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Sr. / Principal Business Manager

South San Francisco, California


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The Position

The Business Manager role supports the Clinical Sciences Leadership Team (LT) within the Early Clinical Development (ECD) organization, and serves as a strategic thought partner to help drive functional short-term and long-term business planning, strategy development and execution. This position reports to the Head of Business, Project and Process Management within the ECD Business Operations function.

Key accountabilities and responsibilities include:

  • Embraces an enterprise mindset and is able to connect functional activities to the broader organizational context. 

  • Adeptly balances providing space for innovation while creating appropriate boundaries in order to achieve objectives.  

  • Navigates the diversity of views and styles in a way that enhances the effectiveness of the team as a whole in delivering on goals.

  • Maintains a strong focus on people development and engagement. Facilitates planning and execution of activities that delivers on staff development and enhances engagement.

  • Serves as a thought partner for vision and goal setting.

  • Keeps LT meetings on track with focused agendas and objectives.

  • Takes minutes and tracks deliverables.

  • Supports business planning, such as budget review, resource forecasting, and goals review.

  • Supports staff focused functional activities such as offsite planning and recognition events.

  • Challenges LT in a way that enhances team perspective and impact.

  • Anticipates needs of the LT, and prompts actions and conversations that enhances team success.

  • Balances needs of function and needs of overall organization.

  • Problem solves by leveraging understanding of business and functional relationships to activate the right people and solutions.

  • Spends time connecting individuals and teams within the function, across functions and across organizations.

  • Understands and advises on functional priorities within the context of enabling larger organizational success.

  • Advises on new approaches to address organizational needs and complex challenges within ECD and the broader organization.

The right candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience applying core business planning and project management skills in a relevant setting. Experience in pharma/biotech, particularly in clinical development, is highly preferred.

  • Experience in managing organizational cross-functional initiatives and/or business operations programs.

  • Strong business management skills to include strategic planning, business process management and improvement, project management, team facilitation and event planning.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong presentation skills. Ability to develop and execute on change management and communication strategies.

  • Adept at fostering positive, transparent and productive relationships.

  • Adapts quickly to rapidly changing business demands.

  • Takes initiative to solve a wide range of difficult problems in creative ways.

  • Proven ability to challenge current business standards and processes, with a track record of proposing effective solutions to problems.

  • Broad business knowledge.

  • Business or project management coursework or additional supportive training is desirable (e.g. PMP, Six Sigma, Lean, Design Thinking, Agile methodology, etc.).

We appreciate all interest in this position. However, only candidates who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area will be considered. No relocation.

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