Associate Director, Launch Planning

Cambridge, MA, United States
Nov 06, 2018
Administration, General
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Join bluebird bio's enthusiastic and collaborative flock and fly at the cutting edge of science. Contribute to the overall success of our novel gene therapy approach and make a transformative impact in the lives of patients with severe genetic disease by establishing a core marketing operations capability that enables our commercialization teams to design and efficiently execute complex interdependent marketing programs.

bluebird bio seeks an experienced, highly motivated professional to lead and drive our Supply Chain launch readiness activities. In this role you will have a leadership position within the Global Supply Chain organization and work closely with leaders/key stakeholders within Commercial Ops., Patient Operations, Manufacturing, Regulatory, Finance, Program Management and External Partners and Suppliers. There is terrific opportunity to lead and evolve this function to support a broad portfolio and advance the overall Supply Chain capabilities to deliver therapies that transform the lives of patients.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
  • Understand bluebird bio's Commercial launch strategy and requirements related to Supply Chain in Europe, US and Global and translate that into robust Supply Chain launch plan(s)
  • Represent Supply Chain in bluebird bio's Commercial (cross functional) launch strategy forums
  • Understand specific country, product, labeling, manufacturing, quality, and order to cash requirements for every launch that reflect the regulatory commitments in the jurisdiction
  • Create country specific launch plans and playbooks to meet country specific requirements, and validate it with key stakeholders
  • Build the appropriate Supply Chain launch team to ensure proper representation, knowledge, and ownership of the launch planning dimension and activities
  • Facilitate cross functional launch team planning to ensure critical path activities and the ownership of those are clear, and risk mitigation plan in place
  • Ensure the team has an effective communication mechanism to synchronize execution steps and adjust plan in a timely manner, a status reporting mechanism reflecting project health, and regular check points debriefing critical launch step activities
  • Lead post launch transition planning ensuring effective handover to daily operations team
  • Establish and operate launch performance metrics
  • Work with the Commercial launch team to ensure effective escalation path for timely issue resolution
  • Owns Supply Chain launch work stream to ensure successful plan implementation by working with the regional Supply Chain leadership team
  • Closely connect with Commercial Operations and Global Operations team to ensure prospective planning for launch countries on the horizon and provide input for the S&OP process

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
  • Minimum of 15 years logistics and supply chain experience, ideally in the pharmaceutical industry and in a complex manufacturing/supply environment
  • Minimum educational requirement is a BS or a BA.
  • The ideal candidate is well versed in biopharma product launch and lifecycle management in a role leading regional launch planning and execution
  • Technical knowledge of biopharmaceutical product launch, working knowledge of CMC and regulatory requirements
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of GMP and working with Quality and manufacturing organizations
  • Knowledge in working directly with commercial operations on regional and country launch plans
  • Ability to work together with leadership team members
  • Demonstrated leadership quality and effectiveness setting up and leading cross functional teams in a global environment and in matrix setup
  • Experience in seeking out information related to launch requirements and formulate launch plan
  • Project management and resource planning experience
  • Designed and operated an effective post launch performance monitoring system
  • Must display strong analytical and problem-solving skills; attention to details is required; ability to anticipate variance and risks and develop options
  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Highly collaborative team player who fosters open communication and facilitates mutual understanding and cooperation between all stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; working language English is a must
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, self-directed and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
  • Quick learner of innovative technology/process/work environment and ability to translate learning to work plans for improving business performance
  • Must exhibit discipline in planning and plan execution
  • Willingness to embrace and demonstrate the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself