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Vice President, Digital Health

Advanced Group

This is a Full-time position in Chicago, IL posted April 13, 2021.

Advanced Group leverages over 30 years of expertise in talent acquisition, staffing, and outsourcing solutions to operate the award-winning Advanced Group family of brands, including Advanced Clinical, Advanced Resources, Advanced RPO, and WunderLand Group. Together, with mastery across professional disciplines and global markets, we’re dedicated to make a difference, every day, for our clients, our candidates, each other, and our communities. Advanced Group’s Shared Services team provides corporate services such as Marketing, Human Resources, Finance & Accounting, IT, and Operations to each of our brands. Our employees are the foundation of our energetic and collaborative environment, where constant learning and service to others take top priority. We seek dynamic, hard-working team members who are inspired to work amongst diverse backgrounds and perspectives. From our altruistic mission to outstanding career development opportunities, there’s no better place to grow your career than Advanced Group.


The VP, Digital Health drives digital innovation into the operating model of Advanced Clinical to evolve clinical development services, focusing on efficiencies and improvements for Advanced Clinical and the sponsors, investigators, partners, colleagues, and patients we interact with in deploying our services.  As an industry thought leader, the VP, Digital Health supports corporate strategic initiatives in order to ensure Advanced Clinical is positioned as one of the digital innovation leaders in the clinical trial marketplace.


The VP, Digital Health manages a collaborative and transparent business and technology engagement model.  This model pursues a deep understanding of business functions along with the aligned technology needs, advocates opportunities for technology to drive efficiencies and quality, and proactively adapts technology and processes to support strategic objectives along with each business departments’ tactical outcomes. Additionally, the VP, Digital Health manages the budget and delivery of existing clinical technology, while continuously improving stability and quality, enabling Advanced Clinical to drive value to clients, patients, and employees.


The VP, Digital Health leads a Clinical Technology team consisting of IT managers who manage the day to day work of developers, analysts, and architects. The Clinical Technology team provides technology and operational management of applications including all systems related to global clinical development management, including industry applications, business process automation, AI/ML, clinical application delivery and architecture, business team engagement, and vendor management.


This is a leadership role that requires a deep understanding of the clinical research industry and the use of digital health applications and opportunities, excellence in business processes, a deep understanding of data management and its inherent value, and innovation in problem solving for business growth initiatives. This role also provides support to strategic business development activities and works with technology leadership of Advanced Group to align technology activities to financial and company goals.

  • Promote pragmatic innovation by championing value-based, risk-managed investments and guided, disciplined execution
  • Provide vision and leadership for the development and implementation of clinical technology initiatives that meet business needs and create and maintain a competitive advantage and increased client value in a rapidly changing marketplace
  • Manage Advanced Clinical’s strategy related to clinical technology, products, and services, including all systems supporting clinical research management, automation/robotics, AI/ML, and third-party software as a service (SAAS) management
  • Provide expert-level consultation on all clinical development management-related systems
  • Lead and partner with Advanced Clinical business leaders on strategic technological planning for Advanced Clinical Solutions as it relates to applications and cloud-based distributed systems to achieve business goals by prioritizing technology initiatives and coordinating the evaluation, development, deployment, and management of current and future application technologies with all stakeholders
  • Oversee IT leadership responsible for the development and execution of prioritized and approved clinical technology projects, as well as application development projects on Mendix low code platform
  • Prepare business technology case and plans for projects and procure technology in accordance with the business need and the IT PMO guidelines. Conduct appropriate demo and pilot phases to validate assumptions. 
  • Rapidly convert ideas into working demos and mock-ups in an agile environment
  • Ensure product requirements are implemented and supported in accordance with digital strategy and business requirements
  • Drive the definition and delivery of product releases, in accordance with digital strategy
  • Manage the expenses (operating and capital) for IT clinical technology budgets in conjunction with the AC business leaders, AC President, CIO, and finance controllers to ensure all funding requests follow the appropriate governance processes (excludes project related pass-throughs for technology)
  • Develop framework for the analysis and review of the effectiveness of existing technology toolset
  • Measure product success by gathering data and reporting on KPIs that valuate products in the form of expense reduction, revenue generation, and/or improved client and consultant service
  • Ensure compliance with IT quality and security processes and procedures, identifying and addressing any compliance issues
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of global laws and regulations related to data privacy and GxP, including GDPR, CCPA, FDA 21 CFR 11 compliance, and related
  • Manage third-party vendors and resources in support of clinical technology, ensure value-add for deployment on prioritized initiatives (excludes project related pass-through technology agreements)
  • Research and review industry trends, network with potential vendors that will enhance AC’s clinical services, and include business leaders in recommendations
  • Present at Industry conferences and webinars as a thought leader within the digital health space
  • Write white papers, blogs, or other marketing tools/efforts to promote Advanced Clinical as a leading CRO in digital strategy
  • Act as a thought partner to CIO, AC President, SVP of Corporate Development, and relative business leaders on issues relating to Clinical technology strategy
  • Work in collaboration with CIO and IT PMO, AC President, and AC Business Leaders to execute organizational strategic plans
  • Mentor and coach staff to improve the company’s knowledge related to technology and data analytics, as well as how to effectively evaluate activities, projects, products, and investments with a value-based, client- and consultant-focused approach
  • Motivate and provide leadership to staff to ensure the proper allocation of resources to the highest priority deliverables


  • Naturally curious leader who has a passion for providing innovative solutions and a conviction in the power of innovation to transform thought, behavior, and business
    Minimum 15 years’ experience in a leadership role overseeing clinical innovation and/or digital strategy including technology application selection, development, project management, data analysis and management, and business process analysis
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in global Clinical research within the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and/or Contract Research Organization (CRO) or other Clinical trial sponsor environment is required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences, Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Computer Science, or MIS
  • Master’s Degree in related areas considered a plus, preferably in Business or Life Sciences
  • PMP, PPM, or PRINCE2 Certification, preferred
  • Management experience leading a team responsible for clinical service strategies, including corporate applications and clinical trial management software
  • Strong knowledge of procedures and best practices related to FDA, EMA, GCP compliance, computer system validation, and related global regulations including a strong understanding of data privacy regulations
  • Prior experience leading digital transformations and/or designing modern technology delivery capabilities, including associated change management – Cloud, Dev/Ops, continuous development/deployment, agile methodologies, analytics, artificial intelligence, and RPA/automation
  • Proven success in identifying and building a technology strategy driven and matched to business initiatives and presenting opportunities and corresponding solutions to executives and colleagues
  • Proven emphasis on user-driven product design and data-driven product refinement
  • Strong understanding of the global CRO services delivery model with the ability to think creatively and strategically to capitalize on unstructured, ambiguous business situations
  • Superior communication and team-building skills, highlighting the ability to effectively listen to expert colleagues’ insight
  • Passion, humility, integrity, credibility, and a commitment to Advanced Group’s values
  • Ability to properly and efficiently articulate sophisticated technology principles to various groups of stakeholders with varying levels of technical comprehension
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills that generate respect and trust from stakeholders
  • Ability to successful path find to drive differentiation across the business
  • Able to manage challenges, think creatively, and pivot quickly
  • Flexible leader with ability to be comfortable with ambiguity and disciplined failure
  • Ability to synthesize and simplify complex problems and systems
  • Data-driven with an affinity for business process enhancement and automation


It is Advanced Group’s practice not to discriminate against any employee or applicant because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or sexual preference, pregnancy or maternity, genetic information, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

This practice applies to all terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to, hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotions, transfers, layoff, Company-sponsored education, social and recreational programs, and treatment on the job.  If you have a disability or handicap and would like us to accommodate you in any reasonable way, please inform your recruiter so that we can discuss the appropriate alternatives available.




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