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Director, Drug Development Project Management

Posted on Apr 6, 2021 by Bristol-Myers Squibb

Summit, NJ 07902
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Job Description
At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision - transforming patients' lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease - and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry - each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

The Director level Project Manager partners with the Development Program Lead (DPL) to lead the Development Program Team (DPT) to successfully shape and execute the project and drug development strategies, as well as appropriate lifecycle planning. The Project Manager provides an independent voice to shape the project strategy and drive optimal decisions for the broader portfolio value. The Project Manager is accountable for the cross-functional execution of one or more integrated development plans including management of timelines, cost, quality, and risk mitigation. This position can be assigned to any therapeutic area and will work on projects primarily in late development (post-Proof of Concept through marketed phase). The level of the role with be commensurate with the selected candidate.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The Project Manager leads project management for one or more DPTs focused on our most complex, and high priority programs. In this capacity, they may provide oversight to other PMs working on those programs.

Partners with the Development Program Lead (DPL) to foster a high performing team and monitor the health and operating efficiency of the team as a unit. May serve as the delegate for the DPL within the team and at governance when needed.

Effectively influences across all levels and functions within the organization and may have a high degree of senior leadership interaction based on the program needs.

Acts as an integrator within the Development Program Team (DPT) and across the enterprise to ensure alignment and connect best practices for programs which have established initial proof of concept and are developing towards registration of the initial or subsequent indications.

Facilitates effective, science-based business decisions including development of scenarios as needed. Ensures all decisions are assessed as to their impacts and communicated to stakeholders in a transparent and timely manner.

Coaches project team members and others to drive excellence and accountability, as well as develop talent pipeline for DPT membership.

Highlights interdependencies and downstream impacts of strategic decisions.

Proactively identifies risks and ensures mitigation plans are implemented.

Develops and coordinates resource planning across functions to assure adequate resources are applied to the project.

Advise on governance expectations with focus on cross-functional input and rigorous debate.

Acts as a change agent for continuous improvement and transformational initiatives both within Project Management.

For projects that are being jointly developed, works closely with a key strategic alliance partner.

Leads creation of team norms and operating principles with a focus on cross-functional input and accountability, and robust analysis of vetted options.

Acts a leader in the PM organization to help build cross-portfolio capability by sharing best practices, connecting across the portfolio, shaping future direction of the Project Management organization, and coaching more junior PMs.


Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences, Physical sciences or relevant discipline, advanced degree preferred

Five (5) or more years of demonstrated drug development project management experience with 7+ years of relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry

Highly proficient in PM skills and serves as a resource to train/coach less experienced PMs - driving execution on assigned programs while balancing speed, quality, and cost.

Has expertise in most aspects of drug development including Health Authority interactions, eg, to support a registration program.

Breadth of drug development expertise with solid understanding of project interdependencies and disease content to contribute to strategic discussions

Strong communicator able to integrate and succinctly summarize the various parts of a project and effectively tailor messages to audience incl. senior leaders

Broad range of leadership skills including situational leadership and ability to influence without authority

Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a cross-functional environment

Ability to resolve complex problems and manage difficult stakeholder situations

Ability to lead the development of critical path analyses and support scenario planning to achieve goals/timelines

Ideally, will have experience with operational study start-up into Registrational/Phase 3 trials with a deep understanding of the necessary steps required for NDA/BLA submissions in the US, EU and Japan for marketing approval

Reference: 1152694181

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