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Director, Medical Affairs - Pathologist

Covance 5/1/2018 1:09:53 PM
JOB ID: 19560 Category: Scientific Advanced Degree
Indianapolis, Indiana



Job Overview

The Director, Medical Affairs provides medical consultative and interpretive support to Covance Central Laboratory Services and its internal and external customers. The incumbent is responsible for medical decision-making and consultation that relate to laboratory services and clinical trials. Additional responsibilities include consulting with Quality Assurance, Safety Committee, Investigator Site Support, Project Management, Sponsors, and Investigators.

Laboratory Operations support:
- Assist with the laboratory, medical or other company functions that require a pathologist, including analyses of and responses to medical or pathology/laboratory/clinical trials inquiries by customers.
- Provide medical support and direction to the Laboratory Operations leaders, acting as first point of contact for US Central Labs.
- Provide medical/pathology/clinical laboratory support to Laboratory operations departments and Investigators sites as needed.
- Review abnormal peripheral blood smears and serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP), as assigned.

Regulatory and Compliance:
- As needed or requested, participate in investigator meetings or client visits to provide medical and laboratory support required for the success of a pharmaceutical drug clinical trial and submission of laboratory data to the FDA.
- Consult with Quality Assurance to ensure compliance with applicable local and international regulations governing clinical reference laboratories, transport of clinical specimens, and pharmaceutical drug clinical trials.
- Assist in interfacing with Sponsors and/or Regulatory authorities as needed.

Scientific support:
- Assist in the scientific professional growth of laboratory employees (provide guidance for professional development of staff, participates in interviews, makes hiring recommendations, leads disciplinary actions, delivers performance appraisal review, as required)
- Collaborate with others in the organization in the creation and approval of reference ranges and appropriate test/method selection for a given clinical indication.
- Advise in the development and approval of the technical database, the proprietary clinical trials database, and laboratory information systems.
- Participate in the review and/or approval of new test or service feasibilities.
- Pursue continuing or medical education in order to remain current in technology advances in the areas of laboratory medicine and clinical trials.
- Contribute to scientific publications.

Business development and support:
- As needed, interact with Sponsors and Medical Affairs group in protocol review and/or development
- Perform literature review related to the therapeutic area involved in Sponsor clinical development
- Communicate with clients and clients' Project Managers to promote project schedule adherence within laboratory operations and meet high quality standards.
- Participate in business development visits to current and potential clients as required.
- Make presentations and represent the company at professional meetings and with prospective and existing clients as required
- Collaborate with business development in review, writing, presentation and defense proposals


* MD Degree
* Certification in Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology
* Certification in Anatomic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology (IND) or European equivalent
* Possess an active Indiana state medical license or be qualified and willing to obtain
* Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate comfortably with individuals at all levels from a multitude of educational, scientific, professional and national or international backgrounds.

- Experience that satisfies the personnel requirement of CLIA 1988 or other applicable regulations for laboratory director.
- Knowledge of clinical laboratory systems (testing, operations, finances, and information).
- Must have laboratory management Experience and demonstrated financial awareness
- Global and/or pharmaceutical Experience highly preferred

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana


Covance Recruiting Process

Below is a general Overview of Our Recruiting Process

If you’d like to work for us, please submit your resume/CV online. If your ability to use or access our electronic application is limited due to a disability, please visit or call 1-800-978-4473 for help.

We consider applications from everyone who is interested in a position with us and who meets the required criteria and qualifications.

If your application is selected, someone from our recruiting team will contact you to arrange an initial screen. We may carry this out over the phone or at a face-to-face meeting. You must complete the screen to be considered for the position.

Based on the results of the initial screen, we may invite you to an interview. One of our recruiting team members will contact you to arrange this. The process may involve several interviews, initially over the phone, and then face-to-face with different members of the hiring team.

Our interviews follow a behavioral-based format. This means we’ll ask you to give us information that’s specific to your professional and educational experiences.

Hiring team members will share and discuss their input and then make their decision.

If you’re the person who best meets the requirements of the position, a member of the hiring team will get in touch to make you an offer of employment. Covance is an eVerify employer (United States only).