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Oncology Drug Development Senior Consultant

Do you thrive on developing advice reports at every stage of a sponsor’s product development cycle? Do you flourish in providing consultancy and work on strategic advice projects as requested by our sponsors, offering expertise that guides future pre-clinical and clinical developments?


We are looking for an experienced professional oncology advisor to be part of SMS-oncology’s Oncology Drug Development Affairs department.
You will develop strategic advice in every stage of a sponsor’s product development cycle (pre-clinical and clinical) including both clinical and business tactics. You will lead the complete consultancy project, managing it from the early contact with a sponsor to the final strategic advice reports in order to give direction to our clients.
The work requires excellent knowledge and direct experience in principles and concepts of oncology in the context of drug / diagnostic development and clinical translation. A PhD plus relevant industry experience in oncology / drug development is required. A background in clinical training / trials is an advantage.
Key activities include:

  • Leading and performing scientific advisory (scientific, medical and regulatory) activities.
  • Using the expertise in oncology and drug development to support the acquisition of new drug development- as well as clinical-projects.
  • The technical and scientific review and evaluation of pre-clinical and clinical profiles of novel oncology drugs / diagnostics.
  • Familiarization and expertise in standard of care practices in oncology for potential target indications.
  • Providing a clear scientific and clinical summary of the findings in the form of comprehensive reports and presentations.
  • Putting recommendations forward for developing drug target profiles and for different scenarios of the clinical development of a specific compound. These tasks are primarily done by performing desk research using scientific literature and databases, attending trainings and conferences specific for oncology and drug development.
  • Using the expertise in oncology and drug development to support the acquisition of new drug development- as well as clinical-projects.
  • Leading and performing medical and regulatory writing activities.
  • Providing scientific support and training on developments in the field of oncology and related fields to other employees at SMS-oncology.
The advisor / consultant reports to the director of the Oncology Drug Development Affairs department.


  • PhD in life sciences or related field, a post-doc in a similar field is an advantage
  • At least 2 years of industry experience - preferably in oncology-related or in clinical context
  • A strategic thinker capable of clearly relaying scientific and clinical information to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully managing multiple projects at varying stages of development.
  • Able to prioritize projects.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, experience in medical writing is a plus
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Self-motivated and proactive
We are looking for a deep-thinking, energetic individual with the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.

The department:

You will be part of SMS-oncology’s Oncology Drug Development Affairs team that provides consultancy services ranging from pre-clinical drug development analysis, toxicology and pharmacological data review, clinical development planning to strategic steer for novel & innovative compounds or diagnostics. Read more about this department.


SMS-oncology is one of the few CROs in the world solely dedicated to oncology. With our unique business model of integrating oncology drug development affairs and clinical operations, we cover the whole value chain from trial design to the setup, management and completion of phase I to IV oncology trials. We specialize in early phase, pediatric and immuno-oncology trials.
Our goal is to be the leading oncology CRO. We believe that oncology trials require oncology experts. Our clients can rely on our expertise and our proactive, responsive and pragmatic approach. Our mission is to excel in oncology trials for the benefit of our clients and cancer patients worldwide.
SMS-oncology nurtures a high performance culture, provides continuous training, offer unique opportunities to learn, and stimulates personal and organizational development. Our high performance culture impacts our retention rate positively, as represented by our industry leading rate of ~95%.

What can SMS-oncology offer you?

  • Be part of one of the few oncology CROs in the world to contribute to the development of innovative cancer therapies
  • Thrive in a fast growing, dynamic and inspiring working environment
  • Flourish in a high-performance culture that stimulates personal development and values happiness, autonomy and proactivity
  • Get exciting opportunities to further develop yourself in more senior positions and/or more responsibilities


Do you want to know more information regarding this vacancy, please contact our recruitment team via +31 (0)20 4350580.

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