Associate Director, Cell Therapy Global External Operations Portfolio Management

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

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Summit West, NJ

Job Description

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Job Overview:

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 Associate Director, Cell Therapy Global External Operations, Portfolio Management leads development and execution of program/project plans for complex, cross-functional, multi-site teams and workstreams in partnership with Virtual Plant Teams at BMSs Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs). We are looking for a candidate with the breadth of professional experience and the drive to work with both internal and external partners. Position would provide program management leadership for the Cell Therapy External Manufacturing Portfolio and select programs/projects that have enterprise-wide impact, ensuring comprehensive planning and optimal execution. Ensure interactions and timely collaboration across the external manufacturing matrix organization, external sites, key stakeholders, and supporting functions. Partner across GMSAT, Quality, Supply Chain, Network Strategy, Regulatory, and Logistics. Proactively identify and facilitate risks, mitigations, resolution, and escalation of issues, tracking and communicating status to stakeholders including External Manufacturing leadership team. Manage program/projects and teams with integrity, innovation, urgency, passion, accountability, and inclusion.

Major Responsibilities:

Lead planning and execution of integrated, complex plans and teams, as program/project manager. Position would provide leadership to strategic CTO programs & projects and governance teams, and other critical initiatives as defined by External Manufacturing management. Projects/Programs may include, but are not limited to, those identified during the annual portfolio planning process, strategic RTB initiatives, transformation, establishing new CMOs, operational improvements, business continuity, technology transfer, and product launches.

Additional Responsibilities:

Help to define the portfolio management process and cadence for portfolio reviews for Cell Therapy External Manufacturing. Partner with GPS PMO and IT to develop tools and dashboards for managing projects and running Virtual Plant Teams. Support annual budget process. Support developing other departmental tools: dashboards, onboarding tools, information management tools, communication tools.

  • Leads program/project activities including kickoff meetings, recurring status meetings, executive sponsor meetings, reporting, risk tracking, steering committee meetings, and conflict resolution.
  • Develops and drives detailed plans, identifying critical path and timing while meeting strategic intent and achieving key milestones.
  • Manage resources to attain program/project deliverables and coordinate project communication for all stakeholders.
  • Coordinate interactions, ensure timely and optimal execution of projects, and effectively collaborate with key stakeholders.
  • Ensure problem solving and decision making addressing major risks and issues by identifying, documenting, resolving, communicating, or escalating to senior leadership when appropriate.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to manage expectations.
  • Drive consistency in project management tools and templates in line with PMO best practices.
  • Plan/Execute change management strategy and plan.
  • Influence key stakeholders, develop project communications strategy, approach and plan.
  • Proactively drive scenario analyses to manage potential impact on plans and timelines, and recommend strategic direction to management.
  • Foster diverse/inclusive high performance teams and maintain strong relationships with operational and functional leadership.

Provides oversight and supports multiple projects for new and existing products, spanning analytical, drug substance, and drug product. This requires knowledge and understanding of technical, CMC and commercial issues as well as efficient resource utilization in a multi-project environment.

  • Provides project management support in alignment with PMO best practices and taking full advantage of available tools and templates.
  • Responsible for communicating critical path changes and significant changes in project risk profile to the governance team in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for capture and communication of key learnings between existing and future technical transfer teams taking advantage of available knowledge management tools.

Experiences Desired:

  • B.S. in engineering, Pharmacy, science or technical discipline, advanced degree preferred.
  • PMP certification highly desirable.
  • Understanding of cGMPs and regulatory CMC.
  • 12 years business experience, 8 years in BioPharma operational or development discipline, including demonstrated 5 years of experience managing projects.
  • Experience in project/program management of complex projects involving cross-functional, multi-site, international teams.
  • Experience with manufacturing sites and staff.
  • Proficiency with project management and Microsoft tools, e.g. Project, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint.
  • Ability to achieve results and exercise influence across a global matrix organization (e.g., operations, manufacturing technology, quality, supply chain, finance, R&D).
  • Ability to work independently with high level of accountability.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills and have the ability to deal effectively with all levels of management.
  • Strong analytical skills, well organized and capable of managing multiple projects with respect to priorities.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and discernment and be comfortable to operate where erroneous decisions will have serious impact on the overall success of operations.
  • Ability to interact internally and externally with executive level management, requiring negotiation of potentially difficult and sensitive matters to influence policy making bodies both internally and externally.
  • Familiarity with financial principles, core business concepts, and business and operations management.
  • Ability to develop business analysis and reporting.

Travel: Up to 20%

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.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

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