Global Program Leader- Neuroscience

Cambridge, MA, United States
Jul 21, 2019
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
As Ipsen builds a solid and differentiated portfolio and a development centric organization, its ability to manage complex R&D programs in an effective and efficient manner is of critical importance. The main mission of the Global Program Leader is to deliver program success including facilitating the success of the program team and each of its members to ensure commercial viable products.

He/she collaborates with the Global Development Lead/MDD to ensure project or program success. The GPL is responsible for translating the cross-divisional, integrated Global Program Team (GPT) strategy into an efficiently executable plan; predicting and planning solutions to achieve program goals and objectives; driving clarity and removing barriers to ensure team success; interfacing with management and influencing decision-making, proactive management and mitigation of development risks, and ensuring appropriate communication and interface with internal governance

Main Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Provide effective project/program leadership of the global development team to deliver high-quality projects/programs on time and within budget.
  • Inspires the team to high levels of performance and accountability
  • Work in partnership with the Global Development Lead to develop and implement overall project/program strategy to deliver sustainable NME/product growth in the 5-10 year timeframe
  • Create a climate that fosters personal investment and excellence and nurtures commitment to common goals.
    Foster an environment "collective leadership" as a method to facilitate the high performance of the team and each team member.

Project/Program Leadership
  • Together with the Global Development Lead, manage well-defined projects/programs with clear boundaries and outcomes within time and cost boundaries
    • Enable discussion/ buy-in into the decision-making process to facilitate implementation
    • Hold people to account once decision is made to ensure quick implementation
    • Manage conflict within the team objectively and by being able to influence others to be objective to resolve the conflict
    • Use organizational influence for project/program delivery
    • Negotiate effectively using simple negotiation strategies
    • Promote ideas persuasively and build on the ideas of others
  • Provide cross-functional leadership for the strategic planning of integrated development plans for programs starting at first-in-human through registration
    • Set realistic yet aggressive timeframes for achieving objectives with team buy-in and alignment
    • Align development plans across R&D, Franchise and CMC
  • Co-chair cross-functional project/program team meetings with the Global Development Lead/MDD, ensure appropriate action plans are created and implemented. Report progress to RDLT
  • Lead cross-functional project/program team(s) to prepare Target Product Profile and global plan to deliver differentiated products leveraging the scientific and medical leadership of Global Development Lead
  • Influence and input to develop individuals and team engagement on program / task
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of building and maintaining trust, and implement within the teams
  • Contribute to the portfolio strategy and ensure alignment of the program and overall portfolio strategies
  • Ensures the development and use of key projects management tools, metrics and team meeting logistics and documentation, by the Project Manager and all team members to enhance project and program delivery.
  • Work closely with the GPM on the project/program plan and budget. Accountable for both.
  • Closely monitor the execution of plans, measure results, and correct deviation with the support of the Project Manager
    • Ability to facilitate discussion and decisions regarding the financial needs of the program
    • Ability to apply standard PM risk management approaches
  • Validate the technical integrity of the project/program team plan ensuring that the technical data is reviewed and discussed at the program team meeting for appropriate decision making on follow-up actions
  • Ensure program objectives, timelines, critical milestones and budgets are met by monitoring progress on all aspects of the plans. Develop and deliver appropriate contingencies and/or corrective actions, if appropriate
  • Identify and assess potential resource bottlenecks, risks to critical milestones, inefficient processes and resource variance that may require cross-functional solutions. Take accountability for ensuring any agreed changes are implemented as required
  • Organize and run workshops involving internal & external stakeholders/contributors to address specific topics and deliver solutions or recommendations
  • Perform "lessons learned workshops" to identify cross functional learnings to be applied across the portfolio on an as-needed basis
  • Accountable and responsible to lead budget sessions at intervals that align with Finance budget/forecast calendar delivering and to translate board decisions to team and program budgets
  • Ensure appropriate understanding and management of team stakeholders

  • In collaboration with the Global Development Lead/MDD be a spokesperson of the project/program, reporting progress, risks and issues to functional and senior management as necessary
  • Present project/programs together with the Global Development Lead at the Specialty Care Innovation Board (SCIB) representing the interests of the overall project / program (aligned across organizations and departments)
  • Define and implement a communication strategy / plan for the program that supports the most effective team empowerment and progress

Staff Development
  • Facilitates the success of team members.
  • Work in partnership with HR Business Partner and functional managers to develop team members
  • Provide input into the performance feedback for team members
  • Act as an appropriate role model and / or coach/mentor to improve performance of individuals within the teams and the team as a whole


Minimum: Advanced Degree (MBA, MS, Ph D)

English (fluent mandatory), French (nice to have)

5 years or more experience in project/program leadership of cross-functional teams, preferably global teams

Experience in Pharmaceutical industry drug development process and regulations all along the R&D value chain

Ideal: Experience in a function such as research, clinical, preclinical, CMC or regulatory affairs with significant exposure to global teams in addition to Project/Program Leadership would be considered as a plus
Experience in Asia regulatory would be a plus

IPSEN is an equal opportunity employer that strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.