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J&J Family of Companies Head of Portfolio Delivery Operations - Oncology in Basel, Switzerland

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, what matters most is helping people live full and healthy lives. We focus on treating, curing and preventing some of the most devastating and complex diseases of our time. And we pursue the most promising science, wherever it might be found.

Janssen Research & Development, LLC discovers and develops innovative medical solutions to address important unmet medical needs in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Please visit for more information.

Head of Portfolio Delivery Operations - Oncology

This position provides overall leadership and direction to the Oncology Portfolio Delivery Operations, providing end to end clinical operations management and oversight to optimize the investment and performance of the JRD Oncology portfolio and accelerate the delivery of innovative medicines to patients. Given the size, complexity, speed and strategic priority of the Oncology portfolio, a dedicated clinical operational leadership structure is required to optimize rapid decision making and execution. In partnership with the Therapeutic Area and through the Clinical Development Teams, this position is accountable for executing the entire Oncology clinical trial book of work from FIH studies, through registration and post-marketing commitments.

  • Providing end-to-end accountability for the flawless execution of the Oncology clinical trial portfolio, on budget, with the appropriate quality, and with industry-leading speed

  • Consolidate country, site and patient insights to strengthen the design of clinical trial programs and protocols

  • Champion the creation and implementation of new clinical trial models, including biomarker-driven studies, direct-to-patient models, embedding diversity in clinical trials, adaptive study execution, drug/device combination studies, etc.

  • Provide leadership of the sourcing strategy, including both CRO support models, central and specialty labs, eCOA, IRT and all supporting external resources critical for the effective execution of oncology studies

  • Develop industry-leading organizational capabilities and develop future operational leaders within the organization

  • Manage a large, global organization and experience building, aligning and motivating global teams in a dynamic environment

  • Develop and coordinate site relationships, including new site networks and expansion into emerging countries of interest

  • Provide technical and clinical operational leadership for the 120 – 160 studies within the Oncology JRD portfolio inclusive of:

  • Meeting or exceeding planned trial milestones

  • Effectively managing study operational budgets / OOPs

  • Coordinating resources and activities across both PDO and with other partner functions (GCO, IDAR, PMO. Etc.)

  • Providing quality oversight of study execution and management

  • Define and manage the sourcing strategy for the oncology portfolio (finding the right balance between in-sourcing and outsourcing, including all specialty providers)

  • Activate and nurture a culture of talent development within Oncology PDO, creating a robust pipeline of future operational leaders.

  • Foster harmony, effectiveness and efficiency amongst the GOHs with a continuous drive towards rapid issue resolution, customer satisfaction and TA partnership; developing strong working relationships with the other supporting clinical development functions

  • Cultivate an environment of innovation through design and implementation of new clinical trial models and capabilities

  • Monitor and manage overall performance from protocol design finalization to regulatory submission

  • Efficient financial management of the PDO Oncology operating budget, including line management of assigned department heads and staff (150).

  • Decision making on optimal deployment and development of staff, in line with Oncology business priorities and talent – partnering with other functions to actively manage headcount demands from portfolio fluctuations/L&A deals

  • Provide clinical trial insights into project and portfolio operational risks and discuss and rapidly implement mitigation actions.

  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement across PDO and R&D and a track record of delivering against financial continuous improvement targets


  • An Advanced degree (scientific or business orientation) is preferred

  • Minimum of 15 years of progressive pharmaceutical development experience with at least 10 years experience in the pharmaceutical R&D Clinical Operations environment is preferred

  • Deep global Oncology clinical operations experience across multiple Disease Areas/tumor types is required

  • Oncology clinical operations experience across all phases of development is required

  • Proven track record of delivering portfolio milestones using innovative approaches to trial execution, site relationships and patient engagement

  • Global and diversity-oriented people management experience including line management and matrix management.

  • Experience with working in or with global and multidisciplinary R&D teams.

  • Change management/leadership experience in driving complex transformation efforts.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence decision making at all levels.

  • Ability to develop strong partnerships in a matrix environment.

  • Fostering a culture of accountability and empowering others.

  • Driving a CREDO-based culture, including a diverse and inclusive work environment.

  • Demonstrated inspirational leadership and ability to set a vision for the future; a drive for delivering and exceeding business results.

    Proven ability to act as a change agent and adapt to rapidly changing organizational and business issues.

    Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Primary Location

United States-New Jersey-Titusville-1125 Trenton Harbourton Road

Other Locations

North America-United States-New Jersey-Raritan, Europe/Middle East/Africa-Belgium-Antwerp-Beerse, North America-United States-Pennsylvania-Spring House, North America-United States-California-San Francisco, Europe/Middle East/Africa-Switzerland-Basel-City-Basel


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