Project Team Leader

Switzerland, Basel-City, Basel

de fr es ru tr it pt zh ja

The Company

At Roche, we believe it is urgent to deliver medical solutions now – even as we develop innovations for the future. We are passionate about improving the lives of patients with brain diseases, and strive for ambitious ideas, innovative approaches and urgent action. Our belief is that our success as a company will come from developing therapies for patients in need, which is why we come to work every single day. We commit ourselves to scientific rigor, unassailable ethics, and access to medical innovations for all. We do this today to build a better tomorrow.

Within Roche’s Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED), Neuroscience & Rare Diseases represents a major focus area where we are committed to realizing our long-term vision of changing lives of patients with severe brain disorders. Our preclinical research and early clinical development activities center around large and rare indications within the four major pillars of neurodevelopmental disorders, movement disorders, dementias, and multiple sclerosis. With unparalleled strengths across diverse disciplines, Roche is uniquely positioned to lead in transforming science to medicines for patients with disorders of the nervous system.

To achieve our goals, Roche pRED Neuroscience & Rare Diseases is currently undergoing a major and exciting recruitment effort for a large number of new positions including a Project Team Leader within the Department of Portfolio Development. All positions are based in Basel, Switzerland.

The Position

The Project Team Leader acts as the CEO of a project or projects, assuming full accountability for the delivery of assigned project(s) (strategy & budget), maximising its value for pRED and Roche within the programme strategic context as agreed with the Early Strategic Portfolio Committee. In addition, the Project Team Leader represents the best interests of the project and Roche by providing high quality strategic leadership to early global cross-functional disease area project teams within pRED. 

To that end, the Project Team Leader defines, leads, motivates, challenges and organizes the global project team collectively and individually to define and execute a cutting-edge project strategy in accordance with its goals and budget. The position is leading the project team in defining a clear vision, strategy, objectives and overarching plan, ensuring the incorporation of options according to the principles of time, cost and risk and addresses technical, regulatory, business and operational needs. Last, the Project Team Leader ensures high standards of performance of the team and its individual members and provides critical, cross-functional input into disease area (and pRED ) strategy.

Key responsibilities

Team Leadership (Project Team)

  • Specifically accountable for the identification, prioritization and facilitation of all key decisions associated with assigned projects at the project team level

  • Accountable for ensuring that all team members and functions are aligned behind the objectives of the team and inspires team to achieve challenging goals

  • Coaches/mentors the project team members in achieving project deliverables 

  • 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

  • Provides input to team member performance, including sub-teams 

  • Leads team to ensure scenario development including alternative development options (cost, time, risk/benefit) for strategic decision-making

  • Effectively manages and deploys budget and resources to efficiently move the project forward.

  • Ensures effective, clear decision-making within the team

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

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

Strategy and execution

  • Sets clear direction for the global early development strategy from CCS to POC, assuring deliverables are met for project transition to lifecycle. 

  • Views the project in the broader portfolio context and provides strategic options with the team for management consideration.

  • Trouble-shooting responsibility resolves critical issues that impact the project

  • 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

  • Challenges the team and organisation to ensure that the best possible performance and molecule outcome is achieved.

  • Mobilizes Roche global network to support the project through regions, sites, functional and local management

  • Enables a seamless transition to Late Development by ensuring top quality input into the development strategy from colleagues outside pRED, including clinical development, commercial, regulatory and safety colleagues

Communication, deliverables and key interfaces

  • Leads team to create and document an integrated early research and development project plan

  • Owns the target product profile for the asset.

  • Presents plans to the relevant decision boards (e.g. DTAPC, ESPC), obtains approval and implements them with excellence according to decisions and escalates should issues not be resolved at team level

  • Manages and communicates financial and strategic value to appropriate decision body

  • Communicates critical data and project team recommendations and decisions to key committees (e.g. DTAPC, ESPC, DSC)

  • Secure agreement on transition plan for life cycle transition of project in direct collaboration with DTA, discovery and pRED heads, stakeholders outside pRED, and governance committees.

  • 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 between project teams in co-development collaborations and assumes responsibility for successfully building high performing joint teams

Qualifications

  • PhD, MD, PharmD or equivalent experience

  • Proven experience as successful, decisive leader in strategic multi-functional environment 

  • Experience of challenging senior management in relation to science, data and resources 

  • Very strong influence management skills; able to impact decisions positively in a matrix environment

  • At least 8-10 years in the pharmaceutical industry with a broad cross-functional experience in the pharmaceutical industry, especially at early stages 

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

Are you ready to apply? We are looking for a person who thinks beyond the job offered - someone who knows that this position can be a rare springboard to many other opportunities at Roche.

Roche embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building teams that represent a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

If you still have questions then please check our FAQs and videos on careers.roche.ch/faq.

Roche is an equal opportunity employer.

Roche is an equal opportunity employer.

Research & Development, Research & Development > Portfolio Management