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Director Early Scientific Engagement

Indianapolis, IN
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Jan 17, 2022

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Job Overview: We are seeking a Director Early Scientific Engagement to be based out of one of our Central Laboratory Services sites. This is a leadership role with focus on building client relationships; helping to develop the scientific strategy in line with Labcorp initiatives. It is a management role, developing and promoting scientific excellence in the team and wider community of scientists. The applicant will have an Industry presence with a track record preferably in a central labs scientific area and be seeking to develop their career within drug development.
Duties will include the following:
Early Client Engagement (Specifics)
  • Develops relationships with clients and broader drug development community to engage early to understand their upcoming portfolio needs and evolving expectations
  • Leverages this market intelligence to advise on scientific strategy, equipment and regulatory areas
  • Supports BDDs, marketing, and client-facing staff to position Covance as recognized scientific leader
  • Drives external presence through tracking and facilitating conference attendance, including podium and poster presentations, and client interactions
  • Partners with marketing to define marketing plan for CTTS
  • Partners with clients to further scientific expertise / research / scientific publications
  • Collaborates with Scientific Affairs colleagues and broad network of stakeholders to develop a strategic plan to deliver the scientific vision of the organization
  • Translates the strategy into actionable deliverables and ensures tactical execution to position organization to produce results per agreed timelines
  • Identifies areas for growth and development for CTTS and in collaboration with SME's, drives growth through client interface, identifying both internal and external opportunities, recommending new technologies and opportunities, and executing upon strategies
  • Partners to identify opportunities to leverage the power of our combined scientific experience and expertise across the enterprise
  • Engages with clients, have strong understanding of our industry and the regulatory landscape
  • Presents the strategy externally to deliver client-focused solutions
  • Improve the Covance scientific profile through attendance and presentation at Scientific Symposia and Meetings
  • Develops and leverages relationships with key customer contacts to gain market insight and intelligence and advises Operational Leadership regarding industry trends and direction
  • Drives for scientific excellence and client delight in all work delivered
  • Leadership position within the CTTS Scientific Affairs organization
  • Colleague development and people management is a significant component of the role
  • Engages, develops and mentor Covance scientists to achieve strategic goals and position the organization to lead with science now and in the future
  • Advises and trains sales, marketing, and other colleagues in scientific areas of focus
Scientific and Quality Excellence
  • Collaborates with Head of Scientific Affairs, Operations leadership, SME's and shares responsibility for overall scientific and final performance of the business
  • Ensures the scientific objectivity, credibility and expertise of CTTS
  • Serves as scientific expert and represents Covance through publications, presentations, panel discussions, organizing committees and/or other such engagements
  • Provides coaching to staff to support and encourage external scientific presence and engagement
  • Influences and impacts industry standards and regulations
  • Serves the scientific community to advance science to deliver enabling solutions
  • Operates with impeccable ethical standards and ensures the scientific objectivity, credibility, and expertise of the unit
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
  • Develops team to support CTTS in all above interactions
  • PhD in relevant scientific discipline, or related field.
  • Broad experience in drug development and in biologic development specifically.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a GLP/GCP/GMP, and/or CLIA regulated environment of the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or supporting industries. 5+ years representing a functional area
  • 5-8 years proven leadership track record
  • Up to date of understanding of ICH and regional regulatory guidelines
  • In depth experience and knowledge of GLP /GCP and internal and external regulatory audit/inspections
  • Proven strategic planning and development experience
  • Experience working in a matrix team across disciplines and departmental lines
  • Experience working in a global and multicultural organization, including working across national and international boundaries
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