportunity to create system level change which will include addressing the gaps and designing the system to effectively prioritise and fund research and evaluation. You’ll play a leadership role in ensuring research and evaluation is truly embedded across Manatū Hauora, specifically through driving the strategic and operational scale up of research and evaluation commissioning.

This is an exciting first phase of designing approaches which utilise research to identify and address priorities.

If you’ve previously worked in the health research sector and are eager for the opportunity to improve commissioning across Manatū Hauora this role is for you! Bring your partnership skills to work across our directorate, Manatū Hauora and the wider health sector, and your vision for the future of commissioning to this nationally significant role.

Ko ngā pukenga ōu – What You’ll Bring

  • Considerable experience of research and/or evaluation commissioning
  • An awareness of the current gaps in commissioning within the health system
  • Ability to deliver complex, large, and enduring work programme(s) at pace
  • Strong relationship establishment and management skills
  • Ability to think critically, strategise, and translate this thinking effectively into practice
  • Ability to hit the ground running, and be comfortable with an evolving function
  • Experience of giving effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and equity to commissioning

He aha ta tatou kawe mai – What We Bring

Flexibility – We understand everyone is different and treat most roles as flexible

Inclusivity – Our Values help us to provide a diverse, inclusive and accessible workplace

Wellbeing – Our people can be themselves, are supported and able to perform well in their roles

Purpose – Our mahi is nationally significant and is improving the lives of New Zealanders

Ngā Uaratanga – Our Values

Our Values underpin how we work together and with the health and disability sector, public service colleagues and communities to achieve pae ora – healthy futures for all New Zealanders.

Manaakitanga – We show care, inclusion, respect, support, trust, and kindness to each other

Kaitiakitanga  We preserve and maintain an environment that enables our people to thrive

Whakapono – We have trust and faith in each other to do the right thing

Kōkiri ngātahi – We commit and work together towards a common purpose

Me pēhea te tono – How to Apply

To view the position description and apply, please follow the online process at our Careers Website. If you have any questions, email our Recruitment Team.

For a confidential chat, please contact Lee Henley: 021301158

Applications close on Sunday, 19 March 2023.

We value diversity and inclusion and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. We welcome applicants from all walks of life and appreciate the richness of experience that your point of difference could bring to us. Please let us know if there is any support we can provide to ensure the recruitment process is accessible to you.

Clinical Research Manager - MSD Australia and New Zealand - Auckland

  • Opportunity to join a leading global biopharma company
  • Exciting chance to work with passionate and collaborative teams
  • Be at the center of innovation and excellence in execution.

Our Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance team pushes global healthcare boundaries through research and innovation. Through clinical trials and surveillance, we ensure the safety and efficacy of our existing and pipeline products to produce safe, effective, innovative medicine.

Reporting to the Clinical Research Director, you will be primarily accountable for the end-to-end performance and project management for assigned protocols in a country. You could be responsible for a particular study for several countries in a cluster.

What Will You Do

  • You will be the primary Point of Contact (POC) for assigned protocols and the link between Country Operations and the clinical trial team (CTT). Responsible for project management of the assigned studies proactively plans, drives, and tracks execution and performance of deliverables/timelines/results to meet country commitments from feasibility and site selection, recruitment, execution, and close out.
  • You will be accountable for performance for assigned protocols in a country in compliance with ICH/GCP and country regulations, policies and procedures, quality standards, and adverse event reporting requirements internally and externally.
  • You will review, monitor Visits, report, and escalate performance issues and training needs to the CRA manager, functional vendor, and internal management as needed. Perform Quality control visits as required.
  • You will lead local study teams to high performance train in the protocol and other local roles, closely collaborates with and supports CRAs as protocol expert, and coordinates activities across the different regional country roles, ensuring a strong collaboration (including the CTC, CRAs, and COM).
  • You will create and execute a local risk management plan for assigned studies. Ensure compliance with key systems in assigned studies.
  • You will identify and share best practices across clinical trials, countries, and clusters. Will be responsible for collaboration with functional outsourcing vendors, investigators, and other external partners in assigned studies.
  • You will be the country POC for programmatically outsourced trials for assigned protocols.
  • As a customer-facing role, this position will build business relationships and represent the company with investigators.
  • Serve local business needs as applicable, and support local and regional strategy development consistent with long‐term corporate requirements in conjunction with CRD, TAH, and Regional Operations.
  • Collaborate internally with HQ functions, regional and local operations, EU Clinical Development, Pharmacovigilance, and Global Medical Affairs to align on key issues/decisions across the trials. Consult with GHH as needed.

What Should You Have

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in Science (or comparable) with a minimum of 5-6 years of experience in clinical research (CRA Experience preferred)
  • You are an expert in project management with project management certification or a relevant training program. You are excellent in site management with strong organizational skills.
  • You can make decisions independently and oversee essential activities relevant to clinical research activities according to predetermined global policies and commitments with the support, oversight, and supervision of the TA Head or CRD
  • You should have experience in the local regulatory environment, scientific and clinical research knowledge, a strong understanding of clinical trial planning, and the ability to simultaneously multitask on various deliverables and protocols.
  • You should have excellent communication (written and verbal) skills to effectively build a collaboration spirit in a remote/virtual environment and across countries, cultures, and functions.
  • You have expert-level experience and the ability to manage resource allocation, processes, productivity, quality, and project delivery.
  • You are a strategic thinker with strong leadership skills and a great understanding of cultural diversity. You can identify problems, conflicts, and opportunities early to lead, analyze, prepare mitigation plans, and drive conflict resolution.
  • You are experienced in negotiating challenging situations with internal and external groups.
  • This role might require traveling of up to 20% of working time.

Who We Are

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What We Look For

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully

Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.—Auckland—Newmarket/Clinical-Research-Manager_R226660-1

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