Director Regulatory Affairs Clinical Strategy
Pacira BioSciences
 Parsippany, NJ

About Pacira

Pacira BioSciences, Inc. is a leading provider of non-opioid pain management and regenerative health solutions dedicated to improving outcomes for health care practitioners and their patients. Our in-depth knowledge of non-opioid pain management, coupled with our passion for advancing patient care, drives our commitment to providing solutions that address unmet medical needs and improve clinical results.

Why work with us?

Rarely do you have an opportunity to do work that really matters. What drives us is our mission. What makes us successful are our people. At Pacira, you are part of an inclusive culture that fosters collaboration, growth, and innovative thinking - a place where you can make an impact and help change the standard of care in non-opioid pain management. Be part of our movement, let’s pursue excellence together.

The Director, Regulatory Affairs, will be responsible for development and implementation of worldwide regulatory strategy leading to successful registration and life-cycle management of assigned projects. The incumbent will work with a high degree of independence; provide regulatory oversight and leadership for assigned products in order to optimize label and shortest time to approval by regulatory agencies; provide sense of urgency to cross-functional teams responsible for global programs; ensure effective communication and constructive working relationship with business partners and representatives of FDA and other global health authorities; coordinate the preparation, submission, and follow-up contact with regulatory agencies and/or external partner for all applications and submissions; be responsible for regulatory review for all submissions and associated documentation.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops worldwide product regulatory strategy to optimize label and obtain shortest time to approval by regulatory agencies for multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Provides expert advice to cross-functional product development teams on regulatory issues as they arise with the pipeline products or marketed products throughout the entire life cycle of the drug.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to direct reports in supporting and leading the cross-functional teams for pipeline programs and marketed products.
  • Represents Pacira in direct communication with the FDA, including telephone calls and email; chair meeting between Pacira and FDA; prepares Pacira teams for meetings with FDA at any phase of drug development.
  • Coordinates interactions with foreign agencies through external regulatory representatives to support their interactions and provide strategic direction across multiple regions simultaneously.
  • Provides leadership in preparation of regulatory filings for submission to US and international regulatory agencies in the areas of new drug development marketing applications, and approved product support. This would include IND applications, meeting requests, post-marketing commitments, and annual reports.
  • If applicable and according to the incumbent’s experience, develops submission plans and provides project management preparation of submission dossiers to US and international health agencies in the areas of medical device development and approved product support. This includes investigational device exemption (IDE), premarket approval (PMA), and premarket notification (510(k)) applications in the US, as well as their ex-US equivalents.
  • Reviews and approves worldwide marketing applications, clinical study reports, investigator brochures before release from Pacira to external agencies and investigators.
  • Conducts initial IND and Clinical Trial Applications (CTA) content review and approval to facilitate initial approval by agencies for conduct of clinical trials.
  • Collaborates with regulatory publishing team to ensure regulatory submissions are of high quality and submitted in a timely manner; review submissions for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with applicable regulatory requirements and procedures.
  • Manages regulatory projects including overall strategy, resources, costs, time and vendors, if appropriate and ensure that project work proceeds according to agreed deadlines and maintains status records.
  • Proactively identifies and addresses complex problems; proposes solutions, assists in developing solutions, and escalates any unresolved concerns to the senior leadership.
  • Participates in regulatory due diligence activities for licensing/partnership candidate review.
  • Leads cross-functional efforts to prepare for advisory committee meetings and may speak at the advisory committee.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May have Supervisory responsibility for 1-2 regulatory strategists.

Education and Experience

  • Master or Doctoral degree in an applicable field of study.
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs or other relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of regulatory requirements with the ability to interpret and apply regulations to specific projects (IND, NDA, GCP, ICH and other regulatory guidance requirements).
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities with a high degree independence.
  • Strong organizational skills, negotiating, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills.
  • Proven ability to interact successfully with all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills.
  • Proven time/project management skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • This position requires approximately 10-15% travel with overnight stays.

EEO Statement

Pacira is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), veteran status, disability or genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

At Pacira we are committed to intentionally cultivating a culture of inclusion where all feel welcomed and valued for their background, perspectives, and experiences. We hold one another accountable to promote trust and transparency in support of our communities and collective purpose.