Senior Director* R&D Program Management - Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio Lead

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Senior Director* R&D Program Management - Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio Lead  


We broaden the universe of patients, improving the success rate and exploiting the full potential of the immune system.
Through your innovation, passion and unity with your colleagues you can become a pioneer in our Global R&D Program Management team, at the heart of aligning all functions to bring our science to survival.


In the function as Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio Lead within the Research & Development Program Management team you will lead a team of individual Project and Program Managers and oversee the research and clinical development programs of our Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio. The Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio Lead is part of the R&D Program Management Leadership Team and will be instrumental in building a best-in-class Project and Program Management team to deliver on BioNTech´s commitment to bring our science to survival. 


Your main responsibilities are:

  • Ensure global oversight and integration of multiple research & translational projects and development programs within the Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio including streamlining of daily operations, prioritization, risk/opportunity management and issue resolution
  • Integrate Drug Portfolio strategy and operational execution across corresponding projects and programs to ensure delivery of Drug Portfolio goals incl. strategic and operational guidance to responsible Program Managers and teams within the Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio
  • Proactively identify and escalate portfolio-wide opportunities and risks which require overarching pipeline- or organization-level action
  • Partner with Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio Leads in other functions to ensure progression of all projects and programs in the Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio by efficiently managing cross-functional/organizational relationships required to execute plans
  • Consolidate and share knowledge, best practices, and learnings across different platforms and program teams within the Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio and beyond
  • Build, mentor, develop, and retain talent and manage R&D Program Management team for the Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio incl. resource (personnel and budget) management, informed and risk-based decision-making, and prioritization
  • Partner, advise and support individual Project and Program Managers to prepare effectively for key strategic decision point discussions and senior leadership and governance interactions
  • Ensure Program Management deliverables within the Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio in relevant systems to enable accurate and effective decision-making in various processes e.g. budget, forecasting, long-term planning, strategic portfolio planning etc. 
  • Act as first point of contact and lead communications of Immunomodulators Drug Portfolio status at cross-functional forums 
  • Take a leading role in multidisciplinary organization-wide strategic and operational initiatives ensuring R&D Program Management and associated drug development departments´ forward integration to ensure achievement of BioNTech´s R&D portfolio goals
  • Act as change lead for continuous improvement and transformational initiatives. Champion and drive the use of processes


What you have to offer:

  • Advanced degree in natural/life sciences, medicine, or a comparable field
  • Demonstrated track record of extensive professional experience in managing teams in the translational and development stage setting in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry
  • Excellent expertise in the drug development process of pharmaceuticals
  • Profound therapeutic knowledge in the areas of immunology, immuno-oncology
  • Excellent, targeted communication skills 
  • Excellent, documented leadership skills including situational leadership
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence without authority, motivate with enthusiasm and develop productive working relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead global matrix teams, knowing how to work both at the strategic and operational level and when to delve deeper
  • Process-oriented and able to create and drive process while also recognizing when flexibility is needed
  • Proven track-record in implementing or supporting system/process improvements and change initiatives
  • Ability to pivot flexibly from strategy to operations and explain the interconnections to collaborators with a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines


Benefits for you:

BioNTech is committed to the wellbeing of our team members and offers a variety of benefits supporting our diverse employee base. We offer a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

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