Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Director, Medical Coding

Princeton, NJ
Jun 07, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

One shared journey is moving us forward at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious disease. Empowered to apply our individual talents and ideas so that we can learn and grow together. Driven to make a difference, from innovative research to hands-on community support. 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 the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

The Director, Medical Coding is a leadership role considered essential to the sustainability and success of the BMS R&D pipeline. This role reports to the Executive Director, Global Data Management and Centralized Monitoring within Global Clinical Operations (GCO).

Specifically, the Director, Medical Coding is accountable for:

Providing operational leadership of the medical coding function enabling delivery of complete, consistent, high quality, and reliable coding of adverse events, medications, etc. for internal decision making, regulatory approval and market acceptance.

Maintaining BMS' medical coding dictionaries (e.g. MedDRA, WHODrug, BMS Drug), global synonym dictionaries, and coding guidelines supporting consistency, uniformity, and accuracy of medical coding.

Partnering with medical, safety, and pharmacovigilance to ensure harmonization and consistent use of MedDRA across R&D, providing dictionary related information/feedback to their department/therapeutic areas, and contributing toward periodic review/revisions to the MedDRA Coding Guidelines and MedDRA change requests.

Creating and maintaining a library of Standardised MedDRA Queries (SMQs) and Standardized Drug Groupings (SDGs) in partnership with the medical and clinical data reporting and analytics functions.

Providing ad hoc medical coding expertise in support of regulatory activities (e.g. periodic safety updates, submissions, etc.).

Ensuring effective quality oversight and management of external partners (e.g. Function Service Providers, CROs, etc.) performing medical coding services on behalf of BMS.

Understanding industry evolution to provide insight in the development and application of smart systems and optimal approaches that lead to efficiencies in execution of medical coding activities.

Establishing and implementing the medical coding strategies to enable the accurate and consistent reporting of adverse event and medication data supporting regulatory filings, publications and other high-profile business activities.

Focus on continuous improvement, defining and implementing the changes required to create an industry-leading medical coding capability.

Leading a multi-national team of medical coding professionals that contribute significantly to BMS portfolio of clinical trials. Provides ongoing feedback, coaching, and career development, including engagement and retention support to staff in order to maximize their potential. Empowers and holds staff to high quality performance and delivery of the business.

Ensuring adaptive management of a global team through the effective deployment of resources and streamlined processes, ensuring productivity targets, validity and quality of the data gathered in support of the evolving portfolio of BMS products.

Representing the Company in interactions with key external partners as part of any committee or industry group relating to medical coding.

Developing strong and productive working relationships with key stakeholders throughout BMS with the ability to think strategically across a broad portfolio and effectively express his/her views to senior management.

Engaging and energizing employees through communication of goals, priorities and other business critical information as well as focus on employee value proposition, development and retention activities.

Developing and promoting a work place culture that values diversity of thought, promotes integrity and creates an atmosphere that supports coaching and fosters accountability.

Experience and expertise required:

Bachelor's degree, RN, or RPh required with an advanced degree preferred. At least 8 years of relevant industry experience, with substantial experience of managing staff in a global setting.

Significant global clinical trial expertise and a successful track record of leading through influence, working across complex, global organizational matrices. Immuno-Oncology therapeutic experience is highly desirable.

Expert knowledge of dictionary structures (e.g. MedDRA, WHODrug, COSTART) and understanding of global nuances in dictionary usage.

Strong experience in medical coding and well versed in industry trends and emerging industry dynamics concerning coding.

A strong understanding of the drug development process with proven expertise in clinical trial execution and management in a global arena.

Demonstrated partnership across various collaborative forums, CROs, SMOs and/or local site networks.

Diverse and sufficient technical expertise to be a credible interface to all global development and business partners (medical, development, commercial, regulatory & quality etc.)

Broad intelligence of the clinical trial environment across key regions, and anticipation of future trends and impact.

Strong influential leadership and communication capabilities with a proven ability to engage, manage, develop and inspire a large, geographically diverse team.