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European Head, Scientific Data Strategy, multiple EU locations

United Kingdom, Remote Job ID R0000023283 Category Project Leadership Date Posted 05/31/2024
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As a part of the global Project Leadership group at Parexel, you are responsible for leading cross-functional teams to deliver high-quality and patient-focused clinical trials and help bring life-changing treatments to market faster. You collaborate with clients and internal stakeholders to identify project requirements, develop project plans, and manage project timelines and budgets. The role requires strong leadership and communication skills, the ability to work under pressure, and a passion for improving patients' lives.

In return, Parexel offers a supportive work environment, and a high degree of empowerment and accountability to lead your studies. Within this role, you work with a diverse set of clients and therapeutic areas, and you are encouraged to take on new challenges and pursue your interests.

Success Profile

Do you have these soft skills and interpersonal traits to succeed at Parexel?

  • Adaptable
  • Communicator
  • Collaborative
  • Leadership
  • Proactive
  • Problem-solver

About This Role

This role can be flexibly based in selected EU locations

Picture Yourself At Parexel:

The European Head, Scientific Data Strategy is a Director level job responsible for identifying and implementing innovative access to real-world scientific data (RWD) within their region of both broad and deep patient clinical domains.  This includes determining the best methods for partnering with health systems, data vendors, national/regional patient registries, disease-specific registries and other novel sources of real-world scientific data.  This is an advanced role that requires leadership competencies, accountability, relationship management skills and business acumen.  Individuals must ensure that the application of RWD from the region for a given solution is fit-for-purpose and is used in a manner compliant with the data use agreement and applicable law.

The European Head, Scientific Data Strategy leads the Europe team with high visibility and sales capabilities as we have many clients throughout Europe with requirements to support RWE studies using registry, EMR, and other RWD sources. This role offers keen insights into innovative methodologies such as AI use in RWE, PASS and therapy area applications using RWD as well as specific expertise in EMA regulatory guidance to chart a successful path forward for generating evidence from RWD.

What You'll Do At Parexel:

Scientific and Real-World Data Asset Access

  • Responsible for the execution of a global RWD acquisition strategy within the region

  • Recognize gaps in Parexel’s scientific and real-world data coverage.  Identify, assess, and recommend options to expand access to RWD and scientific data to fill gaps in Parexel’s coverage within the region

  • Perform return-on-investment assessments that inform decision-making on whether to strategically partner with select data providers

  • Operate governance frameworks for regional RWD partners and suppliers

  • Responsible for specifications being up-to-date in the data catalog (e.g., new functionality), as well as training and use across business partners

  • Ensure that data access and use is fully operational

  • Evolve regional data acquisition with business partner strategy and needs

  • Monitor KPIs used to ensure impactful use of data.  Remediate to deliver return-on-investment as required

Vendor / Provider management

  • Monitor partner capabilities and services, making recommendations on ways in which the partnership can be strengthened (e.g., improve direct access, feasibility turnaround)

  • Work with Procurement/LRM to establish/manage qualification, due diligence and contracting

  • Follow up on how projects are going and what can be improved in terms of the PXL-partner relationship

  • Suppliers at minimum to include EMR / EHR; claims; pharmacy; lab, specialty data such as biomarker, genetic, and imaging; registries; clinical outcomes assessments, investigators or expert networks and similar sources of patient data beyond randomized clinical trial data

Infrastructure & Platform Design

  • Partners with technology teams to ensure region-specific requirements for system architecture are met

  • Contribute to descriptive content that can be used in capability presentations, proposals, protocols/SAPs, study reports, etc.

  • Identifies and surfaces regional observations and trends that can inform further growth

Relationship Management

  • Develop and maintain working relationships with SDO core solutions teams and functional teams, Parexel business partners, clients and vendors, providers; at minimum, Legal and Risk Management, Procurement, Data Privacy, Project team personnel

Ideal candidate will possess:

10+ years of experience with the ability to demonstrate the following:

  • In depth understanding of the clinical research process and business, medicines and medical device development, healthcare market and related sectors

  • Broad cross-functional experience in the healthcare, scientific and real-world data environment

  • Experience with major patient data models (e.g. CDISC, OMOP, LOINC, FHIR, MEDra, SnoMED etc.)

  • Demonstrated ability to apply scientific or real-world data solutions to address clinical or commercial questions and needs

  • Experienced in budgets and cost evaluation of RWD based solutions

  • Understanding of project management principles

  • Master’s degree in biomedical informatics, public health, data science, life sciences or related field

  • Advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in biomedical informatics, public health, data science, life sciences or related field desired

  • Effective translation of strategy into executable plans

  • Leadership skills in an evolving environment – change management

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent customer focus (internal and external)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Experienced in establishing meaningful external partnerships & collaborations with health systems, vendor companies, and individual contributors within the region

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities

  • Ability to identify where regulated requirements apply

  • Technical skills preparing and processing RWD for application and analysis

  • Leadership decision-making commensurate with position seniority


Potential Career Path

Parexel offers a growth path with diverse therapeutic areas and clients, so you can grow according to your interests.

  • Associate Project Leader
  • Project Leader
  • Senior Project Leader
  • Associate Project Director
  • Project Director
  • Director, Project Leadership
  • Senior Director, Project Leadership

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