PhRMA Career

Senior Director - Science and Regulatory Advocacy (Drug Development Tools)

PhRMA Feb-17-2017

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Senior Director for the Science and Regulatory Advocacy (SRA) team to support its science and technology portfolio efforts related to drug development tools (DDTs).     

The individual will report to the Deputy Vice President of SRA and work with colleagues across the organization to provide strategic direction and guidance to PhRMA’s standing or ad hoc committees and expert working groups focused on DDTs including biomarkers, innovative clinical trial designs, Bayesian approaches, patient reported outcomes and clinical outcome assessments.  This includes ensuring the successful execution of DDTs advocacy initiatives.  

The Senior Director is responsible for:

  • Driving the development, evaluation and execution of domestic DDTs advocacy priorities in collaboration with colleagues PhRMA-wide.  
  • Development and execution of strategic projects and initiatives related to DDTs advocacy to include performing background research, soliciting input from PhRMA member companies, actively guiding cross-functional discussions internally and externally with various stakeholder groups, creating project plans, managing deliverables and executing initiatives.
  • Developing and presenting project proposals and outputs to SRA and PhRMA leadership and leadership committees; serving as a credible and compelling subject matter expert (point of contact) who can integrate the vision of DDTs advocacy into SRA and PhRMA priorities.
  • Managing the relationship and administration of relevant standing and ad hoc committees and working groups.

Key Success Factors 

PhRMA seeks a proactive, confident and action-oriented individual who is passionate about contributing to the health care challenges we face today.  Key success factors for this role include a strong sense of team and collaborative focus.  The preferred candidate will be an organized, detail-oriented, self-starter with excellent communication skills and the ability to convey content in an audience-appropriate and compelling manner.   Demonstrated consensus building, decision-making and interpersonal skills are essential.  This is a highly visible, fast-paced position that is both internally and externally facing.  Accordingly, the successful candidate should be adaptable, able to reprioritize and shift gears quickly, comfortable in a high-pressure environment and be politically savvy, diplomatic and responsive.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or related field;
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in drug discovery and development, clinical trial design, patient reported outcomes, legal and regulatory frameworks or regulatory advocacy;
  • Project management experience including the management of multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Strong analytical and strategic planning skills;
  • Excellent communication skills required:  verbal, written, listening and presentation;
  • Ability to inspire confidence within the organization and with external constituencies.

Preferred Experience/Skills/Attributes 

  • PhD or Master's degree in a related field;
  • Political and/or trade association experience. 

Who we are

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than half a trillion dollars in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $58.8 billion in 2015 alone. 

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What we offer
In addition to a highly competitive salary, generous 401(k) employer contribution and a platform of extensive benefits, PhRMA is committed to the development and overall wellbeing of our team members.  We offer traditional (medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, life, AD&D, LTD, STD, LTC) and enhanced benefits such as parental leave, health advocate service, back-up childcare, commuting and financial & estate planning benefits.

Certified as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer by the CEO Roundtable and having been named one of Washington’s Healthiest Employers, PhRMA provides a fitness subsidy, on-site fitness facility and fitness classes, an annual health fair and extensive employee wellness seminars, events and challenges. 

We are committed to the growth and development of our team members and offer many learning opportunities such as tuition reimbursement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, industry on-site and off-site training, PhRMAcademy lunch and learn sessions, presentation skills, performance management and other management/professional develop programs.  Corporate social responsibility is also important to us at PhRMA.  Our team members participate in organization-wide community service activities and charitable athletic events.

We are committed to supporting our family of professionals at PhRMA and strive to create programs that help our team members manage the challenges of balancing a fast-paced career with their own personal goals.

Equal Opportunity Employer

PhRMA provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, political affiliation or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.

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