Job Opportunity

Director, Clinical Operations Study Lead

Location: CA, US
Department: Integrative Sciences
Employment Type: Full Time
Reference Number: 2139207

Job Description Summary

The Director, Clinical Operations Study Lead will lead study operational strategy and planning, and oversee execution of clinical studies for assigned clinical program(s), supporting clinical strategy defined in Clinical Development Plan

  • Oversee the execution of studies in assigned clinical program(s) in compliance with quality standards (including ICH GCP, local regulations and Mirati SOPs), on schedule and on budget
  • Lead, direct and oversee CROs and other 3rd party vendors to achieve project goals

Your Responsibilities

Leading Operational Strategy, Planning and Execution of assigned Clinical Trials

  • Provides leadership, direction and oversight to CRO and 3rd party vendors to ensure study is progressing per plan and study issues are addressed and brought to resolution
  • Develops Operational Strategy with a focus on ensuring accurate assumptions are applied and robust risk management plans are in place, and periodically updated during the life of the study
  • Leads cross functional Study Team Meeting
  • Single point of operational accountability for entire study lifecycle from protocol synopsis to CSR
  • Presents at Quarterly Reviews with CRO and Mirati Leadership reviewing performance against metrics and other key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Provides subject matter expertise and operational input into protocol synopsis, final protocol and other study related documents
  • Ensures operational feasibility, patient and site, is conducted
  • Contributes to CRO selection; Ensures CRO/3rd party vendors are appropriately onboarded, trained and qualified
  • Participates in country and site feasibility/selection process, with a focus on providing country operational insights, corporate alignment and therapeutic expertise to ensure alignment between study execution plan and program strategy
  • Accountable for study budget planning and management
  • Validates study budget and ensures impacts are adequately addressed
    • Provides alternative options/offsets in the case of significant budget increases
  • Routinely communicates study status, issues and mitigation plans to manager and project team


  • Review and approval of key monitoring documents/plans, periodic review of outputs, decisions and actions related to monitoring
  • Review, endorsement and validation of relevant study plans and timelines
  • Attendance at CRO-led study meetings; Drive agenda topics and review meeting minutes for accuracy and compliance
  • Review of outcomes/actions related to protocol deviations; primary purpose of review is to support the identification of trends across sites and/or the study
  • Documented review and monitoring of issues, risks and decisions at the study level and implementation of appropriate mitigation strategies
  • In partnership with data management, review and pressure test all database timelines and plans; ensure strong linkage between the strategy (i.e., filing/registration, data generation, etc.) with the operational plan for database lock and CSR
  • Ensure studies are "inspection ready" at all times; May be involved in regulatory inspections by preparing for and/or attending the inspections

What is Required

  • Bachelor's degree in one of the disciplines related to drug development or business required; Advanced degree desirable
  • Minimum 12 years of relevant experience
  • Broad experience in a Clinical Trial discipline executing all phases of a study from protocol synopsis to CSR
  • Demonstrated project management and cross-functional team leadership experience
  • Experience in understanding of key drivers impacting budgets and experience building a Clinical Trial Budget and managing project to budget
  • Strategic thinking and targeted problem-solving skills
  • Ability to identify, resolve & escalate issues
  • Ability to leverage negotiation and conflict resolution skills to enhance team performance and delivery
  • Ability to represent & communicate clearly to senior leaders, governance and external bodies
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

About Mirati Therapeutics, Inc.

Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company whose mission is to discover, design and deliver breakthrough therapies to transform the lives of patients with cancer and their loved ones. The company is relentlessly focused on bringing forward therapies that address areas of high unmet need, including lung cancer, and advancing a pipeline of novel therapeutics targeting the genetic and immunological drivers of cancer. Mirati is using its scientific expertise to develop novel solutions in two registration-enabling programs: adagrasib (MRTX849), an investigational small molecule, potent and selective KRASG12C inhibitor, as monotherapy and in combination with other agents, and sitravatinib, an investigational spectrum-selective inhibitor of receptor tyrosine kinases in combination with checkpoint inhibitor therapies. Mirati is also advancing its differentiated preclinical portfolio, including MRTX1133, an investigational KRASG12D inhibitor, MRTX1719, an investigational PRMT5 inhibitor, and other oncology discovery programs. Unified for patients, Mirati's vision is to unlock the science behind the promise of a life beyond cancer.

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Why Join?

Mirati has been named a Top Workplace by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Our passionate team are deeply motivated to participate in work that is both important and unique.

Our belief is that transforming the lives of those with cancer is more than a job -- it's the chance to be part of something game-changing.

Urgency, open-mindedness, accountability and collaboration ground our work and behavior. These shared values are central to who we are, what we do and how we do it.

Our culture is one where we challenge norms, have high-risk tolerance, and celebrate an entrepreneurial and courageous attitude full of grit and determination to make a difference. We strive to create a sense of belonging and inclusion - one in which we laugh and have fun as we drive change together.

No matter the role, we are unified by our passion for helping patients, and are inspired by a single vision - to unlock the science behind the promise of a life beyond cancer.

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Mirati is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) - we celebrate diverse experiences without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

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