Associate Director of Clinical Research

Associate Director of Clinical Research

08 Apr 2021
California, Southsanfrancisco, 94080 Southsanfrancisco USA

Associate Director of Clinical Research

Associate Director of Clinical Research

Location: Remote to start (must be local to South San Francisco, CA)

Openings: 2

Duration: 12-month contract+

Compensation: $100-105 per hour

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).


  • 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, such as PLANIT
    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 the organization's 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, eg cross functional improvement initiatives
    Contribute to functional and cross-functional initiatives as Subject Matter Experts


  • 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
    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 (PMP).
    Knowledge of process improvement methodology such as Lean Sigma/Change Management is desirable but not mandatory
    Regulatory submission experience

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