Integrated Scientific Operations - Translational Program Manager (Immuno-Oncology and Cell Therapy)

Redwood City, CA
May 15, 2022
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
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: Integrated Scientific Operations - Translational Program Manager (Immuno-Oncology and Cell Therapy)

Location: Seattle, WA (flexible with location)

Position Summary

We are searching for a Program Manager to support Translational Research Leaders in the Immuno-Oncology and Cell Therapy (IOCT) Thematic Research Center (TRC) to enable the effective & efficient execution of our translational development plans. The Program Manager would support the development and management of integrated program timelines for biomarker activities within Cell Therapy clinical studies from Phase 1 through life cycle management.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage the integrated program timeline of translational activities to support the execution of the translational plan for defined portfolio of assets in the IOCT TRC, including but not limited to translational vendor strategy & selection, assay development/validation, clinical contracting, data transfer, and internal and external collaborations

  • Provide strong collaboration, coordination, and communication skills to support cross-functional interactions and prioritization of activities to meet demands across Translational Development team in line with program priorities (i.e., other translational teams, assay teams, outsourcing representatives, vendors, biospecimen leads, data management, biostatistics, operations leads and specialty testing labs, as relevant for the program and assays)

  • Establish, manage, and maintain cross-functional relationships in coordination with BMS biomarker leads, supporting teams, and relevant stakeholders/technical experts. This includes conducting meetings, organizing agendas, preparing meeting minutes, and following up on action items. Meetings may include translational sub-teams, vendor meetings, other internal meetings with translational focus or components

  • Identify, track, and monitor project risks, confirming mitigation and contingency plans are in place for identified risks to reduce the risk of failure and support success of the project. Escalate risks and deficiencies as required

  • Responsible for ensuring timely delivery of project goals from various types of technologies, such as genomics, flow cytometry, LC/MS, ligand binding assays, IHC and pathology, including end-to-end oversight from project initiation through data delivery, analysis, and report documentation related to clinical assay readiness

  • Establish and maintain a book of work for relevant assets, creating visibility and maintaining transparency into translational activities to key stakeholders that contribute to the overall translational plan for a defined portfolio of assets using effective visualization tools (e.g., Smartsheet, PowerPoint, Office Timeline Pro)

  • Contracting monitoring for assay development/validation to ensure execution and delivery, including partnership with vendor management, alliance management, finance, global procurement and outsourcing management as appropriate to drive from initial draft contract through issuing of purchase orders

  • Coordinate review with biomarker lead and appropriate stakeholders of documents from vendors (e.g., contracts, contract amendments, validation plans, reports, data transfer agreements) and storage of appropriate final documents in relevant SharePoint sites and/or repositories

  • Facilitate publication planning and ensure data delivery for internal/external presentations and publications

  • Inform senior leadership of key activities and create periodic progress reports summarizing project status, risks, and required actions and associated timelines

  • Responsible for the continuous evolution and measurement of processes and tools to drive efficiency and enhance business value. Seek opportunities to leverage and extend processes and tools to drive improved engagement and project oversight. Develop and implement agile, creative solutions to solve business challenges within the line organization, across the company, and in partnership with external collaborators

Qualifications & Experience

  • B.S., M.S. in a scientific discipline; PMP or equivalent experience is desirable

  • 5+ years pharmaceutical, or related, industry experience in a variety of operational/scientific roles in a highly matrixed environment

  • Experience with clinical Cell Therapy research & development, particularly Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)-T cell therapies

  • Strong communicator experienced with influencing and interacting at all levels including with senior scientific, operational, or external thought leaders to drive connectivity and efficiency of collaborative research

  • Works with a sense of urgency and experience managing multiple projects, building structure from ambiguity, and helping teams to develop priorities

  • Experience designing and leading complex projects comprised of virtual team members of diverse styles, driving to successful outcomes with and without direct management responsibilities

  • Skilled listener with ability to manage complex internal – up, across, and down the hierarchy - and external relationships through constructive conflict management; experience with third party governance oversight desirable

  • Knowledge of biomarker assay development/validation for various types of technologies, such as genomics, flow cytometry, LC/MS, ligand binding assays, IHC and pathology

  • Experience with vendor management

  • Experience with various project management tools (e.g., Smartsheet, SharePoint Microsoft Project, Office Timeline Pro)

  • Shapes strategic approaches to scientific delivery, utilizing sophisticated negotiation and scenario planning

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.

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