Executive Director, Early Phase Development Solutions (EPDS) Science & Strategy

Job Overview:

The Executive Director, Early Phase Development Solutions ( EPDS) Science & Strategy is an experienced leader in drug development responsible for the implementation and delivery of a successful strategy to enable growth of a portfolio of innovative and profitable programs. In this role the leader will be accountable for creating scientific value, delivery on the EPDS strategy ensuring client satisfaction and delivering financial success to Labcorp.

The Executive Director will work proactively and closely with commercial partners in identifying key opportunities and building sustainable client relationships. A n expert in drug development, responsible for leading a team of experts, Drug Development leaders (DDL), to provide clients with bespoke consultancy and advisory services to help them develop their molecule(s) in an efficient and timely manner. The Executive Director will provide scientific leadership and direction to the client and to Labcorp solutions development teams in Early Development as well as seeking opportunities to partner across the enterprise engaging in other potential and awarded programs.

As a leader of the DDL team they will be responsible for the continued development, growth and success of the team and how it aligns and integrates with partner functions across Labcorp. They will exhibit strong foresight and influencing skills needed to successfully working a matrixed environment. The leader will be expected to be comfortable challenging the status quo and breaking down barriers.

Essential Job Duties:

Responsible for engaging proactively as drug development subject matter expert in relevant strategic and operational initiatives across Labcorp.

Provide clients with bespoke consultancy and advisory services to help them develop their compound(s) in an efficient and timely manner.
  • As a member of EPDS leadership team - define vision, set and execute strategies for growth and lead change in a globally matrix environment
  • Accountable for leading the global team of experienced DDLs; continue to identify opportunities to build and strengthen the team. This includes duties such as hiring, assigning work, conducting performance reviews and regular coaching and mentoring.
  • Partners with senior management to set financial targets, goals and growth projections.
  • Accountable for the achievement of annual goals and objectives, and delivering on metrics
  • Conduct analyses of trends in awards/ industry trends to predict future resource needs (skills and headcount)
  • Contribute to global Early Development strategic initiatives, leading specific projects as assigned.
  • Provide the commercial organization with scientific and development field sales support. This includes the development of marketing materials and client presentations, presentations at conferences, meetings and webinars, active participation at Biopartnering meetings etc.
  • Provide clients with a bespoke consultancy and advisory service for the drug development process to define and deliver credible, innovative molecule -centric development plans.
  • Work to improve the profile of Labcorp through attendance and presentation at scientific symposia.
  • Increase Early Development revenue by providing the scientific and programmatic expertise needed to attract integrated development programs, and consultancy services in field[s] of expertise as appropriate.
  • Liaise with appropriate internal and external consultants to promote and maximize Labcorp capabilities and opportunities in integrated molecule development.
  • Prevent or resolve situations that have the potential to jeopardize client relationships.
  • Represent the view and needs of specified clients to Labcorp and represent the Labcorp position to the client. When necessary, coordinate action plans to remedy specific problems.
  • Use their detailed knowledge of client needs and Labcorp capabilities to establish development partnership strategies with specified clients to increase Labcorp awards.
  • Provide a clear point of focus and consistency for specified clients by informing employees of specific requirements and agreements and by contributing to status reports on work in progress.
  • Provide advice & input to support commercial/financial judgments affecting a program, pre- and /or post-award.
  • Serve in a leadership capacity on external trade organizations and contribute sessions, abstracts or presentations to international meetings.
  • Ensure that specified clients are kept up to date with new developments, capabilities and opportunities within Labcorp. Act as Executive Sponsor for specified client account and partner with Key Account Director to support growth strategy for account
  • Coach and mentor staff in client relationship management to facilitate prevention and enable resolution of issues which could adversely impact client relationships.
  • Set clear expectations; coach and mentor for success; consistently communicate and connect; foster a continuous learning environment and promote a one Labcorp Team Culture that includes experts representing essential areas for the client's development needs.
  • Ensure training and coaching to Labcorp employees in appropriate areas of drug development through formal training courses and bespoke training for parts of the business as required
  • Ensure training in drug development externally eg client specific training seminars, university courses, regulatory associations.



  • PhD in an appropriate scientific discipline; additional advanced degree is helpful.
  • Background and training in toxicology, immunology, vaccines, BioCMC or DMPK is required.


Minimum Experience Required:
  • Visionary, inspirational leader; strong evidence of being able to develop and deliver a credible vision that others will follow
  • Track record of high performance in the 4 key leadership areas of; People, Science, Business and Strategy
  • PhD, MD or appropriate relevant experience with extensive knowledge of drug development in particular in the LO to clinical POC space. Experience of late stage drug development would be an advantage.
  • Understand the scientific rationale, and expertise to determine the challenges and define the development needs for a wide variety of compounds, ideally with experience in transitioning molecules from early pre-clinical development into the clinic.
  • Minimum of 15 years' scientific expertise demonstrated in the pharmaceutical industry, biopharmaceutical or CRO industry specifically related to the drug development process, with an emphasis on biopharmaceuticals and/or pharmaceuticals development
  • Demonstrated experience in progressing molecules from early pre-clinical into clinical development
  • 5+ years representing a functional area, such as Toxicology, BioPharmCMC, or ADME on molecule development teams
  • 5+ years of global leadership experience, ideally in a complex, virtual and matrix environment leading multi-functional teams across disciplines and departmental lines/functions
  • Understands the drug development business including the different considerations and driving forces in the emerging, mid and large biopharm sectors
  • An up to date awareness of ICH and regional Regulatory Guidelines as well as industry trends is essential
  • Demonstrable leadership experience, including an ability to motivate and deliver exceptional results through people
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills: able to communicate and influence across a broad and diverse population with different professional, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Demonstrates mature and highly effective techniques of advocacy, persuasion, presentation, conflict/escalation management, and communication
  • Proficient in collecting, analyzing and synthesizing information to craft and tell a compelling story from the customers' viewpoint
  • Exceptional interpersonal/relationship-building skills that establish trust, credibility and respect
  • A proven track record of managing strategic, demanding customers, successfully demonstrating the ability to deliver both proactive and reactive solutions

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