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Program Manager, Oncology

Whippany, NJ, USA | Leading Pharmaceutical Company

  • Industry:
    Pharmaceutical / Biotech
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Project Management
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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Your tasks and responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of this role, Program Manager, Oncology, are to: 


Establish and adjust the multi-year development plan for a highly complex program comprising of various projects from initiation of preclinical development to launch;

Track plans against agreed scope, timelines and budget;

Define and document time-optimized and/or budget-optimized development scenarios and align activities in collaboration with global development functions;

Establish and track program budget against the budget plan and timelines;

Under the accountability of the team leader, the Program Manager (PM) is responsible for the quality of the forecasting and management of the external budget in order to achieve budget targets and is responsible for presenting budget at Latest Estimate (LE) meetings;

Notify team leader, team relevant functional controllers and Management of budget changes and proposes corrective actions;

Drive development of the annual program goals;

Manage goal progress at the team level, and maintain documentation by updating the systems, communicate changes within the organization;

Plan development milestones including, but not limited to governance decisions;

Identify and anticipate issues related to budget and project milestones;

Lead mitigation and resolution efforts as required for defined program issues;

Ensure appropriate documentation and reporting within PM systems and presentation to management;

Prepare, update and adjust the holistic program risk/opportunity profile and mitigation plans;

Conduct or contribute to periodic and systematic program reviews including accurate input and preparation of presentations (e.g. holistic portfolio review, program strategy meetings, program risk management meetings, portfolio budget reviews or lessons learned) in order to improve the efficiency of drug development as well as to strive for earlier identification of critical success factors and to facilitate portfolio analysis, risk-management and decision-making;

Ensure consistency, correctness and completeness of program information within different reporting systems, including PROMIS, ShareDoc and all reports and presentations to management;

Maintain program Sharepoints and ensure that critical program documents are stored in appropriate systems;

Prepare agenda and meeting notes for program team meeting;

Collaborate with key functions and senior management to plan for and drive work-streams (e.g. data readout communications, submission planning, new project proposals);

Lead defined program or departmental work-streams;

Manage routine communications with (co)-development partners for licensed-in products or single study agreements, including agendas, meeting notes and coordinating meeting logistics or collaboration Sharepoints;

Productively engage program team members for results within formal meetings and day to day interactions by motivating, delegating and collaborating;

Effectively engage and communicate with broader stakeholders for the program.

Who you are

Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values.More specifically related to this position, Leading Pharmaceutical Company seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:


Required Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree, and at least 6 years of relevant professional and academic experience with at least 3 years of pharmaceutical industry experience;

Technical and professional maturity, including the ability to effectively collaborate in a team setting, prepare complex plans, track program progress;

Demonstrated experience working in cross-functional program or project management with an understanding of business principles (especially in budget management);

Experience working in an area of expertise related pharmaceutical development (e.g. Research, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Development/Operations, Medical Affairs, Product supply, Marketing);

Experience working in multi-national and multi-disciplinary drug development teams;

Knowledge of the drug development process, regulatory and business requirements;

Fluency in English in both written and oral communication skills, including ability to analyze scientific and business information;

Ability to prepare presentations with complex plans for leadership meetings;

Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to effectively motivate, delegate, and collaborate in team settings and with external partners;

Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional efforts such as Global Program Team (GPT) sub-team activities or similar initiatives, including organizing and running effective meetings.

Preferred Qualifications:


Bachelor’s Degree in the natural sciences;

Advanced degree


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