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Bristol Myers Squibb Director, Research Project Management (PM Team Lead) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Position Summary

Partners with the Research Project Leader(s) and/or the Global Program Lead (GPL) to lead the Research Project Team (RPT) as it transitions into the Global Program Team (GPT) to successfully shape and execute project and drug development strategies, in the research to early preclinical space. Accountable for the cross-functional planning and execution of one or more programs.

Key Responsibilities

General expectations of a Research Project Manager (PM) at BMS:

  • The PM partners closely with the Research Project Leader to lead a Research Project Team (RPT) to drive the development of integrated, efficient and cross-functional program execution plans in the late lead optimization through early preclinical space.

  • As programs are preparing for entry into development, the Research PM partners with the Global Program Leader (GPL) to form and initiate the Global Project Team (GPT) in early development.

  • The Research Project Manager will have a clear idea of the late lead optimization through Phase 1 development path and is accountable for detailed cross-functional planning bringing together diverse functional plans and strategies, definition of the program operational strategy, management of timelines, budget, quality, and risk assessment and mitigation.

  • The PM provides an independent voice to shape the overall project strategy and drive optimal decisions for the broader portfolio value.

  • They are accountable for fostering development of high performing teams, actively monitoring the health and operating efficiency of teams, and guiding teams toward entry into the early development space.

Director, Research PM (Team Lead)

  • At the Director level, a PM Research Team Lead will divide their time between people management and acting as the PM for at least 1 Research asset (Player-Coach model)

  • The Research PM Team Lead will be working across Thematic Research Centers (TRCs)

  • They will have direct oversight of a group of PMs (usually 2-4), who are supporting programs of one or more TRCs

  • The PM Team Lead will be a proven, strong individual contributor with a history of deep lead optimization and candidate development towards entry into development, with knowledge and understanding of multiple Therapeutic Areas and TRCs

  • They will have significant cross-functional team management/leadership experience, a high-level performance and mastery in senior level competencies

  • Develops and coaches their group of PMs, shares insights to enable understanding of the enterprise/portfolio perspective as it applies to their individual programs

  • Ensures members of their PM group partner successfully with program leadership and key partner organizations

  • They will be a proven and passionate talent developer, able to grow talent as operational leaders with a strategic enterprise mindset - prior experience of informal or formal people management required

  • Accountable for initiating the Global Program Team and leading the work from Development Candidate readiness (DC)r to entry into early development for one or more transitional GPTs

  • The Research Project Manager is embedded with and highly autonomous in their day to day work in collaboration and serves as part of a PM team supporting the entire research portfolio

  • Accountable for consistent development of integrated cross-functional project timelines, risk assessment and mitigation plans for their assigned programs and managing progress versus plan.

  • Ensure all Development Candidate (DC) Selection decisions are assessed as to their impacts and communicated to key stakeholders within the research and development functions

  • Partners with the GPL to lead development of a strong data package and forward plan at DC. Partners with all functions to ensure optimal resourcing of research teams preparing for entry into Development

  • Facilitates effective, science-based business decisions including the generation of multiple development scenarios/options as needed, highlighting interdependencies and downstream impacts (including but not limited to timelines and budget) of strategic decisions

  • Accountable for communication to team and stakeholders in a transparent and timely manner

  • With the RPL/GPL, works to foster a high performing team and monitor the health and operating efficiency of the team as a unit. Leads creation of team norms and operating principles with a focus on cross-functional input and accountability

  • Develops and coordinates resource and budget planning across functions to assure adequate resources are applied to the project and any changes are highlighted appropriately

  • Advises on governance expectations and prepares for key decision point discussions with focus on cross-functional input and rigorous debate

  • For projects that are being jointly developed, works closely with a key strategic alliance partner

  • Coaches project team members and PM colleagues to drive excellence and accountability, and develop talent pipeline for GPT membership

  • Change Agent for continuous improvement and transformational initiatives within PM function

Qualifications & Experience

  • Advanced degree (Ph.D. desirable) in Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, or other relevant discipline. In addition, PMP certification is desirable​.

  • The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of experience in biotech/pharmaceutical/health care industry, including 5+ years in the late discovery/ early development space, including at least 3+ years in project management management or leadership of cross-functional matrix teams

  • Demonstrated competency in early phase drug development, a solid understanding of disease area and early phase drug development pathway with the ability to facilitate and contribute to strategic discussions.

  • Must have experience as discovery or functional lead at a global drug development team level with knowledge of requirements supporting IND/CTAs and initiation of Phase 1 studies

  • Leadership skills including situational leadership, ability to lead a team of experts and influence without authority

  • Demonstrated ability to lead matrixed teams, knowledge of how to work at the strategic level with the GPL and when to delve deeper to resolve issues and challenges.

  • Experience with commonly used project management tools.

  • Strong communicator - able to integrate and succinctly 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.

The starting compensation for this job is a range from $173,000-244,000, plus incentive cash and stock opportunities (based on eligibility). The starting pay rate takes into account characteristics of the job, such as required skills and where the job is performed. Final, individual compensation will be decided based on demonstrated experience. Eligibility for specific benefits listed on our careers site may vary based on the job and location. For more on benefits, please visit our . Benefit offerings are subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans then in effect and may include the following: Medical, pharmacy, dental and vision care. Wellbeing support such as the BMS Living Life Better program and employee assistance programs (EAP). Financial well-being resources and a 401(K). Financial protection benefits such as short- and long-term disability, life insurance, supplemental health insurance, business travel protection and survivor support. Work-life programs include paid national holidays and optional holidays, Global Shutdown Days between Christmas and New Year’s holiday, up to 120 hours of paid vacation, up to two (2) paid days to volunteer, sick time off, and summer hours flexibility. Parental, caregiver, bereavement, and military leave. Family care services such as adoption and surrogacy reimbursement, fertility/infertility benefits, support for traveling mothers, and child, elder and pet care resources. Other perks like tuition reimbursement and a recognition program.

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 excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace accommodations/adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request a reasonable workplace accommodation/adjustment prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodations/adjustments in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, direct your inquiries to . Visit ( eeo-accessibility to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

BMS cares about your well-being and the well-being of our staff, customers, patients, and communities. As a result, the Company strongly recommends that all employees be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and keep up to date with Covid-19 boosters.

BMS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, pursuant to applicable laws in your area.

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Company: Bristol Myers Squibb

Req Number: R1575163

Updated: 2023-11-15 15:06:15.873 UTC

Location: Cambridge,Massachusetts

Bristol Myers Squibb is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, pregnancy, citizenship, marital status, gender expression, genetic information, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by law.