Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

R&D Business Capability Lead (Associate Director, D07)

Princeton, NJ, US
Aug 02, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The R&D Business Capabilities Lead is responsible for enabling R&D planning, operations, and decision making by equipping asset development teams, functional staff, and senior leaders with industry-leading project, portfolio, and clinical study management tools, methodologies, analyses, business process design, performance measurement, and consultative support. The R&D Business Capabilities Lead will manage our project and portfolio management system (a core component of our R&D business capabilities), guide the R&D Business Capabilities Manager and Specialists, and be responsible for senior stakeholder engagement. The R&D Business Capabilities Team is part of the R&D Strategy and Planning (RDSP) division, which is accountable for R&D business strategy & operations, operating model transformation, drug development project & portfolio management (PPM), governance management, and learning. The R&D Business Capabilities Lead reports to the RDSP Head of R&D Business Capabilities.

The R&D Business Capability Lead will work with the Head of R&D Business Capabilities to develop and execute the business strategy and operations of our R&D business capabilities. As such, it is critical that they are able to effectively and efficiently engage and manage senior stakeholders, working with leaders throughout the business, Information Technology, Business Insights and Analytics, and R&D Finance in pursuit of clear and accurate planning, process optimization, and capability evolution.

In partnership with enterprise teams and external partners, the R&D Business Capability Lead will:
  • Inform and support the business strategy and stewardship of planning systems that enable core R&D activities and processes such as:
    • Cross-functional drug development project management
    • Capacity management, resource management, and resource forecasting
    • Budgeting, cost planning, and cost forecasting
    • Project, operational, and portfolio scenario planning
    • Reporting and dashboarding
    • Operational data quality and metrics
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the R&D project and portfolio management system and ensure the business requirements of the user community are met
  • Ensure minimal disruption to R&D Business Capability functionality and services through routine monitoring, maintenance, and upgrades
  • Serve as lead business partner for enabling the planning needs of the Integrated Oncology and Innovative Medicines Development divisions
  • Participate in cross-R&D and enterprise planning enablement projects in partnership with the broader RDSP and R&D Business Capabilities team
  • Enable resource and cost forecasting, and scenario planning at the project, operational, and portfolio levels
  • Manage variable resources (e.g., contractors) that support delivery of the RDSP Business Capabilities book of work
  • Partner with RDSP Business Operations Leads and Generalists in support of business objectives and continuous improvement, focusing on complex issues and solutions
  • Proactively engage senior-level business stakeholders to determine and ensure that priority, business-critical needs are addressed
  • Develop team-wide approaches and best practices for gathering business requirements and solution implementation
  • Measure and continuously improve the health and utility of R&D Business Capabilities, operational performance of the processes they enable, and business value delivered
  • Monitor and assess external trends to inform and educate R&D planning and business operations stakeholders

The successful candidate must be able to drive the successful delivery of project objectives by ensuring effective stakeholder management, alignment and business engagement, and provide guidance to staff and business leaders to improve project execution and remove barriers to successful execution. The candidate will enable planning capabilities and leverage expertise within the organization to drive business objectives, resolve business issues, and optimize opportunities. As such, a critical aspect of this role is the ability to work seamlessly across the BMS enterprise (both within and outside R&D), coordinating the input of other stakeholders while delivering creative and pragmatic business solutions.

  • Undergraduate (BA/BS) degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • 7 years of professional experience in the life sciences or biopharmaceutical industry
  • Management consulting experience preferred but not required
  • Planisware (or similar planning system) experience preferred
  • Strong understanding of project, portfolio, resource, cost, and budget management
  • Strong understanding of agile development methodologies and technology, analytics, & business intelligence solution design, development, testing, and lifecycle management
  • Digital and PPM technology acumen preferred
  • Oracle, Veeva, Spotfire, Tableau, & Medidata experience preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated strength in assessing business needs, translating needs into actionable plans, managing project execution, and delivering project value
  • Experience with business process design and performance measurement
  • Capable of bringing structure to vaguely defined problems while using creative yet pragmatic problem-solving approaches and execution management
  • Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Effective presentation, facilitation, and executive-level messaging skills
  • Experience collaborating with Senior Management
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and influence, and drive organizational engagement

Bristol-Myers Squibb R&D is a science-driven, passionate organization determined to discover, develop and deliver medicines that have the potential to transform the lives of patients and establish new standards of care in areas of high unmet need. Patients' needs and scientific discovery are our driving force.

We have a history of scientific excellence. We dramatically changed outcomes in HIV; we helped discover a cure for HCV; and we developed a novel medicine with proven benefit for atrial fibrillation. We also pioneered targeting the immune system in cancer research, breaking new ground in the science of immuno-oncology.

Today, we are transforming the way certain cancers are treated and focusing our research efforts on areas of high unmet need in cardiovascular disease, immunoscience and fibrosis. Our goal is to leave an enduring positive impact on society by making a meaningful difference in the lives of even more patients.

Our people are our greatest asset. Our R&D organization is made up of industry-leading researchers and drug developers who have a passion for science, a curiosity for discovery and a commitment to translating these advances into medicines that make a difference for patients. Our teams are part of a unique global ecosystem that is set up to be agile, interactive and conducive to translating a nascent idea into a powerful treatment.

We follow the science. Our pipeline of promising molecules and medicines is deliberately built through a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach. We are deepening our understanding of disease biology and uncovering biomarker insights to help predict how patients will respond to treatment with the ultimate goal of making precision medicine a reality for more patients.

We believe partnership and collaboration are essential. Academic research centers, laboratories, clinicians, clinical trials organizations, government, advocates and industry - all of these organizations contribute to a vibrant healthcare ecosystem that is critical to continued scientific advancement. From the global research networks we've created to our creative approach to business development, we complement internal innovation with external innovation - identifying new scientific hypotheses to better understand how to translate research findings into improved patient outcomes.

We believe digital health and data connectivity is transforming our industry. Over the past few years, there has been an explosion of available electronic medical records, genomics and claims data. This, combined with our own data, biomedical and health informatics partnerships, and new analytical tools, is changing how we interact with payers, suppliers and patients. By leveraging the collective power of data & analytics, we are accelerating the pipeline, enhancing the speed of clinical trials, demonstrating the value of our medicines and helping to inform clinical decisions.

We are constantly anticipating what's coming next, navigating and discovering new technologies, enabling our understanding of new ways to use them and applying them to advance drug discovery, development and delivery to patients as quickly as possible.

Our mission is clear: to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines to patients with serious diseases.