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Director, Clinical Operations - United Kingdom  

Biomarin (company)


Posted on : 07 June 2017

Project Description

  • Our company is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. 
  • We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. 
  • These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. 
  • Our company will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.          
  • Our company’s Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain our company’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites,  provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients.  Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.       

Director, Clinical Operations
  • Our company is looking to expand and strengthen the European Clinical Operations organisation, building capacity and capability within the team.
  •  The Director, Clinical Operations will have a solid line report to the US-based Vice President, Clinical Operations and will work closely with colleagues in EU Development Sciences Operations, Bio metrics, Clinical Science and other key functions.
  • In addition to providing outstanding clinical operations support to company's exciting and expanding pipeline, a key element of this role will be to build strong partnerships and influence with San Rafael colleagues.
  • Our company is looking to “raise the bar” in Europe and to create a forward-thinking and innovative European Development organisation, and this role represents an exciting opportunity to be part of this transformation.       

The Role       
  • The Director, Clinical Operations will be a seasoned leader within Clinical Operations, ensuring exceptional performance across clinical trial activities, clinical operations staff and clinical operations strategy.        
  • The Director, Clinical Operations will provide outstanding leadership, mentoring and coaching to a team of 6 staff, building a high-performing team which work in true partnership with their US colleagues in the delivery of first class clinical operations strategies and plans.        
  • The Director’s focus will not be on the leadership of individual Study Teams, but will be to play a critical role in mentoring and supporting direct reports who will fulfil the Study Team Lead role and have accountability for leading the cross-functional Study Team to meet study deliverables.       
  • The Director, Clinical Operations will maintain a strategic overview of all studies managed by the UK team, providing advice and guidance as required and ensuring that best practice is implemented across the organisations.       
  • As a key member of the management team, the Director, Clinical Operations will build strong working relationships with other functions to ensure the delivery of first class clinical development strategies and plans.       

Education and Experience
  • The Director, Clinical Operations will be educated to at least first degree level in nursing, life or health sciences. 
  • S/he will bring to the role significant clinical operations experience, gained within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or CRO sector. 
  • Prior experience in rare disease is not essential, but the role demands a highly-skilled clinical operations professional, who can bring a creative, but common-sense approach to problem-solving.       

People Management
  • The Director will lead a team of around 6 direct reports, so prior line management experience is essential. 
  • This will be a critical element of the role and we are looking for a Director, Clinical Operations who can provide strong and supportive leadership, guidance and support to the team. S/he will demonstrate an ability to unite the team under a common vision and coach / mentor them to become the best that they possibly can be.       

Cultural Fit
  • The cultural fit of this individual is absolutely critical to success in the role and the wider organisation. 
  • People who thrive in our company are energetic and dynamic, with a positive, can-do attitude. 
  • They are strong relationship builders who work effectively in a highly complex and matrixed environment. 
  • Political or personal agendas are not tolerated. In an organisation which focuses on the discovery and development of innovative therapies for patients with rare, life-threatening diseases, our company  needs people who care about the goals that the company is trying to achieve and can put the needs of others ahead of their own.         

Equal opportunity:                  
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.