Executive Director, Program Leadership, Oncology

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

Major tasks and responsibilities include:
  • Works closely with cross-functional leaders to develop comprehensive product development and lifecycle management plans.
  • Develops and implements product development and lifecycle management plans.
  • Develops vision and strategy for the asset and a plan to achieve potential.
  • Identifies and manages critical path activities and resources.
  • Identifies and manages interdependencies and hand-offs.
  • Identifies and proactively mitigates roadblocks.
  • Identifies and documents risks, likelihoods, severities, and key mitigations.
  • Leads contingency planning.
  • Directs programs through corporate governance to ensure that:
    • Projects have adequate resources and technical expertise to meet strategic objectives.
    • Issues are raised, discussed, and resolved in a timely manner.
    • Project teams receive management decisions in a timely manner.
    • Programs adhere to agreed-upon scope, timelines, resources, and budget.
  • Is accountable for clear and timely communication about the program throughout the enterprise.
  • Works with other team leaders to ensure sub-teams and PST are working in alignment.
  • Presents project updates, strategic issues, options, and recommendations to the Portfolio Committee.
  • Is responsible for contributing to the development of cross-functional team members. Freely shares expertise and helps identify opportunities for team members to grow as leaders.
  • Drives the development of drug candidates into therapeutics that can be filed, approved by regulatory agencies, manufactured, and successfully commercialized.
  • Defines the disease area strategy for discovery and early development.
  • Drives close alignment among research, development, and commercial groups.
  • Effectively communicates concepts to both internal and external stakeholders.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline is required. An advanced or professional degree is highly desirable.
  • Must have at least ten years of bio-pharmaceutical industry experience with at least eight years of relevant work experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of the overall drug development process relevant to biotech/pharmaceutical companies.
  • Must have Oncology breast experience and late-stage drug development/commercialization experience.
  • Requires strong leadership skills from leading cross-functional teams in a matrix organization.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with clinical scientists, biologists, and manufacturing experts.
  • Must have a high degree of organizational awareness and understanding of change management and leading innovation.
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.

Fairway Consulting Group is included in Hunt Scanlon’s list of Top 50 Healthcare & Life Sciences Search Firms and Forbes' list of Top 200 Best Executive Recruiting Firms.
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