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Associate Director, Clinical Project Lead

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Job Location

Boston, MA, United States

Job Description

Position Summary

The Associate Director, Clinical Project Lead is responsible to lead the Cross-Functional Clinical Sub-Teams to define study specifications, achieve study milestones through operational feasibility and budget and timeline estimates and operational accountability and management of study deliverables and is the primary point of contact interfacing between functional groups, investigator sites and vendors.  The Associate Director will drive the scope of work, oversee CROs and will proactively manage patient safety and data integrity to ensure inspection readiness and compliance. The Associate Director, CPL may be accountable for setting and managing operations across multiple studies and may be a member of the Core Team depending on the scope of the project.


Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Accountable for the planning, implementation and execution of pivotal clinical trials, including study deliverables, milestones and data quality.  Leads the Clinical Trial Team. Management oversight of CROs and relevant study vendors.

  • Oversee third party vendors to operationalize these study specifications.

  • Directs the operational execution of clinical study activities in accordance with Alexion SOPs, ICH Guidelines, and Good Clinical Practices (GCP) to ensure overall data quality, integrity; and patient protection.

  • Accountable for planning, tracking and forecasting the Global Clinical Operations budget and timelines for the studies against the agreed goals.  Develops and maintains budgets for study(s) that include short and long-range clinical forecasting and monthly accruals based on clinical activity to support Clinical Development financial goals.

  • Manages CRO relationship to ensure the appropriate scope of work, oversight and training of clinical investigators and achievement of study milestones within agreed upon timelines and budget.

  • Communicates clinical studies performance data to other members of the management and scientific team.

  • Prepare and maintain required study and regulatory documentation, e.g.:, reports for Competent Authority submissions, master patient informed consent, Monitoring Plan, Pharmacy Manual,  Investigator Agreements and budgets.  Key contributor to the development, review and approval of study documents including but not limited to protocol, ICF, statistical analysis plan, and clinical study report.

  • Conducts lessons learned exercises to provide continuous process improvement and sharing of best practices.

  • Participate in and/or lead departmental initiatives.


Essential Qualifications

  • >10 years of clinical research experience, 5 of which in a leading role accountable for the planning and execution of global clinical trials.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in one of the disciplines related to clinical practice/health care, life sciences, or drug development.

  • Ability to lead cross-functional teams and to provide management oversight of CROs.

  • Experience in developing study budgets, forecasting and financial oversight of a project.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (Master, PhD, MD) is desirable.

  • PMP certification desirable.



Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. As a leader in rare diseases for more than 25 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes two approved complement inhibitors to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), as well as the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D) as well as the first and only approved Factor Xa inhibitor reversal agent. In addition, the company is developing several mid-to-late-stage therapies, including a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease, an anti-neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) antibody for rare Immunoglobulin G (IgG)-mediated diseases and an oral Factor D inhibitor as well as several early-stage therapies, including one for light chain (AL) amyloidosis, a second oral Factor D inhibitor and a third complement inhibitor. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, metabolic disorders and cardiology. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries. Further information about Alexion can be found at:

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.

Location: Boston, MA, US

Posted Date: 4/20/2021
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