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Bristol Myers Squibb

Senior Director, R&D Business Capabilities (R1556176-en-us)

Business Development




Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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 Senior Director, R&D Business Capabilities is accountable for enabling R&D planning, operations, and decision making by equipping asset development teams, functional staff, and senior leaders with industry-leading project, portfolio, and resource management tools, methodologies, analyses, business process design, performance measurement, and consultative support. The R&D Business Capabilities Team is part of the R&D Strategy and Planning (RDSP) division, which is accountable for R&D business strategy & operations, operating model transformation, drug development project & portfolio management (PPM), resource management, governance management, and learning. The Senior Director, R&D Business Capabilities reports to the Executive Director, RDSP R&D Capabilities.

The Senior Director, R&D Business Capabilities will manage a team of 11 resource managers, business capability leads and specialists and work as part of an integrated and matrixed team comprising RDSP, Information Technology, Business Insights and Analytics, Finance, Human Resources, and Global Procurement team members to deliver R&D business solutions. Accordingly, it is critical that the candidate has demonstrated effective and efficient partnership with both internal and external partners.

In collaboration with enterprise teams, the Senior Director, R&D Business Capabilities will:

  • Be accountable for the business strategy and stewardship of planning systems that enable core R&D activities and processes such as:
    • Cross-functional drug development project management
    • Clinical protocol and study operations management
    • Capacity management, resource management, and resource forecasting
    • Budgeting, cost planning, and cost forecasting
    • Project, operational, and portfolio scenario planning
    • Reporting and dashboarding
    • Operational data quality and metrics
  • Develop the long- and short-term R&D Business Capability vision and strategy, and operating model to achieve it
  • Proactively engage senior-level business stakeholders to determine and ensure that priority, business-critical needs are addressed
  • Prioritize and manage the R&D Business Capabilities book of work, focusing internal and external resources on business-critical activities
  • Lead and improve the accuracy of the resource and capacity management capability across all the R&D functions so that all functions and resources are modeled to enable the business to make informed decisions on the current book of work (development project and non-drug projects) as well as new opportunities.
  • Measure and continuously improve the health and utility of R&D Business Capabilities, operational performance of the processes they enable, and business value delivered
  • Ensure the business requirements of the R&D planning system user community are met
  • Ensure minimal disruption to R&D Business Capability functionality and services provided through routine monitoring, maintenance, and upgrades
  • Identify synergies and embed best practices across the R&D Business Capabilities team and with similar teams across the enterprise
  • Ensure alignment with R&D and enterprise initiatives, business capabilities, and solutions to avoid negative downstream impacts and enable broader business priorities
  • Monitor the external landscape to evaluate and embed best practices related to R&D business strategy and operations enablement


  • Undergraduate (BA/BS) degree required; PhD or MBA degree preferred
  • 12-20 years of professional experience in the life sciences or biopharmaceutical industry
  • Management consulting experience preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated strength in assessing business-critical needs, developing business strategy, translating strategy into operating models and actionable plans, managing program execution, and delivering measurable business value
  • Strong experience with business process design and performance measurement
  • Industry leading experience with resource and capacity management specifically in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry
  • Strong business acumen and comfort in agile delivery and learning environment
  • Capable of bringing structure to vaguely defined problems while using creative yet pragmatic problem-solving approaches and execution management
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, and executive-level messaging skills
  • Ability to build relationships and influence, and drive organizational engagement
  • Strong team leadership, mentoring, and people development & inclusion skills
  • Strong understanding of project, portfolio, resource, cost, and budget management
  • Understanding of agile development methodologies and technology, analytics, & business intelligence solution design, development, testing, and lifecycle management
  • Digital and PPM technology acumen preferred but not required
  • Planisware, Oracle, Spotfire & Tableau experience preferred but not required

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

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 with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

Our company is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an approval of accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application or if you are applying to a role based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico and you believe that you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, during or any part of the recruitment process, please direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

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