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Senior Director, Attribute Sciences- Cell Therapy

Bristol Myers Squibb Company
Warren, NJ
Start date
May 9, 2024

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Science/R&D, Biotherapeutics
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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Challenging. Meaningful. Life-changing. Those aren't words that are usually associated with a job. But working at Bristol Myers Squibb is anything but usual. Here, uniquely interesting work happens every day, in every department. From optimizing a production line to the latest breakthroughs in cell therapy, this is work that transforms the lives of patients, and the careers of those who do it. You'll get the chance to grow and thrive through opportunities uncommon in scale and scope, alongside high-achieving teams rich in diversity. Take your career farther than you thought possible.

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. Read more: .

At Bristol Myers Squibb we are reimagining the future of cell therapy. With our bold ambition, backed by a best-in-the-industry team and long-term commitment, we are leading the way to unlock the full promise of cell therapy as we strive to put more patients on the path to a cure. If you are ready to challenge yourself, accelerate your career, and give new hope to patients, there's no better place than here at BMS with our Cell Therapy team.

Position Summary:

As the Head of the Cell Therapy Attribute Sciences group, the energetic and motivated Sr. Director will have overall responsibility for leading the development of scientific strategy that informs the design, execution, and interpretation of complex experiments/studies related to generation of new/enhanced knowledge regarding cellular immuno-oncology-based products, intermediates, starting materials, and viral vectors. This individual will leverage their deep understanding of drug development principles and technical development strategy to drive integration and application of attribute knowledge to inform the development of manufacturing processes and analytical tools within a CMC technical development function.

The dynamic leader will be tasked with independently driving the achievement of functional objectives in collaboration within matrix teams across the cell therapy organization spanning, research, clinical development, informatics/biostatistics and technical operations.

To achieve these objectives, the Attribute Sciences head will be expected to behave as a servant-leader that seeks to develop, grow, and empower a talented organization of composed of scientists at varying levels of experience, expertise, and potential.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Define overall strategy and drive the discovery and application of quality attributes to inform the integrated control strategy; Develop biological hypothesis driven studies to characterize cellular and viral attributes, and correlation to clinical outcomes.
  • Build cross-functional collaboration to develop complex characterization strategies relating to clinical and non-clinical product development.
  • Direct the development of robust, sensitive, and fit-for-purpose bioanalytical assays to characterize cell and vector products, intermediates and starting material.
  • Expand framework to enable/enhance utilization and value capture of data via informatics-based correlative studies supporting knowledge building across the technical development portfolio.
  • Contribute to various CMC objectives by providing biological and technical knowledge across program and platform strategies for product, process and analytical development.
  • Ensure the efficient organization of data, integrate concepts and share within, across teams with appropriate level of complexity/details based on audience.
  • Proactively support expansion of general knowledge within cell therapy development function and maintain awareness of competitive landscape in the cellular immuno-oncology space.
  • Actively drive the development, growth, career planning, and empowerment of individuals and teams through deliberate and thoughtful strategies and work to provide an optimal environment within which teams and individuals can flourish.
  • Reinforce safe workplace practices in accordance with company and OSHA policies/procedures.
Qualifications & Experience:
  • Ph.D. in Immunology, Cell/Molecular Biology, Biomedical Engineering or related discipline with demonstrated track/record of experience leading teams to achieve objectives in industrial and/or academic settings (>15years for Ph.D);
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead functional and matrix teams towards achieving objectives and deliverables on time with high quality
  • Strong desire to work within a team structure and to develop, mentor and coach team members leading to their operational, success, engagement, growth, and development is required.
  • Ability to perform technical, strategic, and operational tasks independently and lead complex and cross-functional activities within and across functions.
  • Ability/willingness to identify and surface both risk and opportunity
  • Extensive experience in mammalian cell culture techniques, including isolation of immune cell subsets, maintenance and expansion of primary cells and cell lines is required
  • Advanced knowledge of techniques in immunology, cell biology and molecular biology is required. Experience with FACS, immunofluorescence-based assays, ELISA, PCR, cytokine and chemokine detection, cell-based bioassays is critical
  • Experience with analytical method development for a variety of cell-based bioassays, binding assays and/or residual impurities assays is preferred
  • Motivation and drive to acquire new skills and knowledge is desired
  • Willingness to work in a regulated industrial environment.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and oral communication skills
The starting compensation for this job is a range from $209,000-$262,000 (if based in Seattle, WA), plus incentive cash and stock opportunities (based on eligibility).

The starting pay rate takes into account characteristics of the job, such as required skills and where the job is performed.

Final, individual compensation will be decided based on demonstrated experience. Eligibility for specific benefits listed on our careers site may vary based on the job and location. For more on benefits, please visit our BMS
Career Site.

Benefit offerings are subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans then in effect and may include the following: Medical, pharmacy, dental and vision care. Wellbeing support such as the BMS Living Life Better program and employee assistance programs (EAP). Financial well-being resources and a 401(K). Financial protection benefits such as short- and long-term disability, life insurance, supplemental health insurance, business travel protection and survivor support. Work-life programs include paid national holidays and optional holidays, Global Shutdown days between Christmas and New Year's holiday, up to 120 hours of paid vacation, up to two (2) paid days to volunteer, sick time off, and summer hours flexibility. Parental, caregiver, bereavement, and military leave. Family care services such as adoption and surrogacy reimbursement, fertility/infertility benefits, support for traveling mothers, and child, elder and pet care resources. Other perks like tuition reimbursement and a recognition program.

If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesn't perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.

Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers
With a single vision as inspiring as Transforming patients' lives through science , every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

On-site Protocol

BMS has a diverse occupancy structure that determines where an employee is required to conduct their work. This structure includes site-essential, site-by-design, field-based and remote-by-design jobs. The occupancy type that you are assigned is determined by the nature and responsibilities of your role:

Site-essential roles require 100% of shifts onsite at your assigned facility. Site-by-design roles may be eligible for a hybrid work model with at least 50% onsite at your assigned facility. For these roles, onsite presence is considered an essential job function and is critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, and a positive Company culture. For field-based and remote-by-design roles the ability to physically travel to visit customers, patients or business partners and to attend meetings on behalf of BMS as directed is an essential job function.

BMS is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace accommodations/adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request a reasonable workplace accommodation/adjustment prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodations/adjustments in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, direct your inquiries to . Visit eeo -accessibility to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

BMS cares about your well-being and the well-being of our staff, customers, patients, and communities. As a result, the Company strongly recommends that all employees be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and keep up to date with Covid-19 boosters.

BMS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, pursuant to applicable laws in your area.

Any data processed in connection with role applications will be treated in accordance with applicable data privacy policies and regulations.


Bristol Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we believe in the power of science to address some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our focus on these unmet needs comes during a remarkable time, when unprecedented scientific breakthroughs are advancing the treatment of disease as never before in human history.

We work every day to transform patients’ lives through science. Each day, our employees around the world work together for patients – they are at the center of everything we do. They inspire us. They are the reason we come to work each day.

We combine the agility of a biotech with the reach and resources of an established pharmaceutical company to create a global leading biopharma company powered by talented individuals who drive scientific innovation.

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