Director/Senior Director, Project Mgmt Group Leader - Oncology in Bernards, NJ at DSI

Date Posted: 6/20/2018

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About Daiichi Sankyo Cancer Enterprise

The vision 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 Franchise, 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 Director/Sr. Director reports to the Executive Director, US Head GPM&L and is accountable for partnering with Global Team leaders as the Project Management lead on high complex, high impact drug development projects. This position is also responsible for developing PM talent and may also manage a team of PMs. This position will provide leadership to a therapeutic area (TA) and ensure effective PM resourcing to projects within their portfolio.

As a member of the GMP&L leadership team this position is also responsible for developing and executing departmental objectives as well as supporting the global R&D organization in identifying organizational process gaps, developing and implementing solutions to help improve or optimize organizational efficiency and decision making.


Project Responsibilities: Independently manage or lead strategy development on Global Project Teams (GPT) for high complexity, high impact drug development projects. Develops and maintains a high performing team. Manages the GPT in partnership with the Global Team Leader in driving strategy development and ensures the execution of the integrated product development plan.

Partners with the Clinical Team leader to lead the Clinical Sub-Team and to drive the development and delivery of the clinical development plan in alignment with the product development strategy.

Manages the team meetings including developing the agendas and documenting decisions and action items. Identifies organizational gaps and influences the project environment to address gaps that impact the program/project.

Manages the planning and use of program/project resources and works to secure adequate resourcing and budget alignment.

Maintains global integrated project plans, project timelines, risk management plans and communication plans. Resolves complex problems and manage difficult stakeholder situations. Can generate critical path analyses and support scenario planning.

Maintains project status in the project management information systems. Prepares scope change proposals and stage gate proposals for formal presentation to senior management. Substitutes, as needed, on behalf of the Global Team Leader to deliver the presentations.

Is comfortable working independently within a matrix environment and can coach, influence and mentor more junior PMs, team members and project team stakeholders.

Group Leader Responsibilities: Provide leadership to the GPM&L org as a member of the Leadership team through effective budget and resource management, setting annual goals and strategic direction. Develop GPM&L talent through assignments, performance management and establishing clear expectations.

Responsible for managing a group of Project Managers either working on the same project or on projects within the same therapeutic area.

As a TA lead, contributes to portfolio management in strategy development and execution by participating in the global TA strategy committees and through coaching PMs on project related issues, including reviewing their Monthly Project Summary Reports and governance presentations.

Identifies and implements PM best practices for the broader GPM&L organization. Ensures awareness of the Global Development Processes in collaboration with the Japan GPM&L team.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred (i.e., MS, MBA or PhD) in a scientific discipline with additional relevant experience. Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification and/or training in project management strongly preferred.
  • Director: Minimum 10 years experience; at least 5 years in a PM or related role in a biotech or pharmaceutical company.
  • Sr Director: Minimum of 10 years experience; 10+ years preferred in a Project Management or related role in a biotech or pharmaceutical company.
  • Oncology Therapeutic experience strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated success as a project manager/leader in planning and executing strategies for global drug development, commercialization and life cycle management. Proven track record as a leader/influencer. Direct people management experience.
Competencies (Optional)
  • Excellent communicator (written and oral) and ability to interface with all levels of management and departments within the company.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to build relationships across organizational boundaries and cultures.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Project, Planisware, and/or other project and portfolio planning and tracking software programs.
Compensation and seniority level/title will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Duties and responsibilities may vary based on the position level/title.

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.