(To commence at 25% FTE with the potential to extend towards full time as the Company extends operations)

Based at: Oxford Cancer Biomarkers, Oxford

Reporting to: Chief Executive and Board

Overview and background

Oxford Cancer Biomarkers translates ground-breaking scientific discovery into predictive biomarker diagnostic products that allow medicines to be personalised for the benefit of the cancer patient.   Specific molecular insights into disease and pathological processes has allowed the Company to develop innovative oncology screening and diagnostic tests, commencing with colon cancer, a disease affecting 1.2 million patients every year, presenting a major global burden of morbidity and mortality.

Oxford Cancer Biomarkers is now in a position to launch the first products to enable improved standards of care and health economic outcomes in cancer medicine and in realising the maximum value for our customers and stakeholders.

The company seeks a suitably qualified medical expert with relevant domain experience to take on the role of Chief Medical Officer (CMO), initially on a part-time basis with the potential to extend hours as the Company grows, both in terms of the product and service offering and towards global markets, supporting the commercialisation of proprietary key tools to enable a step change in the screening and treatment of cancer, leveraging direct sales and blue-chip partnerships.

For further information on Oxford Cancer Biomarkers, please refer to www.oxfordbio.com

Job purpose

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is a key member of the Oxford Cancer Biomarkers senior executive team, leading the Company’s clinical activities, including taking responsibility for report sign-off (which may be delegated to partner pathologists) and providing clinical input and oncology knowledge to support the growth of Oxford Cancer Biomarkers and the establishment of the reputation as a leader in precision medicine providing high quality products and services that positively impact patient care pathways and economic outcomes. 

The CMO provides key input into defining the overall business strategy for the Company, and leads the overall clinical vision, providing medical direction and clinical oversight.  Responsibilities also include the development and implementation of innovative clinical programmes that include collaboration with oncology experts and strategic business partners.

Person specification



  •   Current and broad medical experience within the clinical oncology



  •   Current practice within the G.I. oncology field



  •   Medical degree



Additional professional / management qualifications





  •   Comprehensive network of specialists within the oncology / pathology
      fields, particularly in the UK, with the ability to command the respect  
      of senior / key opinion-leader clinicians and other healthcare



  •   National / (ideally) international reputation for applied research with
      experience of successful leadership in case management, disease
      management and/or population health programmes.



  •   Current role or strong links within the UK NHS



  •   Self-assured, with outstanding leadership, team-working and
      organisational skills



  •   Seat on CCG / Hospital Trust governance forums



Applied UK and International regulatory experience





Leader and team player: Ability to inspire colleagues and partners and providing clinical leadership and other support as required.



Medical expert, applying a strong reputation to gain the respect of clinicians and other key customer stakeholders to support the sales and marketing teams in developing sustainable and productive relationships.



Achieving results:, Taking responsibility for own, team and partner activities and tasks, demonstrating an ability to achieve product and service performance of the highest quality and meeting all customer, patient and regulatory requirements. Proactive approach to tasks incorporating high levels of innovation and networking skills.



Planning and organising: Able to plan, organise, prioritise, manage and monitor activities in a logical and consistent manner, develop and implement clinical plans using appropriate information systems and tools.



Problem solving: Identify problems, analyse (taking account of relevant factors and external input as appropriate) and deliver effective solutions.



Customer focus:   Apply strong relationship building capabilities with a highly professional approach to identify and effectively respond to the needs of OCB’s customers and stakeholders.


Effective communication:  Able to communicate effectively, translating product features into satisfaction of customer needs, adapting style, format etc to suit the audience.



Pro-active approach: Keep up to date with clinical knowledge and competitor insight, with experience in providing input into new product development and commercialisation.



Regulatory knowledge:  Comprehensive knowledge of current and emerging regulatory pathways and routes for market acceptance
(eg UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)



Key tasks

Clinical service

  • Take responsibility for sign-off of clinical reports, ensuring absolute accuracy and high-quality reporting, with a focus on continuous improvement and potential extension of the scope of OCB’s service.

Product and service provision and quality management

  • Clinical input into product and service development and validation, including support of clinical trial design and implementation, encompassing both personalised medicine and predictive screening focus.
  • Oversee the Company’s Quality Management committee including quality improvement and compliance.

Strategy and planning

  • Participate in the Company’s strategic development forums.
  • Input into the preparation of budgetary and financial forecasts.  Support the team in monitoring performance using key metrics and prepare clear and concise reports for senior management.

Customer and partner relationships

  • Develop and maintain highly productive relationships with key opinion leaders, customers, and partners, with a focus on identifying complimentary clinical platforms and partnerships.

Market insight

  • Provide applied medical knowledge to support the development of achievable, world-class Product and Service Requirements for the OCB portfolio, taking into account R&D, manufacturing, validation, regulatory, quality standards, intellectual property and competitive differentiation requirements on a global basis.
  • Maintain active knowledge of current and emerging models in healthcare delivery within the oncology field; identify and define new and innovative strategies to achieve business goals and objectives.

Clinical networks and communications

  • Speak at key national and international oncology conferences and other forums, commanding respect amongst peers for OCB with applied engagement, taking into account Company needs and opportunities.

Accreditation and clinical standards

  • Applied knowledge of accreditation and clinical standards, within the UK and ideally abroad.


  • Support key strategic projects with clinical oncology knowledge and input.



Oxford Cancer Biomarkers provide a competitive compensation and benefits package.

To apply:

Please send your CV and covering letter/email indicating your salary expectations and availability to start to:
Sandra Judkins, Office Manager, Oxford Cancer Biomarkers Ltd
Email: Sandra.Judkins@oxfordbio.com

Or:  Sandra Judkins, Oxford Cancer Biomarkers Ltd, The Magdalen Centre, The Oxford Science Park, Robert Robinson Avenue, Oxford OX4 4GA

Due to the very high level of interest in this role, we regret that we may not be able to contact all unsuccessful applicants.