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Bristol Myers Squibb

Associate Director, Translational Medicine


Addiction Medicine


Summit, New Jersey, United States

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Position: Associate Director, Translational Medicine

Location: Summit, New Jersey

Manager: Vice President, Translational Medicine, Hematology

When you join BMS, you are joining a diverse, high-achieving team united by a common mission.

The Immunology, Cardiovascular, Fibrosis, and Global Health (ICFG) Thematic Research Center (TRC) at BMS is one of the fundamental Research and Early Development (R&ED) units delivering therapeutics to patients. Our mission is to create transformative medicines of tomorrow based on the cutting-edge science of today. We leverage BMS’s internal invention of engine that includes industry-leading expertise in small molecule chemistry, protein biotherapeutics, cell therapy, protein degradation, nucleic acids, and other therapeutic modalities. We work closely our R&ED colleagues in clinical and non-clinical development, project leadership, translational medicine, and informatics to advance therapies based on a deep understand of causal human biology. Further, we collaborate across the biopharmaceutical ecosystem to establish partnerships that complement our internal expertise.

Here, you’ll get the chance to grow and thrive through opportunities that are uncommon in scale and scope. You’ll pursue innovative ideas while advancing professionally alongside some of the brightest minds in biopharma.

BMS R&D is at a critical and exciting phase of development. As it expands and integrates its portfolio including small molecules, biologics and cell therapies, there is an opportunity for a dynamic and resourceful individual to lead a team of innovative laboratory scientists that are addressing scientific questions in support of programs managed by the Translational Medicine group at our site in Summit, NJ.

Translational Medicine at BMS

Translational Medicine is part of the Global Research and Early Development organization in BMS and leads late stage clinical, pharmacological and translational research and development activities for the pipeline and supports late-stage portfolio for regulatory, translational development and life cycle management. Translational Medicine Hematology drives strategy for multiple disease areas of interest including Myeloma, Lymphoma, CLL, AML, MDS, anemias and other hematological malignancies. This group integrates laboratory science, clinical trial/biomarkers and asset development as well as disease research to maximize the potential of BMS current and future therapeutics.


Reporting to Vice President, Translational Medicine, the incumbent will be part of the translational group based in Summit NJ and will manage the scientific and preclinical laboratory component of multiple late-stage hematology programs (phase 2 and beyond). Key responsibilities of this role are to serve as a key scientific lead for the preclinical support of asset programs through mechanism of action-based studies, differentiation from standard of care molecules, combination rationale and resistance mechanisms. He/She will work with translational scientists, disease leaders within translational medicine and thematic research centers in early development within the company. In addition, guidance of laboratory scientists to generate data in support of clinical development decisions will be required.


  • Leads a group of scientists who execute the preclinical/laboratory support component of late stage BMS portfolio of compounds to support annual goals and objectives for the Heme translational medicine group (for internal /external, collaborations, compound specific plans etc).

  • Responsible for delivering data in support of translational strategies including biomarkers, patient selection hypotheses, dose and schedule, combination strategies, resistance mechanisms and differentiation

  • Report directly to the Vice President and manage laboratory scientists to integrate clinical questions into lab-based translational research internally and externally

  • Interfaces with early development scientist to ensure seamless flow of information for assets which are entering the remit of translational medicine

  • Manages and supervises a portfolio of preclinical collaborations across the pipeline compounds for clinical assets

  • Assists in managing key strategic and/or collaborative projects along with TM scientists

  • Communicates regularly and prepares and makes presentations within the department, externally and to senior management as required

  • Assists in developing and maintaining group budget and workforce plan

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree 12+ years of academic / industry experience


  • Master's Degree 10+ years of academic / industry experience


  • PhD 8+ years of academic / industry experience

  • 4+ years of leadership experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD or MD/PhD with at least 10 years of relevant work experience. Experience including drug development in an industry setting, especially hematology indications is a plus.

  • Strong publication record and track record in large and/or small companies, leading innovative efforts within the laboratory setting to achieve defined goals and support clinical development

  • Excellent communication, managerial and scientific qualities are expected

  • Ability to interact effectively across boundaries using influencing and relationship building skills.

  • Competence in analysis and solving of problems, and the ability to prioritize and make tradeoffs to achieve goals.

Technical Skills

  • In-depth understanding of cancer biology (hematology a plus), clinical landscape, evolving technologies, competitive scenario

  • Good understanding of drug development process in an industry setting with clear examples of success

  • Understanding of late-stage drug and translational development process

  • Ability to work with disease teams/experts to develop preclinical strategies to support clinical development and life cycle management

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with experience in developing written documents such as primary manuscripts/publications/reviews, disease strategies, mechanism slides, regulatory submissions, and strategic communications

  • Proven scientific/project leadership expertise (working in teams, managing collaborations, people/projects)

  • Basic understanding of IP, contracting terms and provisions

Other Attributes

  • A problem solver who creatively and knowledgeably transcends departmental function to act as a resource to entire research effort and senior managers in development.

  • Identifies issues early and proposes innovative solutions.

  • Communicates within the larger organization and external community.

  • Provides expert guidance to multi-disciplinary teams and senior management.

  • A leader whose scope of influence stretches across the company

  • A leader who influences external scientific community.

If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesn’t perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.

Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers
With a single vision as inspiring as “Transforming patients’ lives through science™ ”, every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

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

COVID-19 Information
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.

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