Celgene Director, IT Business Partner, Clinical R&D and Operations in Summit, New Jersey


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.

Supervises one or more Clinical Research and Development Operations IT Business Partners, Business Analysts, Contractors, and/or other IT staff working in the Clinical R&D area.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Translate the understanding of our Clinical Research and Development business strategy, processes and business challenges to actively seek out ways to apply technology to business projects and processes, and ensure technology investments are aligned with business strategies.

Build strategic technology plans for each Clinical function and works with the Global Head Clinical R&D Operations and the leadership team to identify how that plan fits with the plans of other business units and builds an integrated technology plan with efficient processes for the corporation.

Lead a cross-functional team of IT and Clinical R&D professionals in the management of all relevant business systems throughout the full life-cycle of each system in the Clinical R&D portfolio at Celgene globally.

Build strong relationships with executive management teams. Influence strategic thinking to make use of technology to improve operational efficiency and competitive advantage.

Meet with Clinical Research and Development and customers to understand requirements for new solutions and to understand the impact of those solutions on existing and/or new systems.

Establish and manage the foundational capabilities for Enterprise Data Management that drive the use of data, information, and knowledge for the Clinical R&D and Clinical Operations organizations. This will require strong partnership and facilitation with both business and IT colleagues in Data Governance, Data Quality, Master Data Management, Data Integration, etc.

Understand business processes and identifies opportunities for improvements or redesign, and the implications from leveraging technology.

Apply appropriate financial concepts (e.g. ROI, Cost/Benefit) to determine business implications of technology decisions. Measure and report on value of investments after implementation.

Formulate approaches and solutions that achieve desired business objectives, including defining system scope and objectives and assisting with business case justification and presentation to Executive Management.

Provides direction and influence for continuous improvement of existing processes leveraging technology.

Prepare and maintain IT annual operating expense and capital budgets for business units.

Evaluate unit and employee performance and prepares appraisals (if applicable).

Functional Knowledge includes, but are not limited to, the following:

Proven ability to identify and deploy solutions to enhance the effectiveness of a Pharmaceutical Clinical Development organization; including but not limited to the following in the Clinical Development setting:

  • Electronic Data Capture and Clinical Trial Management Systems

  • Clinical Data Repositories

  • Clinical Portal and Trial Site Management

  • Metadata Repository and Clinical Data Standards (e.g., CDISC)

  • Clinical Analytics and Reporting

  • Clinical Systems Integration

  • Clinical Enterprise Information Management – including Master Data Management (MDM), Data Governance, Data Quality, Data Integration

  • Business Change Management and/or Performance Improvement

Location and Travel :

This position is based in Summit, New Jersey and requires some amount of business travel (10 - 20%).




•12+ years working with a Clinical Development organization within a BioPharmaceutical

•7+ years of Information Technology experience with Clinical Development systems – Electronic Data Capture, Clinical Trial Management Systems, Clinical Data Repositories, Protocol Authoring, Clinical Analytics, etc.

•Working knowledge of Enterprise Information Management disciplines (e.g., Data Governance, Master Data Management, Data Quality) and their application to Clinical R&D

•Familiarity and experience with application of industry and regulatory data standards within the Clinical domain (e.g. CDISC, OMOP)

•Ability to work with business functions to incorporate and establish critical business KPIs and Metrics that facilitate data driven decision making and continuous improvement within business area.

•7+ years of IT project management experience or general management including project financial responsibilities

•Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Computer Science or Information Management Technology or a Life Sciences discipline, and/or,

•Management or Technology consulting experience in a major consulting company servicing Pharmaceutical R&D and/or Clinical Development organizations

At Celgene, we are focused on the delivery of breakthrough medicines that address unmet medical needs for patients. Clinical Research and Development is at the heart of our efforts to discover and develop new life-saving medicines for patients. Access to petabytes of extraordinarily rich Clinical and molecular data now affords us one of the greatest opportunities for innovation in patient care in all human history. Through targeted investments and partnerships, Celgene is leading the way to bring new technologies to drive innovation and acceleration to the Clinical Development stage of the R&D life-cycle. Additionally, we believe that our capabilities to manage data, information, and knowledge utilization will define what future success we have as a leading Precision Medicine-driven company. This role is critical to help shape and drive those efforts in Celgene R&D.

We seek a talented, collaborative leader to drive a deep partnership between the Celgene IT organization and the Clinical R&D and Clinical Operations functions for the benefit of patients worldwide.

Position Skills/Knowledge Required:

• Clinical Research and Development

• Strategic Technology Management

• Vendor Management

• Systems Implementation

• Business Acumen

• Financial Management

• Business Case Development and the determination of return on investment for IT Projects

• Risk / Return or Cost Benefit Analysis

• Project Management

• General Management

• Communication

• Team Building and Leadership

• Negotiating/Influencing Skills

• Analytical Skills, including familiarity with application of Big Data Concepts to generate rapid insights from structured and unstructured data.

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.

Director, IT Business Partner, Clinical R&D and Operations

Location: Summit, NJ, US

Job ID: 17001834