Head of Clinical Science, Oncology

China, Shanghai, Shanghai
China, Beijing, Beijing

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Roche Product Development (PD) China is seeking a Head of Clinical Science, PD China Oncology with clinical and drug development experience to lead the PD China Oncology organization. This individual will be responsible for leadership, strategy development and management of PD China oncology. The position will contribute to setting global strategy across these programs, including development innovation. The position will involve clinical development of new molecular entities, new combinations and new indications for products. Further, this position serves as a key collaborator for research, early development, Roche partnering and the commercial organization as well as external interactions.  In addition to managing a large global clinical development team, the PD China Oncology Head will be jointly responsible with global for the oversight of studies conducted for all China-related oncology programs.

Context and Key Responsibilities:

  • This is a role reporting to the Senior Vice President, PD China Head. The position includes membership in the PD China LT as well as sitting on the global Product Development Oncology Leadership Team (PDO LT) and cross-functional Joint Oncology Leadership Team (JOLT).

  • In addition to chairing the PD China Oncology portfolio review, the position is responsible for the overarching strategy in PD China oncology. The position Integrates plans and partners with others, and ensures the excellence and scientific rigor of clinical development plans through management of the project team leaders (PTLs). 

  • There is joint accountability to deliver late stage China oncology clinical development plans enabling regulatory submissions and approvals. The head is a recognized disease area expert with credibility to interface with key external regulatory and healthcare organizations and stakeholders (i.e. CDE, other Regulatory bodies, Payer organizations, Advisory Committees, Therapeutic Area Experts, media, analysts, etc.).

  • Key responsibilities include: Represents PD China Oncology late development within Roche as a member of the Oncology Leadership Team and through interactions with the PD China LT members as well as Research, Early Development, Commercial, and Roche Partnering senior leaders. Contributes to the PD China Portfolio Committee. Leads the strategic clinical oversight of the PD China Oncology late stage development portfolio with significant accountability for setting strategy across these programs, including decision-making and budget accountability for some programs. Ensures consistent and effective communication. Accountable for building PD China oncology working capability and establishing clear success metrics. Coaches, manages and supports employees to achieve business goals. Actively manages talent, career development, training and capabilities/skill assessment. Maintains and develops a positive organizational culture, by promoting the values of the focus on patients, science, and people. Prepares and manages resource and capacity, utilizing resources in the most efficient way.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Overall accountability for PD China Oncology late stage development

  • Leads the PD China Oncology portfolio reviews

  • Represents PD China Oncology late development within Roche, as a member of the PDO LT and JOLT, as well as through interactions with other PD China LT members, Research, Early Development, Commercial, Regulatory and Roche Partnering senior leaders

  • Closely interfaces with pRED, gRED, cRED and Roche Partnering to provide disease and pivotal development expertise in defining new development opportunities,  exploring new areas of discovery, and potential acquisitions or external partnerships

  • Evaluates new molecular entities and approved medicines in the late stage portfolio for new indication opportunities

  • Accountable for building PD China oncology working capability and establishing clear success metrics

  • Recognized disease expert with credibility to interface with key external health organizations (i.e. CDE, Advisory Committees, Key Opinion Leaders, reporters, analysts, WHO etc.)

  • Coaches, manages and supports employees to achieve business goals. Actively manages talent and career development

  • Mentors and coaches current and potential PTLs

  • Maintains and develops a positive organizational culture, by promoting the values of the focus on patients, science, and our people

Critical Experiences and Qualifications:

  • Candidates should have an M.D. or M.D. /Ph.D. with board certification/eligibility in Oncology and/or Hematology; expertise in clinical drug development is required. 

  • A minimum of 10 years drug development experience in a large biotech, pharmaceutical or clinical organization. Clinical practice expertise in oncology.

  • Experience in oncology drug development or research is required.

  • Scientific experience in molecular oncology and/or hematology is preferred.

  • Significant preclinical/scientific research experience and publication record.

  • Proven experience interacting with senior and executive leadership.

  • Proven experience at filing products with China regulatory authorities.

  • Required to travel internationally.

Technical/Functional Skill & Knowledge Areas:

  • Acts effectively as a delegate for the Senior Vice President or as a representative to other groups inside and outside of Roche PD China for the relevant therapeutic area(s).

  • Demonstrated clinical trial experience (with significant clinical trial experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry).

  • Expert knowledge of Oncology drug development.

  • Recognized as a subject matter expert within the field of Oncology by both internal and external experts.

  • Experience in lab-based research a plus

  • Strong publication record a plus

  • Strong understanding of molecular drivers of cancer, diagnostic methods, as well as cancer immunology or immunotherapy required.

  • Experience leading and managing a large scientific and medical group (comprised of direct and indirect reports) for complex high profile molecules and/or programs.

  • Proven strategic thinking and sound judgment.

  • Working knowledge of international regulatory environment; direct experience with national or international regulators a plus.

  • Prepared to make decisions and take calculated risks, able to synthesize detailed information and make sound decisions based on risk assessment and balancing of priorities.

  • Ability to critically evaluate scientific data with a working knowledge of the Product Development long-range plan and experience with cross-functional departments.

  • Fluent in both verbal and written English

  • Excellent presentation skills, verbal and in writing.

  • Networked with academic thought leaders in oncology

  • Demonstrated track record in leading and managing change on a large scale.

Leadership & Other Key Behaviors:

  • Proven ability to effectively work in a global, cross-functional matrix organization.

  • Ability to work effectively in diverse cultures, showing aptitude in modifying style.

  • Successfully leverage external partnerships to achieve key objectives.

  • Proven ability to lead innovation and significant change.

  • Excellent strategic agility, willingness to experiment and take smart risks.

  • Demonstrated track record of leadership skills; has a proven track record in building mid to large-scale organizations and leading management and staff in such organizations to consistently meet or exceed their targets, goals and other objectives.

  • Outstanding partnership skills and a superior grasp of the overall business; previous track record includes identifying opportunities that have improved results in areas beyond direct management or influence. Strong competitive awareness.  Outstanding organizational agility and interpersonal savvy:

  • Knows how to get things done in a way that optimizes results, strengthens internal & external relationships. Consistently demonstrates the managerial courage necessary to ensure optimal business results. Outstanding influencing and negotiation skills: consistently extracts optimized results through skillful collaboration with others. Excellent managerial leadership and professional skills, able to effectively deal with large groups of professionals, resolve conflicts and represent Roche PD China externally.

  • Successfully managed MD's as manager of managers. Proven ability to train, mentor and coach senior level professionals. Ability to develop and execute a meaningful vision.

    • People Leadership: at least 5 years of direct management experience and proven ability to lead, motivate and inspire diverse and cross-functional teams in a highly matrixed environment. Commitment to developing others. Development and training, performance management, succession management and talent management for team members in his/her group

    • Strategic and Decisive Leader: leadership skills that demonstrate energy, passion, courage, vision and the drive to be at the forefront of a changing and competitive environment for the benefit of patients, our people and the business. Demonstrated competence in thinking strategically, analytically and innovatively. Able to quickly and creatively analyze and provide solutions to complex challenges. Proven experience as a successful decisive leader in a strategic multifunctional environment.

    • Strong and Influential Communicator: manifests trust, and is known for ethics and integrity. Possess excellent communication skills and a strong personal presence internally and externally.

    • Results and Solutions Focus: able to sort through information and develop clear concise solutions rapidly. Must be comfortable setting priorities and executing on goals and commitments in a fast-paced dynamic environment where ambiguity and change are present.

Roche is an equal opportunity employer.