Job Title: Senior Director, Oncology Research and Development
Job Location: Sunnyvale, CA
The Senior Director, Oncology Research and Development will measure their success not only on the "what" needs to be achieved, but on the "how" they achieve it. Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President and GM Oncology, this position will be a critical member of the Oncology leadership team. A vital component of this role will be providing leadership not only within the organization but will also have a significant outwardly facing impact in the field of molecular diagnostics for oncology. This role will responsible for contributing to organization strategy and mobilizing teams to action. Key deliverables will include planning, and oversight for all business and scientific activities in the research and development of in vitro diagnostic products that incorporate real-time amplification and detection of nucleic acids for use on current GeneXpert Systems.
The Senior Director, Oncology Research and Development will be responsible for developing and setting near-term and long-term research objectives to achieve goals and providing guidance to internal departments to align their strategies with competitive conditions. The role will not only ensure but inspire all staff to pursue the highest level of technical competency and professionalism in all development activities; that all projects are aligned to the needs of the customers and business and that performance and timeline expectations are met.
This leader will drive results through collaboration, thought leadership, and cultivate an environment of focus and discipline to ensure our approach to product development is consistent with best practices across the company and the overall industry.
Having keen financial acumen to manage department budget and financial health
Identify, establish and champion strategic technology initiatives
Lead strategic road mapping efforts by linking customer requirements with research and development initiatives.
Set clear product development timelines, project priorities and deliver on those commitments
Drive research of new products through technical readiness levels and development of new products from concept through launch
Ensure that there are adequate resources and capabilities in place to manage ongoing product development functions.
Develop a world-class, highly motivated, results-oriented R&D team capable of delivering on commitments to aggressive timelines.
Lead R&D evaluation of new technologies and co-development opportunities.
Sustain and further develop scientific and business skills at the regional, national, and international levels.
Inspire a sense of personal responsibility within the team through feedback and input
Mentoring teams and individuals by leading through example to create self-sustaining, strong teams that thrive
Education or Experience
Bachelor's degree with 14 years of experience OR Master's/Doctoral degree with 12 years of experience AND 4 years managing people
Demonstrated experience in leading project teams from project initiation through launch.
Demonstrated ability to successfully lead teams across both "R" (research to develop core technologies or identify relevant biomarkers) and "D" (product commercialization) phases of development.
Knowledge and Skills
Must have complete understanding of design control requirements of In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD)
A track record in obtaining FDA clearance/approval of In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) products, preferably in molecular diagnostics, is highly desirable. Previous experience with 510k and PMAs strongly preferred
Knowledge and understanding of internal/external customer needs that are directly relevant to product
Experience in evaluating the potential of new technologies, internal and external, and their value to the market
Experience bringing successful products from concept phase through development
Ability to collaborate externally and internally with peers and leaders within Cepheid to ensure effective cooperation and collaboration between functions.
PhD in a relevant discipline is preferred, in addition to at least ten years of relevant industry.
Fluency in bio-statistics as related to IVD product development.
Strong understanding of and previous experience using applications in IHC, PCR, and NGS, as related to cancer biology and biomarker testing