Chief of Staff

Corporate New York, New York

Position at Medidata Solutions

Medidata: Conquering Diseases Together

Medidata is leading the digital transformation of life sciences, creating hope for millions of patients. Medidata helps generate the evidence and insights to help pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostics companies, and academic researchers accelerate value, minimize risk, and optimize outcomes. More than one million registered users across 1,400 customers and partners access the world's most-used platform for clinical development, commercial, and real-world data. Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes company, is headquartered in New York City and has offices around the world to meet the needs of its customers. Discover more at

Your Mission: 

As the Chief of Staff you will play a critical role in the strategic development and prioritization of projects and initiatives in close step with the Co-CEO and the Senior Leadership Team.  You will also support the productivity of the Executive Committee and Senior Leadership Team by supporting the planning and facilitation of key meetings: Operating Committee, Senior Leadership team, Brand Board and Life Sciences leadership meetings.

With the combination of Dassault Systèmes and MEDIDATA, we have never been in a stronger position to fulfill our ambition to bring the right treatment to the right patient at the right time. As we are implementing our vision for life sciences, you will be working on a wide range of strategic projects along the integration with the foundational goal of aligning our mission, vision and values we share.  You will drive key initiatives to grow, scale and run the business effectively through primary functions: Strategy implementation, Project/Program Management, Operations, Communications and Business Transformation.  A strong ability to communicate across departments and lead through influence is important as this role will carry out the vision and represent the Co-CEO in the continued expansion of the business in Life Sciences.

  • Prepare agenda, strategic presentations, and facilitate follow-ups for key leadership meetings (Operating Committee, Senior Leadership Team, Life Sciences Sector Governance, Business Planning Review Meetings and others).

  • Partner with the Co-CEO to strategically identify and evaluate opportunity areas in Life Sciences, conducting research and summarizing learnings on strategic priorities, as appropriate.  

  • Act as a strategic advisor to the co-CEO and senior leadership team, providing an unbiased voice as a sounding board.  

  • Collaborate cross-functionally to manage strategy and transformation projects, including developing change management and communication plans to drive both the strategic vision and project execution forward. 

  • Enable the transfer of strategic decisions into operational plans and ensure execution.

  • Project manage cross-functional initiatives / integration programs across the company and ensure alignment of lines of business and regional teams.

  • Act as a partner to the SLT and Operating Committee on deliverables related to the execution of strategic initiatives including project status reports. Engaging all parties involved and sharing regular integration status updates will be of utmost importance. Distilling discussions and thoughts from team meetings into strategic plans is important.

  • Demonstrate thought leadership through competency and credibility in representing Medidata’s executive management, functional heads and other stakeholders.

  • Travel occasionally with or on behalf of the co- CEO to key company/external events.


Your Competencies: 

  • Demonstrated ability to execute against strategic plans. 

  • Capable of leading change initiatives with excellent strategic and operational thought leadership, and a strong focus on efficiency.

  • Passion, energy, personal accountability and a desire to lead others to excellence.

  • Experience creating, measuring, and improving business processes.

  • Expertise in agile methodologies and how to instill an agile mindset.  Holistic problem solver.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong decision-making, prioritization, and negotiation.

  • Ability to prioritize work from multiple sources, including ad-hoc or quick tasks and large-scale project work.  Deadline-driven, organized and able to multitask.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Cultural sensitivity or experience working across cultures

  • Comfort with ambiguity and proven ability to create clarity.

  • Highest level of integrity and stellar judgement.

  • Ability to lead through influence.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Your Education & Experience:

  • BS/BA or equivalent; technical undergraduate program of study.  Advanced certification or advanced degree strongly preferred.

  • Minimum of 10+ years of relevant business and operations experience.

  • A history of proven delivery of results.

  • Previous experience with C-level executive support 

  • Consulting and Life Sciences background preferred

Medidata is making a real difference in the lives of patients everywhere by accelerating critical drug and medical device development, enabling life-saving drugs and medical devices to get to market faster. Our products sit at the convergence of the Technology and Life Sciences industries, one of most exciting areas for global innovation. Nine of the top 10 best-selling drugs in 2017 were developed on the Medidata platform. 

Medidata Solutions have powered over 17,000+ clinical trials giving us the largest collection of clinical trial data in the world. With this asset, we pioneer innovative, advanced applications and intelligent data analytics, bringing an unmatched level of quality and efficiency to clinical trials enabling treatments to reach waiting patients sooner.

Medidata Solutions, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Medidata Solutions provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Medidata Solutions complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.