Therapeutic Area Leader (TAL), I2ON / Oncology

United States of America, California, South San Francisco

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Position Purpose:

  • Strategic United States leadership role within Country Clinical Operations (CCO).  Accountable for providing strategic portfolio direction, therapeutic area expertise, portfolio planning and management of key (internal and external) stakeholder relationships for the US clinical operations portfolio. 
  • The position also provides management, coaching and development of over 40 reports.
  • We are looking to hire a non-traditional clinical operations leader who has a consultative and strategic partnership background working closely with key internal and external stakeholders. The successful individual should be able to negotiate and influence at a high level in an effort to ensure that the aligned clinical trials are undoubtedly supporting the patient community we support.
  • Considering applicants with a business and/or alliance management leadership history interested in transitioning into a clinical focused hands-on role.

Main Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Is accountable for the translation of the Therapeutic Area strategy  into clear portfolio planning activities and effective partnership strategies to deliver on clinical operations commitments.  
  • Has accountability within the US Leadership Team, as a core member, for the oversight of the department, definition of the local vision and strategy, effective mobilisation of the function to align with the strategy, ensuring awareness of opportunities and challenges, fostering of functional excellence, evaluation of metrics and developing performance improvements.
  • Is accountable as key strategic TA expert to interface with internal and external stakeholders for continual landscaping, portfolio planning, identification of opportunities and execution of agreed plans while proactively communicating status, issues and proposed solutions. Manages, owns and builds relationships with key stakeholders across the US that will drive improved operational delivery via building partnerships to deepen insights and relationships.
  • Is a key contributor to supporting, implementing and delivering clinical operations strategy within the country, where applicable.
  • Leads the United States' input into relevant local/regional/global TA strategic discussions to provide technical and operational  insight, and to challenge and critique, ensuring local competitive landscape, risks and trends are considered. Has thorough understanding of current and planned studies across the portfolio, as well as an understanding of the broader molecule / asset strategy as it relates to clinical operations 
  • Leads local portfolio risk management and is a key contributor to strategic pipeline prioritization, enabling appropriate commitments to be made to SMTs in alignment with overall strategy for the US.
  • Is accountable for providing strategic leadership to study teams to ensure project delivery with appropriate scenario planning, therapeutic area and landscape insights, as well as forecasting of robust timelines, resources, budget and risk assessment.
  • Is responsible for providing thorough, current knowledge of therapeutic areas, including sharing and explaining applicable clinical development  plans, details of competitive landscape, treatment practices to thought-leading investigators or groups (KOL, TAE) and other key internal and external stakeholders 
  • Is responsible for building effective relationships with, critical vendors and partners, e.g. CROs, clinical sites, KOLs and networks, Co-Development Partners, Cooperative Groups and Academic Alliances. Identifies new opportunities for collaboration and partnership and fosters excellent partnerships with new and existing strategic partners and clinical sites, in alignment with Roche values.
  • Creates and maintains a highly motivated team by providing a high level of leadership, people management, coaching and development.  Ensures effective performance management of direct reports through comprehensive goal setting, regular performance reviews, and by providing direct and timely feedback to direct reports. Fosters a high performance culture that attracts and retains the best talent.
  • Proactively fosters a diverse and inclusive culture within the department that is flexible, agile and collaborative and acts as role model for these behaviours within the department.
  • Other activities as necessary to support the vision, strategy and commitments of the CCO-US organization, Clinical Operations (PDG), as well as Genentech and Roche.


  • Advanced degree in medical / science-related field, MDs and PhDs preferred
  • Minimum 10 years industry experience; > 5 years management experience 
  • Significant experience demonstrated in clinical research/development or related industry



  • Strategic Planning - obtains information and identifies key issues and relationships relevant to achieving a long­ range goal; commits to a course of action to accomplish a long-range goal after developing alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values.
  • Building Partnerships - develops and leverages relationships within and across work groups to achieve results. Execution-- ensures others contribute  to organizational strategies by focusing them on the most critical priorities, measuring progress, and ensuring accountability against those metrics.
  • Business Acumen - uses knowledge of economic, financial, market, and industry  trends to understand and improve individual, work group, and/or organizational  results; uses understanding of major business functions, industry trends, and own organization's  position to contribute to effective business strategies and/or tactics.
  • Aligning Performance for Success - focuses and manages individual performance by helping others set performance goals, and then tracking results and evaluating performance effectiveness.
  • Building Talent - plans and supports the development of individuals' knowledge, skills and abilities so that they can fulfill current or future  job responsibilities more effectively.
  • Delegation and  Empowerment - identifies and leverages opportunities to accelerate results and build capability by assigning tasks and decision-making responsibilities to individuals or teams with clear boundaries, expectations, support, and follow-up.
  • Adaptability - maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment (e.g., people, processes, structure or culture); adjusts effectively to change by exploring t he benefits. trying new approaches, and collaborating with others to make the change successful.
  • Applied Reasoning - is able to solve problems.identify trends and interrelationships between data and information, and effectively reasons through complex challenges.
  • Influencing - uses effective involvement and persuasion strategies to gain acceptance of ideas and commitment to actions that support  specific work outcomes.
  • Inspiring Others - motivates individuals toward higher levels of performance that are aligned with the organization's vision and values.
  • Building Networks - takes action to establish and maintain connections with people outside their formal work group, including those outside the organization (e.g., peers, cross-functional  partners, and vendors), who are willing and able to provide the information, ideas, expertise, and/or influence needed to achieve work goals.
  • Facilitating Change - encourages others  to implement better approaches  to address problems and opportunities; leads the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.

Travel: Minimum 30%