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Clinical Research Group Director Respiratory/Immunology

Reference Number: 2763
Location: MD

Our client is a leading pharmaceutical company.  They have asked us to assist them in their search for a Clinical Research Group Director Respiratory/Immunology.

The Group Director is responsible for line managing a number of physicians and/or non-physician scientists, including performance management and professional development activities. The Group Director is accountable to the TA Clinical Director (TACD) for maximizing efficient resource utilization of their Group's physician or non-physician scientist human resources to deliver the agreed objectives. These include delivery of specific Clinical Development studies and regulatory submission documents, and the rapid implementation of agreed leading edge development methods, supporting global teamwork and driving productivity gains for competitive advantage. The Group Director will achieve these aims by providing strategic and operational leadership.  The Group Director is expected to directly participate in Project activities on an ongoing basis, e.g. in a Project Physician role, as agreed with the TACD.

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Provides strategic and operational leadership to assigned physicians and scientists.
  • Ensures consistent practices, compliance with internal SOPs, local regulations and laws, talent development, leadership development, best practice sharing, mentoring programs, coaching, training, and medical education in collaboration with TA Clinical Directors across TA’s.
  • Ensures that Project physicians participate actively in peer review processes.
  • Ensures pipeline of successors to Senior Medical Lead and Group Director roles.
  • Line management responsibility for physicians or scientists delivering performance management and guiding the professional development of direct reports.  Ensures individuals are rewarded and recognized appropriately for success. Actively manages poor performance and ensures expectations for success are clearly understood and agreed.
  • Recruitment and retention of internal and external talent to support capabilities.
  • Develops, coaches, mentors, retains, motivates and inspires individuals in their group.
  • Collaborates with peers to ensure consistency of approach and implementation of best practices in capability development, including on-boarding processes for new hires.
  • Efficiently utilizes resources and capabilities within their group in alignment with agreed INR resource deployment principles.
  • Manages the approval of travel, purchase of minor equipment/software, and other routine administration matters for direct reports.
  • Engages directly in clinical activities as appropriate. These could include but are not limited to: direct project support, licensing evaluations, external relationship activities, disease strategy development, etc.
  • Contributes to improvement initiatives and works to establish good global relations and driving the development of systems, skills & processes in conformance to global standards.
  • Communicates business priorities and vision.
  • Works closely with key stakeholders to effectively champion project objectives and resource requirements.
  • Ensures that the group and the TA attain high SHE standards and meet legal obligations to Internal and External Contacts/Customers.
  • Strong worldwide external awareness, good scientific and external decision-maker-networks.
  • Credibility in scientific and commercial environments.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Medical and/or scientific degree at MD, PhD level or equivalent.  MD is strongly preferred.
  • Relevant experience in line management and/or leading a team.
  • Working knowledge of performance management, budget management and employment legislation.
  • A broad clinical and research background and a comprehensive understanding of drug development.
  • Specific understanding of late phase drug development.
  • Specific experience with medical monitoring of clinical trials, clinical trial design, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting of clinical trial results.
  • Diverse range of problem solving requiring complex judgments and solutions based on highly developed levels of conceptual, strategic and analytical thinking.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to Customers & Integrity.


Do you have the skills and experience we seek and want to advance your career with one of the world’s leading companies? If so, please email your resume as a Word attachment to us, reference 2763. No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.