Head of Data Science

OPEN HealthLondon

Head of Data Science

You will love this role if you:

  • Want to take a leadership role in an exciting new leadership team
  • Are passionate about working in partnership with the life sciences industry on research that accelerates access to treatments for patients
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic and client-focused consultancy environment
  • Want to work across a broad range of therapeutic areas

You will be a success if you:

  • Are a strong leader who is keen to develop and support your team
  • Have a proactive approach to driving efficiency of delivery and quality of analytical outputs
  • Have driven the strategic direction of RWE consulting business with a focus on data analytics and data science

As part of the OPEN Health team, you’ll be responsible for the following activities:

Business level

  • Serve as a key member of the global RWE CoE leadership team, partnering in setting direction for people and culture, business development and driving changes that enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness
  • Collaborate with other global CoE leadership to identify opportunities for data science input and innovation
  • Identify and assess new commercial business opportunities which impact the data science offerings
  • Lead and drive innovation and efficiency in our data science processes and offerings
  • Support the global strategic direction in identifying datasets of interest and collaborating with dataset holders

Team level

  • Develop and grow the team in data science skills by providing line management and mentoring support across the department on novel analytical methods, commercial study design, high quality SAP generation and efficient analysis techniques
  • Act as an internal and external thought leader in the data science area
  • Own the operational excellence of the data science team
  • Project & client level
  • Act as a data science project lead for high profile projects
  • Guide strategic consulting to life science industry clients as an expert in data science across the product life cycle
  • Support RFP response and participate in bid proposal and defence as the internal SME on data science and analytics

What you’ll bring:

  • Minimum Requirement: Doctoral, or Master's in Science, Health Services Research, Statistics, Epidemiology, Health Economics, Outcomes Research or closely related field
  • Minimum 5+ years post PhD or 3+ years post-Master’s degree in the pharmaceutical industry and/or academic experience in data science
  • Minimum of 5+ years’ experience working in health care consultancy, with demonstrated ability to communicate complex and strategic messages
  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience of directly conducting health research
  • Experience CPRD / HES and other EU data sources
  • Experience in managing a team

Essential skills:

  • Be a thought leader in the Data Science space both internally & externally
  • Motivated and positive with a “can do” attitude
  • Creative and solution-focused
  • A strong leader to drive and develop the team
  • Strategic thinker with an ability to identify new and innovative solutions and make appropriate recommendations for development and improvement of processes


Holborn is a vibrant borough in central London, only a short walk away from the West End and Covent Garden. There are loads of restaurants and bars in the area, offering something for every taste, and transport links around the capital are excellent.

About OPEN Health

OPEN Health is a family of expert practices, working in partnership to drive positive change in healthcare communications & market access.

Currently, we are a group of around 500 people, operating across a wide range of disciplines. We work with almost all of the world’s top 40 pharmaceutical companies, as well as with many device, diagnostic and healthcare delivery organisations, from small start-ups to major multinationals at a UK, regional and global level.

Through our ‘no walls’ approach to collaboration, OPEN Health can bring together the most appropriate team to develop and deliver the best possible solutions for our clients.

Apply for this position

If you're interested in this position, please click the link below to apply. If you have any questions, please email us at talentteam@openhealthgroup.com, or call the Talent Team on 01628 481112.

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