Head of Clinical Operations (Interim / Permanent)

Our client, based in the UK, is a well-funded, small yet rapidly growing and ambitious speciality pharma company currently at a very exciting stage in its life. With two innovative products already in phase III (and more to follow), they are optimistic of being in a position to make initial regulatory submissions later this year that would then allow for subsequent commercialisation of their first product in 2017.

The need exists for a talented, motivated and goal-oriented Head of Clinical Operations to join the company in what is a brand new role. The successful applicant will play an important role in managing the company’s development programmes to bring new therapies to market.

The Head of Clinical Operations will line manage 3-4 clinical project managers and work closely with internal cross functional teams and with the company’s external partners to develop the programme plan, execute the plan to timelines and budget, and ensure appropriate and timely decision-making, communication and progress. The ideal candidate will have experience with mid to late-stage drug development, regulatory filings and new product commercialisation.

Job Summary:

  • Ensure the company’s portfolio of programmes is delivered on time, to budget and meet expected quality standards.
  • Develop and maintain planning tools for each development programme and liaise with and coordinate all functions focusing on milestones, critical path, risks, resources, changes and decisions.
  • Oversight of all projects through all stages of development to commercialisation.
  • Management of team members in accordance with company objectives, facilitate the setting of programme objectives, key milestones and project activities.
  • Work with project/functional leads and programme team to identify key risks, timeline and resource issues and develop and implement risk mitigation plans.
  • Provide quality input into the development of the company’s overall clinical strategy and clinical development plans.
  • Be responsible for the identification, appointment and overall management of external 3rd parties (CRO’s etc.) who will assist the company in the achievement of the company’s clinical stage objectives.
  • Pro-active in building close working relationships with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate effective delivery of the company’s development programmes.

The successful candidate will:-

  • Have a life science degree or PhD.
  • Between 5-10 years of relevant experience including pharmaceutical clinical development
  • Be able to work remotely
  • Be an excellent communicator
  • Have line management experience

Ideally, the successful candidate will probably start work with the company on a 3 days/week interim contract, but the aim would be that this would subsequently and quickly transition into a permanent and full-time position.


This is an excellent opportunity in an exciting company.

If this is of interest to you, please contact Geoff Newman of Interea International as soon as possible.

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