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Deputy Commercial Operations Lead

Posted: 7 Oct 2020 Closes: 5 Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom £70,641 - £80,554 per annum
Permanent & Full-time NHS_NhMSLQdERTKQ

Deputy Commercial Operations Lead

Job Reference: 990-1-EI3314-LN

Employer: Location: Skipton House, London Salary: £70,641 - £80,554 per annum

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that's job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition, although the role advertised may have an 'home' office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

Commercial Operations Deputy Lead
Commercial Medicines Directorate

London - This post will be based in London although some flexibility of base/working arrangements can be considered on an individual basis.

Looking for a career change during these changing times? This is a unique opportunity to work closely with the Head of Commercial Operations, leading a dynamic team and in partnership with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to ensure patients get faster access to the most promising new treatments, to drive stronger value for money for taxpayers in drugs expenditure and to offer those pharmaceutical companies that are willing to price their products responsibly, a new fast-track route to NHS funding for the best and most promising drugs.

As the Deputy Commercial Operations Lead, the post holder will be responsible for:
Lead on the developments around managed access solutions for new treatments, such as the proposed Innovative Medicines Fund; Horizon scanning, to inform planning, for new opportunities to create better pricing for products; Routing of individual products (both drugs and devices) through appropriate commercial channels at NHS England and NHS Improvement, or beyond: Ensuring NHS England and NHS Improvement is meeting its commitments in the Commercial Framework for New Medicines and are consistent with national policy on pricing and reimbursement (e.g. Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access 2019 [VS2019] and PAS Framework); Tracking product pricing deals from the negotiation stage through to the actual pricing paid for products; Ensuring NHS England and NHS Improvement meets its obligations to NICE on the budget impact test, whilst maximising opportunities to manage the affordability of new technologies. Leading the NHS England and NHS Improvement processes for patient access schemes (PAS) within the 2014 Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS) rules and any subsequent updates to that; Leading an effective triage function to enable external stakeholders, often pharmaceutical companies, to engage with the Directorate; Oversee an effective programme management office function for the wider team, including key performance indicator setting and reporting and risk management; and Providing the secretariat to a number of investment and commercial meetings.
Interviews will take place via MS Teams.

For further information regarding this post, please contact the line manager for this role Nina Pinwill, Head of Commercial Operations at or the current post holder Ben Doak at

For further details / informal visits contact:

Ben Doak

Deputy Commercial Operations Lead

07710 152 755

Additional contact information:

Nina Pinwill

Head of Commercial Operations, Commercial Medicines Directorate.


Mobile: 07730 374667

Our commitments to you

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for a position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow.

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