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Global Therapeutic Strategy Head – CNS


This is a Contract position in Needles, AZ posted February 21, 2021.

Parexel’s Clinical Neurosciences (CNS) Team is expanding We’re currently looking for a Global Therapeutic Strategy Head with expertise in Neurodegenerative diseases and/or Neuroinflammatory diseases to join the team In this highly visible and strategic role, the Therapeutic Strategy Head evaluates and defines the strategic expansion and growth of their designated TA section in close collaboration with Parexel’s Senior Vice President, Global Head of CNS, and Parexel business development groups. The role provides leadership and direction to the team aligned to the franchise. The TA Section head demonstrates senior medical expertise and leadership to support business development, pre-award activities and awarded projects specific to Neurodegeneration and Neuroinflammation. Grow the Business •Develop and implement strategy and targets for extending Parexel’s footprint, business opportunities and awards in their respective TA in close collaboration w/ Franchise Head, Solution Consultants and business development colleagues •Along w/ the Global Head, work closely w/ Commercial to identify early engagement and potential future business opportunities, promoting Parexel expertise and the fully integrated cross functional teams for new and existing client relationships and highlighting our value proposition (non-billable services) •Participate in all aspects of pre-award activities including taking direct responsibility for selected proposals (e.g., high profile and/or of significant strategic importance), provision of protocol considerations, review of selected proposals and bid presentation materials prepared by franchise section MDs, w/ attention to operational strategy and feasibility •In coordination w/ Resourcing and Franchise Head, identify individuals to be assigned to pre and post award assignment requests. Work closely w/ other Section Heads and Franchise Heads, as well as Line Managers, if identified individual is not a direct report. TA Section Leadership •Set direction for professional development of TA section and translate strategy into action for the TA section MDs •Contribute to PDC conversations and quarterly review process for franchise TA section MDs•Mentor and create environment that includes opportunities for franchise section MDs to maintain, develop, expand and leverage their own expertise and talents in coordination w/ business requirements •Contribute to development of an internal TA and cross franchise training curriculum for TA members •Support TA section MD proposal and bid preparation by developing and coaching on communication skills to enhance medical and protocol considerations, supplementing medical/scientific input for the proposal team and participating in pre-sales and supporting project team meetings as needed •Ensure patient perspectives and patient centricity are considered on all projects •Support TA Section members in problem solving as part of day to day medical monitoring activities •May serve as a line manager for section MDs, across regions Maintain & Leverage TA Expertise •Maintain high level of expertise within the therapeutic area and designated section through self-initiated learning, including literature review, participation in on-line trainings and available educational symposia, w/ attendance of dedicated scientific/medical conferences •Participate in speaking and podium presentation opportunities at scheduled conferences or ad hoc meetings/symposia arranged by Parexel for sponsors or internal teams •Foster on-going relationships and network w/ key opinion leaders, investigators and advocacy groups to maintain expertise and promote good will for study conduct •Provide therapeutic area training Qualifications Medical Leadership Deliver medical leadership and support required for successful delivery of the projects according to contracted agreement with the sponsor, including, but not limited to the following activities: •Participate in study planning w/ feasibility leaders, solution consultants, project team members, especially Project Leader as appropriate •Provide training/support for training to study teams on TA indication and protocol Job Qualifications: •Provide risk assessment of clinical trials for local sponsorship as needed •Provide medical input into PV workflows and projects and participate in safety processing for studies including medical review of serious adverse events, as needed •Support regulatory safety reporting activities, as needed •Actively listen to, solicit and address client feedback and suggestions regarding medical study-related activities in order to enhance client satisfaction and build the relationship •Communicate w/ sponsor counterparts on challenges and accomplishments related to assigned project/study awards •Timely identification of project risks and challenges, pro-actively proposing and/or delivering relevant actions contributing to the success of the study/project and risk mitigation •Be a point of escalation for issues and arrange for resolution by effective interaction and negotiation with appropriate departments and senior leadership. Skills •Proven leadership skills based on a successful track record of an ability to motivate others, to build trust, to take responsibility and to organize and delegate as appropriate •High level of communication, writing and presentation skills •Ability to build client trust by demonstrating credibility, reliability, and confidence •Ability to effectively bring patient perspective/voice into the clinical research space •High level listening skills to understand internal team as well as client needs and perspectives •Able to work closely with Medical Writing to develop complex medical documents related to the TA (protocol writing, IND preparation, CSR, etc.) •Able to take full responsibility for important, legally relevant documents such as medical risk assessment for local sponsorship •Able to discuss the strategic importance of projects with budget decision makers, as related to financial considerations •Fluent English Knowledge and Experience •Therapeutic area and section area medical and scientific expertise, based on a combination of clinical practice and/or academic training and clinical research experience •Drug development and clinical trial design expertise, including innovative approaches (i.e., basket, umbrella, platform and adaptive designs), with an ability to provide expert consultation to clients as a peer with respect to study operationalization and optimization •Experience within the biopharma field, either through prior work at a CRO, a pharmaceutical company or clinical research within a tenure in clinical medicine, including medical monitoring experience prior to or while employed at Parexel. If the individual does not have medical monitoring experience, they will be expected to gain this at Parexel, serving as a medical monitor in appropriate clinical trial projects •Cross-functional exposure to feasibility, regulatory, commercial, market access, health outcomes, real-world-data and biostatistical services •Significant and successful experience in bid pursuit meetings across different indications and projects within the specific therapeutic area •People development experience or willingness to undergo line management training Education Medically qualified based on successful completion of training at an accredited medical school •Board certified Neurologist w/ significant expertise in neurodegenerative diseases to include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and/or expertise in MS and other related neuroinflammatory diseases EEO Disclaimer Parexel is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected status, which in the US includes race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.