Apply Now    

Sr. Director, Clinical Operations

Req #: 1800802
Location: San Diego, CA US
Job Category: Clinical Operations
Work Location: 3033 Science Park Road Suite 300 RCPTSD 92121
Organization: Receptos, Inc.
Schedule: 40
Employee Status: Full time
Job Type: Regular
Job Level:
Other Locations:US- CA- San Diego- Science Park


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health.  We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

The primary role of the Receptos, Inc., Senior Director, Clinical Operations, is to coordinate, manage and supervise operational activities associated with clinical development programs, including:  maintenance of essential study documentation, dissemination of key information to clinical advisors, CROs and ancillary vendor partners and participating investigators; oversee contract and budget process with clinical investigators and clinical trial service providers; preparing clinical trial documents (e.g., protocols, investigators brochures, site operations manuals) and;  ensuring that these activities are conducted in accordance with all applicable regulations, and ICH and GCP guidance standards.  In addition, this individual will ensure preparation of departmental standard operating procedures, working procedures and templates, and is also responsible for tracking and reporting budgets and timelines for clinical programs.

This position requires a minimum of 15 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in clinical operations, and a proven track record of successful management of clinical research and support personnel, departmental budgets and timelines in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry.

Experience with late stage global clinical development required. NDA filing and therapeutic experience with auto-immune mediated diseases highly desired.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate potential contract research organizations (CROs), vendors and other service providers for use in Receptos clinical studies.
  • Ensure qualification of CROs, vendors and service providers in accordance with Receptos SOPs.
  • Manage vendors and/or personnel providing the operational functions of Receptos clinical programs.  Participate in functional guidance, training, education and evaluation of vendors and/or personnel.
  • Supervise the activities of CROs, contractors and other vendors as they are related to the clinical programs.
  • Ensure appropriate processes are in place to evaluate potential Investigators to ensure compliance with regulatory and corporate requirements.
  • Supervise negotiation of Investigator agreements and grants appropriate to the clinical programs.
  • Ensure appropriate monitoring oversight plans are in place, and reflect adequate adherence to Federal regulations, GCP and SOPs.
  • Ensure maintenance of essential documents associated with Receptos clinical trials, in accordance with applicable regulations and international guidance’s.
  • Participate in corporate committees, task forces, technical or business meetings as requested.
  • Oversight to ensure timely and appropriate response and resolution to study management issues.
  • Prepare communication and status reports to provide updates/information to executive management.
  • Direct clinical operations activities in preparation of interim analyses, clinical study reports, annual reports and other clinical documents.
  • Demonstrate mastery of FDA and ICH rules, regulations and guidelines governing conduct of clinical studies, clinical protocols, investigator brochures and other materials.
  • Develop and maintain departmental standard operating procedures (SOPs) in collaboration with Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance.
  • Represent Receptos in a professional manner; establish and maintain good relationships with Investigators, advisors, other study personnel, clients and vendors.
  • Attend seminars, Investigator meetings, project team meetings, educational conferences/training sessions, etc.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Graduate Degree in a field of science or nursing, preferably biology, chemistry, pharmacy, or other field related to human study. 
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in prior positions of increasing responsibility in clinical operations, and a proven track record of successful management of clinical research and support personnel, departmental budgets and timelines in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. 
  • Knowledge of medical terminology required. 
  • Computer literacy (Word/Excel), familiarity with clinical database concepts, and experience with statistical principles is required. 
  • Position may require travel expected to be no more than 20% (domestic and international).


Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.
Apply Now    

Not ready to apply?

Join Our Talent Network

About Celgene

Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of patients worldwide. At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing treatments for our patients.

Global Network

world map