Regulatory Affairs, Senior Director (PMA)

Menlo Park, CA, United States
Jul 10, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. It is supported by leading global investors and pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare companies. For more information, please visit

Leads the development of regulatory strategy and submissions for multi cancer early detection (MCED) PMA product registration, supplements, amendments, IDEs and/or periodic experience reports etc. Provides strategic regulatory direction to teams and negotiates with regulatory agencies to expedite approval of product registrations. Monitors and communicates regulatory strategy and changes in regulatory requirements to project teams and leadership. May manage, lead and provide direction to Regulatory Staff and when required participate in GRAIL Senior Management meetings as a delegate. Develops and drives a work culture committed to GRAIL values - Grit, Respect, Accountability, Integrity and Leadership.

You will:

• Strategize, scope and plan regulatory activities to best position GRAIL's products with FDA and/or health authorities.
• Lead and guide IVD submission teams on strategies to realize cross-functional efficiencies throughout the organization.
• Directly responsible for authoring and providing critical input on FDA/Health Authority submissions for GRAIL products including PMA modules, IDEs, annual reports/supplements, Study Risk Determinations and pre-submissions etc. May also support GRAIL Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTS) as needed.
• Lead regulatory contact for FDA, Health Authority negotiations on GRAIL products.
• Provide project portfolio headcount and budgeting approximations to the Project Team; attend project team meetings, as needed, to assign resources and provide regulatory input.
• Serve as a key member of the Regulatory team providing insights, solutions and direction on general business and product portfolio matters.
• Provide regulatory support towards new and currently marketed products including both IVDs and Lab Developed Tests, e.g., labeling, promotional material, product changes and documentation for compliance and for changes requiring regulatory agency approval
• Review, interpret, and report to Regulatory and Business leadership on product specific regulatory issues that may have material impact on the business or the customer.
• Work with Regulatory Affairs leadership to develop strategic and tactical responses to influence a reasonable regulatory environment.
• Acquire and maintain current knowledge of applicable regulatory requirements and scientific/technical issues in the geographic and subject area as relevant to assigned projects.
• Lead the identification of regulatory risk areas and develop alternative courses of action.
• Assess impact of new regulations and work with cross-functional partners to implement appropriate changes.
• Represent GRAIL during communication and meeting with FDA, Health Authorities and work with regulatory authorities on regulatory and technical matters, as appropriate.
• Support the Compliance Team with respect to healthcare laws relevant to medical devices and laboratory operations (e.g., CLIA, HIPAA).
• Ensure compliance with regulations and laws pertaining to the GRAIL business and provide guidance and advice.
• Independently review and approve Regulatory Strategy Documents, Regulatory Plans, procedures, SOPs and other documentation with respect to commitments, regulations and filings.
• Support the development and review of Standard Operating Procedures and policy guidelines for the regulatory affairs department.
• Provide consultative and training support to the business teams and core regulatory personnel related to premarket submissions, product labeling, and complex submissions issues.
• If required, responsible for managing direct reports which includes, but is not limited to, hiring/firing decisions, selection, performance feedback, discipline, pay decisions, and handling employee's grievances/complaints.
• Perform other duties as required or assigned.

Your qualifications and background will include:

• B.S./B.A. in a science or related life science field; M.S or Ph.D. in the field of biology, microbiology or relevant disciple preferred.
• Regulatory Affairs Certification preferred.
• Minimum of 12 years' experience in regulatory, R&D, clinical affairs, quality in IVD, medical device, or pharma industries. Regulatory affairs experience is preferred. IVD device experience is preferred. Advanced degree may count toward years of experience.
• Experience with regulatory submissions for PMA, IDE and CE Mark.
• Experience in diagnostics or biomarker development with emphasis on oncology a plus.
• Pharma clinical/statistical/regulatory experience in oncology, immunology or related field a plus.
• Track record of leadership, providing sound regulatory judgment/ideas.
• Demonstrated knowledge of regulations and procedures required for development of new IVDs, medical devices, submission of applications to the FDA, EU and rest of world health authorities for approval to market new IVDs, medical devices.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively present information to senior management and to regulatory agencies with experience in the design and development of formal meetings and presentations to FDA for IDE, PMA, NDA/BLA level agency interactions, including pre-submission meetings and advisory committees.
• Strong interpersonal/integrating/problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively across a variety of workgroups in demanding/changing situations.
• Ability to interpret and respond to requests from regulatory agencies.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced/entrepreneurial team environment.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required.
• Ability to work in a cross-functional team structure.
• Ability to drive and manage change with a positive approach.
• Committed and focused.
• Experience with Microsoft based applications and general knowledge of PC functions necessary.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

GRAIL, Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries ("GRAIL") does not accept any liability for fees for resumes from recruiters or employment agencies ("Agency"), without a binding, written recruitment agreement between GRAIL and Agency describing the services and specific job openings ("Agreement"). GRAIL may consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume and explicitly reserves the right to hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the Agency, unless an Agreement is in place. Any email or verbal contacts with any person within GRAIL is inadequate to create a binding agreement. Agencies without an Agreement are requested not to contact any hiring managers of GRAIL with recruiting inquiries or resumes. Agencies interested in partnering with GRAIL may contact GRAIL's HR Department through our Customer Service team .