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Associate Director, Clinical Development Immuno-Oncology

Reference Number: 2864
Location: Mid-Atlantic

Our client is a major global healthcare company.  They have asked us to assist them in their search for an Associate Director, Clinical Development Immuno-Oncology.

The Associate Director, Clinical Development Immuno-Oncology will work independently with guidance in only the most complex situations and serve as a close partner to the physician on the team.  The incumbent may coordinate the activity of a research team and will hold full accountability for projects, often with Global impact.  This position will have key relationships internally with clinical project teams, marketing and business development, and brand or therapy area team leaders, and externally with regulatory bodies and external service providers.

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Integrates the research and commercial aspects of drug development to ensure successful, value creating product development, either by overseeing a team of clinical research professionals, or by supporting such a team as an expert in one or more areas of clinical research.
  • Ensures there is adequate input into the drug development process from experts in each of the various areas of drug development, or provides input into one or more of these areas as a technical expert.
  • Develops and designs studies to determine the scientific or commercial viability of a particular drug or portfolio of drugs and interpret the results of these studies, either as the head of a team, or by providing expert input.
  • Participates in protocol writing and strategy.
  • Ensures that all aspects of work being carried out by self or team is done with a focus on the commercial viability of the drug under development.
  • Coordinates actions between research and development, manufacturing and marketing teams to ensure the success of product development at each stage of the product life cycle.
  • Has responsibility for determining the commercial and scientific viability of drugs, and making decisions about whether to continue their development and how much resources to invest in them, or contributes to this decision making process as a valued expert.
  • Communicates information to multiple teams in various areas of the drug development process, ensuring all involved parties are aware of important developments in other areas of the product life cycle.
  • Manages cross functional projects to ensure the successful passage of drugs through all phases of the drug development process, or contributes to one or more elements of such a project as a technical expert.
  • Manages a team of clinical research professionals, setting goals and objectives and overseeing their professional development.
  • Ensures own work, and work of team, is compliant with Safety, Health and Environment standards and all other relevant internal and external regulations.
  • Reviews and interprets medical data and clinical trial data and comes up with conclusions.
  • Reviews patient consent forms and provides opinion on whether or not the data matches.
  • Engages in literature search and author background section of the disease from the literature search.
  • Provides initial screening for study proposals to ensure information is accurate; provides first review of the ISS proposals.
  • May lead submissions from a process standpoint.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a scientific field is required.  Considerable relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry is preferred, however academic experience will be considered provided the candidate has current immune-therapy / oncology clinical trials experience.
  • Phase II/III industry-sponsored clinical trials experience is required; late stage (e.g., Phase IIIb/IV) is a plus.
  • Experience managing and interpreting the results of clinical trials as well as exposure to writing protocols.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional setting.
  • Well-developed communication skills.
  • Experience leading and managing a team and project management experience is desirable.


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 2864. No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.