Global Program Head - Oncology

Highly Competitive
  1. Permanent
  2. Senior/Director & VP
  3. Switzerland
Posting date: 03 May 2019

A leading pharmaceutical company is seeking to recruit a Global Program Head - Oncology to join their office based in Geneva. The organisation specialises in developing injectable, sustained-release technology. The Global Program Head (GPH) will provide strategic leadership to a number (1-3) of global development programs within the company portfolio spanning preclinical through pivotal stages within the Oncology and Infectious Disease area. This is an exciting opportunity to work with this company and lead multiple project teams of cross-functional experts, including project managers.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Guiding innovation by providing drug development expertise and strategic leadership to the Programs and project teams, comprising all pre-clinical, clinical, technical, regulatory, operational, and commercial disciplines.
  • Defining the vision, overall development strategy, and operational implementation for the assigned Programs based on regulatory and market requirements to obtain drug approval and maximising the out-licensing value of the Programs.
  • Anticipating internal and external drivers of changes to strategy, and responding by making rapid, well-judged adjustments to the Programs roadmap.
  • Identifying potential issues and risks; developing, aligning, and implementing mitigation plans in a transparent and timely manner.
  • Driving proactive scenario planning and risk-taking paths across the project teams.
  • Developing team effectiveness and leading high performing project teams to achieve superior results.
  • Identifying, resolving, and escalating resource issues.
  • Setting goals, actively coaching, and contributing to the performance appraisal of the project team members in close partnership with the line-functions.
  • Overseeing the execution of the Program strategy across all functions and sub-teams.
  • Driving project operations in close partnership with the Project Managers.
  • Communicating the strategy to the global project teams and functions and ensuring that the agreed strategy is reflected in the operational activities.
  • Driving and steering the implementation of the Program strategy in close collaboration with the relevant functions within agreed timelines, budgets, and resources.
  • Defining and implementing clear measurable goals for program execution.
  • With the support of the Project Managers, proposing and overseeing the management of internal and external budgets related to the programs.
  • Ensuring adherence to quality and compliance.
  • Representing the Programs internally and externally with objective advocacy of their potential and transparent disclosure of their risks.
  • Securing internal alignment on vision and strategy with governance bodies, board members, and across functions.
  • Developing and maintaining external communication strategy around the Programs targeting different stakeholders such as patients and potential out-licensing partners.
  • Shaping the external environment to strengthen the company position related to the Program by developing strong evidence and trust based relationships with key stakeholders (regulators, KOLs, patient groups, scientific societies).

Skills and Requirements:

  • PhD in life science (or MBA with equivalent experience in life science); Medical Doctoral degree preferred.
  • At least 8 years of drug development experience with proven track record in leading multi-function drug development teams.
  • Extensive global drug development experience within Oncology (small molecules, biologics, cell-based therapy, and cancer immunotherapies), including setting project vision and strategy and leading execution.
  • Experience in Infectious Diseases a plus.
  • Project management experience, mastery of risk management, and deep understanding of the requirements for successful commercialization of a new drug.
  • Proven track record of R&D team leadership and management.
  • Integrated strategic thinker across drug development functions with ability to scope and challenge their plans and deliverables.
  • Successful track record of taking a pharmaceutical product to POC and /or registration.
  • Understanding of the drug development continuum from pre-POC to post-POC and commercialization.
  • Understanding of multiple drug development disciplines (e.g. translational medicine, regulatory, pre-clinical pharmacology, CMC, clinical development and operations, market access, marketing, business development, project management).
  • Solid expertise in critically interpreting scientific and commercial data and in translating interdisciplinary project information into action plans.
  • Experience in interactions with global Health Authorities and in dossier submission for new indications.
  • Proven ability to manage, mentor and coach experts from different functions.
  • Ability to communicate seamlessly with scientific and business stakeholders, to negotiate timelines, resources and to foster effective collaboration to deliver results.
  • Solid business acumen and competitive landscape understanding in the relevant therapy area.

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