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Executive Director, Integrative Sciences - Immunology

Posted on Apr 13, 2021 by Bristol-Myers Squibb

Cambridge, MA 02138
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

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 position occupies a critical interface between Research and Early Development, Business Development, Global Alliance Management, and BMS's collaborations with the biotech community. The major effort will be to evaluate and forge new collaborations, especially in novel areas of breaking science, primarily in the area of Immunology with some contributions to our Cardiovascular and Fibrosis efforts. In addition, the individual will lead existing external partnerships. The ideal candidate will be expected to be an active member in the governance committees for relevant external collaborations, as well as sit on leadership committees for internal programs to ensure alignment of our combined portfolio of cutting-edge programs. The individual will interface closely with the Leadership of the Immunology, Cardiovascular and Fibrosis (ICF) Thematic Research Center (TRC) and partner with the BD organization and Global Alliance Management in the creation of and running the collaborations.

Elements of the position:

Communicate strategic priorities of the ICF TRC to the appropriate BD group

Develop and execute a plan for external corporate collaborations that extend and provide adjacent opportunities complementing the internal pipeline for the ICF TRC

Contribute to the design and implementation of external R&D strategy via both Corporate and Academic collaborations

Scientific advisor for the construction of the collaboration contract - done in close collaboration with BD lead

Scientific management of the collaboration and relationship

Ambassador for Science at BMS to the external interface


The candidate will have a strong scientific background in an industrial setting. Significant experience in corporate and academic collaborations is essential and the ability to negotiate and manage external relationships.

Provide significant input into setting external scientific direction via collaborative efforts aligned with ICF TRC objectives.

Interface with the appropriate functional leaders as part of developing and executing on the plan developed for the Integrative Sciences group.

Responsible for the communication to the internal client and partner groups (and their leadership) of the External Research activities and progress

Responsible for the functional and collaborative interaction with academic and industry partners and oversight committees established to co-ordinate efforts agreed by the research and development plans

Supervise and mentor the efforts of staff member(s), engaged in the collaboration at the project team level providing guidance, instruction and coaching, in order to develop the employee's ability to scientifically manage collaborations.

Provide an example to others in terms of leadership of science and leadership of people and collaborative behavior. Demonstrate through personal actions a congruency between professional excellence and commitment to the entire team.

Responsible for carrying out the established policies and procedures of the organization, and administering them within the scope of responsibility assigned.

Compose progress reports and other documentation describing the actions and results of those activities and present to senior management.

Through effective delegation, properly utilize the talents of those supervised to ensure that all staff members are fully engaged in contributing to the organization.

Represent the organization as appropriate for responsibilities to other organizations, regulatory agencies, investors, the scientific community, partners, etc.

Conduct presentations and group briefings regarding the scientific and organizational activities within responsibility.

Act as a catalyst for positive resolutions of organizational conflicts, as a source of assistance to those who need to resolve such issues.

Responsible for identifying potential collaborations in academia or industry to further the development of a robust, sustainable therapeutic pipeline.

Contributes to Business Development reviews and will regularly provide expert opinion during due diligence activities.

Skills/Knowledge Required:

Ph.D. in scientific discipline that relates to Immunology.

At least 15 years' experience within Discovery Research function in the pharmaceutical industry (8 years at or above Director or equivalent level).

Considerable laboratory expertise that spans molecular, cellular and whole animal research as exemplified by research publications and/or patents.

A record of developing therapeutics that have advanced to IND stage or beyond.

Scientific knowledge and experience in Drug Discovery in Immunology and Inflammation. Maintains current awareness in areas of expertise.

Skill in managing external collaborators and setting clear expectations

Knowledge of supervision and development of scientific employees. Skilled in applying that knowledge to optimize the performance of those supervised.

Knowledge of the financial components of running scientific programs in a business, and the regulatory/legal issues affecting the organization's activities.

Excellent leadership, managerial and problem-solving skills

Excellent written and communication skills to effectively represent vision, mission and accomplishments of the overall Integrative Sciences Group.

Reference: 1162847699

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