Senior Director and Head, Clinical Research Scientists - Cardiovascular

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Job Title

Senior Director and Head, Clinical Research Scientists - Cardiovascular


Research & Development

Functional Area Description

Global Drug Development

Position Summary / Objective

This position serves a key leadership role within the Cardiovascular GDD department

The Head CS will be accountable for the performance and professional development of the TA assigned CRSs. This includes line management of a CS team and serving as key functional advisor and representative for the CS group as a whole. The Head CS partners with the Therapeutic Area Head (TAH) to implement the Global Clinical Development Strategy. This individual provides scientific and clinical leadership for compounds in any stage of clinical development and includes the clinical support of regulatory submissions worldwide. This individual works closely with functions outside of the clinical function as an escalation pathway and to ensure timely delivery of high-quality TA deliverables.

Position Responsibilities

Clinical Development Leadership of Clinical Scientist Function
  • Direct line manager of CS team; accountable for overall CS performance
  • Represents the CS function in cross-functional activities
  • Achievement of project /franchise /corporate goals related to Therapeutic Area
  • Provides oversight to the CS team in the delivery of high-quality clinical studies and clinical documents (eg., Clinical Development Plans (CDP), regulatory documents, publications) within TA programs, including the following activities:
    • Develop, coach, motivate, and empower direct reports to have a high degree of accountability for performance and the oversight of key programs and deliverables
    • Foster continuous development and advancement of CS skills, such as medical writing, clinical data review, data interpretation and presentation skills
    • Ensure TA compliance with guidelines/processes, applicable regulations/guidelines and SOPs/WPs
  • Partners with the TAH, Development Lead and Clinical Lead to co-lead development and implementation of CDPs with advanced, novel, strategic study designs for streamlined product development; may serve as a compound level Program Lead CRS as needed
  • Partners with TAH to support incoming work and/or business development opportunities, this may include due diligence work, resource planning, CDP authoring
  • Represents TA at senior level meetings such as development committees, Governance Committees, etc.
  • Drives operational/organizational excellence and continuous improvement across department; ensures best practices are followed across TA programs

Departmental and Corporate
  • Member of CV CRD Leadership Team:
    • Defines and standardize best practices and development opportunities for the CS team in collaboration with the clinical research operations team
    • Builds a collaborative, supportive learning environment
    • Ensures and contributes to a consistent and high level of training for CS’ across the department with respect to relevant scientific data and knowledge, including SOPs and Working Practices
    • Provides program highlights/updates to Department and/or Corporate leadership as requested
  • Lead TA resource allocation, including forecasting, contracting and budgeting in line with departmental and corporate finance objectives
  • Lead CS talent acquisition and management, including, leadership development, succession planning, retention strategies, and cross-TA flexible resourcing
  • Support process improvement initiatives both within department and cross-functionally

Degree Requirements
  • Degree in Life Sciences (advanced degree preferred such as PhD, Pharm D., MPH, MS, or equivalent degree in life sciences or medical field)

Experience Requirements
  • At least 13 years of experience in life sciences or medically related field, with significant experience in clinical science, clinical research, or equivalent and demonstrated proficiency in CRD work (must include at least 10 years of clinical development experience in Biopharmaceutical Industry)

Key Competency Requirements
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills are required to effectively engage, manage and influence numerous department members and stakeholders:
    • Excellent strategic thinking skills, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and demonstrated ability to successfully create and implement both short and long-range plans to support the department
    • Ability to successfully manage conflict at all levels of the organization
    • Demonstrated proficiency in managing direct/indirect employees and leading teams
    • Advanced understanding of clinical trial operations and core statistical principles; expert ability to analyze, interpret, and present data
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including medical writing, presentations to large groups, facilitation of interactive discussions with internal and external thought leaders.
  • Demonstrated excellence in project management and effectively managing multiple projects/priorities
  • Promotes a culture of scientific excellence, multidisciplinary problem solving, teamwork, consistency, flexibility, execution, quality and effective communication.
  • Anticipates needs, assesses and manages business and organizational risks

Travel Required

Moderate, per business need

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