Director, Planning Lead, Global Biospecimen and Imaging Management

Princeton, NJ, United States
Sep 22, 2020
Administration, General
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.

We are developing a world-class Global Biospecimen and Imaging Management (GBSIM) organization within Global Development Operations (GDO) to drive excellence and innovation in end-to-end biospecimen and imaging management to support the objectives of both Research and Development. Planning and operationalizing the clinical trial biospecimen plan is critical to support these objectives are key.
As such, we are recruiting a Biospecimen Planning Lead to head a team of Biospecimen Planning Specialists who work closely with scientists and clinicians to develop asset and protocol level biospecimen strategies. This team will work across the organization and BMS's partners to inform, implement, and project manage operational efforts to realize these strategies. Critical to this role is the ability to provide innovative solutions to oversee timelines for specimen data delivery and thereby, enabling quick decision-making and ensuring BMS's continuous competitive advantage

  • Responsible for the design, evolution, and oversight of Program and Protocol-level Biospecimen management plans for a complex collection of assets under his/her accountability in close collaboration with scientists and operations.
  • Multi-functional team engagement and leadership
  • Seeks opportunities to enhance value of external vendor relationships through early strategic engagement and ongoing partnership
  • Drives the IT environment that delivers strategic documentation and supports the analysis of study designs vs. strategic plans.
  • Team Leader who develops his/her staff in the application of a disciplined project approach to develop and execute operational plans to ensure delivery of Biomarker data to meet the requirements of the Program and the studies executing within them; documenting and managing associated issues and risks; setting agendas for operational program reviews and documenting outcomes, decisions and key learnings
  • Help to evolve IT capabilities to enhance operational effectiveness, biospecimen tracking, and data tracking. Ensures all work is documented in alignment with the protocol and the program strategy
  • Drives integration with clinical operations organization and data management to execute and streamline the processing for cleaning sample metadata as needed to ensure integrity of specimens and downstream analysis
  • Experienced program manager counsels staff in the execution and maintenance of a clear Book of Work/Program Plan to facilitate cohesive and uniform transparency across many projects and external partners; also, responsible for his/her own complex, highly visible, book of work
  • Demonstrates strong communication, interpersonal and negotiating skills and leverages those competencies to ensure continuous progress within both internal and external teams thus moving issues to resolution
  • Provide strategic oversight and line management to a team in biospecimen planning supporting multiple protocols with core expertise in Good Clinical Practice (GCP), clinical trial operations, risk management and project management
  • Ensure engagement and partnership with all GDO functions, other R&D functions, and key internal and external stakeholders to evolve the knowledge and maturity of the organization on risk and issue management in the biospecimen space.
  • Work with internal partners to develop and update policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and working procedures (WPs) related to biospecimen planning and utilization. Play a key role in planning and designing clinical trial and biospecimen operations support.
  • With leadership, act to define, and implement best in class operational and technology changes related to biospecimen collection and use.
  • Share best practices with other Research, Early Development, and Global Drug Development leads and continuously improve operations with feedback and discussion on best practices
  • Remain aware of market trend and industry best practice and instill findings in day to day operations - eg. Involvement in key external organizations (e.g., SCOPE, SLAS, ISBER) related to biospecimen management.
  • Drive continuous improvement
  • Instill a culture of excellence and innovation throughout the organization. Develop and retain a diverse workforce while ensuring adequate work-life balance
  • Travel expectations are minimal, perhaps 5-10% domestic

  • B.S., M.S. in a scientific discipline; direct line management experience; with experience in Biospecimen Operations or Clinical Study execution desired.
  • 4+ years of complex relationship management expertise e.g. vendor management, lab operations management
  • Deep knowledge and expertise of biospecimen life-cycle, especially within biomarker discovery and development, is required. Robust understanding of best practices, documentation requirements, and risk management is critical.
  • Ability to provide clear, unambiguous expectations and priorities for the team and can manage effectively in an environment of uncertainty and complexity.
  • Strong project planning and decision-making skills
  • Ability to operate in a complex matrix organization, lead through influence with excellent communication and negotiation skills and the ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner, while keeping a keen customer focused mindset.
  • Ability to adopt a biopharma enterprise-wide and entrepreneurial mindset, to act with a sense of urgency, accountability and integrity, and to have fun along the way.

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.