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Director, R&D IT

ID: 1564
Department: R&D IT
Location: Cambridge Headquarters
# of Openings: 1


Position Description:

Reporting to the Sr. Director, IT, this position serves as the primary IT business partner for Ironwood’s R&D and Quality functions. This individual will collaborate closely with business stakeholders to understand and anticipate business needs, define requirements, and identify, implement and support innovative technology solutions that allow Ironwood to accelerate the pace of discovery of and development and bring important new medicines to the patients we serve.

The successful candidate will bring significant prior experience as a leader, defining and delivering IT solutions for R&D and Quality in a pharmaceutical setting, including experience with informatics solutions from discovery through preclinical and clinical development. Bringing a deep knowledge of drug discovery and development, and current and emerging technologies supporting R&D informatics, the Director, R&D IT will lead a small team of professionals to build and manage the R&D IT application roadmap and portfolio.  An ability to develop relationships as a trusted advisor and consultant with R&D stakeholders is key as is a strong project management skillset with a record of successful delivery.



  • Manage IT strategy, application roadmap, and project portfolio for R&D functions including lab and research informatics solutions (ELN, LIMS, CDS, Compound registration/inventory, Assay data management, SAR, PK/PD), clinical informatics (EDC, Data Management, eTMF, RIM, Adverse Event, SAS), and Quality solutions (QMS, LIMS).  Work with R&D, IT, Finance, and Quality Systems partners to prioritize efforts to best align with function and company goals and to align with overall IT strategy and architecture.
  • Proactively partner with business units across R&D to identify needs and appropriate information technology solutions, documenting requirements and working with business stakeholders to build RFI/RFPs and business cases where appropriate. 
  • Keep informed of current and emerging trends in R&D, identifying  technology solutions that may have potential to accelerate R&D.  Work with business stakeholders to determine best fit and to establish pilot implementations where applicable.
  • Build project plans, engage resources, and drive implementation projects to successful completion, meeting well defined requirements, managing scope, and keeping within project schedules and budgets;
  • Collaborate with the Regulated Systems Support and IT Compliance group and Quality Systems Compliance, using risk-based approaches to validate GxP computerized systems while following company standards and ensuring the validated state of systems is maintained as systems transition into production.
  • Working with a mix of internal staff, contractors, managed services providers, and vendor resources, ensure successful delivery of technology support across the R&D IT and Quality application portfolios, including incident, problem, and change management processes that impact the portfolio, meeting applicable SLAs.
  • Provide vendor management and oversight for in-scope technology vendors, conducting regular vendor reviews and ensuring applicable metrics are collected and reviewed as per vendor or internal SLAs.
  • Assist with the development and management of operating plan costs, continuing to assess services over time to identify savings opportunities and implementing a sourcing strategy that makes effective use of internal, external, and contract resources


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems Management, or a related field.
  • 8 years information technology leadership experience with experience in life sciences setting, including at least 5 years working with IT solutions supporting R&D and Quality functions.
  • Experience managing an IT project and application portfolio, with demonstrated record of delivering projects that meet business objectives on-time and on-budget and delivering IT services
  • Previous practical experience executing validation projects for GxP systems, including conducting risk assessments, designing validation strategy, and authoring validation deliverables.
  • Experience in financial management and budget planning as well as contract negotiation and vendor management.
  • A thorough understanding of drug development processes from discovery through development and post-marketing, with an ability to understand business requirements and translate them into practical solutions.
  • A highly collaborative and solution-oriented leadership style that promotes teamwork and emphasizes business goal alignment and staff development.
  • Advanced communication and presentation skills with an ability to adjust to both technical and non-technical audiences including business stakeholders and senior management.
  • Ability to manage competing demands in a fast-paced, dynamic environment where collaboration, communication, prioritization, and flexibility are key attributes for success
  • Experience managing a team of professionals with a record of developing staff and building a high performing team.


Preferred Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in a related field
  • 10+ years information technology leadership experience, demonstrating progressive responsibilities, including roles supporting in-scope business areas across pharmaceutical R&D and Quality functions.

Ironwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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