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Senior Director, Site Activation & Strategy (Hybrid-Boston)

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Sales & Business Development
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

Job Description

The Senior Director, Site Activation and Strategy will lead the global start up team and be accountable for delivery of site activation across the Vertex portfolio. This will include responsibilities in the timeline, resourcing, and strategic planning to enable to successful delivery of all studies in start up at Vertex. As a people manager, they will have direct reports responsible for delivery with each region, they will also be a member of the GCO leadership structure.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees Global site activation operations and ensure timelines are met in accordance with program and GCO goals
  • Develop long term strategies which will augment new technologies and working practices, enabling Vertex to enhance it’s operating model to fit with a growing geographic foot print and landscape.
  • As a member of the GCO LT, provides strategic input into GCO and GMDA activities
  • Leads the Global Study start up management team and oversees resourcing requirements to deliver the Vertex portfolio
  • Reporting directly to the Vice President of Global Clinical Operations, would be a key leader for the execution of our global clinical operations strategy
  • Leads cross functional initiatives which support process improvements that advance the capabilities and innovation of the start up team and the wider organization
  • Provides strategic leadership to the expansion of global start up in existing and new territories, identifying key capabilities and country intelligence tools to support the company needs
  • Provides mentorship and support to enable team members to deliver key objectives and to ensure team members grow and develop essential skills to progress
  • Maintains role of executive sponsor for all site activation initiatives in GCO and maintain strong collaborations with GCO and GMDA functions

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills across multiple regions and cultures
  • Proven strong business acumen
  • Excellent project management, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Extensive Global Clinical Operations experience in multiple therapeutic areas
  • Excellent understanding of Start up operations, site selection and feasibility
  • Experience in leading a global team and developing operational strategy
  • Advanced negotiation skills, with both internal and external parties
  • Flexible and able to work independently to manage work priorities and follow tasks through to completion, including navigating and removing critical roadblocks
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree in a related discipline (health-related field)
  • Typically requires 12 years of Clinical Development experience and 6 years of management experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience



Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

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