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Bristol Myers Squibb

Immunology & Fibrosis Therapeutic Area (TA), Strategic Operations Lead, Director


Security Operations


Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Therapeutic Area, Strategic Operations Lead, Director

Job Title

Immunology & Fibrosis Therapeutic Area (TA), Strategic Operations Lead, Director


R&D / Global Drug Development / Strategic Operations & Clinical Center of Excellence

Functional Area Description

The Strategic Operations department drives the business operations across the Global Drug Development (GDD) organization with oversight of the TA Strategic Operations Lead providing strategic thought partnership to the Therapeutic Area (TA) leaders and conducting leadership level initiatives that have very significant impact on the GDD objectives.

The TA Strategic Operations Lead serves as the Chief of Staff (CoS) and is the highly visible strategic thought partner to the Therapeutic Area Head (TAH) driving the operational business planning and strategic alignment within the TA. This individual is the key point of contact to the TAH and cross functional executive stakeholders. They serve as the gatekeeper of core business activities (e.g, leadership team operations, objective setting, strategic initiatives, TA budget, communications and resource planning) and provides guidance and oversight to high priority projects.

The TA Strategic Operations Lead reports to the VP of GDD Strategic Operations and Clinical Center of Excellence (CCoE).

Position Summary / Objectives

  • Partners with the TAH as a strategic thought-partner in transforming and driving the strategic operations of the organization.
  • Develop and maintain an operational strategy that supports the vision for the TA leadership team via:
    • Business planning and contingency/risk management
    • Lead workstream to drive critical projects across the TAs and/or GDD
    • Managing the TA leadership team and serving as a key communicator enhancing the flow of communications with focus on optimizing awareness and decision making.
    • Establishing TA priorities and tactics, and management of the leadership team meetings and townhalls.
  • Drives strategic business improvement initiatives and change management to create efficiencies and optimize ways of working within the TAs in partnership with cross functional stakeholders.
  • Proactively manage TAH commitments with other key advisors to ensure proper planning and preparation for upcoming events and meetings, both internal and external (e.g, congresses, governance interactions (CDOC/PDLT), BMS LT meetings, advisory boards, board of directors, speaking engagements, etc).
  • Identify areas of focus for TAH and ensure alignment with R&D and enterprise priorities.
  • Partner with cross TA, Strategic Operation Leads to ensure best practices and consistency across the therapeutic areas.
  • Drive budget projections for the therapeutic area including headcount evaluation and requests.
  • Maintain financial health and continuous implementation of cost savings measures.

Position Responsibilities

  • Serves as the Chief of Staff and strategic thought partner to the TAH
  • Manage LT engagements, including leadership meetings, functional governance reviews, townhalls, minutes and follow up on actions. Ensure topics bring value and drive the objectives and needs of the TA and business.
  • Objective Setting:
    • develop yearly objectives and priorities
    • translate objectives into actionable functional plans
    • track progress
    • ensure ongoing risk mitigation and contingency planning for each objective
  • Partner with Portfolio Strategy Implementation & Reporting of TA specific pipeline metrics, and portfolio reporting for external and internal purposes (e.g., 10Q, 10K, investor meetings, earnings etc.)
  • Engage with TA Strategic partners across Commercial, Medical, Development to develop Therapeutic Area strategies and support content development for review and endorsement by CEO leadership team and board of directors as applicable.
  • Partners with RDSP and Clinical Center of Excellence (CCoE) in the implementation and execution of initiatives impacting the TAs
  • Drive quarterly budget projections for the therapeutic area including resource requirements including escalation of business risks. Track progress against value captured objectives.
  • Track resourcing requirements in partnership with Human Resources
  • Provide support and content preparations for external and internal engagements, including governance meetings, congresses, Townhalls, BMS LT meetings, Board of Directors, etc., as applicable.
  • Develop and maintain a TA functional calendar - including strategy & financial planning, congresses, business reviews, town halls, employee engagement opportunities, etc.
  • Support integration efforts when needed, partnering with HR, RDSP, Finance and other enabling roles
  • Identify emerging risks within the TAs through leadership dialogue, remediate and/or escalate these as appropriate
  • Interface with key stakeholders across other departments to support a culture focused on quality across the Enterprise.
  • Partner with the CCoE Ambassadors/Leadership Team for the development and implementation of quality objectives for Global Clinical R&D.
  • Cultivate business relationships to provide program leadership in a highly matrixed environment
  • Actively engage with leadership from business case development ensure organizational alignment on scope, schedule, quality, benefits and implement and monitor appropriate controls to proactively deal with barriers to completion
  • Navigate cross-functional team through ambiguity towards a clear and actionable decision
  • Participate/lead benchmarking initiatives with peers externally to stay abreast of new ways of working and evolving technologies in this space
  • Ensure consistency of processes within the therapeutic area and share best practices within GDD strategic & operations community of practice.

Degree Requirements/Experience requirement

  • Degree in Life Sciences or Business Management, and/or advanced degree in related discipline preferred (e.g MD, PhD, Pharm D, MS, -)
  • 10-15 years of experience with the Pharmaceutical industry
  • Experience and demonstrated proficiency in managing direct/indirect employees and leading teams

Key Competency Requirements

  • Demonstrates strong leadership presence
  • Demonstrated innovation, flexibility, open-mindedness, and adaptability to meet objectives in a rapidly changing environment with shifting priorities
  • Experience with partner management
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interface with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Strategic thinker who sees the bigger picture and possesses high business acumen; understands how the parts impact the whole (end to end enterprise) and makes the best decisions for the whole
  • Excellent influencing and negotiating experience and capabilities in a matrix environment. Must be able to interact with senior leaders from across the enterprise and as such is seen as a highly regarded and a credible leader
  • Strong project management and execution skills and is able to manage multiple projects and prioritize as needed. Ability to plan and conduct projects within a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Has a proven track record of delivering results
  • Recognized internally and externally as a Functional/Technical expert
  • Exhibits confidence and professional diplomacy, while effectively relating to people at all levels (internally and externally)
  • High proficiency in, and demonstration of, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making
  • Anticipates needs, and assesses and manages business and organizational risks
  • Prior success in situations requiring adaptability/ flexibility
  • Proven ability to self-supervise and act independently to identify/resolve issues
  • Thorough understanding of company policies

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.

COVID-19 Information
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