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Bristol Myers Squibb

Associate Director, Operations Portfolio Lead


Security Operations


Lawrence Township, New Jersey, United States

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Challenging. Meaningful. Life-changing. Those aren’t words that are usually associated with a job. But working at Bristol Myers Squibb is anything but usual. Here, uniquely interesting work happens every day, in every department. From optimizing a production line to the latest breakthroughs in cell therapy, this is work that transforms the lives of patients, and the careers of those who do it. You’ll get the chance to grow and thrive through opportunities uncommon in scale and scope, alongside high-achieving teams rich in diversity. Take your career farther than you thought possible.

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The Associate Director, Operations Portfolio Lead will provide operational oversight, leadership and execution for a portfolio of work.

Position Summary / Objective

  • Drives operational strategy and planning for assigned portfolio of work across BMS and/or non-BMS programs.•

  • Provides oversight of all clinical studies within assigned portfolio, via effective matrix management.

  • Represents the GDO Strategy organization as a participating member of the Development and/or Medical Teams.

  • Participates and provides input to the vendor selection and review process.

  • Participates in the program/portfolio reviews with CRO partners, as applicable.

  • Strategically assesses study/program metrics and ensures implementation of appropriate measures to support project or program targets/deliverables.

  • Disclaimer: The responsibilities listed above are only a summary and other responsibilities will be requirements as assigned.

Position Responsibilities

Study Planning and Conduct

  • Drives business strategy from an operational perspective.

  • Accountable for study execution, within established timelines, budget and quality parameters.

  • Acts as primary escalation point for all operational issues.

  • Participates in necessary governing forums.

  • Identifies improvement opportunities and brings forward best practices to support study execution within the portfolio, and across the broader organization.

  • Proactively partners with cross functional counterparts and external vendors to address issues/concerns.

  • Accountable for financial stewardship of programs, while working in close partnership with Finance.

Operational Leadership / Decision Making

  • Drives and/or develops project standards and ensures consistency and efficiency across the studies within the program.

  • Consistently makes operational decisions in a timely manner.

  • Uses expert judgment to make sound decisions based on a balanced evaluation of available information within a complex environment of competing project priorities.

  • Acts decisively to address study team challenges.

  • Proactively identifies and manages risks and issue escalation across the assigned portfolio.

  • Flags potential process improvement opportunities and support execution.


  • Builds effective partnerships across functional area leadership.

  • Drives issues to resolution and communicates to ensure that issues have been worked through to completion.

  • Applies change management principles to support communication and implementation of integrated change.

  • Frequently communicates program status to different levels of stakeholders, including Sr. Leadership.

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum BS or BA degree

Experience Requirements

  • Minimum 8 years of global experience in clinical drug development or other related experience.

  • Broad clinical operational experience (registration and/or post-approval is a plus).

Key Competency Requirements

Technical Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of GCP/ICH, drug development process, and other relevant guidelines for clinical research activities.

  • Experience leading global clinical research activities.

  • Therapeutic Area knowledge.

  • Proficient project management skills.

  • Strong presentation skills.

  • Financial acumen.

Management Competencies

  • Effective oral and written communication skills to influence, inform and guide a global operational team.

  • Consistently demonstrates positive attitude about the team’s ability to deal with challenges.

  • Strategic Thinking: Formulates objectives and priorities and implements plans consistent with the long-term interest of the organization in a global environment, capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.

  • Enterprise Mindset: The ability to make decisions, set priorities and share resources based on what will benefit the whole organization. Capable of building and maintaining networks within and outside of the organization to both strengthen the understanding of the big picture and leverage diverse perspectives, experiences and expertise to maximize performance.

  • Change Agility: Capable of constantly thinking ahead and scanning the environment for opportunities. The ability to navigate ambiguity for themselves by demonstrating smart risk taking and personal resilience. Lead others through change by continuously creating the context and engaging

  • Authentic Leadership: Capable of building legitimacy through cultivating honest relationships. Ability to generate trust by demonstrating the highest level of consistency between their words and their actions and maintaining integrity, especially under pressure. They are role models and promote an environment of openness.

Travel Required

  • Domestic and International travel may be required.

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.

BMS is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities can perform complex functions through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

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