Bristol Myers Squibb Company

Associate Director, GCO Project Planning

Princeton, NJ, United States
Oct 03, 2019
Administration, General
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global Biopharma company committed to a single mission: to discover, develop, and deliver innovative medicines focused on helping millions of patients around the world in disease areas such as oncology, cardiovascular, immunoscience and fibrosis.

Join us and make a difference. We hire the best people and provide them with a work environment that places a premium on diversity, integrity, collaboration and personal development. Through a culture of inclusion, we create a better, more productive work environment. We believe that the diverse experiences and perspectives of all our employees help to drive innovation and transformative business results.


The Associate Director, GCO Project Planning is accountable for the functional line management of all GCO Project Planners in the Clinical Trial and Operational Execution organization as well as providing business leadership for the development of all tools, processes and standards for the GCO Project Planning function. GCO Project Planners are responsible for building and tracking of clinical trial execution plans (phase I-IV) for the Global Clinical Operations (GCO) organization through project management tools (e.g, Microsoft Project) for Phase I-IV clinical trials.


Provides functional leadership for the GCO Project Planners by managing staff performance, development, training, project assignments and workload distribution and supporting issue resolution with direct reports.

Drives innovation through collaboration with Clinical Study Teams, GCO, and other R&D stakeholders as the business owner for GCO Project Planning tools and related initiatives

Ensures GCO Project Planning staff effectively support their assigned teams in the following areas:

Building and tracking of clinical trial execution plans (phase I-IV) for the Global Clinical Operations (GCO) organization through project management tools (e.g, Microsoft Project)

Partnership within GCO and RDSP Portfolio Project Management to ensure that milestone and drivers are updated and accurate in planning and trial management systems (e.g., CTMS, Planisware)

Tracking and managing to resolution planning system milestone and driver data discrepancies

Cross-functional coordination within GCO(e.g., GDM&CM, GCTS&O and RCO) to understand status of milestone delivery for all phases of trial execution (Planning, Start-up, Execution and Close-out).

Capturing of risks, mitigations, resolution and escalation of issues and status.

Providing regular project status reports to key GCO, Study Team and governance stakeholders consistent with established processes and best practices

Provides ongoing feedback, coaching, and career development, including engagement and retention support to staff in order to maximize their potential.

Develops strong and productive working relationships with key stakeholders, thinks strategically and effectively express his/her views to senior management.

Supervisory Responsibility

8+ GCO Project Planners (internal BMS and 3rd party/FSP staff)


A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Pharmacy, science, technical discipline, or allied business function

PMP or similar professional certification highly desirable

At least 8 years clinical trial operations experience is required.

Comprehensive understanding of clinical drug development process.

Fluency with Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) and Portfolio Management system (e.g., Planisware) milestone and driver tracking

Expert proficiency with Microsoft Project

Proficiency with other Microsoft tools, e.g. Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint

Strong analytical and communication skills to identify, report and escalate risks

Project management experience and ability to manage multiple projects

Previous line management experience highly desired

Ability to achieve results across a global matrix organization

Ability to work independently with high level of accountability.

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.