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Bristol Myers Squibb Director, Head of Research Project Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision – transforming patients’ lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease – and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry – each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

The Director, Head of Research Project Management will focus on building and guiding a Research Project management group that is focused on providing effective and efficient project management support and strategic operational guidance for research programs at five Thematic Research Centers (TRC) across the US. Each research Project manager (PM) is an integral part of a fully integrated TRC organization, embedded and co-located at the TRC they support but report into the Head of Research Project Management which is part of the Research & Early Development Project Management Team within R&D Strategy and Planning (RDSP). The research PMs guide the research teams as they propose and develop potential therapeutic candidates for entry into the BMS pipeline and lead the transition of programs to early development teams.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • The Director, Head of Research Project Management will be responsible for the coordination of activities of Research Project Managers embedded at all 5 TRCs across the US, each of who may lead activities of several research teams.

  • She/He will be expected to work in the player-coach model and carry research PM responsibility for a few key programs and/or initiatives.

  • She/He will be accountable for understanding the overall TRC portfolio strategy and resource needs from a Research PM perspective and bridging with the overall vision and goals of the R&ED PM group and RDSP as a whole.

  • She/He will guide research PMs as they partner with discovery research project team leadership and matrix team members to develop detailed cross-functional development plans, facilitate science-based and business/portfolio oriented discussions in research teams, foster development of high performing research teams, and to monitor the health and operating efficiency of research teams across all TRCs

  • She/He will be accountable for consistent development of integrated cross-functional project timelines, risk assessment and mitigation plans across the entire research portfolio, cross TRC.

  • She/He will ensure all Development Candidate Selection (DC) decisions are assessed as to their impacts and communicated to stakeholders within R&ED and in particular the Early Development PMs who will take programs forward, in a transparent and timely manner, highlighting the interdependencies and downstream impacts of strategic decisions taken in the research space

  • She/He will partner with all Early Development team functions to ensure optimal resourcing of research teams at DC.

  • She/He will maintain and assess the effectiveness of the team operating model in research phase with a focus on cross-functional input and accountability, and robust analysis of vetted options

  • She/He will partner with Enterprise governance management to guide research teams as needed on expectations at key decision points and any changes that are implemented from time-to-time.

  • She/He will coach the research PMs to drive excellence and accountability, and develop talent pipeline for project team membership

  • She/He will be expected to a change agent for continuous improvement and transformational initiatives

  • For projects that are being jointly developed, she/he will be expected to work closely with alliance management for effective transitions and external stakeholder management.


  • Advanced degree in biological, chemical or physical sciences. Master’s degree with more than 7 years of relevant pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry experience, Ph.D. with 5-7 years of similar experience.

  • Experience with management of early pharmaceutical R&D programs. Deeper familiarity with a therapeutic area is expected, broader early R&D experience preferred.

  • Breadth of scientific expertise with solid understanding of the intersection of scientific and project strategy with the ability to contribute to strategic discussions

  • Leadership skills including situational leadership and ability to influence without authority

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a cross-functional environment

  • 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 support scenario planning

  • Excellent Project Management Skills – drives execution while balancing speed, quality, and cost. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a matrix team across multiple disciplines internal and external to the organization, as well as efficient resource utilization in a multi-project environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully and effectively collaborate, cooperate and work across boundaries.

  • Proven agility in prioritizing and navigating competing demands.

  • Strong influencing/persuasive skills with a demonstrated ability to influence different styles and individuals at different levels in organization.

  • Strong engagement skills.

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

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Company: Bristol Myers Squibb

Req Number: R1533484

Updated: 2021-04-10 01:28:11.795 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.