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ICCBBA are recruiting a Technical Director to oversee the development and maintenance of the ISBT 128 Standard.  The position is geographically internationally flexible, and the appointee will be expected to work from their home location and be able and willing to travel to the US and globally.  They will manage a technical and standards development department located in Southern California.

Committed to the vision of the global adoption of ISBT 128 for medical products of human origin (MPHO), the successful candidate will have proven leadership skills and the cultural sensitivity and diplomacy to communicate effectively on an international stage.  The individual will have the creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to build consensus among experts and develop robust solutions that meet the long-term needs of the MPHO community.

Self-motivation and an ability to manage a team at a distance are essential skills.

Candidates will:

  • hold a Graduate (Bachelor’s) degree or equivalent, preferably in healthcare informatics or a discipline related to MPHO, and ideally a post-graduate qualification;
  • have experience of working in a leadership position and of building consensus in complex situations;
  • be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken English; and,
  • have an understanding of transfusion and transplantation processes and the role of information standards in supporting these processes.

Applicants should submit a CV together with a covering letter in which they are invited to describe their interest in, and suitability for, the position.  The letter must also confirm their ability to travel internationally.  Documents are to be submitted by email to the Executive Director (execdir@iccbba.org) by 28-Feb-2019.

About ICCBBA

ICCBBA is an international not-for-profit standards development organization based in Redlands, California, USA.  It manages the ISBT 128 Information Standard for Medical Products of Human Origin (MPHO) and is a nongovernmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization.  The organization is governed by an international volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director located in the UK.  ICCBAA is ISO 9001:2015 certified.

The ISBT 128 Standard was developed in 1994 and today is used in more than 5,000 facilities across 89 countries. Originally developed for use in blood transfusion the standard now supports all MPHO.  Development of the standard is achieved through a collaborative process involving a global network of volunteer subject matter experts.

Further information is available at the websites www.isbt128.org and www.iccbba.org.

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