Director, Data and Analytics Solutions Business Partner (Clinical Research & Development)

Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Data Science
Maryland, USA
Posted on Saturday, August 19, 2023

The Director, Data and Analytics Solutions Business Partner (Clinical Research & Development) will be part of the larger Data Technologies & Analytics Solution (DTAS) team reporting to the Head of DTAS. The DTAS team is part of the larger Data and Analytics (D&A) Organization at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. This role will have end-to-end accountability across R&D initiatives and projects providing innovative data technology and data science solutions to key business problems.

The Director, Data and Analytics Solutions Business Partner will have the responsibility to establish effective partnerships with multiple functions in the R&D division including but not limited to Global Clinical Development, Clinical Analytics, Regulatory & Medical Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, and Global Quality. In additional to identifying and solving existing business challenges, the role requires pioneering novel approaches and driving the operational change when appropriate. Through a deep understanding of all verticals in Clinical R&D and keeping a close lens on the constantly evolving advanced analytics landscape, the Director, Data and Analytics Solutions Business Partner, in partnership with key stakeholders and business leaders, will be responsible for developing the roadmaps for their data technology, data science and digital transformation needs.

To successfully support and execute the R&D portfolio, the Director of Data and Analytics Solutions Business Partner will oversee and guide multiple teams consisting of data scientists, engineers, architects, and other professionals that are responsible for integrated delivery of DTAS capabilities. The role will also be accountable for assembling cross-functional teams to develop and apply advanced analytical methods, including AI/ML, to assess and monitor performance, quality, and risks. Additionally, the role drive modernization of data/information delivery in user-friendly formats/visualizations and provide insights for measurable business impact in support of Otsuka’s R&D objectives. This position will become a driving force of change, partnership, quality, and delivery across the R&D portfolio.

Job Description

  • Develop data/analytics-driven business cases, including ROI analysis, to strongly advocate for the adoption of new data technologies and analytics solutions.
  • Work with the stakeholders to ensure proof of concept and the end-product delivery against the vision.
  • Support the delivery of R&D strategic goals through the delivery and adoption of data and analytics solutions through collaboration with R&D business unit leaders.
  • Foster relationships with R&D stakeholders to understand challenges related to data-driven decision-making, data systems, data analytics, and technology and recommend innovative solutions that address these challenges.
  • Increase internal awareness of data analytics capabilities and how best to apply
  • Provide leadership on data analytics solutions and technology-focused projects.
  • Partner with appropriate IT, business teams, and other functions to constantly evaluate, identify and onboard leading advanced analytics solutions and capabilities aligned to business outcomes.
  • Works with cross functional teams to ensure effective engagement of resources across initiatives that may have competing priorities.
  • Support stakeholders in removing roadblocks and enabling project team. Ability to develop and drive implementation of plans within budgets and timelines.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships within D&A and other functions as well as with external partners.
  • Effectively communicates in a remote/virtual environment; Communicates in an open, balanced, and objective manner.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and approaches process changes, technology, and new responsibilities with an open curious mind.
  • Models positive behaviors such as re-examining how things are done and challenging assumptions about what is possible.

Qualifications/ Required

  • Minimum 10+ years in a pharma/life sciences organization with knowledge and experience in Clinical Trial Management
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Statistics, Computer science, Mathematics, Engineering, or related field; graduate degree preferred.
  • Leadership/management (matrix or line) experience is required.
  • Minimum 5+ years experience in managing design, development, and delivery of advance analytics solutions.
  • Prior experience of process and data involved in running clinical trial involving EDC systems, Safety labs, Subject Enrollment, and other relevant functions.
  • Prior experience working with data standards (CDISC, SDTM, ADaM) involved in clinical trial.
  • Prior experience in handling regulatory requirements around systems that are used to capture, analyze, and submit clinical trial data.
  • Experience effectively managing cross-functional partnerships up to senior levels of an organization.
  • Experience building business cases with associated ROI calculations
  • Appropriate understanding of computing and programming using statistical packages to clean, prep and analyze internal and third part data (i.e. SAS, R, Excel, SQL)
  • Background in variety of statistical and machine learning techniques and algorithms including regression (Liner/Non-Linear/Logistic), Factor Analysis, Binary Tree, Random Forest, Gradient Boost etc.
  • Experience with the application of statistical estimation techniques and / or optimization techniques


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.

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