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Bristol Myers Squibb

Senior Director, Project Management Therapeutic Area Head (Hematology)




San Diego, California, 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.

Join us and make a difference!

We hire the best people and provide them with a work environment that places a premium on diversity, integrity, collaboration, and personal development. We create a better, more productive work environment through a culture of inclusion. All our employees' diverse experiences and perspectives help drive innovation and transformative business results.

Position: Late Development Project Management Therapeutic Area Head (PM TAH), Hematology

Location: Princeton, NJ; Summit, NJ

General Expectations:

The Late Development Project Management (PM) Therapeutic Area Head (TAH) leads a group of individual contributor PMs in their assigned therapeutic area. The PM TAH oversees the cross-functional planning and execution of the portfolio of assets within the TA, including the definition of the operational strategy, management of timelines, risk assessment and mitigation, cost, and quality. The PM TAH coaches and mentors the individual contributor PMs helps them to develop and grow in their role as a PM, and supports their long-term development goals. The PM TAH is a member of the PM Leadership Team across early and late development, tasked with building an industry-leading PM team empowered to deliver on the BMS commitment to transform patients' lives through science. As part of the R&D Strategy and Planning organization, PM TA heads are extended leadership team members and, as such, may interact broadly with stakeholders across the BMS enterprise up to and including the BMS executive leadership team.

In addition to the functional responsibilities within PM, the late development PM TAH works closely with TA leadership – contributing to the TA strategy and driving operations for the portfolio within their assigned therapeutic area. They ensure PM deliverables are available and accurate to support cyclical corporate processes, e.g., portfolio prioritization, budget, Long Term Financial Planning, portfolio reporting, etc. The PM TAH is a member of cross-functional Leadership Teams within the TA, including leading operationally and strategically focused conversations and/or forums.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Leads a portfolio of assets within a Therapeutic area in late development – i.e., post-proof of concept through commercial launch and lifecycle management, including late lifecycle.
  • Maintains oversight of portfolio and proactively identifies and escalates systemic issues which require TA, portfolio, or enterprise-level action
  • Efficiently leads a team of individual contributor PMs (between 5-15 direct reports) supporting the assets within the TA
  • Coaches and mentors individual contributor PMs to drive excellence and accountability; sets the direction for expectations of the role.
  • Models the enterprise leader mindset, with a focus on continuous learning and solution orientation
  • Advises on governance expectations and helps PMs prepare effectively for critical decision point discussions and senior leadership interactions
  • Hires develop, retain talent within their group and PM in general, intending to build a diverse organization open to new ideas, and enables success for colleagues of different backgrounds and experiences.
  • Shares insights with their team of PMs to enable understanding of the enterprise/portfolio perspective as it applies to their programs
  • Actively partners with PM function (as a member of the PM Leadership Team) and key stakeholders to improve ways of working within BMS to deliver on the pipeline commitment and build an industry-leading PM team, up to and including leadership of enterprise-level initiatives.
  • Acts as a Change Agent for continuous improvement and transformational initiatives within PM and RDSP
  • Recognized and relied upon as a strategic, operational leader by TA and cross-functional stakeholders; embodies the ideal PM behaviors and competencies and serves as a role model for project managers.
  • Partners with TA Head to ensure the progression of all programs in the TA portfolio by efficiently managing cross-functional/organizational relationships required to execute plans
  • Partners with the TA Chief of Staff to enable Therapeutic Area success
  • Ensures PM deliverables to the cyclical corporate processes are available and accurate to provide effective decision-making in various methods, e.g., Portfolio Prioritization, Budget, Long Term Financial Planning, Strat Plan, etc..
  • Leads communications of portfolio status, risks and mitigations, and changes to scope, timelines, and budget at appropriate TA and Enterprise level cross-functional forums. May serve as PM for such discussions.
  • Has oversight to ensure the accuracy of the project data for their portfolio in source systems related to timelines
  • Communicates the PM/RDSP vision to TA and vice versa; similarly informs of relevant changes to processes or ways of working to ensure alignment and transparency of expectations.


  • Advanced degree (MS/Ph.D. preferred) in Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, or another relevant discipline. In addition, MBA or PMP certification is desirable.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, including 10 years in project/portfolio management.
  • Expert in drug development with a solid understanding of one or more disease areas with the ability to participate in and lead strategic discussions
  • Leadership skills including enterprise mindset, situational leadership, ability to lead a team of experts, and influence without authority
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead matrix teams, knows how to work at the strategic level and when to delve deeper to resolve issues and challenges.
  • Can pivot flexibly from strategy to operations and explain the interconnections to collaborators with a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines
  • Experience in drug development at both the individual project level and across a portfolio of projects
  • Expertise with commonly used project management tools and techniques with demonstrated ability to apply them situationally
  • Strong communicator able to integrate and briefly summarize the various parts of a project and effectively tailor messages to audience incl. senior leaders
  • Ability to resolve complex problems and manage difficult stakeholder situations
  • Ability to lead the development of critical path analyses and scenario planning
  • Excellent Project Management skills – drives execution while balancing speed, quality, and cost.

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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