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VP Oncology Translational Medicine

Reference Number: 2819
Location: Northeast USA and Europe

Our client is a major global healthcare company.  They have asked us to assist them in their search for a VP Oncology Translational Medicine.

The VP Oncology Translational Medicine oversees and manages all strategic medical guidance and operational aspects of the Translational Oncology site, as assigned.  The role focuses on leading the Clinical Program Leaders in the development of experimental oncology agents in the Translational Oncology portfolio from sPOC to POC.  This position liaises closely with other Site Heads within Translational Oncology, full development counterparts and research colleagues in fulfillment of clinical strategies.

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Leads program portfolio and is accountable for program strategy and budget.
  • Delegates responsibility to drive programs and works with the Early Program Teams to achieve results.
  • Ensures quality of clinical plans, project specifications, study protocols, reports, summary and publications.  Responsible for all aspects of trial design, implementation of protocols and oral and written communication with FDA and other Health Authorities.
  • Energizes CTT to meet timelines and adhere to global performance and quality standards.
  • Has final decision rights in CTT.
  • Supervises protocol writing.  Works in close collaboration with Head of Biomarkers, Program and Resource Management in the development of clinical/medical strategy, ensuring their input at the appropriate time.
  • Develops and supports external contacts for Translational Oncology (CSOs, Investigators, Academic and Regulatory community, partners in collaboration).
  • Leads continuous improvement processes in Translational Oncology.
  • Provides strategic medical guidance for the development of new oncology agents (both small molecules and biologics) that are in preclinical development, typically beginning at the candidate selection phase (CSP).
  • Oversees Clinical Project Leaders of site as they collaborate with CTHs to develop clinical protocols for Translational Oncology compounds and to develop the instruments needed to implement, interpret and report them (e.g., case report forms, report and analysis plans, clinical study reports).
  • Provides expert input & coaching to members of Early Program Team.
  • Ensures that the project team presents high quality documentation to Translational Oncology LT and other decision boards (e.g. PMB).
  • Ensures that strategic decisions taken by the Translational Oncology LT are implemented.
  • Sets and communicates clear goals and expectations for Early Program Teams.
  • Supports problem-solving with and provides feedback to Early Program Team on key deliverables.
  • Builds good relationships with all Early Program Team members.
  • Coaches Early Program Team to develop skills to improve quality of team interactions and decision-making.
  • Reviews abstracts/manuscripts, etc. for presentation/publications at internal/external meetings.
  • Participates in task forces to support continuous improvement and other management objectives.
  • Responsible for all operational aspects of site pertinent to the Translational Oncology team, such as travel approvals, review and approval of expense reports, and others.
  • Recruitment, retention and development of talent in his or her group.
  • Effective communication of risks and issues to the Translational Oncology Leadership team.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • MD or DO degree is required.  Board-certification in an oncology specialty is preferred.  MD PhD is preferred.
  • 6-10 years of pharma/biotech industry experience in oncology clinical trials and the equivalent term experience in the academic setting.  In case of no industry experience, substantially longer academic experience in translational oncology and substantial clinical study experience is required.
  • Must have experience with the interpretation of preclinical data in oncology (molecular biology, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, safety, clinical laboratory, imaging, and molecular epidemiology).
  • Working knowledge of the application of PK/PD and biostatistics to clinical development and clinical trials.
  • Proven ability to analyze and interpret efficacy and safety data relating to oncology.
  • Knowledge of GCP and world-wide regulatory requirements relating to clinical trials and oncology.
  • Excellence in decision-making, both for day-to-day trial/patient management and for larger strategic decisions.
  • Ability to estimate the use of human and financial resources adequately.
  • Excellent medical/scientific writing skills.
  • Excellent learning agility.
  • Excellent cross-cultural competencies.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Proven ability to manage and develop a team.
  • Excellent personal ethical integrity and a commitment to improving the outcomes for patients with malignancies.



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 2819. No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.