Senior Vice President, Drug Development Services

  1. Reading, Blue Bell
  1. Senior Leadership
  2. ICON Full Service & Corporate Support
  3. Office Based

About the role

At ICON, it’s our people that set us apart. Our diverse teams enable us to become a better partner to our customers and help us to fulfil our mission to advance and improve patients’ lives.

Our ‘Own It’ culture is driven by four key values that bring us together as individuals and set us apart as an organisation: Accountability & Delivery, Collaboration, Partnership and Integrity. We want to be the Clinical Research Organisation that delivers excellence to our clients and to patients at every touch-point. In short, to be the partner of choice in drug development.

That’s our vision. We’re driven by it. And we need talented people who share it.
If you’re as driven as we are, join us. You’ll be working in a dynamic and supportive environment, with some of the brightest and the friendliest people in the sector, and you’ll be helping shape an industry.

Location: US, Ireland, or UK

Role Overview:

The SVP, Drug Development Services, will lead a global team of senior medical experts in advancing drug development initiatives across multiple phases. This executive will lead a global team and will be the first point of contact for early engagement projects. Occasionally the SVP, Drug Development Services will engage in consulting work as a Subject Matter Expert (SME). The SVP will handle executive steering committees and respond to Requests for Information (RFI) for high strategic opportunities. The Senior Vice President will play a critical role in driving innovation, fostering collaboration, and maintaining high-quality standards across all drug development initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leadership & Team Management: Lead and mentor a global team of senior medical professionals, ensuring alignment of team strengths with project needs for maximum effectiveness and success.

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Relationship Management: Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including pharmaceutical partners, regulatory agencies, and key opinion leaders as well as collaborate with business development and marketing teams to support client engagement, proposal development, and business growth initiatives.

  • Early Engagement & SME Consulting: Serve as the first point of contact for early engagement projects, providing expert consultation and guidance as needed.

  • Strategic Involvement: Participate in executive steering committees, provide strategic input, and respond to high-level RFIs.

  • Comprehensive Drug Development: Oversee drug development processes from Pre-Clinical through Phase IIIB, ensuring seamless phase transitions.

  • Regulatory & Commercial Insight: Apply a deep understanding of regulatory development strategies, commercial considerations, and CMC processes to guide projects.

  • Financial Management: Manage departmental budgets and finances, ensuring efficient allocation of resources.


  • MD and/or PhD in a relevant field.

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in drug development within a pharmaceutical company.

  • Proven track record of transitioning drugs from one development phase to the next.

  • Demonstrated therapeutic specialization.

Leadership & Management:

  • Credibility and capability to manage and inspire a team of highly intelligent, strong personalities.

  • Experience in budget and financial management for a global department.

  • Ability to identify and leverage team strengths for optimal project outcomes.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Consultative mentality with excellent stakeholder management skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, comfortable interacting with senior leaders.

  • Ability to think on the fly and provide strategic insights.

  • Comprehensive understanding of regulatory development strategies, commercial considerations, and CMC processes.

  • Ability to work from US, Ireland, or UK based office.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive network within the pharmaceutical and regulatory communities.

  • History of successful strategic engagements and consultations in drug development.

Benefits of Working in ICON:
Our success depends on the quality of our people. That’s why we’ve made it a priority to build a culture that rewards high performance and nurtures talent.

We offer very competitive salary packages. And to keep them competitive, we regularly benchmark them against our competitors. Our annual bonuses reflect delivery of performance goals – both ours and yours.
We also provide a range of health-related benefits to employees and their families and offer competitive retirement plans – and related benefits such as life assurance – so you can save and plan with confidence for the years ahead.
But beyond the competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, you’ll benefit from an environment where you are encouraged to fulfil your sense of purpose and drive lasting change.

ICON is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please let us know through the form below.



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