Programming Director


Penfield Search Partners

Contact: Linda Aronova –

Job Description: The Oncology Research Unit (RU) Programming Director is a role that will provide opportunities for visionary leaders and strategic thinkers to drive change in how Clinical Programming influences data science and drug delivery within company. 

This role is one of four high-profile RU roles reporting to the Head of Oncology Programming, each providing global supervision of an RU focused asset cluster as a part of the Oncology Programming Leadership team.

Exceptional management skills are critical to supervise the large portfolio of work and to grow and develop a collaborative programming team in line with the company Clinical Programming vision.

You need to be an influential, visionary and a strong technical leader providing innovation and operational excellence with an in-depth experience and knowledge of the complexities to report and submit Oncology clinical trials. You will also need to be strategic in the use of internal and external resource and provide oversight to ensure that programming asset teams execute and deliver in a way that optimizes, expedites and delivers high quality in support of regulatory ‘real time’ review and submissions, health authority assessments, safety updates and publications.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide portfolio stewardship for groups of programmers aligned with an Oncology RU area, providing end-to end programming oversight from Discovery through to Development and Commercialization
  • Champion and drive innovation, through critical assessment, implementation and/or development of novel processes and technologies
  • Ensure the Oncology RU team drives operational excellence, data strategy and the technical landscape by providing innovative solutions to support drug delivery
  • Accountable for steering the high-quality execution of Oncology clinical trial data and submissions, planning the resource strategy and ownership for quality and vendor governance
  • Effectively manage budgets to ensure cost effective solutions are in place for optimal delivery
  • Provide state-of-the-art programming and data science knowledge to clinical projects and other strategic efforts within the broader organization, and serve as a contact and advocate for the programming function in supporting cross-functional/disease area objectives
  • Anticipate and drive the change process to enhance organizational capability and efficiency
  • Demonstrate governance and guide the department to ensure Biostatistics SOPs meet current regulatory expectations and are fit for purpose
  • Safeguard compliance with company policies and procedures and make sure that all aspects of their group’s conduct are aligned with company’s integrity principles
  • Nurture the capability of the broader programming organization, promoting and fostering a culture for technical innovation and operational accountability.
  • Develop, support, coach and empower staff and teams to contribute to and collaborate to achieve the success of the Clinical Programming vision
  • Manage all Clinical Programming staff and contingent workers aligned with the Oncology RU area and partner effectively with centrally managed resource groups as required.
  • Sponsor/guide efforts to deliver and embed initiatives, standards, capabilities, and strategies within the broader Oncology functions
  • Influence and support cross-functional/disease area decision-making for the broader Biostatistics organization
  • Guide approaches taken using technical expertise and sound judgement in determining appropriate risk and strategy for issues of high complexity and/or major business impact
  • Adept at managing up through the organization the emergence and resolution of significant project issues
  • Recommend, influence and negotiate clear strategies for large areas of the business with broad implications including regulatory and clinical development
  • Consider alternatives, assimilate information/opinions quickly in discussions up to functional level and adapt approach for optimal situational response or outcome
  • Develop and utilize a wide network throughout company and with outsourced partners to encourage collaborations across departments and divisions (internationally and multi-disciplinary groups)

Basic Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelors degree or higher in a scientific or technical discipline with demonstrated extensive (and in-depth) practical or proven experience at the expert level
  • Will have significant experience in the Oncology Biostatistics area, across all phases of drug development in highly accountable roles
  • Experience leading teams and/or multi-disciplinary project teams as a direct manager
  • Strong knowledge of Oncology medicine development strategies and processes formed by deep development experience

Preferred Qualifications & Experience:

  • Strong knowledge of data science strategies and processes
  • Strong knowledge of the programming, regulatory and Oncology landscapes
  • Experience managing senior level teams
  • Proven record of being able to influence internal and external stakeholders on challenging medicine development, reimbursement and product-stewardship issues
  • Able to operate effectively in a range of external settings, such as working with co-development partners, consulting with external experts or representing company at high-profile regulatory meetings
  • Lead, or make major contributions to, the development of innovation initiatives or other long-term business strategies with a broad remit (across R&D or industry wide) and gain stakeholder approval
  • Apply creative thinking/business analysis skills and assess new developments to improve or solve business problems
  • Effective communication and influencing skills at all levels, including VP to influence and embed positive change within own department and across partner departments and functions
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in building, managing and leveraging networks/client relationships internally and externally
  • Understands implications of decisions from a broad business perspective and uses this knowledge to influence strategic direction at the highest levels of R&D
  • Ideally will have external technical presence and at minimum will have good all-round knowledge of the broader technical landscape as applied to Oncology medicines development
  • Proven competency of communication and influencing skills with key external experts and stakeholders (such as consultants, Oncology disease area experts and regulators)

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