Senior Director* Clinical Development

Open for hire at one of the following locations –  Shanghai. - Job ID: 7256 


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Senior Director* Clinical Development 


The Senior* Director Clinical Development will work hand-in-hand with the VP of Clinical Development to steer clinical strategies and their operationalization for the assigned programs. He/ She will lead the strategic direction of assigned programs and will be responsible to oversee and provide guidance for the design and execution of clinical trials from early to late stage development through regulatory approval, leading a matrix team. This includes thorough data interpretation based on deep scientific and disease biology understanding, translational expertise and medical knowledge, including patient safety and data integrity.


Primary responsibilities :

  • Oversee and steer the design and execution of clinical trials of assigned programs, accountable for the creation of  the clinical development plan for new compounds, and pave a path towards regulatory approval. 
  • Work hand-in-hand with the VP of Clinical Development to steer clinical strategies and their operationalization of portfolios and platforms. 
  • Owns the strategy formulation and operational planning, content, execution and delivery for assigned programs and will be a key driver of the integrated development, submission and publication plan. 
  • As the Program Leader, steers and directs the program core team in collaboration with the responsible program manager. 
  • Creates and translates Target Product Profile into clinical strategy. 
  • As Program Lead, articulates targets of TPP and CDP to other development functions (e.g. Regulatory, Pharmacovigilance, Statistics, etc.) and drives alignment on objectives and expected outcomes 
  • Collaborates closely with Pharmacovigilance on development of Risk Management Plans. 
  • Accountable for ongoing medical monitoring activities  including medical data review at the program level, and that the clinical development team works hand-in-hand with the Clinical Operations team, with a focus on  patient centric drug development, ensuring balancing of high medical quality, trial complexity, as well as time and cost considerations 
  • Takes ownership together with partner functions in Development on the acceleration of program, trial design, and innovation for the patient (e.g. digital endpoints, synthetic control arms, RWE/ HEOR, PRO, Medical Affairs) 
  • Owns and ensures preparation for clinical sections of key documents, including Investigator's Brochures, IND summary documents, CTAs, responses to questions from regulatory authorities, IRBs and ethics committees, and NDAs. 
  • Oversees Clinical Study Report (CSR) medical content meets high quality expectations on medical standards, provides respective guidance to other members of the clinical development team 
  • Establishes, leads, and manages relationships with key external stakeholders (industry partners, Key Opinion Leaders, health authorities). 
  • Represents the team to decision/governance meetings, senior management, or advisory boards as applicable. 
  • Responsible for supervising/mentoring multiple studies/clinicians. Leads horizontally in the program team members from other functions; drives overall performance of the program team 

What you have to offer.

  • M.D. with strong scientific and clinical background in Immuno-Oncology, Oncology 
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience within Immuno-Oncology, Oncology at the biotech/pharmaceutical and the academic setting, including leading clinical development programs from exploratory Phase I/II clinical studies through late stage development in Phase III and regulatory submissions. 
  • Thorough understanding of the clinical and scientific methods and approaches used in clinical development studies, as novel clinical study designs, application of companion diagnostics for patient selection, clinical pharmacology/ translational modeling and biostatistics. Complemented with several years of experience on confirmatory Phase III trial design and respective dossier preparation and submission activities. 
  • Experienced in global health authority interactions (EMA, FDA, MHRA, CDE). Having participated or led a drug development program to successful registration is an advantage. 
  • Strong medical experience in medical monitoring including overseeing and interpreting safety and efficacy clinical trial data and ensuring appropriate contact for study medical and patient safety aspects. 
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and several years (>2+ years) line management experience in global matrix organization. Ability to lead horizontally and in a matrix environment, driving execution of workplans in collaboration with other functions. 
  • Ability to strategize and lead a goal oriented clinical development team.
  • High level of comfort and demonstrated successes working in a matrix environment (global and cross-functional), including contributing to establishing clarity and structures and driving state of the art collaborations with external academic and industry partners.
  • A genuine interest and understanding of the science supporting the clinical development programs. Confident to discuss and present scientific and mechanistic aspects of drug development.
  • Provides subject matter expertise and has a genuine interest to mentor and develop others.
  • Ability to apply situational management style to both mentor and accelerate capabilities of its reports. 
  • High proficiency in English (written and spoken


Benefits for you

BioNTech is committed to the wellbeing of our team members and offers a variety of benefits in support of our diverse employee base. We offer competitive remuneration packages which is determined by the specific role, location of employment and also the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

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Note: The availability, eligibility and design of the listed benefits may vary depending on the location. The final requirements for the individual use of our benefits are based on the company's internal policies and applicable law.


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