Director, Clinical Operations

  • location: Bridgewater, NJ
  • type: Permanent
  • salary: $140,000 - $170,000 per year
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Director, Clinical Operations

job summary:
Exciting Director or Sr. Director opportunity with a growing pharmaceutical company, responsible for Team Leadership, Study Management, Study Planning, and Study Execution.

location: Bridgewater, New Jersey
job type: Permanent
salary: $140,000 - 170,000 per year
work hours: 9 to 5
education: Bachelors
Leadership/Team management

Lead the strategic and operational direction of Clinical Operations to establish a best-in-class operations team, including:

  • Develop and maintain forward-looking forecasts for team resource needs
  • Hire, manage and build a best-in-class operations team
  • Lead the selection of study partners (CROs, CSOs, IxRS), and maintain/enhance ongoing relationships
  • Develop/refine SOPs, systems, and working practices to ensure operational success and compliance
  • Continuously identify opportunities to improve study level performance
Study Management

Lead, as needed, the execution of clinical studies in various therapeutics areas, in adherence to Good Clinical Practices (GCPs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, and International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines. In this role responsible for effective management of budgets, timelines and resources for assigned clinical studies from study-start up through final clinical study report.

Study Planning

  • Incorporate operational delivery aspects and logistics into the protocol and lead document writing and review for the protocol and amendments
  • Lead the RFP and selection process for CROs and other study vendors
  • Lead the study team to develop a cross-functional, integrated study plan for study start-up and create initial study budget
  • Validate the study implementation plan provided by the CRO from study concept through closure and CSR writing. Ensure the timing of the major study milestones and the associated budget to meet the needs of the overall development plan agreed by the Project Team.
  • Review study feasibility assessments provided by the CRO(s).
  • Lead site selection and site qualification discussions with study team and CRO
  • Responsible for managing the logistics of clinical material in collaboration with both internal and external team members
  • Lead training of study team, study sites and vendors assigned to clinical studies
  • Participate and present at Investigator Meetings, Kick-off meetings, etc.
Study Execution

  • Oversee CROs and provide timely input to ensure that the study is executed according to the agreed project plan.
  • Complete study risk assessments and ensure mitigation and contingency measures are prepared and implemented. Actively assess potential risks to the study and propose mitigation plans.
  • Lead the study team kick-off meetings and subsequent team meetings.
  • Participate in site evaluation visits and on-site monitoring visits with external study-assigned monitors
  • Review of monitoring visit reports and TMF
  • Review contracts, work orders and invoices prior to submission to management for approval
  • Development of clinical study tools for clinical sites (i.e., patient reminders, phone screen log, advertisement, etc.)
  • Medical writing tasks may involve ICF, CRF guidelines, IB and safety communications, DSUR, IND etc.
  • Oversee end of study close-out, reconciliation and reporting activities.
  • Track progress of assigned studies and report updates to upper management
  • Maintain study related documentation according to SOPs and GCP requirements
  • Bachelor's or Master`s degree in biological science, nursing, pharmacy as a minimum; advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Minimum 10+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry leading global studies with multiple vendors, accountable for adequate manpower, finances, achievement of task-based timelines, product safety and protocol integrity
  • Track record of hiring, developing and managing relevant study staff - CRAs, study managers, etc.
  • Extensive project and vendor management with demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Extensive prior experience with conducting Phase I, II and Phase III studies
  • Knowledge of ICH/GCP and FDA Regulations
  • Knowledge/experience with EDC, eTMF and CTMS systems including Medidata Rave and Inform database software
  • Knowledge in MS Office and MS Project
  • Track-record of effective communication and issue resolution with external vendors and internal teams
  • Strong written/verbal skills
  • Highly motivated, thoughtful, independent individual capable of functioning in a fast-paced environment with changing demands and opportunities
  • Travel required - approximately 10-20%
  • Position is office-based with flex time
skills: Clinical Study Design, Study Planning
Equal Opportunity Employer: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Age, Genetic Information, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected group status.

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