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Clinical Scientist - Product Development Oncology (TAPISTRY)

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

Roche’s Clinical Development organization is structured by therapeutic area and is responsible for developing and executing the late development (Phase II – IIIA) clinical strategies and plans to deliver medically-differentiated therapies that provide meaningful improvement to patients. The PD Clinical Scientist participates in development of the Clinical Development (CD) strategy and plan and supports the assigned PD Medical Director/Clinical Development Physician(s) with various deliverables necessary for effective and efficient CD plan execution for the assigned molecule(s)/indication(s). PD Clinical Scientists have primary responsibilities for supporting PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians with clinical documentation, representing CD on various sub-teams or other appropriate forums, supporting training of study site personnel, acting as a primary point-of-contact for questions and inquiries to CD regarding CD studies or other programs, conducting ongoing medical/safety data reviews, and providing clinical science inputs into study reporting. PD Clinical Scientists are expected to perform their responsibilities independently. PD Clinical Scientists are likely to have regular external interactions with cooperative groups, key opinion leaders (KOLs), external vendors supporting the work of CD, etc. They may also, alongside the PD Medical Director/Clinical Development Physician, participate in external interactions with health authorities (HAs).


1. Cross-Functional Team Leadership & Management

• Participates in the relevant Clinical Science Team (CST)

• Represents CD in sub-teams (e.g., Study Management Teams) relevant to assigned molecule(s)/indication(s), except the Development Team (DT). As needed and appropriate, addresses CD study or other program-specific questions; provides updates; delivers presentations; etc. May act as the lead CD representative on sub-teams

• As requested, or otherwise appropriate, trains new CST members

• May also, as appropriate, support relevant sub-teams in assigning and training new team members

• As appropriate, participates in ongoing enhancements/development of team processes, structures, systems, tools and other resources

• As appropriate, coaches and guides less experienced Clinical Scientists

• Where applicable, may manage one or more direct reports and is, in such instances, responsible for hiring, training, developing and retaining talent on his/her staff. Consistently complies with all governing employment laws, regulations and company HR policies & procedures

2. Global Clinical Development Planning

• Stays abreast of internal and external developments, trends and other dynamics relevant to the work of CD to maintain, at all times, a fully current view and perspective of internal/external influences and/or implications for the assigned therapeutic and disease area(s)

• As appropriate, participates in competitive intelligence and/or other market/industry assessment activities and projects

• Maintains scientific and clinical knowledge in the specific therapeutic and disease area(s) of assignment

• Collaborates with a variety of internal and external partners and stakeholders, such as clinical investigators, clinicians, scientists and KOLs, as well as multidisciplinary internal groups, including other groups in PD, research, business development, commercial operations, legal, etc.

• May participate in meetings, reviews, discussions and other interactions regarding early development/Phase I studies to provide clinical science input and guidance. Includes reviewing Phase I protocols and providing CD input into these

• Supports internal partners in transitioning new drugs/indications into Phase IIIB or publication studies. May review Phase IIIB protocols and other information and provide CD input into these

• Expected to make important contributions to the CD strategy for the relevant therapeutic/disease area(s)

• Participates, alongside PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians, in the development of clinical science contributions into annual and strategic Lifecycle Plans (LCPs) and the Integrated Development Commercialization Plan (IDCP)

• Develops the CD plan with the PD Medical Director/Clinical Development Physician for assigned molecule(s)/indication(s) and/or other programs Gathers and analyzes data and information necessary to create the CD plan. May also delegate such research and analysis to less experienced Clinical Scientists

• Supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians by providing additional guidance and direction to CSTs and other relevant teams in developing all CD plan components (e.g. analytics/data strategy, KOL development, publications strategy, etc.)

• Where applicable and assigned, supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians in providing other groups with information and input into budget/resource requirements necessary to implement and execute the CD plan

• Supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians in preparing for HA meetings. As appropriate, participates in HA meetings. Ethically, effectively and professionally represents the interests of Roche and patients

3. Clinical Development Plan Implementation

• Provides strategic clinical science support for assigned studies and programs:

• Leads or otherwise participates in ongoing CST and relevant sub-team meetings, other interactions and communications

• Develops innovative clinical study designs for review and discussion with PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians and/or Global Development Leaders (GDLs)

• Conducts appropriate literature searches

• Collaborates with clinical operations, other groups and PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians to develop consistent language and criteria for the Informed Consent Form (ICF), protocol eligibility, protocol dose modification, protocol safety, Case Report Forms (CRFs), CRF instructions, etc. Helps coordinate consistent use of language and criteria across multiple Roche teams and projects (includes partner studies)

• Reviews and/or writes additional clinical science documentation and/or clinical science input into other documentation managed by other Roche groups (e.g., protocol summaries, safety monitoring plans, process documents, investigator brochures, etc.)

• Helps coordinate the successful completion of documents with other groups

• As needed/appropriate, collaborates with others in the review of safety narratives and other safety-related guidelines and documentation

• Collaborates with clinical operations to develop and implement the overall data quality plan

• Develops and provides input for clinical presentation slides and other materials for internal/external meetings and/or ongoing communications for review/discussion with PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians (e.g., investigator meetings, pre-study site selection visits, study coordinator or clinical research administrator training,

study newsletters, communications to study sites, etc.)

• Collaborates with clinical operations to develop agendas, materials and other items for investigator and other relevant meetings pertaining to assigned studies and programs

• As needed/appropriate, accompanies clinical operations staff to study site visits, investigator and other meetings

• Provides additional support with site training, as needed, or requested

• Where assigned, acts as the primary CD liaison/point-of-contact from the team for medical monitor inquiries from clinical operations, clinical research organizations (CROs), etc.

• Responds to questions from other internal and external parties regarding assigned studies and programs

• Collaborates with PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians, clinical operations, data management and other groups to conduct clinical review of study data; identifying and evaluating study data trends, outliers, protocol violators, etc. Works with PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians, clinical operations, data

management and potentially other groups to develop and communicate relevant medical inquiries

• Participates in safety meetings and tracks, analyzes and reports any potential safety events

• Reviews, analyzes and discusses clinical study reporting documents with PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians and various other groups

• Tracks items for inclusion in protocol/ICF amendments and works with other groups to ensure the timely and appropriate completion of protocol amendments

• Assists PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians in responding to HA inquiries

• Supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians in preparing for internal/external meetings and presentations

• Works closely with PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians, clinical operations and other groups to close-out clinical studies, secure data and complete study reporting

• Participates in the development and implementation of communications strategies to support existing and concluded studies. Includes KOL interactions, advisory boards, major medical meetings, congresses and other events, publications and other materials

• May also deliver key presentations, both internally and externally, to convey the CD perspective and provide updates on strategies, plans and other activities. Includes presenting at advisory boards and other relevant external forums representing Roche

• Writes and/or reviews abstracts, posters, content for scientific meetings, conferences, other events and presentations, and other publicly distributed materials and coordinates further reviews with internal partners and stakeholders.

• Coordinates submissions to scientific meetings and/or other appropriate venues or groups

• Supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians, regulatory and other internal partners/stakeholders with completion and submission of regulatory filings and other regulatory documentation.

• Writes clinical science sections of HA meeting packages and assists in the development and review of other clinical documentation required for regulatory submissions and other regulatory processes

• Works with PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians to drive ongoing data generation to address unmet medical needs and identify new or extended CD studies or other programs for the relevant therapeutic area of assignment

• Completes and/or leads other special projects, as and when assigned, or otherwise requested

• Consistently complies with all governing laws, regulations, Roche Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other guidelines


• Bachelor’s Degree required (life sciences preferred)

• Advanced Clinical/Science Degree is preferred (e.g., PharmD, PhD, MSN, MPH, etc.)

• 8 or more years clinical trial experience (must demonstrate a minimum of 4 years clinical trial experience in pharma/biotech industry)

• Data listing review experience

• Experience working on a clinical team (or equivalent)

• Experience authoring aspects of a global clinical development plan or full clinical study protocol

• Experience publishing results of a clinical drug trial in a referred journal

• Strong relevant therapeutic area experience (typically demonstrable with 2 or more years relevant experience)

• Has extensive knowledge of clinical research and has successfully worked across Phase II – III drug development projects

• Broad experience in the principles and techniques of data analysis, interpretation and clinical relevance (e.g., ISS, ISE, competitor data, etc.)

• Comprehensive understanding of product and safety profiles

• Well-versed in medical aspects of GCP (Good Clinical Practice), ICH (International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use), FDA, EMEA, NICE and other relevant guidelines and regulations

• Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)

• Previous people management experience is a plus


• Has impeccable ethics. Demonstrates, or proven abilities to demonstrate, Roche Values

• Outstanding attention-to-detail

• Proven abilities to perform Clinical Scientist responsibilities independently and with limited guidance. Has demonstrated, through past experience, abilities to competently manage the majority of Clinical Scientist deliverables associated with assigned clinical studies

• Strong business acumen; has in-depth knowledge of the multidisciplinary functions involved in a company’s drug development process, e.g., clinical operations, biostatistics, regulatory, commercial operations, etc. and can proactively integrate multiple perspectives into the

clinical development process for best end-results

• Excellent project management skills: can prioritize multiple tasks and goals to ensure the timely, on-target and within-budget accomplishment of such

• Strong interpersonal, verbal communication and influencing skills: can influence without authority and has proven experience building and cultivating relationships with key partners and stakeholders, both internally and externally

• Outstanding written communication skills

• Strong business presentation skills: highly effective at summarizing and presenting the key considerations and decision-points

• Confident and competent when interacting with varying levels of internal/external management, KOLs, etc.: stays focused and on- point, and is able to raise problems or challenges in a productive and mature manner

• Strong negotiation skills: can effectively drive discussions and decisions toward desired end results

• Proven track record of effective decision-making: makes good business decisions and exercises sound judgment. Consistently and effectively balances decisions with imperatives for ethics and efficacy

• Proven teamwork skills: has a proven track record of working highly effectively, efficiently and collaboratively with others. Has proven experience and skills working with multidisciplinary teams

• Strong financial acumen: proven abilities for effective planning, development and oversight of project budgets and other resources

• Aptitude or proven ability to manage others (can lead and motivate direct reports, as well as prioritize and oversee their work through to

successful outcomes)

• Ability to travel (<30%)

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