VP/Global Head, Clinical Operations: Global Biotech with strong late-stage pipeline, NY/NJ metro area

Cornerstone Search Group
November 5, 2020
Greater New York City Area, United States of America
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Vice President/Global Head, Clinical Operations, report to CMO: Global Biotech with strong late-stage pipeline, NY/NJ metro area

Cornerstone Search Group is working exclusively with a Global Biotech with multiple assets in late stage development as they search for a VP/Global Head, Clinical Operations.  This position would report directly to the CMO and have regular interaction across the senior-most leadership of the organization, including the CEO.  Our client seeks a Clin Ops executive that can lead a group in a hands-on, strategic and forward-thinking manner.  You will play a vital role during a critical time in the company’s development.

LOCATION: Our client is based in the NY/NJ metro area Pharma/Biotech market.


  • Serve as the senior-most leader within the Clinical Operations department reporting to the Chief Medical Officer. Responsible for direct reports, cross-functional collaboration and overall strategic management for the entire clinical pipeline/portfolio. Serve as a crucial partner to the CMO in developing Clinical Operations and Development strategy across the organization.
  • Collaborate and manage senior-level internal and external relationships with executive management, vendors, collaboration partners and clinical study personnel for clinical operations projects and department initiatives.
  • Line management of clinical trial management staff, including responsibility for staff recruitment, development, coaching, mentoring and performance management.
  • Communicate and implement progress, risks, issues or changes that may impact quality, timelines and budgets.
  • Provide strategic operational insight into feasibility, timeline and cost estimates during clinical program/study development.
  • Assess and communicate operational trends and areas for improvement to Senior/Executive-level leadership.
  • Take ownership of Clinical Operations activities related to quality, timelines and budgets and conduct of clinical research studies.
  • Drive decision making and integration to all operational considerations for studies within a clinical program and ensure goals are attainable prior to implementation.
  • Serve as the point of contact for clinical program and study level escalation.
  • Plan, review and implement key metrics and KPIs across studies and within clinical programs to track study progress and address and/or escalate issues.
  • Provide innovative and flexible operational solutions and options to the cross functional and development teams.
  • Drive the strategy and oversight for vendor selection and management.


  • BA/BS required. Advanced scientific degree is a plus.
  • 15+ years of Clinical Operations / Trial Management experience within the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry.
  • Direct report/people management experience is required.
  • A Clinical Operations mind-set that is based around strategic, forward-thinking principals as opposed to an outdated “check-the-box” mentality.
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced, creative, and scientific culture that requires a “can-do” attitude and a desire to figure out ways to get the job done right and in a timely fashion.


Thomas Fascia | Partner

E: tfascia@cornerstonesg.com

P: 973-656-0220 x717

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasfascia

CORNERSTONE SEARCH GROUP – Pharma & Biotech Executive Search

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