Director, Evidence Program Management II

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Mississauga
  • 150 - 200
  • Salary: 150 - 200


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Director, Evidence Program Management II (Dir EPM II) is accountable for portfolio level oversight within assigned tumor area. This role also assumes strategic activities in support of Sr.

Director, Evidence Program Management and serves as Sr. Director, Evidence Program Management deputy as needed.

Director, Evidence Program Management II (Dir EPM II) is accountable for the overall portfolio management of all company sponsored global studies within the assigned therapeutic area (TA) and/or early access programs (EAP) overseen by Director, Evidence Program Management I (Dir EPM I) and delivered by Associate Directors, Evidence Program Management (AD EPM), covering all program and study deliverables. Overseeing quality, budget, time, resource and risk, the Dir EPM II will have the ability to ensure and optimize the delivery of a suite of evidence studies and/or early access programs, developing operational strategies to optimise trial execution. The role also involves integrating design, feasibility, and operational planning in close collaboration with the Senior Director, Evidence Program Management (Sr Dir EPM) to achieve operational excellence in an aligned organization.

The Dir EPM II is accountable for line management and providing expert input, guidance, direction, mentoring, and support to direct reports on all study related operational activities as well as accountability for coaching and mentoring of soft skill capability development.

The Dir EPM II will also provide advice and support on study related operational activities as needed, as well as coaching and mentoring support of soft skill and leadership capability development across Evidence Delivery team as needed.


Partner with Sr Dir EPM ensuring provision of expertise and operational input into the programs and/or studies (e.g. IMAP, ERT, MARCO, SDC, CSP, High impact proposals (HIPs))

Responsible to serve as AZ single point of contact for alliance studies (eg Daiichi, Merck) with responsibility for activities such as protocol reviews, governance meeting participation and alliance resource need assessments

Lead CRO selection in partnership with Sr Dir EPM, Director, Evidence Program Management I (Dir EPM I), and/or AD EPM

Responsible for partnering with relevant R&D stakeholders within assigned tumor area to align on site selection strategy during early planning phase throughout site selection activities

Project management area of expertise:

Portfolio-level interface with externally managed/outsourced partners for studies planning and delivery

Responsible for integrating design, feasibility and operational planning to ensure that all AZ sponsored studies within assigned tumor area are aligned with priorities and strategy

Accountable for oversight of all project management of deliverables in planning phase within assigned tumor area

Interface with key stakeholders cross-functionally, and/or external partners, to identify, manage and resolve issues affecting program delivery

Oversee portfolio level performance across all AZ sponsored studies against agreed upon plans, milestones and key performance metrics

Main escalation point for Director, Evidence Program Management I (Dir EPM I), and/or AD EPM to manage performance of CRO and execute contractual obligations

Line management/Team capability build area of expertise:

Develop, maintain and conduct individually tailored induction training for newcomers in the assigned tumor area

Set the clear individual and collective goals for direct reports, along with IDPs and monitor the progress over time

Support staff/team to achieve study milestones and all respective deliverables

Support recruitment and retention processes within Evidence Delivery Team



Bachelor’s degree required preferably in medical or biological science or equivalent by experience

Extensive pharmaceutical industry/CRO experience within clinical study/research project delivery, drug development process and relevant guidelines, for example GCP/ICH, for a specific therapeutic and geographical area

Project Management qualification or demonstration of project management skills including scope, budget, timeline, resource management and use of associated tools

Ability to effectively work with Clinical Research Organisations/External Providers

Ability to mentor, develop and educate staff

Proven leadership promoting motivation and empowerment of others in order to accomplish individual, team and organisational objectives

Ability to look for and champion more efficient and effective methods/processes of delivering evidence studies focusing on key performance metrics around reliability, efficiency, cost and quality

Strong problem solving, stakeholder management and conflict resolution skills

Ability to lead change with a positive approach to the challenges of change for self, team and the business

See change as an opportunity to improve performance and add value to the business

Proven ability to interact widely and effectively within the company across regions, functions and cultures

Persuasive communicator in English with a proven ability to work collaboratively in a multi-cultural environment

Demonstrated ability to set and lead priorities, resources, performance targets and project initiatives in a regional and local environment


Experience and knowledge within compliant management of Early Access Program

Advanced degree in medical or biological sciences or field associated with clinical research

Experience of incorporating digital health and patent centric strategies into clinical studies


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Date Posted 04-Mar-2024

Closing Date 24-Mar-2024

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