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Bristol Myers Squibb

Director, Project Management Office




Summit, 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 Director, Project Management Office (PMO) will be responsible for leading a team of project and program management professionals, tasked with overseeing a complex portfolio of programs and projects. The Director will develop and structure the overall governance of cross functional programs for the Summit West Cell Therapy site (“S12 Manufacturing”). This leader must have proven experience to successfully deliver on a diverse portfolio that will include both site and network projects and requires significant leadership capabilities to ensure progression of the portfolio while utilizing both the directly managed PMO team and other functional PMs in the organization.

This position supports business and compliance objectives by ensuring projects and programs are aligned with the organization’s goals and strategies. Using broad industry knowledge, supports and enhances the Site PMO process, as well as advises Project Management professionals under his/her organization on career development and Project Management best practices. As a strategic role and key player for the organization, this position will closely collaborate with the Site Leadership Team and cross-functional stakeholders in a dynamic global environment and can act as the back-up for peers, managers, or direct reports.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead a team of project and program managers, that could be individual contributors or people leaders responsible for driving the site portfolio. Ensure team excels in leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, teamwork, collaboration, professionalism, work ethic, organization, and communication skills.
  • Establish, sustain, and continuously improve the site project governance program, in alignment with network processes and best practices
  • Providing clarity to the organization about the prioritization and resource commitment required across the portfolio in alignment with the site strategy and objectives
  • Ensure consistent utilization of proven project management structure which will include, at a minimum, gating for initiation, planning, execution, and closure
  • Oversee the development of project tracking and KPI dashboards and tools to support project managers and site KPIs, including scope, budget, and resources
  • Accountable for the efficient and effective facilitation of regular and highly visible PMO governance mechanisms
  • Train, coach and set expectations for all dedicated and functional project managers to improve project management capabilities of the site
  • Ensure proactive identification and response to program and project risks and opportunities
  • Build a culture within the PMO team that aligns with the BMS values and enables peer to peer accountability
  • Establish the pathways for escalation of program and project issues within the organization to provide the right level of awareness and decision-making
  • Contribute to the establishment and improvement of the network PMO operating model and ensure connectivity with the network regarding implementation of best practices and lessons learned
  • Ensure close partnership with various site and global stakeholder functions such as Manufacturing, MSAT, Quality, Supply Chain, and the Cell Therapy Network PMO

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, life sciences or related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is highly preferred.
  • 15+ years of experience in the biopharmaceutical and/or biotechnology industry, with specific roles in project management, PMO leadership, and/or operational excellence
  • High understanding of Pharma or life sciences manufacturing processes, cGMP practices, regulatory health authority CMC requirements.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with ability to multi-task several objectives in parallel and to work independently with high level of accountability.
  • Leads and manages a team of direct report and people leaders, considering the business needs as well as individual development
  • Advanced critical reasoning, negotiation, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to interact and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed environment.



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.

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