Clinical Contracts Manager in Fort Collins, CO at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 7/18/2018

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Job Description


Apex Life Sciences is looking for a Clinical Contracts Manager to join our leading drug development organization, located in Fort Collins, CO.

This individual will be a strategic partner to R&D leaders to develop and execute global pharmaceutical supply, and service strategies that enable realization of R&D business goals of speeding innovative medicines to patients. This is a permanent opportunity, with a great relocation package offered to out of state candidates.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the clinical outsourcing process and work with the clinical operation teams to deliver robust agreements.
  • Ensure that contracts maximize value, while minimizing risk across broad scope of clinical outsourcing services as well as regional, regulatory and legal requirements.
  • Actively contribute to the development and implementation of sourcing strategies for R&D non-clinical and clinical supplies and Contract Research Organization (CRO) services.
  • Develop detailed specifications and prepare, finalize, and distribute Requests for Proposal (RFP) to vendors with a team of internal stakeholders.
  • Lead and support the supplier and CRO selection process, including the selection of transactional and preferred vendors, for designated programs and/or clinical/non-clinical supplies and services.
  • Manage the receipt and internal distribution of vendor responses and, as appropriate, review proposals, conduct bid evaluation analyses, coordinate bid defenses with the suppliers.
  • Negotiate master service and quality agreements, confidentiality, service standards, and other vendor agreements.
  • Proactively support vendor cost and service agreement activities that are conducted on time, in budget and with high quality.
  • Develop and foster relationships with preferred/alliance suppliers to ensure clear communication, create an environment of partnership, and agreed-to contractually committed levels of service, quality, timely delivery and cost.
  • Interact with the Legal, Finance, and other departments, as needed, to ensure cross departmental alignment with respect to processes and policies for contract development, approval, execution and management.
  • Manage changes in contract scope, change orders, and amendments to ensure accurate and timely revisions to terms and/or services.
  • Achieve significant synergies and cost savings for R&D budgets for supplies and clinical CRO services.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead the development of contract negotiations and management processes.
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively with executives and senior leaders, both internally and externally.
  • Proven experience within pharmaceutical or contract research industry along with knowledge and understanding of clinical development process and clinical research experience.
  • Financial analysis experience including a proven track record of budget management, contract financial analysis, evaluation of pricing models and negotiation of the financial aspects of contracts.
  • Excellent business/financial acumen, proficient in leading and managing cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to lead, motivate, influence and drive change at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to understand the factors affecting the finances and/or operations of suppliers.
  • Excellent global supplier management skills with ability to foster and leverage professional relationships.
  • Ability to identify and solve complex contractual, process, operational business challenge, and know when to seek assistance.
  • Clear understanding of clinical and non-clinical R&D suppliers, CRO services and pharmaceutical sponsor responsibilities, financial drivers and competencies.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related discipline. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Five or more years’ direct experience in a negotiating and managing nonclinical and clinical supply and/or service agreements, and other responsibilities within the pharmaceutical industry.

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EEO Employer

Apex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at employeeservices@apexsystemsinc.com or 844-463-6178.

EEO Employer

Apex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at employeeservices@apexsystemsinc.com or 844-463-6178.