Associate Director, Clinical Contracts

Cambridge, MA

Join bluebird bio’s enthusiastic and collaborative team by contributing to the overall success of our novel gene therapy approach. As a member of the Clinical Business Operations (CBO) team within the Clinical Development Operations (CDO) department, the person in this role will manage a 2-3 person team of Contract Managers and Associates who support the clinical study teams by executing requests for proposals (RFPs), negotiating and managing strategic level departmental and study-specific vendor and site contracts, and working collaboratively with their CBO colleagues to define vendor and site contract standards and processes.  We are looking for a conscientious and innovative professional with the breadth of experience and drive to implement our vision for this function and who can work collaboratively with external partners.

About the Role:

  • Manage and prioritize activities for a group of 2-3 contract managers and associates who support the clinical development teams (Phase I-III) in developing and finalizing all aspects of contractual agreements with vendors and clinical sites
  • Lead and oversee the RFP and selection process for vendors
  • Support development of vendor management infrastructure and oversight standards, in general and specific to submission readiness
  • Collaborate in the develop of benchmark cost standards across bluebird’s portfolio of development programs
  • Collaborate in the development of processes and procedures internally to standardize work flow and manage risk

About You:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required in any of the following concentrations: science, finance, pre-law, business. Master’s degree in the same concentrations is preferred. A legal and business background is a plus.
  • Line management experience (2-3 years) is preferred
  • 8 to 10 years of applicable experience, with 5 + years of direct experience in contract negotiations
  • Experience templating and negotiating clinical site budgets (including international study sites), in addition to acting as an escalation point for either internal or CRO negotiators
  • Experience negotiating complex, long term vendor contracts
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Direct experience in executing RFPs for CRO vendor selection
  • Must be comfortable acting independently in a central service role to ensure a positive experience for our internal clients, while maintaining standards relative to costs, contract terms and risk management
  • Small company experience is a plus – this is a role where you will wear many hats and work closely with the clinical teams to help ensure the success of our clinical trials
  • Inspection readiness experience with a strong emphasis on quality standards desired
  • Grantplan/Grants Manager experience is a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills, sufficient to multi-task in an extremely fast-paced environment with changing priorities
  • A ‘roll up your sleeves’ attitude with a willingness to help and support as needed
  • Able to manage deadlines and competing priorities across several programs with concurrent timelines
  • Excellent leadership, networking, negotiation and communication skills and ability to influence
  • Be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself
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