Associate Director, R&D Business Operations

CSL Behring
Summit, New Jersey
Nov 26, 2021
Pharm Country
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Job Description

Job Summary

The Associate Director, R&D Business Operations works closely with the Director, R&D Business Operations to create and operationalize the Business Operations department strategy and road map for Business Planning. Further, the AD oversees and is responsible for program scenario development, forecasting, monthly Function financial reviews, CPT financial reviews, and annual strategic planning. The AD conducts this responsibility and oversight as the primary owner within Business Operations for the deliverables (including quality and completeness) as well as managing Business Operations Sr Managers and Analysts

  • Lead the budget and forecast creation and management
  • Develop trial and project financial scenarios as well as support Financial Business Case development
  • Partner with Program Managers as business lead
  • Participate in outsourcing for Clinical trials as well as any other R&D outsourcing requests
  • Analyze and report on R&D operational and fiscal performance

Major Accountabilities

 Budget and Resource Management – Work with Director to 0perationalize short-term and long-term strategies to improve efficiencies and enhance predictability in resource (OpEx and FTE) planning and global budgeting approaches through collaboration with R&D Functions, Project Management and Finance leadership:

  • Drive the execution of the budget (and forecast) development to ensure timely, predictable and accurate budgets are developed consistently across assigned R&D program(s) and global departments. 
  • Lead the collection of data for the review and accuracy of global R&D budgets (spend and internal resource demand) prior to submission to Finance for budget and forecasting cycles. 
  • Support the process for demand planning of internal resources, including tracking, forecasting and ensuring efficient utilization of such resources and that they are adequately captured in CD budgets and forecasts
  • Coordinate with R&D Finance for monthly financial reporting
  • Primary business-lead for programs and trials; coordinate with PPM for program reviews and governance meetings

R&D Outsourcing - Business Operations leads the effective planning and contracting of external resources for Clinical Development. The AD will:

  • Drive the development of global program budgets in vendor contract, through the effective translation of trial and project design(s) into detailed budget(s).
  • Drive facilitation with key stakeholders to ensure that the required elements of a program have been incorporated into the program budget.
  • Perform review/analysis of bid grids from vendors to generate recommendations on contracting approach and negotiation elements
  • Coordinate with Procurement, Legal, and respective function throughout outsourcing process to ensure Seqirus needs are met for effective outsourcing and performance of vendor

Ad Hoc Projects – The AD will provide support, and may independently complete, ad hoc projects. Ad hoc projects in Business Operations typically target two main categories: Improvement projects and Analysis projects. At any point during the fiscal year Business Operations has 3-4 ad hoc projects underway and the AD will participate in either a support or lead role.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • An advanced degree (MSc, PhD) in Science or Engineering, PMP certification, Master of Business Administration (MBA) or equivalent is preferred.
  • 7-10 years’ experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry (or where relevant a biomedical research organization).
  • In-depth knowledge in drug research, development and manufacturing processes of pharmaceuticals (CMC, non-clinical, clinical, and regulatory).
  • 7+ years’ experience as a project manager leading cross-functional project teams in a matrixed, global environment, including those with complex technical, geographic, and/or regulatory elements.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading cross-functional teams and delivering projects to meet business objectives on time, within budget and with quality.
  • Proficient in the use of Project Management processes and tools (e.g. Microsoft Project).

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