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Director, Contracts and Vendor Management (PCVM)

Company: AlloVir
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Job Description:

Title: Director, Contracts and Vendor Management (PCVM)Location: Cambridge, MAReports to: VP & Head of Program Management, Contracts and Vendor Management (PCVM)The RoleAt AlloVir (formerly ViraCyte) it is our mission to develop and deliver transformative cell therapies for patients suffering from life-threatening virus-associated diseases. We are the leader in the clinical development of novel cell therapies designed to restore natural T-cell immunity against devastating virus-associated diseases in immunocompromised patients, including stem cell and organ transplant recipients. AlloVir has built an innovative technology platform developed by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Cell and Gene Therapy. Our proprietary technology platform delivers commercially scalable, "ready-to-administer" solutions by leveraging off-the-shelf, allogeneic, multi-virus specific T-cells, designed to treat or prevent multiple devastating virus-associated diseases. We are now planning and advancing mid- and late-stage clinical trials across our growing product pipeline.Allovir is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of Director, Contracts and Vendor Management who will shape the direction of AlloVir's clinical, regulatory, safety outsourcing and contracts function. This person must have a strong track record of clinical R&D category management having successfully completed market assessments for potential vendors, having led cross-functional team evaluation and selection of providers and negotiated business terms for strategic vendor partnerships, building and overseeing the partnership from concept through execution and completion. It is critical that AlloVir vendors provide the highest level of service and quality while maintaining fair-market-value financial partnerships.S/he will also collaborate with the Head of PCVM and key stakeholders within Project Leadership, Regulatory, Clinical, Safety, Quality, Legal, and Finance to drive continuous improvement within outsourcing and vendor management and adjacent functions. The Director, Contracts and Vendor Management will serve as subject matter expert for development of study request for proposals (RFPs), CRO and vendor evaluation and qualification, clarifying and ensuring strategic alignment and operational efficiency, all in support of delivery of AlloVir business objectives. It is expected that s/he will provide guidance and develop standards for CRO and vendor qualification, selection, and performance metrics while collecting and integrating feedback from numerous stakeholders and customers.Prior managerial experience is required. Strong analytical and negotiation skills are critical success factors. As a highly visible leader within the organization, we seek role model leadership capabilities and a "can do" attitude.RESPONSIBILITIESThe successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Aligning with project timelines, work closely with internal AlloVir clinical, regulatory, quality, safety teams to develop RFP assumptions
  • Liaise with contract research organizations, labs, and other vendors to submit and receive proposals
  • Complete proposal review and analysis, identify strengths and weaknesses of proposals, organize and facilitate CRO/ vendor proposal defense discussions
  • Lead cross-functional teams to successful vendor selection and partnerships that result in high quality, timely delivery of projects at fair market value
  • Support the evaluation and qualification of clinical, regulatory, safety vendors
  • Elicit and maintain approved CRO/ vendor database and performance metrics
  • Review and track status of clinical work orders, change orders, clinical trial agreements, amendments and confidentiality agreements according to the defined scope of work. Work with Finance and Legal to ensure Work Order compliance with Financial and Legal parameters
  • Update the relevant parties regarding outstanding CRO agreements and budgets, and provide weekly updates to clinical, regulatory, safety, quality, finance, and legal teams
  • Following approval by the applicable functional area representatives and CC&O lead, prepare/format and finalize contracts for execution
  • Work with AlloVir Legal document-tracking databases
  • Liaise with legal for review of contract language
  • Collaborate with vendors and legal to measure and effectively manage clinical trial agreement cycle timesQUALIFICATIONSREQUIRED
    • BS/BA degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific or business-related field
    • 10-15+ years of direct experience in outsourcing or procurement, including clinical, regulatory, and safety services
    • Proven leadership skills. Sees the "big picture" strategically and helps team to maintain focus on AlloVir's strategic goals
    • Ability to quickly understand business use cases and opportunities for change, to create corresponding process and business model improvements. Prior leadership supporting cross-functional operational excellence initiatives is a plus
    • Strong leader, and team player who demonstrates initiative, willingness to roll-up his/her sleeves, and problem solve
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
    • Excellent negotiation and written/verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work independently, creative thinking and problem solving skills
    • Must have good organization and planning skills, proven ability to handle multiple priorities and work independentlyPREFERRED
      • Process engineering/ Lean and/or Six Sigma trainingWhy join AlloVir?Join the leader in the development of novel cell therapies with a focus on restoring natural immunity against life-threatening virus-associated diseases in patients with severely weakened immune systems. Over many years, AlloVir's world-leading scientists have developed a highly innovative pipeline of allogeneic, off-the-shelf, T-cell therapies being studied to treat and prevent many devastating and life-threatening virus-associated diseases. The company's lead product, Viralym-M, an investigational cell therapy to treat active virus-associated diseases, including from BK hemorrhagic cystitis, cytomegalovirus, adenovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, JC virus and human herpesvirus 6. AlloVir's technology and manufacturing process enables the potential for the treatment and/or prevention of up to six devastating viruses with each single allogeneic cell therapy.Join AlloVir to help advance the development of this innovative technology platform and multiple mid- and late-stage clinical trials to help severely immunocompromised patients. AlloVir is part of the ElevateBio-family of companies with access to ElevateBio BaseCamp's industry-leading, centralized cell and gene therapy manufacturing capabilities. By joining AlloVir, you will be able to not only advance innovative science but also a part of a truly new business model for advancing cell and gene therapies.AlloVir is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristicAlloVir is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. AlloVir will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.Powered by JazzHRgENqDM7yFn

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