Essential skills required for pharmacovigilance jobs

If you’re looking for a rewarding career with lots of scope, pharmacovigilance jobs can be well worth considering. From entry-level positions to a more senior management level, you can progress within this sector through experience and training. If you’re not sure what is needed to work in pharmacovigilance, here are some essential skills that most employers will expect you to have.


In most cases, employers will be looking for candidates who have a life sciences degree, such as in pharmacy, biology or biochemistry. An understanding of pharmaceuticals and medical terminology gained through education or experience is highly sought after amongst employers.

Accurate and Responsible

Pharmacovigilance jobs involve monitoring, and assessing the risks and benefits of medicines to patients, so it’s vital for anyone working in this profession that the information they work on is accurate. Candidates will need to be thorough and precise in their work, paying attention to detail, as jobs in the pharmacovigilance sector require a responsible attitude. Incorrect information can have serious health and safety consequences.


Anyone working in pharmacovigilance needs to be well-organised. You may be asked to find information quickly, so you’ll need to be able to retrieve relevant information as requested as promptly as possible. As well as being organised, you should be able to stay calm under pressure, particularly when dealing with people face to face.

Communication Skills

Pharmacovigilance jobs demand excellent communication skills, no matter what the role or level of the position. The information you provide needs to be clear and precise so that users can understand it. Many jobs in this sector involve working with different teams of people, so as well as written communication skills, verbal communication skills need to be excellent. You’ll need to be able to work well as part of a team, and be adept at working cross functionally with other departments.

Increasingly, foreign language skills are sought by pharmaceutical companies seeking to fill pharmacovigilance jobs, so if you possess skills in another language, this could put you at an advantage. Computer literacy is also normally demanded by employers.

If you think you have got what it takes to work in pharmacovigilance, browse our selection of jobs and get in touch today to speak to one of our advisers to kick-start your new career.

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Pharmaceutical jobs of the week: 20/08/2015

Here are our latest pharmaceutical jobs in this week: 20/08/2015:

Biometrics jobs:

Statistical Programmer – Norfolk

Biostatistician – Belgium

Clinical Data Management Manager – Cambridgeshire 

Clinical Research jobs:

Clinical Research Scientist – Field based

PV/ Medical Information jobs:

Medical Science Liaison (Rheumatology) – Field based

Regulatory Affairs jobs:

Regulatory Affairs Project Manager – Berkshire

Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer – Mid Lothian

Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer – Mid Lothian

Senior Manager in Regulatory Affairs – Berkshire

Project Management

Programme Lead – Buckinghamshire


If these jobs are not quite for you, search our other roles here



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Meet up with Hendre at MSLA today

Hendre Moolman is attending the Third Annual MSLA Conference today at the Park Inn Heathrow at Heathrow airport. The theme of the conference is “MSLs Sharing and Learning Together”

The conference is intended to be a stimulating mix of keynote speakers, panel sessions, interactive workshops and plenty of time for networking. The topics presented will be of interest to all MSLs irrespective of Company, experience and therapy interests.

Hendre will be at the event all day today so if you would like to meet up with him contact him here


Find out more about the event here




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Pharmaceutical jobs of the week 18/12/14

Here are our latest pharmaceutical jobs in this week, 18/12/14:


PV & medical affairs jobs:

Pharmacovigilance Project Manager – Hertfordshire


Regulatory affairs jobs:

Senior Director, Reg Policy and Compliance – Berkshire


Clinical research jobs:

Oncology Clinical Project Manager – Scotland


Sales and marketing jobs

HR Associate – Hertfordshire

Learning and Development Manager – Hertfordshire


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Medical Affairs Advisor

Simon Tyson is recruiting for a Medical Affairs Advisor to be based in London at a pharmaceutical company.

Your role will see you develop and conduct a number of medical affairs initiatives, as well as providing technical and scientific advice to the medical and scientific teams.

For this role, you will need a medical degree and understanding of regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance and clinical development.

For more information on this role, please click here


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Pharmaceutical Jobs of the Week: 24/07/2014

Here are our latest pharmaceutical jobs in this week 24/07/2014:


Drug Safety:

Drug Safety Manager – East Anglia

Pharmacovigilance Program Manager – South Coast

Senior Biopharmaceutical Representative – South East



Conversion Lead – Niche – London


Clinical Operations:

Global Studies Manager – Basel (Switzerland)

Clinical Research Executive – Cambridgeshire

Clinical Research Consultant – Cambridge

Outsourcing & Contracts Administrator  – London

Legal Secretary – Cambridge


Regulatory Affairs:

Local Document Specialist – Berkshire

Lead Medical Writer – Home based


Clinical development:

Clinical Science Director, Oncology, London

Contract Clinical Science Manager, London



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Pharmacovigilance Scientific Manager Hertfordshire

CK Clinical are looking for a Pharmacovigilance Scientific Manager to join a leading global pharmaceutical organisation at their site in Hertfordshire on a permanent basis.

The main purpose of this role is to lead and manage a team of PV scientists with responsibility for the scientific input in to key pharmacovigilance activities such as aggregate reports, risk management plans, signal management and regulatory questions.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative organisation with excellent benefits such as:

  • Competitive salary
  • Company bonus
  • Company car


Find out more about this job here


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Medical Affairs Manager

Hendre Moolman is recruiting for a Medical Manager to be based in the South East of the UK in an office based role.

You will be expected to be a therapeutic and data expert on products and projects designated to support key business development as well as cornerstone initiatives.

A life sciences degree or medical qualification are necessary for this role.

For more information, or to apply, please click here.


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Pharmacovigilance Officer – Middlesex

Hendre Moolman is recruiting for a Pharmacovigilance Officer to join a pharmaceutical company based in Middlesex on a direct/fixed term contract.

The roles responsibilities include updating the Pharmacovigilance database for the processing of Adverse Events and Adverse Drug reactions, managing the Pharmacogivilance Lead on a day to day basis and collecting safety-related data from patients and healthcare professionals.

The client is looking for an individual who has previous experience working in a pharmacovigilance department can review literature cases and spontaneous cases, and is able to work with signal detection and risk management.

If this role is of interest and you would like to find out more click here >



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CK Clinical launches new mobile website

CK Clinical has launched a dynamic new mobile website which provides the ultimate job-hunting-on-the-move experience. With functionality that enables users to search for jobs through their mobile devices, watch our best videos and find the right consultant for you.

Registered CK+ members are even able to log in and apply for jobs through the interactive new mobile site.

So make sure you sign up for CK+ today.

The new CK Clinical mobile website offers a great user experience for everyone. Keep your eyes open for further developments on our CK Clinical website.

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