Associate Director, Global Regulatory Affairs (Remote)

Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Avanir Pharmaceuticals

North America
Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Position Summary

Provides global regulatory expertise to pre-clinical, clinical, and commercial areas for investigational and marketed products. Ensures that regulatory/competitive intelligence, or scientific/regulatory information searching, summarization, assessment and dissemination are provided to the Otsuka organization. Collaborates with Regulatory Management to establish clear regulatory pathways and creates accurate and timely documents for submission and final approval.

Job Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the Senior Director or Executive Director, Global Regulatory Affairs provides strategic regulatory guidance developing global regulatory strategy, planning and execution of global investigational and marketed prescription drug submissions and manages lifecycle regulatory activities in alignment with the Therapeutic Area Lead (TAL).

  • Identifies the need and obtains regulatory intelligence, researches precedent approvals and prior health authority decisions to assess applicability to support development of strategic options for assigned Otsuka products.

  • Translates complex pertinent global requirements and provides an assessment of the associated regulatory challenges to the GRL, global regulatory team, assigned project teams, and internal/external functional business units as needed.

  • Lead Cross Functional Team to collaboratively develop a global regulatory plan, address global regulatory issues, respond to health authority queries, and meet regulatory obligations.

  • Develops and leads strategy for Health Authority interactions/communications through submissions and responses to regulatory authorities within company timelines and in accordance with regulations and guidelines.

  • Reviews submission documents to ensure they are aligned with the strategic approach developed by the cross functional team

  • Designs programs for complete and accurate IND/CTA/NDA submissions and ensures that clinical trials are designed to meet regulatory requirements.

  • Supports development of strategies, drafts responses, and/or reviews responses and documents intended for submission to FDA or other health authorities to assure compliance with regulatory standards

  • Reviews submission documents for consistency and ensures they are aligned with strategic approach developed by the team.

  • Interacts with regulatory agencies and ensures conversations and communications are focused, amicable and Documented.

  • Contributes to the submission of product registration of new drugs, progress reports, supplements, amendments, aggregate reports and periodic adverse experience reports.

  • Collaborates and provides oversight to outsourced suppliers of regulatory support in the preparation of documents/reports.

  • Identifies early major regulatory issues and ensures these are communicated to relevant stakeholders in a timely manner.

  • May serve as part of Clinical Regulatory and labeling teams as needed.

  • Supports or leads projects and non-project activities e.g. SOP/standards development, organizational initiatives, as needed. etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies


•Comprehensive knowledge of the drug development process, drug laws, global regulations, and guidelines.

• Good understanding of the global regulatory agencies.

• Experience leading submission of CTA, IND, sNDA/NDA/MAA/Variation.


  • Strong information searching, summarization and assessment skills.

  • Computer skills with demonstrated experience in working with the Microsoft suite of programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

  • Strong analytical skills and problem solving ability.

  • Strong communication and presentation skills.


See OPDC Competencies Chart. (Level 5)

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Travel (approximately 20%)

See document Physical Demands and Work Environment for further requirements.

Education and Related Experience

Bachelor’s degree with 8+ years experience in regulatory affairs or related areas (e.g. clinical development, project management, quality assurance, etc.) in pharmaceutical or healthcare related industry. Direct or indirect supervisory and medical device experience a plus.

Experience with FDA, other health authority, or project meetings/ interactions desirable.

Accountability for Results - Stay focused on key strategic objectives, be accountable for high standards of performance, and take an active role in leading change.
Strategic Thinking & Problem Solving - Make decisions considering the long-term impact to customers, patients, employees, and the business.
Patient & Customer Centricity - Maintain an ongoing focus on the needs of our customers and/or key stakeholders.
Impactful Communication - Communicate with logic, clarity, and respect. Influence at all levels to achieve the best results for Otsuka.
Respectful Collaboration - Seek and value others’ perspectives and strive for diverse partnerships to enhance work toward common goals.
Empowered Development - Play an active role in professional development as a business imperative.

Annual Salary :

Minimum $155,838.00 - Maximum $232,990.00, plus annual incentive: The range shown represents a typical pay range or starting salary for candidates hired to perform the work. Other elements may be used to determine actual salary such as the candidate’s job experience, specific skills, and comparison to internal incumbents currently in role. This information is provided to applicants in accordance with states and local laws.

Company benefits: comprehensive medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage, company provided Basic Life, AD&D, Short-term and Long-term Disability insurance, tuition reimbursement, a 401(k) match, PTO allotment each calendar year, paid holidays, and paid leave programs as well as other company provided benefits.

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