Executive Director, Biostatistics & Programming FSP Pillar Head


Job Description

PPD’s mission is to improve health. It starts as an idea to find a cure. It becomes a life saved. All in-between, it’s you! We know that meaningful results not only require the right approach, but also the right people. We invite you to re-imagine health promoting protocols with us, working alongside our talented, bright and energetic teams. 

We are passionate about being data and technically agile and driving enhanced value for our clients and patients. Determined to improve patient health, we help PPD provide industry-leading statistical, programming and clinical pharmacology contributions through global delivery, consistent quality adherence and scientific insight. 

As an Executive Director FSP Pillar Head, you will provide a key Biostatistics department leadership position for functional FSP activities including the creation and oversight of the implementation of FSP strategic plans. This position is also a key member of our Clinical Research Group’s FSP senior leadership team.

At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognize the power of being one team. We offer continued career advancement opportunities, award winning training and benefits focused on the health and wellbeing of our employees. 

Summarized Purpose:

Oversee administrative and scientific activities of the Biostatistics department’s FSP business segment, including direct supervision of FSP statistical and programming leaders. Assist in the FSP marketing and bidding efforts of the company, focusing on FSP business acquisition and motivating scientific expertise. Participates in key strategic leadership activities for the whole of Biostatistics and Programming department.

Essential Functions and Other Job Information: 

  • Casts Vision: In collaboration with Department Vice President and Sr. Management, creates future vision and strategies for the department and provides significant influence to create an inspired workforce to fulfill those visions. 
  • Plans strategically: Completes long-range strategic planning, develops of departmental business plan, and departmental budget.
  • Develops client business: Represents Biostatistics provision of services in Business Development opportunities and collaborates with other business functions to acquire new and repeat customer business through marketing presentations and preparation of bids.
  • Conducts senior management communication: Communicates company and department news, policies, award, achievements, and business updates to the department workforce.
  • Invests in our People: Responsible for people management including personnel recruitment, promotion, and termination; allocation/coordination of work assignments; and conflict resolution, in compliance with PPD EEO/AA policy. Develop and grow the workforce by providing resources and opportunities for competency development, completing performance planning activities, conducting succession planning, and conducting regular talent reviews.
  • Upholds Quality Standards: Assess department’s adherence to working practices and SOP’s on an ongoing basis. Facilitate changes as needed. Participate in global committees to evaluate company-wide direction on these procedures. Review and/or approve documents related to project activities.
  • Oversees Resourcing: Responsible for overseeing strategies regarding the resourcing for the departments provision of services to our customers. Ensure that appropriate personnel resources are applied to department projects based on deliverable priorities and relative complexity.
  • Involves in Study work/client relationships: Participate as needed to support our Biostatistics and Programming provision of services, including representing our department to our clients, e.g., as part of various executive or steering committees with the client and other functions.
  • General leadership: Provides general development support to the Biostatistics Department. Examples could include presentation / teaching at the Bios Department meetings, providing direction on new process initiatives, contributing to other general department documents or policies, and assure training of new staff.



Job Qualification

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in statistics, biostatistics, mathematics or related field with 13+ years experience, preferring at least 15 years of leadership experience or at least 17 years with only a Bachelor’s degree 
  • Previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job 7+ years of management responsibility 
  • Strong leadership skills

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Capable of leading, managing and setting strategic direction in a multi-disciplinary team setting 
  • Capable of managing and leading staff in other locations as required 
  • Outstanding management skills, as shown through management of multiple projects and staff members and evidence of mentoring and staff guidance 
  • Capable of recognizing need for process improvement and carrying forward process improvement objectives 
  • Capable of facilitating communications with clients, project teams, departments and staff 
  • Advanced understanding of budgeting and forecasting to participate in bidding and business development activities 
  • Thorough understanding of working with large, complex data systems 
  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail 
  • Demonstrated logical thought and strong understanding of database structures 
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including proficiency in the English language 
  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm toward work 
  • Comprehensive organizational, judgment, analytical, decision-making and interpersonal skills

Working environment:

PPD values the health and wellbeing of our employees. We support and encourage individuals to create a healthy and balanced environment where they can thrive. Below is listed the working environment/requirements for this role:

  • Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner.
  • Able to work upright and stationary for typical working hours. 
  • Ability to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency.
  • Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities. 
  • May require travel. (Recruiter will provide more details.)
  • As a condition of employment with PPD, in this role, you must have received your Covid-19 vaccine and you must disclose proof of your vaccination status upon employment.

Diversity Statement

PPD is proud to be an affirmative action employer that values diversity as a strength and fosters an environment of mutual respect. PPD is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, pregnancy, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or status within any other protected group.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update for U.S. Colleagues

  • All U.S. colleagues are required to report vaccination status. New hires will be asked to report vaccination status within the first two weeks of employment.
  • All U.S. new hires who are in the following job categories must be fully vaccinated before their first day of employment or request an accommodation: executive director level and above, client-facing commercial, clinical research associates (CRAs), remote site monitors-local (RSM-L) all CRA and RSM-L line managers, clinic-based staff in early development services and accelerated enrollment solutions, and FSP within analytical services division roles. New hires will be asked to disclose vaccination status upon first day of employment and are required to report vaccination status within first two weeks of employment.
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