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Associate Director, Clinical Operations

Pionyr Immunotherapeutics
South San Francisco, CA
Start date
Nov 29, 2022

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Clinical, Clinical Research, Manufacturing & Production
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Biotech Bay
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Job Details

Pionyr Immunotherapeutics, Inc., a growing South San Francisco-based immuno-oncology company focused on novel approaches to cancer immunotherapy, is seeking an Associate Director Clinical Operations.  This position will play a key role on the Pionyr Clinical Operations team. Reporting to the VP, Clinical Operations, the Associate Director, Operations will be responsible for the implementation of clinical trial activities for one or more studies across multiple Pionyr development programs. Working closely with key stakeholders, investigative site personnel, CROs, and other external parties under the direction of the VP, Clinical Operations, this role will drive the conduct of clinical trial activities in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Guidelines and applicable regulations governing the conduct of clinical trials.

As a member of the Pionyr clinical operations team, you’ll work closely with internal and external partners as well as clinical study sites ensuring that clinical trials are conducted in a timely fashion and in a manner compliant with SOPs, ICH/GCP/regulatory guidelines, company goals and budgets.

The ideal candidate for this role is an individual who is excited to take on new challenges in a fast-paced and dynamic start-up environment withoncology clinical trials experience within the biotech or related industries as well as, early development experience, especially management of one or more concurrent studies. To be successful, the candidate will be a strong collaborator and communicator, possessing outstanding clinical operations skills and a proactive attitude that fits Pionyr’s culture.

Specific Responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Ensuring clinical trials are planned, executed, and monitored in compliance with International Conference on Harmonization (ICH)/Good Clinical Practices (GCP), including E6R2, local and federal regulations, and applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Managing the operational aspects of clinical trials, inclusive of the trial project plan, project timeline, budget, and resources
  • Responsible for protocol and Investigator Brochure, and essential clinical trial document development
  • Participating in regulatory submissions (i.e., IND and Annual Reports) CRF development, and Clinical Study Report preparation
  • Preparing metrics and updates for presentation at Project Team meetings, when applicable
  • Serving as a designee for Vice President, Clinical Operations, as appropriate
  • Organizing and managing internal team meetings, investigator meetings and other trial-specific meetings; Leading the Study Execution Team (SET) for assigned study(ies)
  • Participating in the review and implementation of departmental SOPs and processes
  • Recommending and implementing innovative process ideas to positively impact clinical trials management as well as proactively identifying potential study issues/risks and recommending/implementing solutions to the Project Team
  • Maintaining operational tracking and reports in support of program and/or departmental activities (e.g., Decision Log, Monitoring Visit Report Review Log, Clinical Operations Agreement Tracker, SOP Tracker, etc.)
  • Interacting with the trial Medical Monitor and members of the cross-functional study team, as needed; interacts frequently with cross-functional internal and external personnel (eg, Regulatory Affairs, investigators, vendors)
  • Directing management and/or mentoring of junior Clinical Operations team members
  • Performing other tasks assigned to promote the efficient management/oversight of the clinical trial(s)

CRO/Vendor Management activities including:

  • Participating in and facilitating the CRO/vendor selection process for outsourced activities
  • Managing CRO interactions including sponsor oversight of operational functional activities (study management, monitoring, site management, trial master files and documentation)
  • Working with the CRO to develop and revise scope of service agreements, budgets, plans, and detailed timelines ensuring that performance expectations are met
  • Preparing, reviewing, and approving study-related documents (e.g., Monitoring Plan, Laboratory Manual, Study Reference Manual, Pharmacy Manual and CRF Completion Guidelines)
  • Participating in the selection, training, and evaluation of clinical sites
  • Serving as a liaison and resource for external parties and investigational sites
  • Preparing, reviewing, approving study-specific documents and templates, (informed consent template and study tools/worksheets), investigator contracts, and site payments
  • Participating in site monitoring or monitoring oversight visits, as appropriate.
  • Supporting quality assurance activities by coordinating resolution of audit findings and Corrective and Preventative Action Plans (CAPAs); ensuring audit-ready condition of clinical trial documentation including the TMF; reviewing monitoring visit reports to ensure quality and resolution of site-related issues


  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 8 – 10 years of clinical operations leadership experience preferably within oncology
  • Knowledge of ICH GCP guidelines and regulatory requirements for clinical trial management; Strong clinical study management skills.
  • Proven leadership skills to direct protocol execution to ensure timeline, budget and quality metrics are met.
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively disseminate information to project team and outside parties.
  • Experience developing trial plans including developing creative strategies for site monitoring, risk mitigation, trial budgets, site selection, and clinical supplies management.
  • Extensive clinical research knowledge and cross-functional understanding of clinical trial methodology.
  • Excellent organizational, conflict resolution, prioritization, and negotiation skills.  Proven ability in creative problem-solving and exercising sound judgment.
  • Team oriented and ability to effectively collaborate with study team, cross-functional team members, and external partners.
  • Ability to handle a high volume of highly complex tasks within a given timeline.
  • Ability to develop Therapeutic Area knowledge and expertise through internal training and external conference attendance.
  • Proficient computer skills, specifically with Microsoft Office Suite that include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, strong knowledge of MS Project for management of trial timelines.
  • Willing to travel – anticipate 25%.
How to Apply

Pionyr Immunotherapeutics Inc. offers competitive salaries, participation in company stock-incentive plans and benefits packages, in addition to a dynamic academic-driven science environment. If you would like to be part of a team-based and collaborative company developing innovative immuno-oncology therapeutics, please send your resume.

Thank you for your interest in Pionyr Immunotherapeutics. We are an equal opportunity employer.


Pionyr Immunotherapeutics is a clinical stage company developing cancer immunotherapies that target the tumor microenvironment to enhance the body’s antitumor immunity. The company’s approach, Myeloid Tuning™, is designed to enhance the immune system’s anti-tumor response by altering, or “tuning”, the myeloid infiltrate of the tumor microenvironment with high specificity and for very specific purposes.

The company was founded in 2015 by Max Krummel, Ph.D., a professor at University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF), who has been making significant strides in immuno-oncology since the mid-1990s. Dr. Krummel is the co-inventor of YERVOY® (ipilimumab), the first checkpoint inhibitor, which was approved in 2011 to treat melanoma. Pionyr has exclusively licensed technology from UCSF based on Dr. Krummel’s work.

Our employees are passionate about Pionyr’s mission: To develop innovative therapeutics that dramatically alter the tumor microenvironment thereby enabling the human immune system to successfully fight and, potentially, eliminate cancer. We offer an environment where individuals make a difference and have a voice. At Pionyr, communication is open and transparent, teams are empowered, and quality and integrity are paramount.

We greatly value our employees, and this is reflected in the comprehensive and above market compensation and benefits packages we provide to support the health and well-being of our “Pionyrs” and their families.

Join us and become an integral part of a leading immune-oncology company where you will have a direct impact on our research and clinical programs and have an opportunity to learn from proven, experienced scientific and business leaders. We look forward to hearing from you.

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(650) 825-6140
2 Tower Pl, Suite 800
South San Francisco
United States
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