Executive Director, Discovery Biotherapeutics

Redwood City, CA
May 15, 2022
Required Education
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.

Position Summary:

Key role in aligning the strategic direction for biologics drug discovery in close collaboration with the Thematic Research Centers (TRCs). This position will work in close collaboration with senior leaders across the global Research and Early Development organization to discover and deliver a first-in-class and best-in-class Biotherapeutics pipeline.
Must have a thorough understanding of all the requirements and processes needed to advance programs through discovery and into development from target selection/validation to lead ID to lead optimization, through safety assessment, into clinical development, and ultimately toward registration. A demonstrated track record of leading research groups that have moved molecules into the clinic is essential.

Role and Responsibility:

  • Leads integrated Team engaged in de novo binder discovery and optimization using fundamentally enabling technologies based on both internal and external capabilities and technologies

  • Provides scientific perspective and leadership to discovery efforts. A primary focus and experience in either Oncology, Immuno-oncology and/or Immunology therapeutic areas is preferred.

  • Builds and delivers a sustainable flow of Development Candidates for clinical development consistent with agreed strategies.

  • Represents the company both internally and externally with both the scientific and business communities.

  • Actively seeks product and/or technology alliances with appropriate academic, government, and industry partners.

  • Ability to attract, retain, and develop a world-class biotherapeutics discovery research team and building a culture of innovation that cultivates teamwork and optimizes performance.


  • Ph.D. in scientific discipline with at least 10 years of relevant pharmaceutical/biotechnology experience

  • Deep scientific knowledge and technical skills in de novo binder generation, antibody/protein engineering, protein expression, characterization, and analysis. Experience with optimizing the structure and function of Antibody Drug Conjugates is a big plus.

  • Actively maintains current awareness and high scientific profile in areas of expertise

  • Excellent managerial and leadership skills and interest in developing talent

  • Strong interpersonal capabilities and ability to build networks and collaborations internally and externally

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.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

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