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Director of Business Operations Vendor Outsourcing

Executive Management
Dublin City Centre
Jill Madden
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Job Reference: JO-2005-65198_1590046444


Our client is a leading Biopharma organisation who are seeking to appoint an industry leader to a new position of Director, R&D Outsourcing. to provide direction, oversight, and expertise in clinical outsourcing of global Phase 1 and 4 clinical trials.

In this role you will manage, mentor and motivate a successful senior outsourcing team within a matrixed environment with direct reports in Dublin, the UK and US HQ and manage a broad scope of procurement, contracts and outsourcing and lead operations within the entire life cycle including vendor selection, RFI, RFP, vendor selection decision, contracting, monitoring performance, change orders and ensuring proper closeout of clinical agreements. The position will have the opportunity to work in a matrix environment and regularly collaborate with Senior Management and cross functional teams. As part of the leadership team the Director will lead strategic initiatives within clinical vendor outsourcing, contract management, category management and budget development including negotiation and drafting expertise, in a high volume, fast paced environment.


  • Delivery Excellence - Manage contract and sourcing activities for clinical development programs providing consistent customer service and delivering quantitative value through cost savings and transformation/innovation. Collaborates with internal customers in vendor bidding and proposal development (RFP creation and analysis).

  • Strategic Thinking -Ability to understand an analyze from multiple complex sources such as financial and operational perspectives

  • Innovation -Identifies, develops, and deploys best practices in vendor selection, cost containment, and category management practices

  • Influence and Partnership -Engage with clinical operations Phase 1 and 4 leadership to drive sourcing strategy, compliance, and continued partnership

  • People Development -Leads a team of Development sourcing and contracting professionals globally, and develops others by identifying and mentoring high performers through a culture of inclusion and collaboration

  • Decision Making -Demonstrated ability to make critical decisions related to clinical vendor agreement negotiations and escalations


· Relevant experience with a BA or MS in a relevant discipline. MBA preferred PMP/CPSM or equivalent a plus

· Relevant experience typically includes contract negotiation, category management and/or clinical outsourcing or procurement

· Experience in providing thought leadership and consistent customer service

· Expertise in the end-to-end sourcing and contracting process, including RFx, contract negotiation and management.

· Demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of the clinical research process and the regulatory environment across functions.

· Demonstrated leadership skills while working in fast paced and changing environment

Fastnet has a strict confidentiality policy - please be assured that your details will never be forwarded to any third party without your consent.

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