Bristol Myers Squibb Translational Team Leader in Princeton, New Jersey

We are seeking a candidate to manage and lead a team of TMTLs that oversees the development and execution of the translational plans for several assets including Nektar, clinical collaborations and H&N/GBM/emerging tumors. We are seeking a candidate who brings deep scientific experience, in depth knowledge of disease area, a clinical development perspective, and matrix management expertise to the role. This role will report to the Head of Precision Medicine.

Role Responsibilities

  • Manages a team of TMTLs

  • Responsible for strategic oversight of translational planning and communication with key stakeholders and senior management

  • Facilitates necessary governance reviews for strategy endorsement.

  • Ensures TMTLs manage input of all TM functions (including Biomarkers, PDx, Integrated Sciences, Program & Sample Management, Technologies, and Bioinformatics) in establishing the TM asset strategy

  • Responsible for developing and implementing TM aspects of clinical development plans.

  • Partners with clinical, biostatistics, and other development team members to develop and implement scientific strategies for biomarker and diagnostic development.

  • Partners with Medical Affairs and Commercial to develop Medical and Communication strategies.

  • Participates in strategic overview of presentations and publications along with Head Translational Medicine, Integrated Sciences, Pharmacodiagnostics (PDx)/Biomarkers.

  • Manages and integrates biomarker issues for resolution among a broad matrixed team; Integrated Sciences, Clinical Leads, Pharmacodiagnostics (PDx), Discovery, Translational biology or TS platform experts

  • Accountable to ensure well-crafted and focused biomarker hypothesis, experimental design, and execution and delivery of biomarker data

  • Provides leadership to prioritize biomarkers for pull through to Pharmacodiagnostics (PDx), and seamless efficient transition to PDx development and commercialization

  • Accountable for ensuring appropriate and focused resourcing requests are made with appropriate discipline

  • Provides the scientific input and review into the biomarker section of protocols and interfaces with TM Leadership Team and other key stakeholders to ensure aligned approach.

  • Ensures that TM team is focused on key issues and that individual asset strategies and plans are integrated with broader TM strategy (across assigned EADT/DTs)

  • According to scientific strengths, contributes to due diligence efforts relating to technologies, asset acquisition/licensing etc.


  • MD or PhD, or equivalent advanced biology degree

  • Experienced scientist with 12+ years’ experience in the drug discovery and development process.

  • Documented experience in oncology drug development (small molecule and biologic / immuno-oncology) in one or more major disease areas (e.g. melanoma, lung cancer, hematologic cancers, lymphoma, etc.)

  • Deep understanding of the role of translational research/medicine and clinical biomarkers in drug development. Pharmocodiagnostics experience highly desired but not required.

  • The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, confident, and collaborative scientist with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and show the ability to prioritize.

  • Demonstrated ability of working effectively to influence stakeholders in a highly dynamic matrix organization such as BMS.

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment where speed is paramount

  • Willing to work as a topic expert, outside of a traditional functional environment, in a team unified around serving the assets

  • Ability to recognize, articulate, and accept calculated risks to make informed decisions

  • Demonstrated experience in the appropriate application of various scientific technologies into translational research strategies

  • Working knowledge of all functional areas of drug development, including, biology, toxicology, clinical development, diagnostic development, etc.

  • Demonstrated scientific acumen and mechanistic understanding of disease biology.

  • Proven leadership experience and success with leading teams. Act as an inclusive leader.

  • Operates with independence, and possesses the confidence and fortitude to take principled positions.

  • Ability to work effectively in a matrix environment that includes interactions with multiple stakeholder groups; particularly demonstrated ability to work across the critical interfaces whether within RD or across the enterprise.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills along with the ability to influence, high level negotiation skills and the ability to resolve disagreements in a constructive manner.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.