Global Development Project Leader

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New York City, NY, United States
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Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global Biopharma company committed to a single mission: to discover, develop, and deliver innovative medicines focused on helping millions of patients around the world in disease areas such as oncology, cardiovascular, immunoscience and fibrosis.


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The Global Development Project Leader (DPL) is a critical role in the organization that has a significant impact on the development and life cycle of a therapeutic molecule. The DPL is accountable for leading the vision and growth strategy. In this role, they are also accountable for driving the execution of the strategy. Through leading a matrix team, they will assess business opportunities informed by scientific, regulatory, clinical and commercial aspects.

The DPL is accountable for the establishment and execution of a global integrated development strategy for the molecule which includes scientific rationale, clinical development, regulatory and technical strategy, and a franchise plan that optimizes program value and is aligned with corporate business objectives and values. The DPL provides strategic leadership to the Global Project Team (GPT), and partners with functional area leaders to ensure that the team has necessary resources and capabilities to execute on the approved global molecule strategy.

Roles and responsibilities: Strategy and Execution, Leadership and Matrix Management. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as the leader of the cross-functional Global Project Team with accountability for molecule strategy and leadership throughout the molecule lifecycle, for both internal-sponsored development programs and for development projects with external collaborators.
  • Lead and facilitate the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) with the matrix development team resulting in deliverables of articulated vision, strategy and plan that align with Disease Strategies and portfolio priorities.
  • Oversees relevant sub-teams and ensures clear goals and performance standards are in place, provides feedback and coaching, and holds sub-team leaders accountable for key deliverables.
  • Oversees and adheres to the Product Development and Commercialization (PD&C) processes for the selected asset(s) and achievement of key milestones
  • Ensures appropriate decisions are made in a timely manner and agreed with the appropriate levels to drive PD&C milestones
  • Secures required headcount and budget to achieve global PD&C plan and drives allocation and prioritization of activities across Research & Development including regulatory, medical etc.
  • Proactively identifies potential risks and drives the execution of mitigation strategies.
  • Leverage input from all critical functions and disease teams to identify and evaluate Integrated Development Plans (IDP) that maximize the value of the molecule through optimal balance of risk, timelines, cost and commercial potential.
  • Manages communications with key stakeholders across all BMS functional and market areas to ensure alignment while minimizing risk
  • Mobilize and align the organization, including driving decision making at governance, to execute on the approved molecule strategy.
  • Drive to a high performing team by establishing and communicating program vision and ensuring clear team member roles and responsibilities, promoting team cohesiveness to optimize performance, and mediating conflict resolution.
  • Manages performance across the matrix team, in collaboration with the functional leaders
  • Work with GPTs to devise project goals and objectives.
  • Builds and manages relationships with relevant functions to develop effective working relationships both internally and with external key stakeholders (e.g., development partners, key opinion leaders, patient advocacy, Health Authorities).
  • Along with the project manager, monitor project progress, cost, resource allocation, timelines and develop corrective actions if deviations occur.
  • Participate in ongoing development and enhancement of cross-functional team structures, processes, systems, other tools and resources.
  • Identify of ways to maximize the value of molecule by evaluating different development scenarios and selecting proposals for consideration.
  • Develop an overall communications strategy including publication strategy and plan, PR plan and broad internal communications.
  • Develop a data generation strategy that address both regulatory and reimbursement needs globally.

    Skills/Knowledge/Competencies Required:

    • PhD, MD, PharmD or relevant advanced degree with a minimum of 10 years of multi-disciplinary experience in pharma or biotech oncology research and development and/or academic experience
    • Experience leading/managing in a cross-functional biotech or pharma drug development setting with proven progression in relevant R&D roles and significant experience in related therapeutic area
    • Demonstrated ability to successfully and effectively collaborate, cooperate and work across boundaries and build strong external relationships
    • Superior cross-functional and cross-company collaboration skills
    • Highly effective influencing skills and the ability to operate across multiple geographies
    • Strong track record of delivering results through effective team and peer leadership
    • Proven experience as a successful, decisive leader in a strategic multi-functional environment
    • Proven ability to collaborate and work effectively with alliances and partners
    • Ability to manage complex projects with ambitious milestones in high pressure circumstances
    • Extensive working knowledge of drug development and/or experience in more than one functional area such as non-clinical development, translational development, regulatory, commercial, medical affairs, clinical to assure broad understanding of the pharmaceutical development
    • In depth knowledge in relevant therapeutic areas (oncology)
    • Able to motivate and develop individual team members and overall team performance
    • Ability to influence members of the team without direct managerial authority
    • Ability to effectively manage conflicts and negotiations while providing impact and influence
    • Ability to apply rigorous analytical problem solving and determine scientific opportunity and commercial targets

    Bristol-Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

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    Global Development Project Leader
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