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Senior Business Manager

South San Francisco, California

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The Position

Senior Business Manager, Development Sciences, Genentech Research & Early Development (gRED)

Job Description

The Business Management group’s vision is to provide the most efficient and strategic business solutions for Development Sciences (DevSci). 

The Senior Business Manager will contribute to the success of DevSci by leading/managing strategic planning activities and providing business management support to key scientific functions, managing essential cross-functional projects, as well as taking ongoing responsibility for certain key business processes.

The Business Management group ensures effective management of a wide range of projects and processes, for ~500 scientists and managers, in such areas as:

  • Partnering with functional area heads (VP/Director-level) to enable them to meet functional goals and improve operational capabilities
  • Being a thought-partner and advisor to DevSci leaders on business, organizational, and operational strategies and solutions
  • Planning and implementing functional and cross-functional initiatives and deliverables
  • Leading or managing DevSci initiative teams to ensure that deliverables are achieved timely and with a standard of excellence
  • Identifying and potentially leading cross-functional business transformation and process improvement projects
  • Owning and/or supporting various DevSci programs that contribute to Great Place to Work and innovation

The Senior Business Manager will be involved in multiple teams and support one or more functions simultaneously, as well as contributing as an individual on less complex efforts.

Successful factors for the Senior Business Manager include:

  • Partnering with scientific functional leaders in driving business initiatives within the functions
  • Balancing the needs of multiple competing priorities, with internal customers from several departments
  • Providing project management expertise to cross-functional teams, including goal setting, planning, facilitation, conflict resolution and team building
  • Independently managing and influencing multiple stakeholders simultaneously in a matrix organization
  • Facilitating resolution of issues relating to projects, priorities and team dynamics
  • Demonstrating creativity, independence, and initiative in resolving issues
  • Understanding the strategic, big picture priorities while managing the detailed execution of deliverables


Minimum requirements:

  • 5 years experience in applying and communicating project management principles and processes
  • Prior experience working in a scientific/technical environment, preferably biotech
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Able to effectively partner with senior leaders in scientific/technical organizations
  • Strong record of managing multiple stakeholders, and a desire to deliver service excellence
  • High degree of flexibility, adapting to the organization’s priorities
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, and team facilitation skills to collaborate with key stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively function with limited direction
  • Results oriented yet with a tolerance for ambiguity and change
  • Able to prioritize team activities and influence strategy
  • Advanced competence in use of software programs (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Google Suite)
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Minimum BS degree in scientific/technical field plus project management experience


  • MS in a relevant scientific subject, and MBA
  • 10+ years work experience, with 5+ years in biotech or pharmaceutical industry
  • Prior role in consulting or client based environment
  • Familiarity of informatics and data management
  • Experience in a position where it was necessary to manage through influence
  • Experience in working with scientific or highly technical clients
  • Knowledge of and experience with change management practices
  • Knowledge of Genentech or Roche culture, systems and organization

Who We Are

Genentech, a member of the Roche group and founder of the biotechnology industry, is dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. To solve the world's most complex health challenges, we ask bigger questions that challenge our industry and the boundaries of science to transform society. Our transformational discoveries include the first targeted antibody for cancer and the first medicine for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. We believe that by championing diversity of background, thought and experience, we can foster a sense of belonging and provide an environment where every employee feels valued, included, and able to contribute their best for the patients we serve. We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing and advancing our people to their full potential by rewarding bold ways of thinking and integrating inclusive behaviors into every aspect of our work.

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