Senior Director

Vendor Outsourcing

Posted on 5/22/2024

Pliant Therapeutics

Pliant Therapeutics

51-200 employees

Developing novel therapies for fibrotic diseases


Senior, Expert

San Bruno, CA, USA

Required Skills
  • 15+ years of relevant clinical development experience preferred with a B.A./B.S. degree; or 12+ years of relevant clinical development experience preferred with an advanced degree.
  • 5+ years of experience directly negotiating full scope CRO agreements at task and resource by region level and/or building CRO resourcing models.
  • 5+ years of functional management experience preferred.
  • 5+ years people management experience preferred.
  • 2+ years of experience with site budget development utilizing fair-market value standards preferred.
  • Ability to utilize complex Microsoft Excel formulas and functions – e.g. VLOOKUP, INDEX, MATCH and pivots.
  • Experience with writing macros or other programming languages a plus.
  • Setting the vision for and developing and enhancing the standards, processes and tools utilized by Vendor Outsourcing in support of the CDO.
  • Leading the vendor selection lifecycle including Request-for-Information (RFI) and/or Request-for-Proposal (RFP) activities for clinical services such as study management (CROs), central laboratory, bioanalytical services, interactive response technology (IRT), etc.
  • Leading the review and negotiation of budgets for CRO, central laboratory and other vendor agreements.
  • In collaboration with Legal, negotiating vendor agreements including payment terms in accordance with Pliant standards and processes.
  • Developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with key vendors to enable effective collaboration and issue resolution.
  • Supporting the budget forecasting activities and quarterly financial reviews with Clinical Operations and Corporate Finance.
  • Effectively partnering with relevant internal and external stakeholders such as Clinical Operations, Legal, Regulatory, Finance, Quality Assurance and/or vendors, as applicable, to enable informed, risk-considered decisions.
  • Proactively identifying, defining and implementing new or improved departmental processes or standards.
  • Leading and managing a forthcoming team of Business Operations professionals.

Pliant Therapeutics is developing novel therapies for fibrotic diseases, utilizing integrin biology and TGF-β modulation to create potential drug candidates aimed at halting or reversing fibrosis. The company's pipeline includes a first clinical stage, oral, selective small molecule integrin inhibitor, demonstrating a commitment to breakthrough treatments for patients with fibrotic diseases.

Company Stage


Total Funding



South San Francisco, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth