Head* of Research and Development (R&D) China

Open for hire at one of the following locations –  Shanghai. - Job ID: 7253 


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Head* of Research and Development (R&D) China 


We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to join our team as a SVP / VP Research and Development (R&D) China. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our R&D strategy and operations in China, including managing local teams, ensuring compliance with local regulations, and driving successful clinical development programs.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Build, manage and lead local teams (e.g. clinical research and operation teams), providing guidance and support as needed in alignment with BioNTech values. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including but not limited to BioNTech partnered companies, regulatory agencies, academic and research institutions. 
  • Help drive clinical development programs by identifying new collaborations, opportunities and developing innovative solutions. Monitor and analyze trends and competition within China, and adjust strategies as needed to maintain a competitive edge.
  • Assist in oversight of CRO partners and vendors in China (compliance, management plans and budget). 
  • Develop and drive strategy for execution of Phase I to III clinical trials for multiple oncology indications in China; provide input and contribute to global development strategy for BioNTech´s pipeline assets and define go-to-market strategy for China for BioNTech programs.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive R&D strategy for China in collaboration with global development organization. 
  • Develop and manage budgets and financial plans, ensuring that resources are allocated effectively.
  • Ensure compliance with all local laws and regulations, including those related to safety, health, and the environment.



  • MD, PhD or PharmD in medical or similar field, at least 15 years of experience in biopharmaceutical development roles and at least 10 years of experience in R&D leadership roles, preferably in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry.
  • Experience in oncology developments,  additional specific experience with biologic drugs and/or advanced therapies is preferred. Successful track record of direct contribution to global drug development and approvals for China market and beyond.
  • Excellent knowledge of CFDA good understanding of and global regulatory frameworks, GCPs, ICH guidelines for all phases of Clinical Development.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships with stakeholders at all levels and regions.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.


Benefits for you

BioNTech is committed to the wellbeing of our team members and offers a variety of benefits in support of our diverse employee base. We offer competitive remuneration packages which is determined by the specific role, location of employment and also the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

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Note: The availability, eligibility and design of the listed benefits may vary depending on the location. The final requirements for the individual use of our benefits are based on the company's internal policies and applicable law.


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*BioNTech does not tolerate discrimination, favoritism, or harassment based on gender, political opinion, religion or belief, nationality, ethnic or social origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, physical appearance, health status or any other aspect of personal status. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Most important – it’s a match!