Chief of Oncology Department - Epicura - Belgium

Develop and lead Oncology and create a difference for our patients

As Chief of our Oncology department you will take up a transversal role in our hospital and our network, while leading a professional team of physicians and putting oncology at the top of the agenda while creating an inspiring vision for the future.

Responsibilities and tasks

Reporting to the Medical Director, you will be in charge of our oncology department, the oncology program and its future development. Your tasks and responsibilities include the following:

  • Act as a Medical Doctor within our Oncology practice while at the same time transform and manage the oncology service.
  • Streamline and optimize operational processes within the oncology department, guaranteeing a smooth workflow and enjoyable but efficient patient journey, while involving other departments throughout the hospital.
  • Restructure and transform the oncology activities through modernization, implementation of up-to-date innovations and sharing of knowledge.
  • Support the Medical Director in the creation of an overall medical plan, putting oncology as main driver.
  • Lead a team of 9 physicians (5 oncologists and 4 hematologists), building bridges and closing gaps, communicating a single vision and strategy.
  • Act as a mentor and coach to junior and new colleagues, and assist in the recruitment and hiring of oncologists based on future growth.
  • Represent the hospital within its network and in relation to other hospitals.
  • Participate in research and innovation projects within oncology and with other medical departments, and develop our clinical research activities.
  • Attend a set of fixed and optional meetings on behalf of the oncology service and of the hospital.

In summary, we are looking for an oncologist with a vision, leadership and an entrepreneurial mindset, ready to transform the onco-medical department into an innovative and pioneering service, while keeping the patient’s wellbeing at the core.

Experience and Qualifications

You are a practicing oncologist in a hospital or medical practice (or have very recently ceased medical activities), with a degree in Oncology from a European university and a solid track record in oncology. You have experience in leading teams and can communicate a vision and opinion within your medical field. You are a great networker and have excellent communication skills. You speak fluent French and English. Relocation to Belgium is a necessity.

What we offer
We offer a chance to have an impact on the Belgian healthcare landscape and the oncological community, while improving the lives of thousands of patients. On an independent contract, you will earn a competitive salary package and endowed with 6 weeks of vacation, an interesting monthly bonus, and other (fiscal and social) benefits. This opportunity also presents the chance to live in Belgium, a vibrant and multicultural country in the heart of Europe. Living conditions are excellent, with a good infrastructure network and a qualitative education system in place. Mercuri Urval and Epicura will guide you during the relocation and administration process.

We look forward to hearing from you. Come and join a winning team with a strong vision and ambition for the future

To apply please click on “Submit CV”. Alternatively, or for additional information, please contact Wouter Snauwaert on This recruitment is exclusively performed by the international executive search firm Mercuri Urval.

About the company

Epicura is a large regional hospital in Belgium, with activities and diverse staff spread across 3 hospital sites in Hornu, Baudour and Ath, 4 polyclinics, 2 centers for autodialysis and 1 central business center (accounting for more than 800 beds). With this structure Epicura  is able to cover 46,8% of the market in the Hainaut region, which altogether rounds up to nearly 300.000 inhabitants. Partnering with 3 other hospitals in the region, they form the newly established network PHARE covering 600.000 inhabitants.

At Epicura, being an oncologist is a profession of teamplaying and of proximity to the patients. The oncology service covers activities in 4 major areas: the day clinic and ambulatory services, the hospitalisation, consultory activities and collaborations with the hospital commissions regarding multidisciplinary projects. The organisation focuses on patients’ needs, quality and innovation, and invests in the training and wellbeing of its doctors and staff. The culture of Epicura is reflected in its 5 values: professionalism, respect, wellbeing, collaboration and progress. They offer good supervision and companionship and give great attention to diversity and inclusion.