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Baxter IT Director - Global Patient Safety, Medical/Clinical & Regulatory Affairs in Deerfield, Illinois

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IT Director - Global Patient Safety, Medical/Clinical & Regulatory Affairs

Baxter International

Deerfield, IL

Position Overview

  • Set the IT strategic direction for Global Patient Safety, Medical/Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, and Ad Prom.

  • Manage systems modernization across portfolio (20+ global systems; $9M in projects in 2020).

  • Develop/execute against a strategy to digitally transform how R&D works through data standardization with Baxter’s master data management system; system integrations that drive efficiencies; and real-time dashboards and metrics.

  • Ensure effective IT solutions are proactively implemented/supported to address/resolve business problems.

  • Establish customer relationships/review department long-range strategy with business or systems process owners, including VP, Regulatory Affairs; Director, RA Operations; VP, Global Patient Safety, Director, PV Operations, Director, Device Vigilance; Director, PV Technology; VP, Medical / Clinical Affairs and Director, Ad Prom.

  • Provide overall direction/leadership for the department. Responsible for adherence to IT standards/processes, and for managing capital/expense budgets within assigned areas.

Critical Responsibilities

Direct several IT teams and key projects. Demonstrate strategic thinking, manage relationships in the business and IT, resolve/coordinate complex issues across the business and IT, manage vendor relationships, exhibit strong process skills, accountable for the successful implementation of large-scale global projects, accountable for maintaining a large budget, and strong focus on the customer.

  • Provide leadership, direction and/or people management for several IT teams. Work in a matrixed and/or global environment.

  • Define/manage the overall strategic directions/roadmaps for Global Patient Safety, Medical/Clinical & Regulatory Affairs, and Ad Prom. Ensure department goals are linked to short-/long-term business and IT strategies, communicate these goals to the department, business, and other areas of IT.

  • Develop strong collaborative relationships within IT/with business customers, including senior levels to understand long-term business strategies/develop system solutions. Communicate to senior management on status, issues, budgets and service problems.

  • Anticipate, interpret and resolve complex business, IT and organizational issues, and ensure coordination across departments or teams.

  • Manage multiple, significant vendor relationships including software as a service provider and third-party hosting arrangements.

  • Define, implement, communicate and drive compliance with processes and standards.

  • Lead the planning/implementation of large-scale, global projects. Accountable for communication to senior management, and timely/cost-effective projects delivery.

  • Develop/manage a large budget including operating and capital project expenses.

  • Keep current on industry trends in IT and business/functional areas. Participate in the research, analysis, selection and implementation of new tools, technologies and/or services.

  • Develop, gather and measure relevant productivity metrics/communicate metrics to senior management on a regular basis. Use baseline metrics to drive improvement in the organization, applications and processes

Key Qualifications

  • Strong team-building/talent management skills demonstrated results motivating team members to achieve goals

  • Demonstrated results managing multiple projects, priorities and/or teams across multiple functions

  • Strategic thinker/strong influencing and communication skills

  • Proven track record of delivering on commitments.

  • Prudent risk-taker.

  • Strong negotiation skills/orientation towards customer service.

  • Requires project management skills, budget/financial acumen, and strong business background.

  • Must be process-oriented and able to define and implement new processes and standards.

  • Strong business acumen across Regulatory Affairs, Global Patient Safety, Clinical Affairs, Medical Affairs, AdProm.

  • Strong understanding of product data required.

  • Experience implementing and managing applications in various environments including AWS, 3rd party hosted and software as a service.

  • Working knowledge of quality systems regulations and validation process.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or country equivalent required

  • Must have 10+ years of information systems experience in multiple areas of IT, and 5 years of management experience

  • MBA or MS a plus


Equal Employment Opportunity

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Reasonable Accommodations

Baxter is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information.

Our products and therapies touch the lives of millions of people around the world every day, which is why we are focused on transformative innovations that bring smarter, more personalized care to all of us. For 87 years and counting, we have been at the critical intersection where the ideas that save and sustain lives meet the providers who make it all happen. And now, we are determined to realize our boldest opportunities to transform global healthcare for years to come.