Associate Director (Line Management) - Start Up Team Management

Cambridge, United Kingdom
26 Apr 2021
26 May 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
Associate Director (Line Management) - Start Up Team Management- EMEA

PPD's mission is to improve health. It starts as an idea to cure. It becomes a life saved. All in-between, it's you! We know that meaningful results not only require the right approach, but also the right people.  We invite you to re-imagine health promoting protocols with us, working alongside our talented, bright and energetic teams.  

Our goal-driven teams combine and deliver startup activities for the clinical trials, collaborating to improve processes, cycle and flexibility. We partner with our sites, businesses and colleagues around the world to decrease startup timelines and exceed expectations. 

Due to recent expansion of our SIA Team Management group PPD are pleased to be recruiting for an additional Line Manager for this team.  This position can be home based across the EMEA region.

Responsibilities include:
  • Line management for staff members including recruitment, induction and retention of staff. Provide coaching, feedback and training to direct reports. Address performance issues, perform formal performance appraisals, development plans and career coaching
  • Ensures the timely and customer-focused execution of site activation with a focus on quality deliverables for assigned projects. Supports, develops and drives the specific and overall site activation strategies to ensure optimum performance and achievement plans/targets
  • Facilitates site intelligence and activation planning/kick-off meetings to identify potential risks and work with the project team to develop and communicate contingency plans
  • Ensures project risks and potential contingencies impacting deliverables are discussed with Senior Management
  • Reviews and assesses team profitability through the identification of "out of scope" activity in a timely manner and supporting follow through on all aspects of contract modification
  • Communicates with sponsor(s) regularly to obtain direction and feedback on implementing scope of work as well as performance to date. Identifies unusual or significant problems encountered during the course of a clinical trial and proposes strategies for preventing or correcting significant problems
  • Assists in business development by reviewing proposals related to site start-up, making presentations to potential clients and attending professional meetings and conferences
  • Builds and cultivates productive relationships and internal/external networks of contacts globally to facilitate service delivery, client satisfaction and operational effectiveness. Develops and maintains strategic relationships with customers and collaborates with business leads to achieve project goals.
  • Ensures individual project targets are met, client satisfaction, services are provided with the highest quality standards and policies and procedures are followed.
  • Contributes to and may lead change initiatives



To be successful in the role of AD/Dir SIA Team Management applicants should have the following

Education and Experience
  • Previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 10+ years) or equivalent and relevant combination of education, training, & experience.
  • 5+ years of management responsibility
  • Proven leadership skills

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strategic thinking, planning and organization skills
  • Ability to analyze data, anticipate and mitigate risk, exercise sound judgment, problem solving and decision-making working under pressure and at times with limited desired information
  • Ability to use personal influence and persuasion to effectively promote ideas and proposals to shape stakeholder opinions
  • Demonstrates the ability to develop and cultivate strong internal/external networks of contacts and resources to help ensure operational execution
  • Acts as an ambassador for change, influences and motivates, demonstrates solid interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrates credible leadership style, with concise, well organized oral and written communication skills and proven ability to mobilize and foster team productivity
  • Ability to motivate managers and supervisors to define and reach team objectives
  • Expertise in budgeting and resource management
  • Maintains a solid understanding of FDA, GCP, and ICH guidelines with a track record of successful operational delivery

At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognise the power of being one team. We understand that you will want to grow both professionally and personally throughout your career, and therefore at PPD you will benefit from an award-winning learning and development programme, ensuring you reach your potential.  

As well as being rewarded a competitive salary, we have an extensive benefits package based around the health and well-being of our employees. We have a flexible working culture, where PPD truly value a work-life balance. We've grown sustainably year on year but continue to offer a collaborative environment, with teams of colleagues eager to share expertise and have fun together. We are a global organisation but with a local feel. 

- We have a strong will to win - We earn our customer's trust - We are gamechangers - We do the right thing -We are one PPD - 

If you resonate with our five principles above, and ultimately wish to accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics for some of the world's most urgent health needs, then please submit your application - we'd love to hear from you.  


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