Chief Executive Officer

Ref: 4448/1

Early Disease Detection Research Platform UK

South East England

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Role Managed by:

Nataliya Mykhalchenko

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6237


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 02/12/2019

Formal Interview Date: 13/12/2019

The Early Disease Detection Research Platform UK (EDDRP UK) is a major new initiative that emerged from the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy. This high-visibility UK initiative will result in the establishment of the world’s largest research cohort of 5 million volunteers who will participate in studies focussed on identifying individuals at risk of the major chronic diseases. The initiative will seek to demonstrate the utility of new approaches that can be used to identify individuals at risk of common diseases and the technology that allows the early detection of disease. The project has strong financial support from UKRI and the Department of Health, as well as support from major disease charities and both diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies. It forms an important component of the second Life Sciences Sector Deal. The budget for the project will be approximately £300 million. This project involves working closely with the NHS and will, where consented and actionable, return data to research participants.

EDDRP UK will provide a transformational research platform integrating clinical, genetic, behavioural, and environmental data acquired from volunteers in order to study the sources of health and disease, leading to the development of innovative approaches to early detection and prevention of disease.

EDDRP UK is seeking applications for the critical position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from exceptional candidates with a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organisation. The CEO will lead the development, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of EDDRP UK. The post holder will have the primary duty of directing the complex and highly varied activities related to all aspects of EDDRP UK, including building and maintaining excellent relationships with key stakeholders and partners and building the business model for sustainability. The post holder will play a central role in building the brand, capacity, credibility, and international reputation and will hold the responsibility for advancing the scientific vision and ensuring the highest standards for science conducted in EDDRP UK. The post holder will be responsible for making all final decisions on the platform, taking into account the advice and inputs of its advisory committees, Executive Team and Board of Directors. 

The EDDRP UK CEO will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her experience and accomplishments and reflective of the broad skill mix required to perform the role.  The project will be governed by a company limited by guarantee, that will apply for charitable status, and the CEO will be employed by this company. The post will be located in South East England.

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