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Associate Director Strategic Outsourcing

Company: Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: July 17, 2021

Job Description:

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is a global biopharmaceutical company whose purpose is to innovate to transform the lives of patients and their families. We are dedicated to developing life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases - often with limited or no therapeutic options. We have a diverse portfolio of marketed medicines and novel product candidates, from early- to late-stage development, in neuroscience and oncology. We actively explore new options for patients including novel compounds, small molecules and biologics, and through cannabinoid science and innovative delivery technologies. Jazz is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and has employees around the globe, serving patients in nearly 75 countries. For more information, please visit www.jazzpharmaceuticals.com and follow @JazzPharma on Twitter.

The Associate Director, Strategic Outsourcing, Global Clinical Development Operations provides leadership to the clinical outsourcing managers and staff and will oversee the clinical trial outsourcing, vendor selection and contract negotiation, vendor relationship management and reporting process for Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ clinical development programs.

Job Responsibilities and Requirements:

The Associate Director, Strategic Outsourcing, Clinical Development Operations will lead, manage and oversee the clinical outsourcing and relationship management process for Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ complex clinical development programs.  S/he must have an expert and comprehensive understanding of all functions and regulations required to conduct international clinical studies.

Under the direction of the Senior Director, Strategic Outsourcing, Global Clinical Development Operations, s/he is responsible for execution of the Global Clinical Development Operations outsourcing strategy including oversight of the accurate and timely selection of vendors, execution of study related contracts, leading governance activities and providing oversight and escalation in managing vendor performance. S/he will ensure effective, cross-functional vendor management processes that best meet Jazz goals.

Associate Director, Strategic Outsourcing, Clinical Development Operations will: 

  • Lead and manage a team of clinical outsourcing senior managers/managers and train and mentor department staff on department processes
  • Build cross-functional relationships and ensure clinical outsourcing processes and procedures are understood and followed within the functional teams
  • Lead, develop and manage clinical outsourcing processes, standards and benchmarks
  • Partner with internal Jazz stakeholders to develop, deliver and maintain proper vendor governance, operational sourcing strategies and relationships.
  • Work with vendors and internal Jazz teams to facilitate resolution of escalated issues and questions
  • Evolve and expand Jazz’s preferred and strategic vendor relationships collaborating across R&D functions
  • Manage strategic partners (CROs) and other key vendor relationships, including organizing and participating in governance (i.e., executive steering committee) meetings
  • Lead efforts to streamline operations with strategic CRO partners to shorten study durations and reduce costs
  • Negotiate, track, and analyze clinical vendor KPIs to measure health of business relationships
  • Lead process improvement initiatives that impact the broader department and train key stakeholders
  • Lead and/or oversee the portfolio planning and trial cost forecasting process and provide support and expertise for clinical trial budgeting
  • Represent the department in cross-functional R&D initiatives
  • Undertake additional projects, as assigned, in support of Jazz R&D

Essential Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of ten years related experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry; Advanced degree preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years of Clinical Outsourcing experience required; Scientific and/or Project Management experience preferred
  • Must have extensive experience managing CROs, central laboratories, and other clinical study vendors, including trial sites; clinical trial management experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of clinical trial functions, including clinical operations, data management, biostatistics, regulatory and drug safety
  • Proven track record negotiating contracts and budgets with  vendors and clinical sites globally
  • In-depth knowledge of compliance and legal issues related to the conduct of clinical trials
  • Understanding of international clinical pharmaceutical standards, ICH/GCP guidance and regulation
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills in a dynamic and growing organization
  • Experience managing people and leading teams
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Some limited travel may be required

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action 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 characteristic protected by law. 

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action 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 characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Palo Alto , Associate Director Strategic Outsourcing, Other , Palo Alto, California

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