Senior Director of Clinical Operations

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Job Description

On behalf of our client, a global biopharmaceutical company, we are currently recruiting for a Senior Director, Clinical Operations. This is a Dublin based role that requires some international travel.

 Position Overview:

 The Senior Director, Clinical Operations –is a key member of the Dublin Leadership Team and will closely partner with Department Heads of each Therapeutic Area within the organization.

The successful candidate will be a valued member of therapeutic area leadership and life cycle management teams. In addition, he/she will provide clinical operational strategy and oversight of multiple compounds, indications, and programs to ensure clinical programs are conducted to meet project milestones, with close attention to budget and quality in close partnership with internal and external stakeholders.  The Senior Director will also provide oversight and direction within the Clinical Operations department while mentoring and developing junior department members and project team partners.

Key Responsibilities (included but not limited to):

  • Provide leadership, functional expertise and oversight for the successful management of international clinical trials (Phase I - IV) across multiple indications through clinical study teams and through the use of CROs or internal resources
  • Resource management, such as employee new hire; retention activities; performance/rewards management; and succession planning
  • Provide strategic direction to and functional management of Clinical Operations
  • Manage subordinate directors and/or people managers
  • Lead and partner in the development and presentation of clinical operational strategy to executive leadership
  • Financial oversight of department, managing spend as planned and ensuring appropriate communication with clinical and corporate finance departments
  • Support development of SOPs within department and participate in the development of collaborative SOP development
  • Oversee and contribute to project team governance documents (clinical development plans, RFD, RF2, RF3)
  • Oversee and contribute to Clinical Study Reports, INDs, NDAs and other clinical/regulatory/safety documents
  • May function as executive sponsor for preferred vendor relationships
  • Collaborate cross-functionally on due-diligence efforts and assessments for mergers and acquisitions
  • Collaborate with regulatory, medical affairs and commercial to assist with life cycle management of approved drug products

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree in a relevant scientific discipline OR Masters Degree in a non scientific discipline OR BSRN or BS + RN Certificate with extensive progressive and responsible clinical operations leadership experience


  • Prior experience in the oversight and management of regulatory inspections (FDA, EMA, MHRA, PMDA, NMDA) in collaboration with Regulatory Compliance
  • Pediatric clinical trials experience

Required Experience:

  • Ability to able solve complex problems and use highly developed independent judgement relating to national and international regulations, guidelines, investigator interactions, and timelines
  • Demonstrated excellence in complex project management and the effective management of multiple projects/priorities
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate scientific, medical, and organizational concepts to internal and external customers
  • Ability to initiate and lead departmental or interdepartmental strategic initiatives
  • Proven ability to think critically and creatively, and to be able to work independently to determine appropriate resources for resolution of complex problems

 Required Knowledge:

  • Ability to effectively communicate with reasonable accommodation
  • Ability to effectively use interpersonal skills, an ability to lead multifunctional teams, and to manage staff and mentor and develop junior staff
  • Demonstrated understanding of pharmaceutical regulatory requirements and impact on development of clinical trials
  • Ability to influence across a matrix and create a clear sense of direction
  • This position is located in Dublin, Ireland and may require international travel as required (valid travel documents must be obtainable)


For a full Job Spec and to apply for this role please call Linda on +353 1 2784671 or e-mail

Thornshaw Scientific Recruitment is a leading Irish provider of specialist Scientific Recruitment. Part of the CPL Group. Tel: +353 1 2784671

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Linda Dunne

Senior Recruitment Consultant
  • Salary:Negotiable
  • Location:South Dublin
  • Type:Permanent
  • Category:Science,Thornshaw