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Edwards Lifesciences Director, Global Clinical/Medical Safety (Remote) – Transcatheter Heart Valve (THV) in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Transcatheter Heart Valve (THV) clinical organization is a multi-functional team supporting the product development lifecycle through groundbreaking clinical trial design and execution from first in man through post market surveillance, leading clinical evidence in THV worldwide. We are seeking a Director, Global Clinical/Medical Safety to join us in the Irvine, CA area or remotely anywhere within the United States.

As a Director, Global Safety, you provide leadership and clinical expertise in support of new product development and marketed products for the team. Your role is critical to the success of the THV Clinical Affairs safety organization.

We’re searching for a leader who will:

  • Lead a global team of Medical Safety Officers and Safety Specialists driving safety activities for all THV clinical trials

  • Serve as a primary strategic partner across senior leadership on scientific communication activities including the review and analysis of clinical data reports, presentations for Regulatory submissions, conferences and study meetings (e.g., Executive Committees, DSMB, CEC, Steering Committees)

  • Provide strategic leadership in the identification of and development of new and significant existing KOL relationships

  • Effectively partner with senior leadership team to drive clinical trial success across multiple functions

  • Collaborate with R&D, Clinical Development, Quality and Complaints Handling, Regulatory, Physician Training, and outside vendors taking a proactive stance to ensure THV trials are addressing safety and risk appropriately

  • Work closely with cross-functional study teams to align the safety vigilance plans with existing regulations and ensure accuracy and relevancy of risk management with patient safety data, event adjudication, DSMB recommendations, and study endpoints.

  • Direct activities of multiple sub-functions through lower management levels while establishing functional area strategy, developing corporate and/or organizational policies and authorizing their implementation

  • Plan and direct multiple strategic, enterprise-level projects with highest criticality including serving as a source of escalation

  • Develop a robust strategic talent development and succession plan including the optimization and utilization of resources in alignment with functional growth strategies across the global clinical organization

  • Evaluate, formulate, and present recommendations to advise and guide executive level leadership; develop and deliver executive level communication across functions that impact multiple areas of the business

  • Lead the safety assessment of the full portfolio of THV products in clinical evaluation

  • Develop safety strategy for the THV products in clinical studies including overview of safety assessments, identifying/analyzing safety signals and trends, creating and implementing safety processes and trainings and providing clinical safety expertise support for other departments

  • Support CEC adjudication process and provide ongoing oversight of the workflow between CEC and Edwards as well as between Edwards and all clinical sites

  • Oversee optimization of THV Safety Processes according to Regulatory Requirements, Edwards Lifesciences SOPs, and Ethical Obligation.

  • Provide ongoing oversight of adverse event reporting, review, and timely adjudication for THV Clinical Studies

  • Ensure appropriate oversight of the safety profile of the THV product in clinical evaluation, including review of individual safety cases and aggregate reports, signal detection and evaluation, and escalated safety issues appropriately within the company

Basic Qualifications

  • Masters or a medical degree (US or OUS) with 10 years of experience

  • 5 years of people management experience with a demonstrated track record of effectively leading a diverse team across multiple geographies

  • Experience in clinical strategy

  • Ability to travel up to 50%, domestic & international

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a regulated industry

  • Relevant clinical trial experience in cardiology, especially related to heart valve disease, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and congestive heart failure areas

  • Experience with Class III medical devices

  • Continuing education in clinical research monitoring or experience in clinical research

  • Experience in managing clinical trial steering committees

  • Experience in clinical, regulatory, and marketing aspects of medical device technology

Edwards is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 15,000 individuals worldwide.

For us, helping patients is not a slogan - it's our life's work. From developing devices that replace or repair a diseased heart valve to creating new technologies that monitor vital signs in the critical care setting, we focus on helping patients regain and improve the quality of their life.

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