Executive Medical Director

About the role

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced drug development pharmaceutical physician with strong oncology and pharmaceutical skills with a history of leading successful teams, keen to take on the next challenge in their career.

This is an exciting opportunity to provide medical expertise within clinical development in a variety of global projects focusing on oncology.

Working for a flexible and innovative organisation with opportunities to maintain or grow skills in the rapidly changing pharmaceutical environment.

tranScrip is a leading contract drug development organisation. We provide in-depth strategic guidance, therapeutic area expertise and operational support across all phases of the product life-cycle. From translational medicine to registration and medical affairs – we’re a life science powerhouse.

How to apply

Duties and responsibilities

Will lead teams in oncology and other therapeutic areas, ranging from top-ten pharma to biotech’s, with products at various stages of translational and clinical development.

Tasks will vary and may include:

  • Leadership of multi-disciplinary clinical development teams consisting of tranScrip and client staff who provide all the activities that might be expected of an internal medical department during product development, licensing or launch:
    • Provide strategic clinical development expertise in the preparation of clinical development plans and target product profiles,
    • Design and implementation of clinical study protocols,
    • Prepare and participate in regulatory interactions, for-example pre-IND meetings,
    • Analyse and interpret clinical data in both ongoing and completed studies and acting as medical monitor or provide oversight, where applicable,
    • Assess requirements for due diligence and liaising with client senior management and the R&D teams,
    • Planning and managing investigator meetings, advisory boards, and other scientific committees,
    • Be involved with selecting and training clinical research investigators,
    • Medical support for development of briefing documents for scientific advice,
    • Medical support for sections in license applications,
    • Medical support for communications and publications.


  • Drug development experience with >10 years’ experience in pharmaceutical company (big pharma, clinical stage biotech and possibly CRO),
  • Demonstrable good understanding of pharmaceutical medicine,
  • Experience supporting translational medicine/clinical pharmacology in pharma/biotech, including products moving towards the clinic,
  • Strong strategic thinker with solid experience in clinical development plan and execution, including protocol design, specifically first in human studies,
  • Experience of dealing with major Health Authorities for Scientific Advice, Pre–IND, End of Phase 2, Pre-NDA meetings and Advisory Committees,
  • The ability to analyse complex datasets, synthesise ideas and write cogent argument (and manage the teams involved) is essential,
  • Keen to develop or have existing visible profile in the oncology space, such as well networked, membership of working parties, company board membership,
  • Enthusiasm to attend global conferences, networking events and a variety of skills training and provide continuing professional development to colleagues,
  • Working in the pharma service industry or as a consultant in the past and ability to work with clients, would offer an advantage,
  • Commercial acumen and ability to develop business opportunities within their networks is an advantage.


  • Qualified physician, with Dip Pharm Med or equivalent preferred,
  • Post qualification degree in a scientific element of drug development preferred,
  • Direct clinical experience of oncology therapeutics would be useful,
  • Some other therapeutic area experience would be useful.

Personal attributes

  • Strategic focus with a hands on approach,
  • Candidates must be demonstrably self-sufficient,
  • Demonstrated strong team leadership skills in a matrix environment,
  • tranScrip works in teams with little or no hierarchical structures beyond a project leader, so collegiality and support of others as the norm, is required,
  • tranScrip is an entrepreneurial environment, so the ability to be hands-on with projects, mentoring and guiding more junior members, is a must,
  • Much of what tranScrip does results in documentation for regulators or internal client decision-making.  Consequently, the ability to analyse complex data inputs, synthesise ideas and plans and write cogent argument (and manage the teams involved) is essential,
  • Evidence of successful lie management would be advantageous.

Location and commitment

The position will be home-based, preferably in the UK and Ireland.

tranScrip fosters a flexible working environment and for the right candidate would be prepared to consider part time positions (e.g. 4 days per week).


tranScrip offers a competitive reward package, which includes:

  • Permanent contract of employment,
  • Competitive base salary,
  • Bonus scheme,
  • Pension scheme,
  • Private health insurance and travel insurance,
  • Strong focus on CPD,
  • Career progression in a rapidly expanding organisation.

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