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Senior Director, Global Pharmacovigilance & Risk Management Head of Medical Safety

Vir Biotechnology

Vir Biotechnology

Sales & Business Development
United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Vir Biotechnology, Inc. is an immunology company focused on combining cutting-edge technologies to treat and prevent infectious diseases and other serious conditions. Vir has assembled two technology platforms that are designed to stimulate and enhance the immune system by exploiting critical observations of natural immune processes. Its current clinical development pipeline consists of product candidates targeting hepatitis B and hepatitis delta viruses and human immunodeficiency virus. Vir has several preclinical candidates in its pipeline, including those targeting influenza A and B, COVID-19, RSV/MPV and HPV.

We believe the success of our colleagues drives the success of our mission. We are committed to creating a company passionate about equality, inclusion, and respect. When everyone feels supported and encouraged to give their best, we will collectively deliver outstanding results. We are proud to be the first company to be ranked at the top of the Deloitte Fast 500 list two years in a row (2023 & 2022)!

Vir Biotechnology is seeking an experienced Senior Director to be the Head of our Medical Safety function. Within Vir’s Global Pharmacovigilance & Risk Management (PVRM) department, you will provide medical expertise and strategic direction while overseeing the medical safety team, including responsibility for signal management, risk management, and monitoring the safety profile of Vir products. You will shape the strategy and implement pharmacovigilance and risk management activities throughout the product lifecycle (from First-In-Human through post-marketing), assessing benefit-risk profiles, and ensuring corporate compliance with all applicable US and foreign legal and regulatory requirements for signal detection, evaluation, and risk management of Vir products. You will seek to optimize and implement approaches to support the scientific evaluation of the safety risk profile of Vir products. You will collaborate cross-functionally with colleagues in Clinical Research & Development, Clinical Operations, Clinical Pharmacology, Biometrics, Regulatory Affairs, Medical Affairs, non-clinical safety, QA, and Legal teams.

This Senior Director, Global PVRM Medical Safety will perform as a hands-on team leader who is collaborative, a self-starter, and able to work in a matrixed environment. You will report to the Vice President, Global Pharmacovigilance & Risk Management.

This is a remote position. Vir only supports employees within the United States and reserves the right to approve work locations.


  • Develop talent and provide leadership to Global PVRM Medical Safety team
  • Provide strategic planning, implementation, and management of Global PVRM Medical Safety activities
  • Provide expert guidance and leadership both internally and externally based on in-depth knowledge of development and post-marketing global regulations
  • Support inspection readiness and provide expertise in audits, inspections, and CAPAs
  • Responsible for development of Global PVRM Medical Safety related procedural documents
  • Represent Global PVRM Medical Safety as a leader on project teams and committees
  • Lead Safety Review Management Team to address any safety-related issues for Vir products, including safety monitoring in clinical trials, safety assessment for potential signals/risks, responses to Health Authority requests, strategic guidance during NDA/BLA submissions, and creating and maintaining core safety information in Investigator Brochures, Company Core Data Sheets, and local labels for Vir products
  • Contribute to safety related sections of clinical study documents (e.g., Study Protocols, Informed Consent Forms, Statistical Analysis Plans, Clinical Study Reports, IB Reference Safety Information, Summary of Clinical Safety, Integrated Clinical Safety, Publications, Manuscripts)
  • Perform medical review of Individual Case Safety Reports
  • Perform medical review and analysis for aggregate safety reports and responses to ad-hoc requests for safety information
  • Provide leadership in regulatory authority interactions regarding safety and risk management
  • Lead the negotiation of safety data exchange/pharmacovigilance agreements with license partners and distributors for drug safety and risk management related activities


  • Medical degree (MD/DO), PharmD, or equivalent required, with at least 2 years of experience in clinical/medical practice
  • 13+ years of related experience with 8+ years leading Safety Teams
  • Experience in authoring safety signal assessment reports, DSUR, PBRER, RMP, and RSI
  • Experience with signal detection process and managing safety information from clinical development and post-marketing sources
  • Experience with Global regulations and ICH guidance governing pharmacovigilance and risk management
  • Knowledge of drug development process, pharmacovigilance databases, and MedDRA coding
  • Proven record as a people leader in a remote environment maximizing team cohesion, performance, and efficacy

The expected salary range for this position is $225,500.00 to $329,500.00. Actual pay will be determined based on experience, qualifications, geographic location, and other job-related factors.

Vir’s compensation and benefits are aligned with the current market and commensurate with the person’s experience and qualifications. All full-time employees receive a package that includes: compensation, bonus and equity as well as many other Vir benefits and perks such as: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits, non-accrual paid time off, company shut down for holidays, commuter benefits, child care reimbursement, education reimbursement, 401K match and lunch for all onsite employees!


Vir Biotechnology (“Vir”) is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions at Vir are based on legitimate, non-discriminatory business requirements, job duties and individual qualifications. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, parental status, marital status, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service or any other legally protected characteristic.

This commitment extends to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring, compensation, appraisal systems, promotions, training and career development programs. Vir also strongly commits to providing employees with a work environment free of unlawful discrimination or harassment.

Vir Human Resources leads recruitment and employment for Vir. Unsolicited resumes sent to Vir from recruiters do not constitute any type of relationship between the recruiter and Vir and do not obligate Vir to pay fees should we hire from those resumes. We ask that external recruiters and/or agencies not contact or present candidates directly to our hiring manager or employees.

For hires based in the United States, Vir Biotechnology, Inc., participates in E-Verify.

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