Head of Clinical Development & Regulatory Affairs

CHF85 - CHF90 per hour
  1. Interim/Contract
  1. Clinical Operations, Monitoring

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Hobson Prior are looking for a Head of Clinical Development & Regulatory Affairs to join a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company in Zurich. This position will be accountable for to strengthen and drive new product clinical development strategy in a collaborative effort with various stakeholders with the current focus on early clinical development Phase 1 trials.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensures the organisation has appropriate processes and resources in place to manage clinical Product.
  • Development activities and has responsibility for clinical development program related decisions.
  • Manages the regulatory aspects and tasks required for a clinical trial including submissions and interactions with Health Authorities.
  • Overall accountability for timely and accurate execution of clinical operations activities, e.g. clinical trial management, outsourcing strategy, an IMP recall, etc.
  • Supports CMC activities planning and management.
  • Provides guidance to the clinical operations team and contributes to the on-boarding and scientific/QMS training.
  • You will lead the development of trial and program level regulatory documentation (e.g., sections of study protocols, Investigator's Brochures, briefing books, submission dossiers, and responses to Health Authorities).
  • Supports relevant external stakeholders with training on the scientific/medical aspects of the compound.
  • Has overall ownership of the company's quality management system, approves and endorses QA Plans, provides input and feedback to QA and audit plans.
  • Representing the project and providing subject matter input for the management of all QMS aspects
  • Communicates issues to management and designate a Compliance responsible person to investigate issues related to compliance with SOPs and with regulatory guidelines.
  • Ensures the Inspection Readiness program gets initiated and closed as per plan: oversees and makes a final decision on the implementation of Inspection / Audit Readiness activities and tasks for his functional area.
  • Oversees outsourcing activities and designates outsourcing project responsible.

Key Skills:

  • Strong leadership and accountability.
  • Translation of strategy into operational objectives and goals.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively on medical/scientific issues, maintain a big-picture and build consensus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (in English, and, of advantage, German).
  • Outstanding capacity to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously.


  • Extensive work experience in clinical drug development.
  • Extensive work experience designing and managing early phase clinical studies or complete clinical programs.
  • Profound operational and regulatory knowledge of interventional clinical studies with IMPs (both with the US and Europe-located trials).
  • GCP certification.
  • Experience in submissions and scientific advice interactions with regulatory authorities.
  • Experience in a small company environment.
  • Experience with antibiotics development is of advantage.

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