Director, Medical Affairs Strategy & Operations

San Francisco, CA, United States
Feb 10, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Position Summary:

Director, Medical Affairs Strategy & Operations is a key member of the Medical leadership team reporting to the SVP of Medical Affairs. This individual will be accountable for providing strategic, technical and operational leadership in the area of program management support to the Medical Affairs department. The Director will work with the Medical Affairs leadership team to develop strategy and operationalize and drive implementation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports Strategy Group leads to define program-related budget assumptions for annual operating plan and with Finance to ensure that budgets are managed to target
  • Facilitate annual goal / strategy planning with the leadership team
  • Proactively identifies potential issues and risks to meeting relevant corporate and project goals, and works with the team to develop mitigation strategies and ensures proper escalation as needed
  • Provide strategic and project management oversight of key projects, identifying issues and proposes resolutions
  • Identifies and leads cross-functional business process design and improvements
  • Tracks and reports department deliverables (KPIs, metrics, goals)
  • Provide system oversight, training and support of key medical affairs business processes, including Grant requests, Externally Sponsored Research applications, Knowledge Management Tools, and Medical Legal Regulatory (MLR) Review
  • Collaborates with IT on system-related tools and platforms
  • Manages vendor / agency relationships
  • Grants coordinator for MA funding requires (Grants, CMEs, Sponsorships)


  • A minimum of 10-14+ years of previous industry experience in Medical Affairs, inclusive of operations responsibilities; 4+ years of experience leading teams and/or managing people (i.e. employees, contractors) required for leadership positions
  • A BS or equivalent degree; MS, MBA or equivalent may be desirable
  • Understanding of pharmaceutical development and commercialization with demonstrated leadership in successful clinical or commercial stage programs
  • Ability to manage complex, cross-functional projects from concept to completion, to lead by example, and to enable others to effectively contribute
  • Excellent communicator, skilled at diplomacy and capable of effectively combining project management and relationship building
  • Demonstrates a high degree of creativity and foresight in anticipating and solving complex program issues
  • Strong planning skills - familiarity with planning tools is desired
  • High energy level, personal productivity and commitment

Fit with GBT culture:

  • Ability to build strong relationships with co-workers of various backgrounds and expertise
  • Ability to function at a high level in a team setting whether leading the group or acting as an individual contributor
  • Values-based leadership consistent with GBT's Core Values
  • Excitement about the vision and mission of GBT
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity

NOTE: This position summary is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Global Blood Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.