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Bristol Myers Squibb

Director, Drug Development Project Manager - Early Assets (Oncology, Hematology, and Cell Therapy)




Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Early Development Project Managers (ED PMs) provide execution leadership for an asset or a portfolio of assets for a Therapeutic Area (TA)/Thematic Research Center (TRC). They partner with the Early Development Program Leads (EDPLs) to lead cross-matrix Early Development Program Teams (EDPTs) that are the hub of drug development activities at BMS, shaping and executing the drug development strategies from Candidate Declaration through Phase 2 Proof of Concept. The ED PMs sit in the Research & Early Development Project Management (R&ED PM) organization within R&D Strategy and Planning (RDSP). This role supports the portfolio of Non-oncology, including immunology, cardiovascular, fibrosis, and neuroscience assets. This position can sit in Cambridge; Princeton, or Summit, NJ; Seattle; San Diego, or Brisbane, CA; and allows for a hybrid work arrangement. **level is commensurate with experience and determined during the interview process**

The Director, Early Development Project Manager (ED PM) is a seasoned project manager who is accountable for the cross-functional planning and execution of one or more drug development programs, including a definition of the operational strategy, management of timelines, cost, quality, and risk assessment, and mitigation. The ED PM provides an independent voice to shape the overall project strategy and drive optimal decisions for the broader portfolio value. They also are champions of the project management role and support, championing and execute on the R&ED PM and RDSP vision to enable an industry-leading PM organization.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • The Early Development Project Manager (ED PM) is accountable for one or more EDPTs of moderate or high complexity and is highly autonomous in supporting the Hematology/Oncology/Cell Therapy portfolio as part of their day-to-day work.
  • Partners with the Early Development Program Lead (EDPL) to lead a cross-functional matrix team of experts in advancing programs/assets within their Early Development Program Team (EDPT) remit. Acts as an integrator within the EDPT and across the enterprise to ensure alignment on project strategy implementation in alignment with project priority, across all intended indications and for all geographies.
  • Accountable for creating and maintaining a cross-functional development plan, timeline, and budget for each program and ensuring progress vs. strategy.
  • Facilitates effective, science-based business decisions, including developing scenarios (base-case, buy-ups, buy-downs) as needed, highlighting interdependencies and downstream impacts (including but not limited to timelines and budget) of strategic decisions.
  • Proactively identifies and facilitates team review of program risks and ensures mitigation plans are developed and implemented.
  • Ensures all decisions are assessed as to their risks and impacts. Accountable for communication with team and stakeholders in a transparent and timely manner.
  • The EDPL fosters a high-performing team and monitors the health and operating efficiency of the group as a unit. Led the creation of team norms and operating principles with a focus on cross-functional input and accountability and robust analysis of vetted options and decision-making per guidance framework.
  • Coaches project team members and others to drive excellence and accountability and develop a talent pipeline for DPT membership.
  • Ensures appropriate DPT membership during the progression of the program.
  • Develops and coordinates resource and budget planning across functions to ensure adequate resources are applied to the project and any changes are highlighted appropriately.
  • Advises on governance expectations and prepares for critical decision-point discussions with a focus on cross-functional input and rigorous debate to enable efficient decision-making.
  • Work closely with a key strategic alliance partner for projects that are being jointly developed.
  • As a project management subject matter expert, understands best practices, identifies gaps and challenges, implements efficiencies, and improves ways of working within R&ED PM and RDSP.
  • Acts as a change agent for continuous improvement and transformational initiatives developed within R&ED PM and RDSP.


  • Advanced degree in Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical sciences, or other relevant disciplines., MS/Ph.D. preferred.
  • Minimum of 10-15 years of experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, preferably in the early development space, including seven years in project/portfolio management or leadership of cross-functional matrix teams.
  • Demonstrated competency in early phase drug development expertise with a solid understanding of disease area and drug development pathway with the ability to contribute to strategic discussions.
  • Leadership skills including situational leadership, ability to lead a team of experts and influence without authority.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead matrix teams, knows how to work at the strategic level with the DPL and when to delve deeper to resolve issues and challenges.
  • Experience with commonly used project management tools, including but not limited to Microsoft projects.
  • A strong communicator can integrate and briefly summarize the various parts of a project and effectively tailor messages to the 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, risk, and cost.

The starting compensation for this job ranges from $173,000.00-244,000,00. Plus, incentive cash and stock opportunities (based on eligibility).

The starting pay considers the job's characteristics, such as required skills and where the job is performed.

Finally, individual compensation is decided based on demonstrated experience.

For more on benefits, please visit our BMS Careers site.

Eligibility for specific benefits listed in our careers site may vary based on the job and location.

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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