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Senior Director, Data and Science

Verana Health

Verana Health

Sales & Business Development
Posted on Friday, December 8, 2023

Verana Health, a digital health company that delivers quality drug lifecycle and medical practice insights from an exclusive real-world data network, recently secured a $150 million Series E led by Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. (JJDC) and Novo Growth, the growth-stage investment arm of Novo Holdings.

Existing Verana Health investors GV (formerly Google Ventures), Casdin Capital, and Brook Byers also joined the round, as well as notable new investors, including the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, THVC, and Breyer Capital.

We are driven to create quality real-world data in ophthalmology, neurology and urology to accelerate quality insights across the drug lifecycle and within medical practices. Additionally, we are driven to advance the quality of care and quality of life for patients. DRIVE defines our internal purpose and is the galvanizing force that helps ground us in a shared corporate culture. DRIVE is: Diversity, Responsibility, Integrity, Voice-of-Customer and End-Results. Click here to read more about our culture and values.

Our headquarters are located in San Francisco and we have additional offices in Knoxville, TN and New York City with employees working remotely in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT , VA, WA, Washington, D.C. All employees are required to have permanent residency in one of these states. Candidates who are willing to relocate are also encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Senior Director, Data and Science

Job Intro:

As Verana Health reinvents how research happens with data and technology in the healthcare space, we are growing our Quantitative Sciences team to solve complex real-world problems across multiple therapeutic areas, including urology, ophthalmology, and neurology. We are looking for a Senior Director within the Data and Science team with experience interfacing with life science companies to support a variety of teams, such as HEOR and medical affairs, by providing analytic solutions that generate evidence across different use cases that span the clinical development cycle.

This role will report directly to the Senior Vice President of Data and Science. Direct experience working with ophthalmology, urology, and/or neurology clinical data is considered a plus. This role will oversee Verana Health’s analytic services offering, which includes insight generation and consultative support on data products directly accessed by commercial partners. Built on the values of continuous learning, cross-functional collaboration, and rigorous scientific research, the Quantitative Sciences team strives to improve patient care by innovating at the intersection of real world data, clinical context, and methodology with our partners to ensure all available data is being used to in the most efficient, data-driven way possible.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Verana Health is looking for a Senior Director with a background in epidemiology and/or biostatistics, specifically in observational data, as well as deep experience collaborating directly with life science companies.

  • Drive discussions with life science customers to understand project objectives and stakeholder needs in order to align with Verana’s offerings
  • Serve as a key client-facing member of the Data and Science team, which includes Quantitative Sciences, for analytic services projects
  • Be a hands-on individual contributor for critical commercial retrospective clinical studies, which includes owning the development of the protocols, methodology and statistical analysis plans as well as driving results interpretation and read-outs
  • Has a solid grasp of relevant technical approaches (biostatistics and/or epidemiology) and their respective assumptions
  • Have a strong familiarity with designing analyses using observational data to ensure robust conclusions can be made
  • Direct experience working with teams embedded within life science organizations (e.g., HEOR, medical affairs, commercial)
  • Hands-on people management experience
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with teams (e.g., Commercial, Product, Medical, Engineering/Technology, etc.) to translate clinical investigation questions into detailed data analytics requirements for internal and external projects

Basic Requirements:

  • Master’s or doctorate in a quantitative discipline (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, etc.) or equivalent practical experience
  • 10+ years customer-facing experience working through client solutioning/scoping and escalations
  • 10+ years working with life science/pharmaceutical/biotechnology organizations and familiarity with providing analytic services to these groups
  • 5+ years managing teams that design and execute research studies for life sciences
  • Experience
  • Familiarity with clinical datasets and market landscape of various data offerings
  • Familiarity with pharmaceutical industry’s strategy and business processes, including clinical trials, new drug introduction and clinical operations
  • Clear communication skills and able to deliver internal/external presentations, particularly to executive teams
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple initiatives with high attention to detail


  • We provide health, vision, and dental coverage for employees
    • Verana pays 100% of employee insurance coverage and 70% of family
    • Plus an additional monthly $100 individual / $200 HSA contribution with HDHP
  • Spring Health mental health support
  • Flexible vacation plans
  • A generous parental leave policy and family building support through the Carrot app
  • $500 learning and development budget
  • $25/wk in Doordash credit
  • Headspace meditation app - unlimited access
  • Gympass - 3 free live classes per week + monthly discounts for gyms like Soulcycle

Final note:

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Verana, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.


Verana Health is committed to complying with all applicable pay transparency laws and supports equitable pay practices. We pay based on a market-based approach, supported with robust data and in alignment with the compensation of our existing team. We construct our compensation ranges based on the US national average but your pay may vary depending on your location and the cost of living index for that geographic area. In determining an offer, base salary will also be based on experience, qualifications, skills and market conditions.

Please note pay ranges for major metropolitan areas may be different.
National Pay Range
$245,000$275,000 USD