Global Head, Product Development Global Clinical Operations, Therapeutic Area (Oncology)

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

The Global Head, PDG Clinical Operations Therapeutic Area (Oncology) (aka TA Head) provides strategic direction, clinical operations expertise and support for Oncology. The Oncology TA Head reports to the Global Head, PDG Clinical Operations and is accountable for the delivery of all development operations activities for programs within the oncology portfolio throughout the Life Cycle Management. The TA Head manages a staff of 300+ permanent and contractors and the corresponding budget to support all oncology projects in the late stage portfolio.

The areas of major responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following responsibilities:

  • Creates and implements strategy, goals and objectives for the oncology TA that supports the PDG future state and strategic priorities.
  • Provides leadership and management for Disease Area Leads/Operations Franchise Leads, Operations Program Leaders, Study Management and Biosample Operations Managers across multiple global locations
  • Contributes functional and operational expertise to the development and implementation of the oncology therapeutic area strategy
  • Provides strategic guidance on the development and implementation of Clinical Development Plans within the oncology projects
  • Works closely with PD and GPS Oncology TA Head and is accountable for the delivery of program and study level activities to the oncology programs
  • Develops, agrees, implements and meets the consolidated FTE and project operational budgets for the oncology TA and its programs
  • Ensures that the Clinical Operations function is represented and is contributing at a high level of excellence on project teams in the TA
  • Works with PDG global heads to ensure increased productivity within oncology, cross-TA and across PDG
  • Manages resource allocation to meet business needs
  • Ensures the performance of employees is proactively managed and employees are coached, trained and developed in order to maximize contributions
  • Fosters a culture of continuous improvements, learning, innovation and creativity
  • Support employees in embracing the PDG operating principles

As a member of the PDG Leadership Team (PDG LT):

  • Plays a critical strategic role in achieving the PDG Future State; aligns oncology TA specific work to the PDG Strategic Priorities; and aligns with the PDG operating principles
  • Provides a consolidated overview of programs within the oncology TA including the strategy, status, risks and risk mitigation plan for projects
  • Active collaborator and participant in PDG and cross-functional working groups to ensure holistic, enterprise-wide alignment and best practice sharing at the site, functional and organizational level
  • Represents PDG in all senior-level interactions
  • Contributes actively to making the PDG leadership team a high functioning leadership team
  • Creates and implements strategy, goals and objectives for the function by providing direct, actionable, positive and corrective feedback to peers
  • Consistently leads with a OnePDG mindset when making TA specific decisions


  • Is responsible for acting in line with legal, regulatory and company standards and codes of practice (such as Roche Code of Conduct and any other Roche directives and guidelines)
  • Completes all required training modules as a priority
  • Acts with high ethical standards

PDG Principles, Roche Values, Competencies and Leadership Commitments:

Committed to operate following the four PDG Principles – Have a OnePDG Mindset, Apply the 80/20 Rule, Be Agile and Prioritize Strategically

Demonstrates all of the Roche Values – Integrity, Courage and Passion

Competencies and Leadership Commitments

Inspiring and Influencing/I Take Genuine Interest in People: Connects with people in ways that generate enthusiasm and commitment. Finds opportunities to build community, celebrate and have fun. Infuses the organization with a sense of purpose. Rallies support throughout the organization to get things done.

I Empower and Trust People to Make Decisions: Pushes decision making to the lowest appropriate level and develops employees’ confidence in their ability to make those decisions. Stands behind decisions that have been made. Understands the broad context for decisions and reflects that context in how decisions are made. Makes good decisions even in the face of ambiguous circumstances or contradictory requirements.

I Discover and Develop the Potential in People/Feedback and Coaching: Finds and attracts highly talented people. Develops people through constructive feedback and encouragement. Acts as a mentor, helping others to develop and advance in their careers. Encourages appropriate risk-taking to develop individuals through challenging stretch assignments.

Innovation: Challenges the organization to be curious, question the status quo and adopt new approaches. Fosters a culture that leverages diversity and unique perspectives. Has vision; often brings up ideas about potentials and possibilities for the future.

Strategic Agility: Articulates wise, long-term objectives and strategies; maintains focus on a long-term strategy while successfully adapting to changing environmental conditions; provides focus and direction to successfully navigate complexity and uncertainty

Communication: Makes people feel that they are truly heard; clearly articulates even the most complex concepts; encourages direct and open discussions about important issues; can be depended on to tell the truth regardless of the circumstances.

Managing Change:  Leads change by example; understands the impact of change and new activity on the wider organization; adapts to changing external pressures facing the organization.

Team Work and Collaboration: Seeks common ground in an effort to resolve conflicts; builds bridges across geographical, cultural, and functional boundaries to enhance collaboration; brings out the best in people; finds and attracts highly talented and productive people.

I Set priorities and simplify work:  Provides clarity and focus on a few key priorities; seeks opportunities to streamline and improve business operations; uunderstands the impact of change and new activity on the wider organization.

Qualifications, Experience, Skills, Knowledge:

  • Advanced degree in life sciences or equivalent work experience preferred
  • 10+ years of multidisciplinary experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, or other related industry in a regulated environment; minimum of 3 years' previous experience at the Director-level or equivalent required
  • Experience in drug discovery, development and commercialization processes preferred
  • Experience in global clinical operations preferred
  • Experience working in Oncology preferred
  • Proven track record for consistently meeting or exceeding financial and/or other quantitative targets, as well as qualitative goals.
  • Demonstrate outstanding operational management skills, including internal consulting/project management, leading function-wide business planning processes, to include development and implementation of plans, goals and metrics
  • Experience in change management and driving mindset and behavior change
  • Demonstrated experience leading large-scale projects/programs in the pharmaceutical, biotech, or related industry
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, lead and execute on a variety of assignments and action plans; demonstrated ability to drive for results and manage complex projects
  • Proven track record of highly effective teamwork, collaboration and stakeholder influencing skills
  • 5+ years of experience leading and inspiring large teams and managing manager of managers in a highly matrixed organization
  • Experience leading global teams in multiple sites working across multiple cultures and countries with a strong appreciation for diversity and inclusion
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, facilitation skills, and presentation skills; fluency in written and verbal English language
  • Availability to travel internationally

Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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