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Lilly Associate Director - Trial Capabilities - Therapeutic Project Lead in Cork, Ireland

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Job Description


The Trial Capabilities Associate Director leads clinical Trial Capabilities in support of clinical development. The EMEA Trial Capabilities Associate Director is accountable for the planning and implementation of the regional EMEA Site Start Up, Maintenance, and Close Out plan for all trials across the TA(s) of responsibility.

The AD will through management of the managers -project leads and partnership with global cross-functional teams, ensure accurate planning and support timely execution of regional Trial Capabilities milestones in alignment with quality standards. The AD leverages their project management, and site activation expertise to achieve these deliverables, providing management and clinical operational expertise to internal and external customer’s/business partners.

The AD will support efforts to enhance Trial Capabilities operational control and oversight including submission and clinical trial application strategy, site budget and contracting, clinical finance and payment, trial records management, trial training, and trial metrics across all therapeutic areas to enable end to end Trial Capabilities deliverables. The AD will ensure inspection readiness at all times by following GCP; any local/regional requirements and Lilly operating procedures.

Clinical Trial Leadership

Design, lead and continuously improve capabilities critical to the success of the organization for delivery of high priority programs and large and complex trials in the region.

Develop strong partnerships with Site Engagement, Design Hub, Clinical Development and Asset Teams, influencing study delivery and provide consultation on country/regional level activities during startup, maintenance, and close out.

Anticipate and mitigate risks and resolve complex and critical risks/issues to enable timely delivery of Trial Capabilities commitments across the region.

Lead and consult internal and external inspections as well as supporting institutions/investigative sites in inspection readiness initiatives.

Leverage scientific and disease expertise within therapeutics areas and utilise strategic knowledge of Lilly’s portfolio and priorities to lead regional prioritization and anticipate future needs for Trial Capabilities.

Organizational Leadership

Lead Trial Capabilities Managers – Project Leads to effectively manage study start-up. Be a resource on local/global regulations, laws, and guidance (e.g., ICH), and assess the impact on local and global processes and ensuring implementation to meet regulatory requirements.

Collaborate with CDDA functions (as Global TC lead in select projects) and understand cross-functional interdependencies to identify opportunities for collaboration and process improvement projects by providing expertise, implement strategies and direct support to ensure completion and implementation.

Provide consultation on Quality and Business Systems, Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and Lilly Medical policies and procedures to achieve inspection readiness and detect and resolve quality issues

Understand and comply with procurements, legal and financial requirements and procedures

People Development

Identify and develop robust mechanisms to retain a scientific, technical and operationally capable Trial Capabilities workforce skilled and knowledgeable in clinical development

Effectively manage an agile organization that continuously meets the needs of a changing portfolio.

Acts as a role of subject matter experts, coach and mentor within Trial Capabilities and CDDA organization.

Develop an organizational culture that fosters inclusion and innovation and demonstrates judgment-based decision making in clinical delivery

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree preferably in a scientific or health related field

At least five (5) years clinical trial experience or relevant experience preferred

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