• Executive Director, Medical Affairs - Pathologist

    Job Location(s) US-IN-Indianapolis | CH-Geneva
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    Scientific Advanced
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  • Job Overview

    We are currently seeking a Executive Director, Medical Affairs - Pathologist to join our team. Reporting to the Vice President, Global Testing Services and Medical Affairs, the incumbent will provide medical consultative and interpretive support to Covance Central Laboratory Services globally and its internal and external customers. The incumbent is responsible for the oversight of medical decision-making and consultation that relate to laboratory services and clinical trials across all sites globally. Additional areas of oversight include consulting with Quality Assurance, Safety Committee, Investigator Site Support, Project Management, Sponsors, and Investigators. The Sr. Med Director will hold the position of team expert and go-to Pathologist and will advise and contribute to final decisions regarding clinical areas of the business.


    This position can be based out of the Indianapolis, IN or Geneva, Switzerland Covance offices.


    Other areas of responsibilities include;


    People Leadership:

    • Lead a team of MD Pathologists located both in the US and global Covance sites


    Laboratory Operations support:                                                                          

    • Provide medical support and direction to the Laboratory Operations leaders
    • Provide medical/pathology/clinical laboratory support to Laboratory operations departments and Investigators sites as needed.


    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)
    • Provide expert input 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.
    • Key leader in the review and/or approval of new test or service feasibilities.
    • Contribute to scientific publications.

    Business development and support:

    • 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.
    • Collaborate with business development in review, writing, presentation and defense proposals


    • MD degree, Clinical Pathologist
    • Board Certification Clinical Pathology required
    • Dual Board Certification in Clinical Pathology and Anatomical Pathology preferred



    • Minimum of 10 years experience
    • Strong leadership experience and written/verbal communication skills
    • Laboratory management experience and demonstrated financial awareness
    • Expert knowledge of clinical laboratory systems (testing, operations, finances, and information)


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