Bayer Program Management Leader, Oncology in Whippany, New Jersey

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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life.

At Bayer you have the opportunity to be part of a culture where we value the passion of our employees to innovate and give them the power to change.

Program Management Leader, Oncology

Your tasks and responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of this role, Program Management Leader, are to:

  • Be responsible for elaboration of program strategy, along with the Global Development Leader (GDL) and other Global Program Team (GPT) Core Team members, serving as a highly-experienced strategic and tactical “thought partner” to the GDL and Core Team;

  • Lead key meetings, work streams, and/or sub teams to meet strategic and tactical goals of the program and act as Deputy for the GDL, as necessary;

  • Participate in key external meetings in support of the project, unless otherwise agreed with GDL;

  • Be responsible for effective and efficient working of the GPT by:

  • Drive Core GPT and GPT meeting content and facilitate decision-making and communicating action;

  • Partnering with GDL to adapt Core GPT involvement as needed, depending on critical topics and issues being addressed;

  • Serve as key contact for program-level technical and strategic information and communications, within the team and outside the team;

  • Ensure sufficient and timely flow of information and communication within the GPTs on a global level;

  • Build relationships in and outside of the Global Program Teams to enhance effective communication;

  • Seek process and communication improvement and actively obtain feedback from GPT members and key stakeholders;

  • Be accountable for establishing integrated, cross-functional, multi-year program plans which deliver against the Target Product Profile;

  • Implement and track plans against agreed timelines and budget;

  • Establish, track and adjust optimized multi-year development plan for a highly complex complete program comprising of various projects from Proof of Concept (PoC) to launch;

  • Elaborate timeline and/or budget-optimized development scenarios and align activities in close interaction with global development functions accordingly;

  • Define and plan development milestones including, but not limited to, getting decisions and Go/No Go decision points;

  • Drive timely development of GPT goals annually, managing goals at the team level, and communicate changes within the portfolio construct (i.e. Oncology Development Committee (ODC) Program Goals and PROMIS);

  • Partner with key functions and senior management to plan for, and drive, event-driven work streams (e.g. data readout communications, submission planning, new project proposals);

  • Establish and track program budget;

  • Under the accountability of the GDL, he/she is responsible for the quality of the forecasting and management of the external budget in order to achieve budget targets and is responsible for presenting budget at Latest Estimate (LE) meetings;

  • Alert GDL/Program Team, relevant functional controllers and Management of budget changes and proposes corrective actions;

  • Ensure accurate, up-to-date development inputs (timelines, costs, risk) for portfolio-level processes such as Holistic Portfolio Review, Forecast (FC) and LE;

  • Drive and steer the implementation of the program strategy by ensuring resource and budget availability in close alignment with the Research & Development (R&D) functions;

  • Identify and anticipate issues, e.g. related to budget, project milestones and leads mitigation and resolution efforts as required for defined sub-program issues;

  • Be responsible for preparing, updating and adjusting the holistic program risk/opportunity profile and mitigation plans;

  • Conduct or contribute to periodic and systematic program reviews (e.g. Program Strategy meetings, Program Risk Management meetings, Lessons Learned or Cross-Program budget reviews) in order to improve the efficiency of drug development as well as to strive for earlier identification of critical success factors and to facilitate portfolio analysis, risk-management and decision-making;

  • Document program progress and status;

  • Ensure consistency, correctness and completeness of information of the various programs/projects within a program in the different reporting systems, including PROMIS, which can be relied upon as the source of valid project information for internal and external communications and planning purposes;

  • Where applicable, manage routine communications with co-development partners for licensed-in products;

  • In the case of a complex and/or very broad development program where a Program Manager (PM) is appointed to work with the Program Management Leader (PML) and GDL, one or more of the PML responsibilities will be delegated by the PML to the PM.

Who you are

Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values. More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:

Required Qualifications:

  • The incumbent must possess at least a B.S. or B.A. degree in one of the basic sciences or a business discipline;

  • At least 10 years’ of relevant professional and academic experience with at least 5 years’ of pharmaceutical industry experience;

  • In addition to English, fluency in the language of the work location.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Oncology Experience;

  • Experience in some of the key project related functions (Research, Product Development, Regulatory Affairs, Production, Quality Assurance or Marketing);

  • Individuals with an applicable advanced degree, due to the high level of technical and professional maturity required to function effectively in a pharmaceutical team leadership role where many complex plans need to be created, monitored and tracked over multi-year development programs.


Your application

Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the "Passion to Innovate" and the "Power to Change", we encourage you to apply now. Job postings will remain open for a minimum of ten business days and are subject to immediate closure thereafter without additional notice. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.

Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans

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