Head of Clinical Contracts and Outsourcing

Seattle, South San Francisco, CA, United States
Mar 12, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Provide budget and contract expertise and support to study teams and clinical/translational groups as needed. Develop strategies and infrastructure to ensure optimization of business expertise and delivery to the business while contributing to the management, leadership, delivery and oversight of contracts/budgets/vendor management. Develop processes to streamline work and create efficiencies within the organization.

  • Ensures adequate budget and contract support for the study teams, including support for site and vendor budget and contracts.
  • Evaluates business needs of the organization, provides recommendations and sets priorities
  • Develops process and infrastructure that is consistent with the needs of the business to successfully deliver the Sana portfolio
  • Oversees and is accountable for issue escalation process to ensure timely and effective resolution
  • Stays abreast of internal and external developments, trends and dynamics
  • Ensures adherence of Sana team to company and departmental policies, procedures, guidelines
  • Understands Sana portfolio and book of business and ensures agility and preparedness of team to meet the delivery demands of the Clinical Operations organization
  • Assists the VP Development Operations in developing and implementing strategic vision for the group and assessing this over time
  • Establishes, develops and maintains optimal relationships with colleagues both internal and external to Clinical Operations
  • Partners with key stakeholders to create infrastructure that supports execution with least amount of resource drain
  • Leads or contributes to any relevant internal initiatives increasing value, efficiency or innovation
  • Maintains an oversight of execution of work and deliverables against Sana portfolio needs and ensures metric reporting to support delivery
  • Manages people in order to maximize their capability and further their development while maximizing their contribution towards operational delivery
  • Ensures that employees are appropriately trained, developed and coached to comply with company, regulatory and procurement standards
  • Broad understanding of financial and business management which includes forecasting, portfolio management, budget management and resource utilization
  • Must have the ability to adapt to organizational changes and assess for efficiencies and continuous improvement
  • Good understanding of external and internal compliance environment along with the ability to collaborate and work with legal during negotiations or if issues arise


Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelors (preferably in a Life Science or Business discipline) or equivalent
  • 10 years industry experience
  • Clinical outsourcing/procurement and/or operations experience in a pharma, biotech, or Contract Research Organization is required
  • Demonstrates an extensive business acumen (both broad and deep) which includes a very thorough understanding of outsourcing, contracting and finance in Research and/or Clinical Development
  • Accepts accountability for delivery of team and demonstrates capabilities contributing to delivery success including strategic planning, realistic goal setting, efficient resource management, daily management of large teams and initiatives, and issue escalation and resolution
  • Demonstrates proven success in areas of leadership and/ or management including but not limited to influencing, motivating, organizing, managing, decision making and providing direction to (non-collocated) teams at several levels in a matrix environment
  • Identifies and resolves critical issues proactively, assesses their impact on the business and partners with cross-functional colleagues to implement most appropriate solution
  • Constructively challenges business stakeholder thinking on requirements; demonstrates creativity to find new solutions, and influences decision-making to best meet business objectives
  • Exhibits a high degree of customer focus and a proven ability to build and maintain effective internal and external stakeholder relationships
  • Demonstrates excellent communication (written and verbal), presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Displays ability to lead and innovate successfully within a change management culture and fast-paced environment
  • Successfully manages conflict and fosters open communication with others
  • Ability to travel as required

Preferred Qualifications
  • Start-up experience preferred
  • Experience managing Direct Reports
  • Experience with Research vendors and contracts
  • Master's degree