Senior Director Operational Strategy, Oncology - United States
Raleigh, NC  / Durham, NC 
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Job Description
Job Overview:

Covance is seeking a Senior Director of Operational Strategy, Oncology which can be based anywhere in the United States for the right candidate. The ideal candidate is an experienced leader within a TA Centre of Excellence, and is expected to leverage their Research and Development experience from Target Product Profile generation to operational study execution to aid the delivery team to sustainably grow a portfolio of innovative and profitable business. This includes orchestrating through a cross functional team the design of effective and differentiated strategies for operational execution with clients and internal experts in a therapeutic area within the CDCS, Phase I-III business. Further this person is expected to proactively contribute to cross enterprise business opportunities, leveraging their expertise to aid the growth of the integrated Oncology business across Covance and Lab Corp.

In this critical role, the Senior Director is expected to establish new and grow existing client relationships, and be seen as an industry leader internally by colleagues and peers and externally by the client base.

Commercial Acumen

Experience and Requirements:

  • This person must have a strong background across pharmaceutical development, with the Research & Development know-how combined with an excellent understanding of the industry, market and clients’ needs , to present Covance’s medical and scientific capabilities to clients.

  • Contributes significantly to the growth within the Therapeutic Area. He/She designs and develops winning trial strategies and integrated solutions that result in clear differentiation in the marketplace, higher win rate, and a more profitable portfolio of business in the TA

  • Owns and internally advocates for client needs, expectations and satisfaction; identifies, develops and fosters new and existing client relationships at senior operational levels with clients, KOLs, Vendor Partners etc., in partnership with operational colleagues, guiding teams in delivering to and establish/maintain effective client relationships

  • Leads high quality, strategically innovative price competitive end-to-end business development strategies, including RFI response, proposal development, bid defence preparation and He/She is ambassador of the Company and supports Covance’s capability, visibility and position through development of appropriate publications and presentations at conferences, meetings and webinars etc.


  • Engages with Covance’s leadership to help driving and implementation of TA-specific initiatives which aim to improve performance of the business, including cross TA and functional integrated opportunities, to grow and expand the Therapeutic

  • Helps to define and implement the TA vision and strategy; translates this into key initiatives and priorities; develops and delivers against TA operating plans & project plans; able to achieve results in a global, virtual and complex environment; tracks and measures progress.

  • Partners with peers ensuring consistency (quality, standards, policies, processes and practices) across the portfolio in the TA and across TAs

  • Leads by Example in building and sustaining a scalable organization; creates a forward looking culture of ownership and accountability; delegates for development and growth; identifies and sets up high performers for success; is self-aware and a

  • Effectively leads and/or coordinates in a global, complex environment; sets clear expectations for colleagues; leverages experience to coach and mentor for success; consistently communicates and connects; fosters a continuous learning environment

  • Attracts, selects, on-boards, develops and retains high performing talent; strengthens and deepens talent bench and succession;

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Contributes to the TA commercial and scientific leadership and direction, leveraging expertise from other functions as required to ensure the successful growth and differentiation in the global marketplace

  • Ensures appropriate development and delivery of TA & program-specific training

  • Participates in training opportunities to advance knowledge of TA, drug development, GCP etc.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Advance degree, PhD and/or MBA preferred
  • 15 or more years of Research & development and clinical research experience (pharmaceutical or biotech and CRO), preferably including 3 or more years leading cross-functional full development programmes from concept inception to defining the operational strategy for delivery of the clinical trials in respective Therapeutic Area
  • Broader level client relationships and business development experience
  • Demonstrated vision, strategy and growth experience
  • Financial acumen in understanding and effectively contributing to a competitive study or Programme strategy which is profitable.

Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Individual with Disability/Veteran). Your confidentiality and privacy are important to us.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
15+ years
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