Program Team Lead, Drug Discovery IO

Our client is a biotechnology company focused on revolutionizing the world’s understanding of the cellular microenvironment and its importance to human biology and disease. They have asked us to assist them in their search for a Program Team Lead, Drug Discovery IO.

Major tasks and responsibilities include:
  • Leads cross-functional program teams, including representatives from biology, drug discovery/chemistry, nonclinical safety, DMPK and others to define the optimal drug development strategy.
  • Fosters strong relationships with team members and functional line managers and serves as key point person for program team members on project-related communications and issue identification and management.
  • Leverages input from all critical functions to create integrated strategic development plans that define goals, milestones, critical path, timeline, risks, assumptions, alternative scenarios, and budget.
  • Mobilizes and aligns the organization, including driving decision-making in governance settings, to execute the development strategy.
  • For partnered programs, serves as alliance manager to ensure strategic and operational alignment within the partnership.
  • Effectively communicates with and presents or reports to senior management on program strategy, operational plans, and progress.
We seek candidates with the following qualifications:
  • An advanced degree in a scientific discipline is desired (PhD, PharmD, or equivalent). An MBA is preferred.
  • Must have ten plus years of total industry experience, including at least five years providing overall leadership for drug discovery programs (target ID and validation, lead identification/optimization and Development Candidate nomination).
  • Significant experience in biopharmaceutical industry and strong understanding of all aspects of biopharmaceutical drug development, including clinical, nonclinical, regulatory, CMC, and commercial is required.
  • Must have an in-depth knowledge in oncology across different development stages (discovery/pre-clinical activities and Phase 1 through POC).
  • Requires strong leadership skills, including the demonstrated ability to lead a cross-functional team and to influence at all levels of an organization.
  • Experience in the application of traditional program management principles and practices is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and facilitation skills are required.
  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including an ability to combine attention to detail with a big picture perspective.
  • The ability to work independently and with the flexibility to handle workflow in a fast-paced environment is required.

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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