Director, SmartTrials Products & Strategy
Job Location Cambridge, MA
Req Number 2018-0203
Department Data Strategy & Prod Dev
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Summary of Position:

Foundation Medicine is a molecular information company leading the field of precision medicine in Oncology. Over the last five years, Foundation Medicine has helped nearly 200,000 patients understand the molecular drivers of their cancer and has helped match them to targeted therapeutic approaches. Increasingly, Clinical trials are becoming essential to achieving the vision of precision medicine in Oncology, as trials offer both treatment options for rare genomic findings and the path to getting new therapeutics to market. Foundation Medicine sits uniquely at the intersection of the largest genomic sequencing program in the world, over 30 broad biopharma partnerships, and deep relationships with providers and both academic and community networks. With this unique vantage point, Foundation Medicine has the opportunity to fundamentally transform clinical trial access for patients and drug development for biopharma.

As the Director for our SmartTrials product portfolio, you will shape and execute the strategy for this transformative program, maximizing its impact for our commercial, biopharma, and reimbursement objectives. Through creativity, analytic acumen, persistence, and operational excellence, you will design, develop, and ultimately deliver a suite of novel clinical trial products and services that change how patients, physicians, and drug developers think about and run clinical trials. This is an opportunity to work with an elite group of world-class business leaders, designers, technologists, researchers and clinicians to truly transform oncology and drug development.

Primary Responsibilities and Essential Duties:

  • Understand key customer needs: You are responsible for designing optimal SmartTrials solutions for our vast array of customers: patients, providers, institutions, biopharma partners, and payers. You’ll be responsible for understanding customer workflows, pain points, and critical needs to help shape the portfolio you’ll lead.

  • Test Solutions: You will work with design and technology teams to build and test prototypes, de-risking potential solutions and testing key hypotheses and assumptions.

  • Build transformative SmartTrials products: You will lead a small group of product managers and collaborate with a group of designers, engineers, data scientists, and content experts in bringing the solutions you design to life.

  • Bring SmartTrials products to market: Partnering with our operations, technology, and data teams, you will be responsible successful deployment of our SmartTrials product portfolio and maintaining efficient and compliant execution.

  • Track and demonstrate success of the product portfolio: Define and track metrics to ensure health of the SmartTrials product portfolio, advocate for resourcing, and adjust course when needed.

  • Build and maintain a portfolio roadmap: Working closely with the biopharma SmartTrials lead and an array of other internal stakeholders, you will integrate your research, pilots, and customer feedback to build and maintain a long term product roadmap, which will guide ongoing development and quarterly and annual planning.

  • Pursue and develop key Product partnerships: Partnering with corporate development, you will identify and develop key partnerships that support growth and improvement of the SmartTrials portfolio.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with healthcare and clinical trials: You’ll need to have a basic foundation of knowledge about healthcare  to be comfortable designing and deploying solutions for a nuanced, multi-layered ecosystem. Prior experience with clinical trials (from academic or biopharma perspectives) is highly desirable but not required, as is experience with regulatory (e.g., CFRs, GCP) and operational (e.g., CROs, SMOs) dimensions.

  • Product Management: You will be responsible for designing, implementing, and successfully managing multiple SmartTrials solutions. Demonstrated ability to deliver large, complex projects with high quality and on schedule is essential. Familiarity with modern product development principles (e.g., rapid iteration and hypothesis testing) is a strong plus; at minimum, openness to learning and adopting new methodologies is required.

  • Entrepreneurial mindset: You’re charting new territory and will need to be creative and innovative, balancing calculated risks with on-time delivery. You’ll need to build expertise in potentially unfamiliar areas, and think analytically. Demonstrated history of taking on challenging new domains, coming up to speed quickly, and making difficult, calculated decisions is required.

  • LeadershipYou should be comfortable working hand-in-hand with highly specialized cross functional teams like marketing, sales, biopharma, and business development, but not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Demonstrated ability to lead teams both directly and by influence is essential.

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