Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Discovery and Translational Medicine Business Operations Lead

Cambridge, MA, US
Oct 15, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Discovery and Translational Medicine Business Operations Lead - Cambridge, MA R&D

Bristol-Myers Squibb's newest R&D site located in Cambridge's Kendall Square is in the heart of a vibrant ecosystem of world-class science, innovation, and business opportunities. Our research in Cambridge will focus on novel targets and pathways for tumors that are resistant to current Immuno-Oncology therapies, as well as innovative discovery and translational medicine platforms to address unmet medical need in cardiovascular disease, immunoscience, and fibrosis. We will continue to foster patient outreach and local external collaborations with biopharma, biotech, and academic partners in our pursuit to help patients prevail over serious diseases.

We are passionate about providing rewarding careers for our employees, and recognize the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. BMS offers 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. We foster speed, passion, innovation, and accountability - and actively promote a culture of diversity and inclusion.

The Business Operations Lead at our Cambridge, MA R&D site partners with Discovery and Translational Medicine research scientists, the site leadership team, and enterprise business partners to enable industry-leading site performance that delivers value to our patients, the local community, and our company.

We are seeking a self-motivated, detail-orientated, and collaborative team member to partner effectively with research staff and lead day-to-day laboratory operations. Core responsibilities include ensuring safe and efficient laboratory operations through optimization of scientific workflows and equipment utilization, fit-for-purpose supplies management, on-track budget management, strong P&L guidance, and seamless alignment with interdependent operations across BMS globally. The role will also design and manage high-priority continuous improvement projects for Discovery and Translational Medicine functions.

The role is part of the R&D Strategy and Planning (RDSP) division, which is accountable for R&D business strategy, business and laboratory operations, operational transformations, drug development project & portfolio management, and R&D learning. The role reports to the RDSP team accountable for Business Strategy & Operations for the Discovery and Translational Medicine divisions of BMS R&D.

The role will partner closely with local and global Discovery, Translational Medicine, RDSP, and enterprise business partners (e.g., Finance, Human Resources, Procurement, Information Technology, Business Insights & Analytics, Facilities, Legal, Corporate Affairs, others) to enable operational excellence at our Cambridge R&D site. Accordingly, it is critical that the candidate effectively partner with and engage a matrixed team of internal and external partners to deliver organizational alignment and value.

Core responsibilities of the Business Operations Lead are:
  • Enabling the delivery of tangible value to our patients, the local community, and our company through R&D business and laboratory operations excellence
  • Implementing the site operating model and measuring performance in partnership with the global business partners listed above, ensuring:
    • Strong site operational performance (speed, quality, cost, resource efficiency)
    • On-target financial performance (OpEx, CapEx, other)
    • Effective headcount management and resource allocation
    • Robust business continuity
  • Designing and managing high-priority continuous improvement projects for Discovery and Translational Medicine functions
  • Proactively identifying and mitigating operational risks to pipeline delivery and site performance
  • Serving as the site's point-of-contact for business and laboratory operations, and advising site scientific staff on business and laboratory operations best practices
  • Thinking critically to proactively resolve unique issues related to a shared work environment and maintaining an environment of collaboration and creativity
  • Partnering with site and global staff to build new research laboratories and capabilities for Oncology and Translational Research
  • Developing and managing the site laboratory operations strategy and plan (equipment, supplies, procedures, metrics, roles, responsibilities); representative components include:
    • Optimizing site-wide laboratory equipment usage and scientific workflows
    • Maximizing the utility of office and laboratory space
    • Leading equipment procurement activities and working with contracted technicians to complete equipment maintenance / repairs and laboratory modifications
    • Implementing fit-for-purpose, cost-effective solutions for consumable supplies
    • Driving site-specific laboratory contracts to execution and monitoring delivery to terms
    • Providing laboratory and operations overviews during the onboarding of new personnel
    • Developing schedules and guidelines for shared equipment
    • Scheduling and managing site-wide lab clean-ups and safety inspections
    • Establishing and maintaining laboratory vendor relationships
  • Leading employee engagement activities centered on our Innovation, Cooperation, and Engagement program (including corporate sponsorships, academic partnerships, team-based rewards & recognition)
  • Monitoring the external landscape to stay abreast of industry trends in laboratory management and business operations, and incorporating into Cambridge site management
  • Ensuring seamless alignment with global RDSP teams and enterprise business partners on the activities listed above to deliver value to the enterprise in a coordinated way

  • Undergraduate (BA/BS) degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • At least 7 years of professional experience in the life sciences or biopharmaceutical industry
  • Scientific experience in Discovery and Translational Medicine preferred
  • Business operations experience required; biopharma R&D laboratory operations experience preferred
  • Demonstrated strength in assessing business-critical needs, defining clear and measurable business outcomes, translating strategy into operational plans, delivering projects on time / on budget, and delivering outcomes with efficiency
  • Capable of bringing structure to vaguely defined problems while using creative yet pragmatic problem-solving approaches and execution management
  • Strong experience with business process design and performance measurement
  • Strong project management skills and experience with managing capital, operating, and compensation budgets
  • Strong business acumen and comfort in agile delivery and learning environment
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, and stakeholder management skills
  • Ability to build relationships and influence, and drive organizational engagement
  • Strong collaborator that can work well in matrixed teams and foster diversity and inclusion
  • Strong ability to ensure connectivity across multiple functions within a site and with the enterprise

About BMS R&D

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.