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Sr Director, Strategic Operations & Clinical Trial Solutions

  • Seaport Blvd., Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Senior Director, Strategic Operations and Clinical Trial Solutions in Clinical Operations and Data Management is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to develop, implement and maintain clinical trial solutions to support and enhance FMI’s profiling and monitoring business for Clinical Trials. This role focuses on internal processes, systems and training, and external tools, such as the SmartTrialsTM portfolio. This role ensures Clinical Operations and Data Management can deliver a holistic strategy through systems, reporting platforms, products, processes, training, communications and change management tools and methodologies. As a member of the senior leadership team, this role contributes to the overall development and delivery of the department strategy and vision, provides insights to operations for decision making and acts as a hub for process, product and training innovation within the department.

The Sr. Director is expected to be onsite at least 2 days/week at our 121 Seaport Boulevard location in Boston.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and drive the Strategy to launch new product solutions and maintain and enhance the FoundationSmartTrialsTM Portfolio to support FMIs Profiling Business:
    • Develop and drive the Patient Matching and Clinical Trial Solutions (FoundationSmartTrialsTM) portfolio strategy for an area of the business that has a major corporate impact to BioPharma revenue or contributes significantly to the Medical vision.
    • Responsible for the identification of high priority solutions based on insights (market and industry) and analytics as it relates to Oncology Clinical Trials and NGS in order to differentiate FMI’s offerings to support Profiling Studies and FMI priorities.
    • Supervise cross-functional buy/build/partner analysis with appropriate internal stakeholders and endorse offerings with BioPharma, Commercial, and ClinOps/Data Management Leadership Teams.
    • Partner with BioPharma and Product Marketing to define the value and set pricing for the offering, develop external collateral and marketing material to use in BioPharma sales pitches and on FMI website, develop internal sales support collateral.
    • Collaborate with BioPharma and Commercial LT to influence growth and adoption of FMI’s products and expansion of portfolio of FMI’s clinical trial solutions.
    • Define and monitor Key Performance Indicators as implemented by team to measure the success of offerings, including market penetration, as well as optimization of the process or system solution to enhance the offering.
    • Review periodic executive reports/dashboards on offerings to highlight customer success and challenges, and communication of offering improvements.
  • Develop and Drive Strategic Initiatives, Process Development and Training strategy:
    • Develop and drive an innovative process and training strategy in support of efficient, effective and regulated delivery of clinical trials.
    • Act as an innovation hub within Clinical Operations and Data Management to design and implement new concepts as they relate to our processes, systems and training
    • Partner with cross-functional colleagues to continuously drive improvement and innovation across study and data management processes and systems.
    • Manage department learning space with identification of learning needs linked to current Clinical Operations and Data Management strategy and maintenance of associated learning resources.
    • Establish Key Performance Indicators/Key Quality Indicators and implement required dashboards/reports to monitor the effectiveness of processes and trigger process improvement if required.
    • Sponsor internal initiatives to improve core processes and tools.
  • Provides Leadership and Direction to the Strategic Operations and Clinical Trial Solutions team:
    • Lead a team of Project Managers, Process, and Product Managers providing comprehensive strategic and operational management of FMI’s FoundationSmartTrialsTM products, internal process landscape and new Clinical Trial Solutions.
    • Motivate and manage team members so that employees are developed, contribution is maximized, and performance is actively managed. Ensure all employees have clear roles and responsibilities and that communication and employee relations are managed.
  • Deliver Tools and Resources necessary to Maintain Department Infrastructure and Operations:
    • Improve department infrastructure and operations through provision of staff and tools focused on project management, communication and change management.
    • Develop and deliver a resourcing and capacity model.
    • Create and execute monthly, quarterly and annual financial, capacity and resource planning with input from leadership in close collaboration with Finance and HR Business Partners.
    • Provide planning and coordination for goals/initiatives from development to deployment of deliverables.
    • Drive analytics and reporting for monitoring of effectiveness and compliance of process landscape and create a flexible metrics platform for quicker reporting.
    • Design an agile communications strategy to include the use of visualization tools, multimedia, and social media channels.
    • Cultivate influential and effective partnerships with stakeholders in BioPharma, Technology, Commercial, Compliance, Corporate Development & Strategy, and peer partners within Clinical Operations and Data Management
  • Drive Cross-Functional Collaboration and Strategies:
    • Strategically represent CODM on cross-FMI initiatives and governance committees.
    • Recognize and scope value-generating opportunities in the context of new and existing collaborations by bringing together a team of internal stakeholders as a product design and plans are being built out.
    • Contribute as a thought partner for innovative study design and execution plans.
    • Select and prioritize strategic projects and initiatives in collaboration with management.
    • Lead major strategic projects or initiatives as prioritized.
  • Maintain knowledge of current GCP and CGP regulations and guidelines and company policies, SOPs and procedures.
  • Other duties pertinent to strategic operations as occasionally assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in scientific field or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • 12+ years of Operations experience in a professional life sciences environment
  • 5+ years of direct people management or leading a team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters or Advanced Degree in a business or scientific discipline
  • 10+ years of Operations experience in the biopharmaceutical or diagnostic industry with a focus on clinical trial and data management
  • Expert knowledge of drug development process and ICH GCP regulations and guidelines as they apply to the conduct of clinical trials globally
  • Experience:
    • Influencing and negotiating effective solutions, with BioPharma partners and/or the wider industry through leading change and driving for results
    • Analyzing and applying strategic-thinking, and problem-solving skills with a proven ability to understand business impact
    • Leading a global team
    • Effectively communicating and leading both with and without authority
    • Successfully managing multiple concurrent initiatives and maintaining one’s own workflow in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
    • Utilizing Microsoft Office Suite
  • Demonstrated evidence of success working in a cross-functional environment with ability to build strong relationships
  • Highly effective teamwork and collaboration skills
  • History of leadership and track record of applying strategic and system thinking
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively organize and execute tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor
  • Understanding of HIPAA, GDPR and importance of patient safety and data privacy regulations and guidelines
  • Commitment to reflect FMI’s values: Patients, Passion, Innovation, and Collaboration



Please be aware that Foundation Medicine mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.


About Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI) began with an idea—to simplify the complex nature of cancer genomics, bringing cutting-edge science and technology to everyday cancer care. Our approach generates insights that help doctors match patients to more treatment options and helps accelerate the development of new therapies. Foundation Medicine is the culmination of talented people coming together to realize an important vision, and the work we do every day impacts real lives.

Confidence, or the belief that we need to check every box before applying for a job, can sometimes hold us back from going after a role that inspires us. At Foundation Medicine there's no such thing as the 'perfect' applicant, and our company is a place where every employee can make an impact and continue to grow whatever background they may have or path they may have taken. So, as long as you meet the basic qualifications for a role, please apply if you see a position that would make you excited to come into Foundation Medicine every day and help us transform cancer care.

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