Job Description

Translational Sampling Manager

- Pharmaceuticals
Posted by Katleen Broeckhoven on 17/10/2019

For a main player in the pharmaceutical field, we are looking for a Translational Sampling Manager with expertise in a life science laboratory and extended Clinical Operational knowledge in ED. Please find out more below and on and apply when passioned about this position.


The Translational Sampling Manager has a key role in introducing new sampling platforms to assess novel biomarkers in clinical studies related to the company’s portfolio of new interventions in chronic HBV.

The TSM will use his/her experience and skillset in developing robust laboratory protocols for biological assays into an interventional trial setting, with a focus on the applicability and learnability in a clinical study site setting.

He/she will engage and guide specialized vendors to provide consistent trial support and integrate the additional complexity into the established vendor support pipeline with clear communication towards the internal stakeholders.


  • Introduce new sampling platforms into early and full development clinical trials.
  • Provide clear protocols, instruction manuals and tailored operational learning templates for the sites to consistently adopt the new sampling platforms.
  • Define and implement the logistical chain from sample to centralized data generation in a well-articulated operational relationship to the established vendor support pipeline.
  • Work to integrate efficiently the operational aspects of new platforms in clinical protocols in solid concertation with development team members responsible for the application of established biomarkers and sampling procedures.
  • Provide support for educational and scientific communications towards internal development teams and external investigators.
  • Provide clear budgeting and forecasting information on the platform process components to the Translational Medicine Department.


  • PhD in Life Sciences
  • Hands-on work and organisational expertise in a life science laboratory
  • Minimum of 5 years of
    • clinical trial experience in ED environment in the pharmaceutical industry or CRO.
    • working in a matrix organization, including in an international and virtual setting.
  • Strong expertise in vendor management.
  • Clinical-Operational knowledge in ED is a must
  • Clinical-Operational knowledge in FD is an asset
  • Experience with start-up vendors is an asset.
  • Pre-existing knowledge about cell sorting, sequencing and histochemistry techniques is an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of English
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 15-20% of the time, defined by business needs.



  • Strong problem-solving skills while maintaining high standards of quality, ethics and compliance.
  • Ability and flexibility to prioritize and to work in a matrix organization under pressure with short timeframes for deliverables
  • Strong organizational skills to cope with multi-tasking which result in a goal-oriented approach without losing the attention to details.
  • Good communication skills in setting clear objectives, persuading others to accept new approaches and gaining alignment on divergent issues
  • Solid skills toward providers in
    • clearly defining company objectives
    • negotiating fit-for-purpose agreements
    • identifying imaginative solutions to provide a path forward when confronted with new challenges.
  • Demonstrated expertise in working cross-culturally.


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