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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/09/2020.

Technical Director

Job Reference: 907-0099

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Manchester UK, London UK
Band 8D £82,804 - £94,644 pa inc. HCAS

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice on promoting high quality health, public health and social care.

Our role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. We do this by:

• Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.
• Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services;
• Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.

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Are you a health technology assessment expert with leadership experience in a dynamic business environment? We’re looking for a Technical Director to lead the technical team within NICE scientific advice. This is an exciting new role that reflects the growing nature of the programme. This post will lead on the technical delivery and strategic development of our scientific advice services to the life sciences industry, thereby enabling better evidence generation for better decision making.

We’re looking for an excellent communicator and leader who can shape the future of scientific advice services at NICE. The role will work closely with the Director for NICE Scientific Advice on the financial oversight and strategic direction of the programme.

Applicants will need to demonstrate an understanding of:


    • The life sciences industry, across pharmaceuticals, medtech and digital;
    • Business processes and financial decision making;
    • NICE health technology assessment methods.

What you will bring to NICE:


    • Experience of taking overall responsibility for a programme of work with minimal supervision
    • Ability to communicate highly complex ideas to a range of audiences where there are significant barriers to acceptance
    • Ability to lead on and manage the implementation of change
    • Experience of working with financial data and financial decision making




    • Here at NICE we are passionate and proud of the work we do and the impact we make
    • We can offer you a great place to work with good benefits, flexible working and a supportive, friendly and inclusive environment
    • We have an academic culture committed to producing high quality work and we take collective responsibility in achieving the Institute’s objectives

The department:

NICE Scientific Advice is a commercial business unit within the NICE legal entity offering advisory/consultancy services to the life sciences industry and healthcare sector. Centred around evidence generation, the products/services help companies build a clinical and economic case for pharmaceuticals or other health technologies in development. The advice draws on the Institute’s experience of using evidence to provide guidance for the NHS.


Shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete a psychometric test prior to their interview.


NICE will consider financial support towards relocation to be based in our Manchester office.


For an informal discussion, please contact Jeanette Kusel, (0207 045 2373 ( after the 14th of September.


Interview date: 20- 22 October 2020


No agencies please


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued.

* We offer a range of benefits including the NHS pension scheme and childcare voucher scheme
* We provide a thorough induction programme
* Personal development is supported through extensive training and development opportunities
* We promote flexible working to help staff achieve a healthy work life balance
* We value equality and diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community
* We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria in line with the NHS Guaranteed Interview Scheme

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification as your application will be shortlisted against these criteria.

Please provide full contact details for all referees within your application form including email addresses. Referees provided must include your current line manager and cover the last two employers.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

Please note all contact is made via our NICE recruitment system The Hire Lab. Please check your account regularly. If you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to provide proof of ID and the right to work in the UK. (Please refer to attached guidance documents for further details). Failure to bring the required proof will mean that we may be unable to proceed with your interview.

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