Senior Medical Director – Rheumatology @ Fortrea

  • TypeFull Time
  • SeniorityLeadership
  • RoleNon-Clinical
  • LocationGreater London
  • SectorNon-Clinical

As a leading global contract research organization (CRO) with a passion for scientific rigor and decades of clinical development experience, Fortrea provides pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device customers a wide range of clinical development, patient access and technology solutions across more than 20 therapeutic areas. With over 19,000 staff conducting operations in more than 90 countries, Fortrea is transforming drug and device development for partners and patients across the globe.

Role Details:

The leader will bring a track record of success in previous roles and be able to demonstrate strong leadership, therapeutic and business acumen. The Senior Medical Director will drive new initiatives and ideas and also be highly agile in order to adopt and bring to life new ideas and innovations to enhance business, culture and processes. This is a customer facing role too and the leader will work directly with customers pre and post business wins to ensure that Fortrea is well positioned for future revenue growth.

In this role, the Senior Medical Director will be focusing on Rheumatology and Immunology trials. Experience in Dermatology will be considered a plus but it is not a requirement.

Key responsibilities

This role requires professional leadership and management capabilities, necessary to lead a large-scale medically led organization, together with managing across a complex global organization and delivering exceptional client performance for a pharmaceutical services-oriented CRO business. You will have a proven track record as an agent of change in challenging environments and in fostering a confident and capable workforce.

Specifically, the role consists of;

Company Focus

  • Contributes to and may lead the development of Company policies involving medical, safety and therapeutics
  • Participates and leads in process improvement activities across Company
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Client Relationship & Business Development Activities

  • Partnering with Global Clinical Organization to develop new and enhance existing client relationships where possible
  • Provides leadership and presents medical/scientific capabilities to clients as a participant of a proposal team
  • Leverage known and builds new relationships with investigators/sites to performs site/investigator feasibility and to support optimal recruiting and conduct of trials
  • Utilize knowledge and understanding of business environment to create new business opportunities
  • Serves as point of contact for key clients for business oversight and client relationships
  • Able to present or serve on panels to represent the company at conferences and scientific meetings

Managerial (if available)

  • Provides mentoring to and responsible for the supervision, career development and evaluation of Clinical Research Physicians, Associate Medical Directors, Medical Directors and Senior Medical Directors
  • Supports and participates in the recruitment process for department positions
  • May have managerial responsibility in regard to specific therapeutic sub-specialty within the TA or geographic region
  • Involved in assignment of projects and specific duties to direct reports
  • Responsible for administration and/or delegation of activities of his/her direct reports (for example PTO, timesheet and expense approval)
  • Involved in providing departmental budget preparation and oversight activities
  • Acts as deputy for the TA head as needed


  • Provides leadership to staff within the therapeutic area
  • Leads processes improvement initiatives and/or scientific program initiatives that require involvement and impact across business units
  • Acts deputy for the TA head as needed
  • Contributes to vision and strategy/direction for therapeutic area, e.g. members of Physician Leadership Team

Therapeutic and Scientific Expertise

  • Develops training modules and materials, and provides training in disease states and protocol specific requirements across the Company
  • Participates in training opportunities to advance knowledge of drug development and good clinical practice guidelines
  • Serves as global lead project physician and as a program level physician across multiple indications for a given compound, can also serve as a sub-specialty TA leader with TA
  • Provides subject matter and drug development expertise to be a key contributor to the medical strategy and execution of the program for the client
  • Performs medical data review – Reviews laboratory values, adverse events, coding dictionaries and data tables, listings and figures as needed
  • Develops, reviews and revises protocols, case report forms, training materials, project specific tools, analysis plans design, clinical trial reports and new drug applications
  • Prepares materials for investigator meetings
  • Actively participates in investigator meetings
  • Provides medical/scientific expertise to project teams
  • Responsible for medical and safety monitoring on assigned projects
  • Interacts with inter-departmental and external consultants as appropriate
  • Participates in feasibility discussions relating to specific project proposals
  • Participates in project risk assessment activities
  • Assists when needed with data safety monitoring board activities
  • Provides clinical and medical expertise to other Fortrea departments
  • Contributes to the scientific strategic leadership for a given therapeutic area and can provide the scientific strategic leadership for a sub-specialty with the TA


  • MD degree
  • Relevant sub-specialty (Rheumatology) fellowship training and history of board certification


  • 3-5 years’ experience with substantial knowledge of drug development and extensive clinical research experience within the pharmaceutical/CRO industry in specialist therapeutic area
  • Equivalent academic experience can be substituted
  • For Senior Medical Director: recognized as a clinical research leader within their therapeutic area with greater than 5 years’ experience of substantial knowledge of drug development and extensive clinical research experience within the pharmaceutical/CRO industry in specialist therapeutic area

Fortrea is actively seeking motivated problem-solvers and creative thinkers who share our passion for overcoming barriers in clinical trials. Our unwavering commitment is to revolutionize the development process, ensuring the swift delivery of life-changing ideas and therapies to patients in need. Join our exceptional team and embrace a collaborative workspace where personal growth is nurtured, enabling you to make a meaningful global impact. For more information about Fortrea, visit


Fortrea is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer:

As an EOE/AA employer, Fortrea strives for diversity and inclusion in the workforce and does not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind. We make employment decisions based on the needs of our business and the qualifications of the individual and do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy or other medical conditions/needs), family or parental status, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, personal appearance, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic. We encourage all to apply.