Director, Strategic Development - Rare, Orphan & Paediatric Diseases - Remote, United States or

United States
07 Jan 2021
06 Feb 2021
Clinical Research
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
Director, Strategic Development - Rare, Orphan & Pediatric Diseases


Who We Are

Synteract ® , a Syneos Health ® company, is a leading full service Contract Research Organization (CRO) with a successful three-decade track record of supporting emerging biotech and pharmaceutical companies. With our mission of Bringing clinical trials to life TM , we provide customized Phase I through IV services globally, offering expertise across multiple therapeutic areas, including notable depth in oncology, dermatology, general medicine, infectious disease and vaccine, neuroscience, pediatrics, and rare and orphan diseases.

Position Overview

The Director, Strategic Development of Rare, Orphan & Paediatric is responsible for contributing to business development activities, providing operational and strategic leadership and executive oversight ensuring client delivery. This position can be based in Morrisville, NC, Carlsbad, CA or Remote, Anywhere US.

Specific tasks would include:

  • Work with the business development team to expand the pipeline of business through new and existing client relationships.
  • Attend client meetings to conduct capabilities presentations and assess client objectives.
  • Review and provide strategic input to client proposals and budgets, and attend bid defense meetings.
  • Attend business development, outsourcing and operational and meetings.
  • Drives program strategy to meet client and operational objectives by leveraging past experiences and knowledge of the therapeutic area.
  • Identify appropriate internal and/or external advisers on specific therapeutic area and integrate their considerations in the development of a customized project strategy; provide related internal training of staff on strategy.
  • Maintain scientific, competitive, and strategic intelligence.
  • Provide executive oversight by interacting with the client and the delivery teams to ensure project deliverables and client satisfaction; may include formal project team Advisory role and/or relationship governance with select clients.
  • Liaise with PM leadership and the project managers to understand project risks and mitigation plans, set KPI's, and provide on-going project reviews to assess project performance over the life of the project.
  • Perform project profitability analysis in conjunction with the finance organization.


  • Life science/medical master's or doctorate degree or equivalent, preferably with a post-graduate qualification in sciences or business management.
  • Minimum of 10 years' project management and operational experience preferably in a CRO environment
  • 4+ years of effectively contributing to business development at both tactical and strategic levels.
  • CRO Experience required
  • Strong understanding of the clinical trial process (phase I - IV).
  • Financial processes and profit/loss statements.
  • Understanding of GCPs, ICH guidelines, FDA and other applicable country regulations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills; English + local language, if relevant.
  • This position requires the ability to travel 50%.

This job excludes Colorado applicants.

Synteract's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity and affirmative action in all of its employment practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, protected veteran status, age, individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression or any other legally protected category. Applicants for positions with Synteract must be legally authorized to work in the country which they are applying and verification of employment eligibility will be required as a condition of hire. The Company will not sponsor applicants [to this position] for work visas.

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