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SNE/Master Data Manager

Type of position:  Seconded National Expert
Job Type:  15 September 2022 at 23:59 CET

Type of position: Seconded National Expert 

Job title: SNE/Master Data Manager

Deadline for applications: 15 September 2022 at 23:59 CET 


The European Medicines Agency is a decentralized body of the European Union with all its offices and Headquarters based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its core responsibility is the protection and promotion of public health through the evaluation and supervision of medicines.


We are looking for National experts on secondment. This means staff from other European public-sector bodies can work at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for short periods of time through the national expert on secondment (SNE) programme. The aim of this programme is to enhance and develop the relationship between European public administrations.


SNEs serve a dual role: they bring their expertise to EMA and take back to their home administration the knowledge acquired during their period of secondment. SNEs remain in the service of their employer. Secondment is not equivalent to employment, nor does it lead to employment by EMA. Periods of secondment may last between six months and two years. This is renewable once or more, up to a total of four years.


This announcement is governed by the Rules governing the secondment of national experts. For further information please visit our Careers portal.



About this role


EMA is currently moving through a period of significant digital transformation (technology, data) and it is critical to ensure successful and effective delivery and management of the new Master Data Management services on Substances, Products, Organisations and Referential data (also known as SPOR) and support of the implementation of ISO IDMP at the EU. 
This is a great opportunity for someone looking to move out of a traditional working environment and move into the exciting new world of data within the EU Medicines Regulatory Network, and who wishes at the same time to apply the skills and experiences developed to date. 
You will be responsible for the delivery, as committed, and uphold agreed service levels. 
Through your engagement in projects, you will be defining the required IT solutions and driving the relevant changes in data and processes. As SPOR is used across all regulatory processes you will be working in a multi-stakeholder, dynamic environment and be able to expand your knowledge of the Products Information Lifecycle and see first-hand how that evolves into a digital transformation.

Job Description


Reporting to the Head of Regulatory Data Management Service, you are expected to carry out the following tasks:

Data Management Services:


  • Supporting the registration and validation of SPOR master data;
  • Reviewing, analysing, and validating SPOR data to ensure completeness, consistency, integrity and accuracy;
  • Contributing to the development, implementation and operation of data standards and terminologies to support other business areas;
  • Implementing, monitoring, and continuously improving data quality processes;
  • Carrying out master data audits, reports, and data quality controls;
  • Identifying and resolving data quality issues pertaining to master data;


Customer services:


  • Addressing data issues and questions raised by SPOR users;
  • Ensuring that relevant documentation is developed and maintained;
  • Ensuring awareness of service activities, communication, and training on master data, as needed.




  • Participating as subject-matter expert or acting as Business Lead in projects for the delivery of the new Master Data Management solution which will be used to manage Substances, Products, Organisations and Referential data (also known as SPOR) to support the implementation of ISO IDMP at EMA;
  • Participating in Agency projects, as required, to ensure that the systems are developed and implemented in line with the data quality management principles.

Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible for consideration for this position, you are required to:
    1) Enjoy full rights as a citizen of an EU Member State or Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Norway.
    2) Possess a university degree of minimum 3 years that must have been obtained by the closing date of this vacancy.
    3) In addition to the above, have at least 3 years of relevant professional experience after obtaining the degree that must have been obtained by the closing date of this vacancy.
    4) A thorough knowledge of English (at least C1 level) and a satisfactory knowledge of another official language of the European Union (at least B2 level);
    5) Be currently employed in the public sector (such as a university, research institute, public hospital or regulatory body) in a European Union (EU) Member State and for the  foreseeable time of the tenure as SNE remain in such employment. The potential candidate must have worked for their employer on a permanent or contract basis before their secondment to EMA and shall remain in the service of that employer throughout the period of the secondment to EMA.

Essential Criteria


Experience in Master Data management, including:

1) At least 3 years of professional experience in managing master data.

This covers:

Data curation, compliance to standards and publication: including data creation/update; map, match and consolidate data sources; merge data and perform duplicate management; unmerge data ensuring data lineage.
Safeguarding data quality, accessibility, interoperability: including Simple/complex reporting; Data profiling, building/maintaining Data Quality Dashboards, Data Quality controls and auditing.
Maintaining historical information and corresponding data sources (data provenance): includes unmerging data ensuring data lineage.


Desirable criteria


1) Possess a university degree in the field of medicine, pharmacy, biology, chemistry or equivalent.

2) Experience in Scientific Master Data management, such as Substances or Medicinal Products

3) Basic knowledge and/or professional experience in:

3a) Pharmaceutical Regulatory aspects covering the Medicinal Product lifecycle from product research, development, evaluation, authorisation, and post-authorisation management

3b) Project and Portfolio Management; covering the project lifecycle from initiation, planning, execution, and closure.

3c) ISO IDMP standards




Domenico Scarlattilaan 6 - 1083 HS Amsterdam - The Netherlands

Telephone +31 (0)88 781 6000 - Email


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Serving a population of 500 million citizens, we promote and protect public animal health in EU Member States, as well as the countries of the European Economic Area, by ensuring that all medicines available on the EU market are safe, effective and of high quality. 

What do we offer?

  • Meaningful work contributing to protecting the health of every individual and animal in Europe within multinational, multidisciplinary team
  • Development opportunities (e.g. internal mobility, mentoring, peer coaching, career reflection programme, etc.)
  • Work-life balance (flexible working arrangements, teleworking, generous annual leave plus official holidays)


(applicable only to Temporary and Contract vacancies) 

  • Initial 5 year contract with competitive monthly tax-free salary and household & children’s allowances (where applicable)
  • Privileges for expatriate staff including expatriation and education allowances (where appropriate) and additional home leave
  • Relocation assistance
  • Excellent  health insurance scheme and social benefits
  • Retirement Pension Plan 

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