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Associate Director, Clinical Research

Canada All, Canada

Job Type: Clinical Job Number: JN -012020-26242 Region: Canada All

Job Description

The Associate Director of Clinical Development (ADCD) is a core global role within the Clinical Operations Therapy Area Leadership function within Global Medicine Development (GMD). The span of responsibilities is broad and may support one or several products depending on their size and complexity. The ADCD is responsible for oversight of a program of global studies, covering all GMD clinical development deliverables (including aspects of quality, budget, time, resource and risk). The role involves integrating design, feasibility and operational planning to ensure clinical drug development programs are aligned with CPT priorities and strategy. The ADCD will provide input & support to the Director of Clinical Development (DCD) in preparation for GMD governance interactions. The ADCD may act as the lead for cross-functional teams in delivery of clinical activities assigned by CPT (e.g. indication specific sub-teams, Investigator Brochure production, DSUR etc.)

Additionally, the ADCD may provide project leadership & management for cross-functional clinical submission teams in support of regulatory marketing applications and post registration product maintenance phases. The ADCD may manage improvement or change projects within clinical operations, or spanning multiple business areas.

Typical Accountabilities

Leading cross functional teams of experts in the planning and delivery of a defined clinical program of studies and/or clinical activities to scope, quality, budget, time; managing resource and risk

Work closely with individual study leaders to provide appropriate oversight of a program of studies on behalf of director clinical development (DCD)

Provides clinical operations expertise into the project (e.g. country selection, feasibility, operational input into design, external partner management) to support governance interactions and project start-up

Support the DCD in providing clinical operations expertise into the development of new business case opportunities for review by governance bodies (cost, timelines, feasibility, risk)

Provide project leadership & management to cross functional Clinical Submission Teams in planning and execution of clinical contribution to Marketing Applications (aligning closely with other key contributors to submission package)

On behalf of Clinical Project Team, manage clinical plans (cost, FTEs and timelines) in business reporting system

Be early adopters for new ways of working and act as ambassadors for change when leading teams

Identifies and resolves issues within the clinical project ensuring the escalation of the issue to the appropriate individual/functional/governance group for resolution

Lead large or complex deliverables (i.e. indication) and the process to identify and solve operational issues and drive delivery to plan through internal or external partners (Alliance partners, CROs, vendors and Academic Research Organizations)

Act as project interface as escalated from study teams with external (e.g. CRO) partners for externally managed/outsourced studies as appropriate

Responsible for leadership and program management of non-drug project work as assigned, e.g. cross functional improvement initiatives

Contribute to functional and cross-functional initiatives as Subject Matter Experts

Mentor and support people development within Clinical Operations and other GMD functions

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

University degree (or equivalent), preferably in medical or biological sciences or discipline associated with clinical research; Advanced degree is preferred

At least 10 years experience from within the pharmaceutical industry or similar large multinational organization

Proven knowledge of clinical operations, project management tools and processes

Proven experience of clinical development / drug development process in various phases of development and therapy areas

Proven ability to learn by working in multiple phases, TAs and/or different development situations

Experience from leading clinical projects and deliverables or similar expertise from other areas of drug development (such as pharmaceutical development)

Ability to mentor, develop and educate staff

Proven leadership promoting motivation and empowerment of others in order to accomplish individual, team and organizational objectives

Skilled & experienced in change management

Ability to look for and champion more efficient and effective methods/processes of delivering Clinical Development focusing on key performance metrics around reliability, productivity, cost and quality

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, negotiation, collaboration and interpersonal skills with ability to work effectively with others at all levels of the organization

Demonstrated ability to set and manage priorities, resources, performance targets and project initiatives in a regional and local environment

Integrity and high ethical standards

Project management certification is desirable but not mandatory

Knowledge of process improvement methodology such as Lean Sigma/Change Management is desirable but not mandatory

Regulatory submission experience


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