Chief of Staff Cancer Enterprise in Bernards, NJ at DSI

Date Posted: 6/26/2018

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About Daiichi Sankyo Cancer Enterprise

The mission of Daiichi Sankyo Cancer Enterprise is to leverage our world-class, innovative science and push beyond traditional thinking to create meaningful treatments for patients with cancer. We are dedicated to transforming science into value for patients, and this sense of obligation informs everything we do. Anchored by three pillars including our investigational Antibody Drug Conjugate Franchise, Acute Myeloid Leukemia Franchise and Breakthrough Science, we aim to deliver seven distinct new molecular entities over eight years during 2018 to 2025. Our powerful research engines include two laboratories for biologic/immuno-oncology and small molecules in Japan, and Plexxikon Inc., our small molecule structure-guided R&D center in Berkeley, CA.

Job Summary

The purpose of the Chief of Staff to Global Head of Oncology R&D is to support the Global Head of Oncology R&D in transforming Daiichi Sankyo Cancer Enterprise to a leading oncology organization that changes the lives of patients. The Chief of Staff plays a central role in helping to support the Head of Oncology R&D, drive strategy, and in the management and facilitation of key oncology programs and initiatives. The Chief of Staff will have direct accountability for administrative deliverables, will interact regularly with senior leadership and will play a role to integrate the CE globally.


Build a thorough understanding of all core business functions of the organization and apply that knowledge to effectively manage strategic and tactical initiatives according to CE vision; Support the Head of Oncology R&D through programs and initiatives that will shape and drive Cancer Enterprise strategy including franchise strategy, operating model and external relations with key stakeholders

Proactive identification of issues that could impact the successful execution of business objectives; Elevate issues about which the Global Head of Oncology R&D should be aware and frame/position ideas to resolve the problem/mitigate the risk; Accountability for day-to-day business operations as decided by Head of Oncology R&D

Work with Cancer Enterprise office and stakeholders to ensure seamless operation and exemplary decision-making performance of Daiichi Sankyo governance bodies as relevant to Cancer Enterprise (e.g., CESP, GEMRAD, GDLT). Ensure preparation for meetings and coordination and facilitation across bodies

Deliver routine, concise updates on project statuses and next steps to thoroughly prepare Global Head of Oncology R&D for upcoming discussions, commitments, and meetings; Act as representative for DS Head of Oncology R&D in appropriate meetings to gather information, provide input and facilitate efficient decision making

Coordinate Cancer Enterprise leadership and stakeholders globally (e.g., in Japan) to ensure effective communication, effective decision making and consensus building where required

Manage CEO/President’s affairs and communications with business partners and management team on critical initiatives so they receive needed responses, guidance, and decisions; Prepare presentation documents, speaker notes and memos for meetings, conferences and other venues

Prepare communications on behalf of Head of Oncology R&D for stakeholders of all levels both internally (e.g., Cancer Enterprise monthly newsletter) and externally (e.g., coordination with KOLs)

In conjunction with finance and Project Management support Head of Oncology R&D in management of budget, capacity, resources and preparation of associated reports


  • Evidence of high performance at all levels of education
  • BA or BS degree required
  • Advanced degree preferred
  • Experience
Business experience (alternatives):
  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline or related field required with 10 plus years of prior experience in project management, preferably within the biotech/pharmaceutical industry and consulting within a prominent management consulting firm.
  • 2+ years as chief of staff to a senior pharmaceutical or healthcare industry or management consulting firm executive with evidence of success highly desired
  • 2+ years in suitable preparatory role at a recognized pharmaceutical company or management consulting firm with evidence of high performance and drive for success
  • Pharma and oncology experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of pharmaceutical industry
  • Demonstrated understanding of oncology markets, innovation landscape and key relevant trends (incl. healthcare broadly)
Other experience
Prior Evidence of integrating Research, Development, and Commercial activities
  • Meaningful experience in a multi-national business environment required
  • Successfully supporting an executive’s day to day AND strategic needs
  • Professional experience helping / representing patients highly valued
Competencies (Optional)
  • Leadership:
    • Highly motivated to deliver on goals for oncology business
    • Independence and initiative to drive and deliver programs autonomously when needed
    • Ability to lead and direct others without direct authority; generate momentum around shared objectives as needed
Problem Solving:
  • Must be able to dimensionalize problems and execute appropriate analyses when needed (e.g., financial analysis)
  • Must demonstrate ability to navigate complex organizations, align stakeholders and deliver strategies that attract support of all stakeholders without undue compromise
Interpersonal Skills:
  • Ability to work closely with senior executive for extended period, and develop strong relationship
  • Highly collaborative with an ability to work with / influence cross-functional teams and senior leadership
  • Maturity to represent Head of Oncology R&D and Daiichi Sankyo externally as required
  • A good listener, tuned-in to cultural differences, able to manage conflict and facilitate consensus
  • Understanding of the pharmaceutical business in particular research and development (especially oncology) but also commercialization, medical affairs, regulatory affairs, and differences among countries
  • Patient focus highly valued
  • Focus on, and evidence of delivery, highly valued
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.