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Calithera Biosciences Inc. Head (Sr. Director) of Biometrics in South San Francisco, California

Head (Sr. Director) of Biometrics

Calithera is seeking a Head of Biometrics to lead and grow the Biometrics function. This will include the oversight of Biostatistics (providing strategic technical leadership and guidance on the design and conduct of clinical studies) and of the Programming and Data Management functions. The ideal candidate will be adept at interacting with various groups both within the company and external to the company.


Calithera Biosciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering the discovery and development of targeted therapies that disrupt cellular metabolic pathways to preferentially starve tumor cells and enhance immune-cell activity. Driven by a commitment to rigorous science and a passion for improving the lives of people impacted by cancer and other life-threatening diseases, Calithera is advancing a pipeline of first-in-clinic, oral therapeutics to meaningfully expand treatment options available to patients. Calithera is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.

Duties and/or Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement department standards and practices to ensure statistical integrity of project deliverables.

  • Direct the statistical design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials in all phases.

  • Review protocols and case report forms for soundness of trial design.

  • Review and or author statistical analysis plans for all phases of a trial.

  • Perform and/or review the analysis and interpretation of clinical study results, and collaborate with clinical team to produce interim reports, final reports, and publications.

  • Ensure that the interpretation of data obtained from clinical trials, is accurate, scientifically sound and credible.

  • Direct the development, validation and summary of integrated safety and efficacy summaries.

  • Interact with FDA or EU Regulatory Authority staff to ensure clinical studies meet regulatory requirements.

  • Attend meetings with FDA or EU Regulatory Authority to ensure ongoing agreement on project development.

  • Provide strategic and operational oversight of the Programming and Data Management function, to include managing external vendors and/or building an internal team.

  • Evaluate and manage contract research organizations and other vendors, including scope-of-work, timelines, deliverables and budgets.

  • Provide guidance and expertise to the clinical development team regarding biostatistics-related subject matter.

  • Develop departmental metrics and tracking systems for statistical analysis plans and data quality assurance.

  • Stay abreast of emerging technologies and concepts related to applied statistical methodology.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Statistics or Biostatistics with 10+ years of direct experience in biotechnology industry.

  • In-depth knowledge of statistical analysis methods and results/data presentation formats of oncology clinical data.

  • Advanced knowledge of statistical methods in clinical study designs, clinical data analyses.

  • Experience in design and development of statistical analysis plans, study protocols, clinical study reports.

  • Experience with NDA/BLA filings, preferably as the lead statistician for the filing.

  • Abundant knowledge of clinical operations, data management, and clinical study report preparation workflow.

  • Comfort/experience with oversight of the Programming and Data Management functions.

  • In-depth knowledge of regulatory regulations and guidelines.

  • Clear and effective communication skills to present complex data to project teams including non-statisticians and easy for others to interpret and understand.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skill to build relationship cross-functionally and collaborate effectively.

  • Strong leadership skill, problem solver and ability to influence business stakeholders on key decision-making process.

  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and any necessary statistical software.

Calithera Biosciences, an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital and veteran status.

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