Director, Clinical Operations

Our Immunotherapy client located in Lexington, MA is looking to add a Director, Clinical Operations to their team! Director will ensure that clinical stage programs achieve program objectives within established timelines, budget and quality standards. The Director will ensure that the appropriate company infrastructure and quality systems are in place to support all clinical trials. In this role, she/he will lead the execution of the clinical studies in conformance with Good Clinical Practices (GCP), International Conference of Harmonization (ICH) Guidelines and SOPs. Role will work closely and collaboratively with Program Management, Clinical, Medical Writing, Biostatistics, CMC, Drug Safety and Regulatory staff as well as Clinical Research Organizations, to ensure the timely execution of studies within budget. Emphasis will be on superior execution, transparency within the department and to Senior Management, and ability to employ cost effective measures and stewardship relative to clinical trial cost projections and final accounting for company.

Role must be based in one of our office locations in Lexington, MA, San Diego, CA or London, UK. Our office-based employees follow a hybrid schedule of 3-4 days in the office, and 1-2 days remote.


  • Lead and direct the clinical operations team responsible for management and execution of all clinical trials. This includes but is not limited to, ensuring cost, quality and timeliness of multiple programs is met (depending on the program scope, the Director may still have direct trial management responsibilities)
  • Provide strategic and technical guidance to ensure that clinical trials are properly defined, planned and executed
  • Develop and maintain budgets for study(s) that include short and long-range clinical forecasting and monthly accruals based on clinical activity to support Clinical Development financial goals
  • Collaborate with the appropriate functions in defining the outsourcing strategy for the development programs
  • Establish the operational standards for the program (e.g., monitoring plans, risk mitigation strategy, and oversight of operational vendors (e.g., monitoring, labs, imaging, etc.)
  • Assist in the authoring of key regulatory documents (e.g., CTD, pre-meeting materials and briefing packages), study protocols, investigator’s brochures, annual IND progress reports, study postings, and CSR for consistency across programs
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of the clinical data and assures appropriate transfer of that knowledge to cross-functional study teams to achieve operational excellence
  • Provide input to Program Management, in case of project prioritization exercises within the portfolio
  • Ensure that study objectives are in line with the clinical development strategy and the overall corporate goals
  • Ensure external vendors are selected and managed to deliver within established timelines and budget. This also includes site qualification and initiation
  • Support the creation of clinical operations Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), systems, and processes across the trials; ensures compliance with regulatory and other applicable standards and guidelines
  • Collaborate with KOLs for feedback on study protocols and development plans
  • Foster a highly collaborative culture and serves as a leadership role model within the company and with external stakeholders


  • Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or Pharmacy (Advanced degree preferred) with 10+ years of strong hands-on experience leading clinical trials execution, both in the USA and Europe
  • Minimum 3+ years in supervisory role managing clinical operations staff
  • Ability to take a leadership role, motivate staff, and drive high quality execution
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships with external partners, CROs, and vendors including extensive experience managing contracts and clinical finance activities
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, matrixed, team environment consisting of internal and external team members
  • Excellent planning, organization and time management skills including the ability to support and prioritize multiple projects
  • Solid well-grounded experience in setup, execution and operational management of US and global Phase 1, 2, and 3 clinical trials across an array of therapeutic areas; experience in rare diseases, cardiovascular or autoimmune disorders highly desired
  • Extensive experience managing CROs providing electronic data capture and data management, in addition to extensive experience working with drug safety service providers especially with respect to electronic transmission of data between the CROs
  • Extensive experience in delivering clinical study reports with complete appendices, CRFs and electronic datasets
  • Knowledge and experience in preparation of Clinical sections of INDs, CTAs, BLAs, MAAs and NDSs, including data needed for completion of sections in eCTD Module 1
  • Ability to accurately project budgets and manage them across studies and projects
  • Proficient in use of electronic clinical database software and other programs such as Microsoft Office
  • Flexibility to travel domestically and internationally as required