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Sr. Director-Clinical Supply Planning & Execution

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
Mar 29, 2023

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Administration, Clinical, Clinical Research
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 35,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Organization Overview:

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism

Main Purpose and Objectives of Position:

Clinical Trial Supply Planning (CSP) is accountable for partnering with drug development teams, clinical and Chemistry Manufacturing & Controls to speed delivery of clinical trial materials to patients and enable innovative supply chain solutions.

The Sr. Director provides strategic leadership and technical expertise in all aspects of clinical trial (CT) supply planning and inventory management for clinical trials. This role ensures delivery of clinical trial material to support patients visits. They are a critical communication point to business leaders. They influence the capabilities, processes, metrics, and operations for clinical trial supply.


Clinical Supply Strategies

  • Develop and implement supply plans to ensure: plans are robust with key risks identified and mitigated; capability & capacity across CT supply chain are optimized (includes packaging, distribution, sites); supply chain principles are leveraged; supply plans are translated into the MRP System (e.g. SAP, including CT-WIN)

  • Ensure establishment of a sourcing strategy for commercial products.

  • Understand how supply strategy and demand forecast affects functional and Business Unit/Research budgets, communicate cost considerations for trial supply options as an input into decision making, and proactively manage communication around changes that impact the budget for a trial.

  • Deliver the supply strategy for supported molecules: manage risks through implementation of risk mitigation and contingency plans; resolve issues through creative problem solving and managing appropriate communication; adapt the supply strategy as drivers change through execution.

  • Support the assessment of due diligence opportunities as it relates to CT supply and integration of vital activities upon deal approvals.

Influence Clinical Development

  • Provide supply chain options to support clinical development strategies with clearly articulated benefits, risks and trade-offs.

  • Influence clinical strategy and plans to establish an efficient, robust, executable supply strategy.

  • Be the key point of contact for clinical and development leadership as it relates to communication, issue management and problem solving.

CT Supply Chain Principles, Capability, and Organizational Impact

  • Develop deep knowledge of supply chain principles and strategies, supply chain tools and process, and functional construct associated with supply chain and use technical depth to develop and influence asset/trial/department strategy resulting in robust, reliable, efficient, and where needed, innovative, clinical supply strategies and plans/execution.

  • Influence, lead, and support strategic solutions to increase innovation, efficiency, and productivity within supply planning, including identifying areas for strategic investment.

  • Ensure robust supply chain metrics and drive operational excellence, integrating across clinical and CM&C.

  • Support continuous learning and rapidly institutionalize standard methodologies.

  • Identify and influence improved solutions for clinical trial patients and sites.

  • Champion a dedication to quality and safety.

People Development and Capability Building

  • Train, coach, and mentor supply planning staff to deepen their supply chain expertise, improve their communication and drive effective operations. This may be through direct or indirect reporting relationships, as assigned.

  • Develop future leaders and supply chain experts.

  • Support a culture that fosters inclusion, innovation, and judgement-based decision making.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 10+ years of experience in clinical operations and or supply chain.

Additional Preferences:

  • Advanced degree (e.g. MSc, PharmD, PhD) and/or degree in health care, sciences, or supply chain filed

  • Licenses or Certifications (e.g. APICS, PM, Supply Chain Certificate)

  • Experience as a supervisor, preferably leading an organization

  • A deep understanding of quality systems and operating in a regulated environment.

  • Must be fluent in English

  • Experience in two or more of the following areas: drug development, clinical drug development, CT material, CMC, quality or commercial manufacturing.

  • Exceptional teamwork and communication skills – both internal and external.

  • Knowledge of investigational product requirements – GCP and GMP

Additional Information:

  • Work outside of core hours may be required to support the portfolio across the globe

  • Minimal travel (<10%), both domestic and international

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women’s Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company (subject to applicable law). 


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