Chief Operating Officer

Ref: 4448/3

Early Disease Detection Research Project UK

South East England

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Role Managed by:

Zachry Sazali

t: 0207 340 6213


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 31/12/2019

The Early Disease Detection Research Project UK (EDDRP UK) is a major new initiative emerging 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 these. 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.

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 now seeking an exceptional candidate for the role of Chief Operating Officer to drive the organisation forward. This is an exciting opportunity to scope, develop and set up a new organisation to deliver a new platform to Accelerate Detection of Disease. Alongside the CEO and as a member of the Executive Team, the COO will be integral in establishing the Accelerating Detection of Disease Initiative, working across the various stakeholder groups – including government, NHS, UKRI and OLS – to ensure there is support for the project and collaboration when needed.

The successful candidate will have good working knowledge of population health. S/he will have familiarity of working with and, reporting to, a diverse range of funding partners, and experience running large scale health projects. The incoming COO will also have good experience in working with range of stakeholders, including government and NHS.   

The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon GMT on Tuesday 31st December 2019.

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