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Bristol Myers Squibb

Director Change Management




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.

We are continuing to build out the Change Management team. Are you passionate about transforming patient’s lives through science? Are you invigorated about the possibility of being part of a world class R&D organization discovering, developing, and delivering innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases? Does being part of world class Research organization leading drug development that transforms patients’ lives energize you? Do you have an expertise for driving strategic change?

We’re in search of a Director of Change Management who will play a critical role in driving R&D global change management for key strategic initiatives. In partnership with R&D strategic initiative teams, you will be accountable for designing, mobilizing, and driving R&D strategic change management programs. You will have a direct impact on the advancement of our R&D operating model, culture, and business capabilities. A successful Director of R&D Strategic Change Management will enable the organization to advance our pipeline in the face of organizational disruption, to thrive along the change journey, and to realize R&D’s business strategy.

Reporting to the Head of R&D Global Strategic Change, you will lead the development and delivery of change management strategies and plans for the highest priority initiatives in R&D. Immediate examples include the implementation of our global Strategic Roadmap, our R&D Productivity program, our Innovation Program, post-merger integration opportunities, and other strategic programs.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Define and own an R&D global change management program, while connecting to other ongoing and planned initiatives, to ensure a common and compelling vision for the organization.
  • Diagnose the organization’s readiness for large-scale change.
  • Provide hands on expertise and develop change strategies through the development of stakeholder analysis, impact assessments, engagement plans, impact assessments, change readiness plans and quantitative success measures that will reinforce change.
  • Design functional/initiative-level change plans in partnership with R&D Functional Heads and other strategic initiative leaders. Liaise with key partners across R&D to ensure company-wide change imperatives are incorporated and reinforced in the R&D-wide change management program and minimize the risks to business disruption.
  • Collaborate with key Executives and other leaders across the enterprise to ensure that R&D Change Management aligns with BMS and R&D business strategy and strategic roadmap.
  • Manage complex cross functional stakeholder alignment and issue and risk resolution.
  • Create clear and efficient communication strategies in collaboration with Corporate Affairs and enterprise/functional/initiative representatives.
  • Use a structured change management methodology (e.g., process and tools) to guide portfolio-level and initiative-level change management activities.
  • Contribute to an R&D change community of practice as a mechanism to foster a robust change management community and to amplify the impact of our change strategy.

Experience desired:

  • BA/BS degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • 7-10 years of pharma industry experience preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of pharma industry landscape, forces, and trends
  • 10-15 years of change management or relevant complex organizational transformation experience required
  • Demonstrated track record converting complex challenges into clear plan of action and driving large cross-functional enterprise change initiatives to deliver intended business outcomes
  • Track record in developing and implementing successful business strategies in complex and global environments
  • Deep knowledge and practical application in the area of business strategy implementation
  • Experience working effectively with business/technology/innovation leaders to integrate change to drive results
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across functions in a highly matrixed organization global setting
  • Strong problem solver and facilitator, especially in highly ambiguous situations
  • 10 years M&A and post-merger integration experiences are a plus
  • Experience in innovation and technology sector is a plus

Key skills desired:

  • Ability to navigate ambiguity in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong business acumen and understanding of organizational challenges
  • Ability to make the complex more easily understood through written narrative, visuals representations and clear presentation decks.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to deliver executive presentations
  • Experience and knowledge of change management principles, methodologies, and tools
  • Strong ability to flex and influence across critical stakeholders to drive enterprise agenda
  • Exceptional cross-functional / matrix / project leadership skills
  • Organized with demonstrated strength in planning strategy and tactics
  • Proven track record of balancing broad enterprise change strategies with pragmatic on the ground solutions that increase adoption and usage of desired change efforts
  • Recognizing and accommodating diverse regional and organizational needs in change strategies
  • Strong problem solver and facilitator, especially in highly ambiguous situations
  • Strong developer of effective partnerships and relationships with all levels
  • Commitment and passion for achieving desired outcomes (i.e., value, quality, speed, 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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