R&D Business Capabilities Specialist

Princeton, NJ, United States
Sep 18, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision - transforming patients' lives through science.In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease - and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry - each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.


The R&D Business Capabilities Specialist (D05) supports 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 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 Specialist reports to the RDSP Head of R&D Business Capabilities.

The R&D Business Capability Specialist will work with the Head of R&D Business Capabilities and R&D Business Capabilities Lead to 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 stakeholders, work with our colleagues 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 Specialist will:
  • Support the 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
  • Serve as lead business capabilities partner for enabling the planning needs of the key functional areas to be defined by the Head, R&D Business Capabilities
  • Participate in cross-R&D and enterprise planning enablement projects in partnership with the broader RDSP and R&D Business Capabilities team
  • Partner with R&D Learning to strategize, develop, and deliver capability training to end-users and stakeholders
  • Enable resource and cost forecasting, and scenario planning at the project, operational, and portfolio levels
  • Partner with RDSP Business Operations Leads and Generalists in support of business objectives and continuous improvement, focusing on complex issues and solutions
  • Proactively engage business stakeholders to determine and ensure that priority, business-critical needs are addressed
  • Support user acceptance testing (UAT), the R&D month-end close process, and the budgeting process

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 Professional experience in the life sciences or biopharmaceutical industry Planisware (or similar planning system) experience preferred
  • Understanding of project, portfolio, resource, cost, and budget management
  • Understanding of agile development methodologies and technology, analytics, & business intelligence solution design, development, testing, and lifecycle management
  • Ability to assess business needs, translate needs into actionable plans, execute projects, and deliver measurable value
  • Digital and PPM technology acumen preferred
  • Oracle, Veeva, Spotfire, Tableau, & Medidata experience preferred but not required Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a deadline-driven environment
  • Experience with business process design and performance measurement Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills Effective presentation, stakeholder management, and facilitation skills
  • Ability to build relationships and influence, and drive organizational engagement

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

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 with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.