Project Team Leader - Virology
Roche - Nutley, NJ

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Who we are

At Roche, 80,000 people across 150 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we’ve become one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity, and on seeing each other’s differences as an advantage. To innovate healthcare, Roche has ambitious plans to keep learning and growing – and is seeking people who have the same goals for themselves. The Position

Job Purpose:
To provide high quality leadership to global cross-functional early development teams focused on a defined disease therapeutic area (DTA)

To execute a tailored cutting-edge product development strategy from CCS to readiness for phase III clinical development, based on top quality input from a cross-functional team and aligned with the disease area Leadership Team

To ensure that the overall vision strategy for the project incorporates strategic options according to the principles of time, cost and risk and addresses technical, regulatory, business and operational needs

To enable a seamless transition into later stages of development by ensuring top quality input into the early product development strategy from all areas involved.

To ensure high standards of performance of the team and its individual members.

Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
Team Leadership

Leads, motivates and organizes the team to define and execute a cutting-edge project strategy in accordance with its goals and budget

Sets clear direction for the global product development strategy from CCS to clinical development, assuring deliverables are met for project transition to lifecycle

Ensures the optimal blend of team members so that the team is functional from an expertise and interpersonal perspective.

Ensures that all team members and functions are aligned behind the objectives of the team.

Attracts talented individuals within the organization and on the project

Sets challenging team goals and ensures that best practices are used to attain these goals

Motivates and inspires team to achieve challenging goals

Creates a positive team environment that instills trust and ensures clear transparent communications and gets the team behind the overall goal/vision for the project

Instills sense of urgency and a strong can-do attitude in team members

Challenges the team and organization to ensure that the best possible performance is achieved.

Provides input to team member performance, including sub-teams

Leads team to develop scenarios including alternative development options (cost, time, risk/benefit) for strategic decision making.

Builds on others in their area of expertise

Ensures effective, clear decision making within the team

Leads co-development projects – balancing the needs of Roche and partners in collaborations

Encourages creative or unconventional ideas and ensures that these are exploited by the team, as appropriate

Challenges team members and status quo constructively to lead delivery of ambitious milestones

Leads team to create and document an integrated early research and development project plan and secures agreement on transition plan for life cycle transition of project

Presents development options, strategies and recommendations to the disease area Leadership Team for endorsement at key decision points to allow fact based, transparent and informed decision making

Serves as the interface between the DTA and partner functions on project-related issues; builds effective cross-functional working relationships

Serves as the primary contact with partners in co-development collaborations

Resource and Budget Management:
Interacts with functions to ensure that appropriate resources are allocated at the appropriate time and aligned with agreed plan

Works with functions to identify gaps and to find collaborative solutions

Resolves inter-project resource conflicts to avoid resource bottlenecks

Takes accountability for project budget and milestones

Risk Management:
Leads the team to identify and manage key risks to the project.

Leads the team to develop and implement innovative and feasible de-risking strategies
Who you are

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies, and where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

PhD, MD, Pharm D or equivalent experience.

Broad cross-functional experience in the pharmaceutical industry, especially at early stages

Experience, Skills, Knowledge:
Demonstrated leadership skills in managing multidisciplinary teams in a global, matrix environment

Demonstrated track record of executing a cutting-edge product development strategy

Excellent communication skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Strategic, visionary skills

Broad knowledge of drug discovery and development principles

Demonstrated influence management skills; able to impact decisions positively in a matrix environment

Ability to resolve conflicts and adapt to change

In depth knowledge of the Virology disease area, with a preference in HBV

At least 8-10 years in the pharmaceutical industry

Demonstration of successful movement in the organization towards positions of greater impact and responsibility

Demonstrated record of progressing compounds in a results-oriented manner

In depth knowledge of drug development, especially early stage

Demonstrated knowledge of the scientific, technical, regulatory and business requirements for successful development projects.

Familiar with budget preparation/analysis and basic project management

Other (e.g. Travel):
Roche is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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