Director of Clinical Operations

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A leading company in the pharmaceutical industry is currently seeking a Director of Clinical Operations to join their team. The role will be challenging but also highly rewarding, and this leader will be a key voice in the company. For the right executive, this is a fantastic opportunity with great growth prospects. Details:

1) Provide experienced leadership to a team of company associates involved in clinical study operations, clinical monitoring and functions that support early multi-site clinical studies involving patients or other special populations (50%)
2) Direct supervision of director-level and manager-level staff in accordance with company policies and applicable laws
3) Interview, hire  and train employees 
4) Plan, assign and direct work
5) Review and approve travel and expenses
6) Appraise performance and reward and discipline employees
7) Address complaints and resolve problems
8) Ensure training on and adherence to company’s regulated procedures and guidances, best business practices, legal and confidentiality constraints
9) Determine resourcing needs and plans based on the internal and external study flow
10) Advocate for the needs of the staff with other functions of the organization
11) Work with company’s information technology organization to ensure appropriate working tools for groups under their direction
12) Work with company’s business development, marketing and global project management organizations to promote company’s multi-site early clinical research business (20%)
13) Participate in response to inquiries or requests for proposals and provide key assumptions to price proposals
14) Evaluate and enhance costing models used to price services that are deployed to manage multi-site early clinical research studies
11) Review and develop marketing content that effectively reflects the operational capabilities of company in managing early clinical research studies
12) Participate in meetings with existing and potential clients
13) Involve in the budgeting process and be accountable for the financial and operational performance of the business areas under supervision (10%)
14) Review and approve cost proposals and pricing in contracts involving studies involving company associates under supervision
15) Develop and maintain a dashboard of performance metrics that can be used by company management, clients and prospective customers as a measure of operational effectiveness
16) Work within company’s quality management system to ensure compliance to company’s processes and standards
17) Work with the higher management in multi-site study management and the leaders of company’s internal clinics to expand company’s business in early stage clinical trials involving patients or special populations (10%)
18) Enhance company’s existing relationships and identify new qualified sites with access to patient populations of strategic interest to company
19) Develop efficient processes integration of activities when company sites participate in a multi-site studies also involving sites not owned by company
20) Develop new relationships with specialty vendors of clinical services, biomarker laboratories and drug supply or sample logistics services
21) Represent company’s operational capabilities by leveraging knowledge of drug development at scientific conventions, trade shows, webinars, videos, publications and client meetings (10%)


  • 1) A university degree is required. Although all candidates are welcome and encouraged to apply, preference will be given to those with degrees in a relevant field
    2) Appropriate full-time work experience is mandatory (no students or fresh graduates please)
    3) Recent experience in the pharmaceutical industry is strongly preferred
    4) Preference will be given to candidates with recent experience in clinical operations management

    This position is critical to the team and requires a talent who is both driven and highly skilled. We are looking for real go-getters here, so if you are both qualified and ready to make an impact, please apply!


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Director / VP
  Clinical Research / Affairs,  Manufacturing,  Engineering
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