Executive Director, Program Leader

Our client is a biotechnology company. They have asked us to assist them in a search for an Executive Director, Program Leader.

Major tasks and responsibilities include:
  • Collaborates with cross-functional leaders to develop comprehensive product development.
  • Partners with leaders to develop lifecycle management plans that optimize value, time, resources, risk, and alignment with business objectives.
  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams and works closely with Project Management.
  • Develops and implements product development and lifecycle management plans.
  • Develops the vision and strategy for the asset and a plan to achieve potential.
  • Identifies and manages critical path activities and resources.
  • Recognizes and oversees interdependencies and hand-offs.
  • Identifies and proactively mitigates roadblocks.
  • Identifies and documents risks, likelihoods, severities, and key mitigations.
  • Leads contingency plans.
  • Captures and communicates progress.
  • Escalates potential delays with proposed solutions.
  • Guides programs through corporate governance to warrant that projects have adequate resources and technical expertise to meet strategic goals.
  • Ensures that issues are raised, discussed, and resolved in a timely manner.
  • Guarantees that project teams receive management decisions in a timely manner.
  • Confirms that programs adhere to agreed-upon scope, timelines, resources, and budget.
  • Takes responsibility for clear and timely communication about the program throughout the enterprise.
  • Takes responsibility for facilitating team meetings and working with team leaders to ensure that everyone is working in alignment on strategic and operational topics.
  • Presents project updates, strategic issues, options, and recommendations to the Portfolio Committee.
  • Helps team members to grow by freely sharing expertise and helping to identify opportunities for members to grow as leaders.
  • Defines priorities and an approach to leveraging external opportunities in close collaboration with External Innovation, Business Development and academic experts.
  • Advocates on behalf of the company.
  • Conveys scientific/medical/clinical concepts to stakeholders in both written and oral communication.
We seek candidates with the following qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline is required.
  • An advanced or professional degree (e.g., PhD, MD, or MBA) is preferred.
  • Requires a minimum of 8+ years of relevant work experiences in the industry.
  • Must have strong leadership skills from leading cross-functional teams in a matrix organization.
  • Requires highly collaborative instincts and an ability to resolve team conflicts.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with experts of all levels within the organization is required.
  • Requires a high degree of organizational awareness and understanding of change management and leading innovation.
  • Requires drug development experience.
  • Must have knowledge of the overall drug development process relevant to biotech/ pharmaceutical companies.

If interested, please apply directly to this job posting. No calls please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.

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