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Covance Executive Medical Director - Americas Oncology in Indianapolis, Indiana

Job Overview:

Covance is currently looking to recruit an Executive Medical Director - Americas Oncology to lead a team of Medical Directors based in the US, Canada and LATAM. The group plays a pivotal role in the drug development process through strategic consulting, medical monitoring and clinical trial development.

The leader will bring a track record of success in previous roles and be able to demonstrate strong leadership, therapeutic and business acumen. The person will drive new initiatives and ideas and also be highly agile in order to adopt and bring to life new ideas and innovations to enhance business, culture, and processes. Additionally, the incumbent will work directly with sponsors pre and post business wins to ensure that Covance is well-positioned for future growth and opportunities.

Key responsibilities

This role requires an individual possessing strong professional leadership and management capabilities deemed necessary to lead a large-scale medical and therapeutic led organization. Additionally, he/she will manage across a complex global organization and deliver exceptional client performance and high-caliber CRO/pharmaceutical services. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record as an agent of change in challenging environments and proven success in fostering a confident and capable workforce. Additional key role responsibilities to include;

Company Focus:

  • Contributes to and may lead the development of Company policies involving medical, safety and therapeutics

  • Participates and leads in process improvement activities across Company

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Client Relationship & Business Development Activities

  • Partnering with Global Clinical Organization to develop new and enhance existing client relationships where possible

  • Provides leadership and presents medical/scientific capabilities to clients as a participant of a proposal team

  • Leverage known and builds new relationships with investigators/sites to performs site/investigator feasibility and to support optimal recruiting and conduct of trials

  • Utilize knowledge and understanding of business environment to create new business opportunities

  • Serves as point of contact for key clients for business oversight and client relationships

  • Able to present or serve on panels to represent the company at conferences and scientific meetings


  • Provides mentoring to and responsible for the supervision, career development and evaluation of Clinical Research Physicians, Associate Medical Directors, Medical Directors and Senior Medical Directors

  • Supports and participates in the recruitment process for department positions

  • May have managerial responsibility in regard to specific therapeutic sub-specialty within the TA or geographic region

  • Involved in assignment of projects and specific duties to direct reports

  • Responsible for administration and/or delegation of activities of his/her direct reports (for example PTO, timesheet and expense approval)

  • Involved in providing departmental budget preparation and oversight activities

  • Acts as deputy for the TA head as needed


  • Provides leadership to staff within the therapeutic area

  • Leads processes improvement initiatives and/or scientific program initiatives that require involvement and impact across business units

  • Acts deputy for the TA head as needed

  • Contributes to vision and strategy/direction for therapeutic area, e.g. members of Physician Leadership Team

Therapeutic and Scientific Expertise

  • Develops training modules and materials, and provides training in disease states and protocol specific requirements across the Company

  • Participates in training opportunities to advance knowledge of drug development and good clinical practice guidelines

  • Serves as a program level physician across multiple indications for a given compound, can also serve as a sub-specialty TA leader with TA

  • Provides subject matter and drug development expertise to be a key contributor to the medical strategy and execution of the program for the client

  • Provides medical/scientific expertise to project teams

  • Interacts with inter-departmental and external consultants as appropriate

  • Participates in project risk assessment activities

  • Assists when needed with data safety monitoring board activities

  • Provides clinical and medical expertise to other Covance departments

  • Contributes to the scientific strategic leadership for a given therapeutic area and can provide the scientific strategic leadership for a sub-specialty with the TA


  • MD Degree

  • Oncology/Hematology Board Certification


  • Minimum of 10 years clinical research experience

  • Recognized as a clinical research leader within Oncology

  • Specialization in Oncology clinical trials, Phase I-IV

  • Substantial knowledge of drug development and extensive clinical research experience within the pharmaceutical/CRO industry

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