Global Program Head

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology

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The Global Program Head (GPH) is authorized and responsible to globally lead the drug development program on behalf of R&D. The main responsibility of a GPH is to ensure success of a development program comprising one or more development projects within a highly competitive and rapidly changing market environment. The incumbent is accountable for defining, planning and executing the overall development strategy for her/his program. He/she is ensuring optimal positioning in relevant markets by regulatory approval, market access and optimized commercial value. The GPH represents the program internally and externally.


The primary responsibilities of this role, Global Program Head, are to:

1. Designs and propose an integrated program strategy based on regulatory and commercial/consumer requirements/needs:

Develops the Target Opportunity Profile (TOP) and Target Product Profile (TPP) with the GPT and proposes updates of the TPP as required;
Defines and plans development milestones including but not limited to getting decisions and Go/No Go decision points;
Ensures agreement on the program development strategies with Commercial, Regions and R&D Management through empowered corresponding GPT members;
Proposes alternative development scenarios with respect to risk, benefit, budget, and timelines for Senior Management decision;
Holds GPT members accountable for committed timelines and budgets;
Involves additional internal or, in agreement with R&D functions, external experts when needed, to obtain second opinions or advice;
Conducts or contributes to periodic and systematic program reviews (e.g. project/portfolio reviews, program strategy meetings, program risk management meetings, lessons learned or cross-program budget reviews) in order to improve efficiency of drug development as well as to early identify critical success factors and to facilitate portfolio analysis, risk management and decision making;
Ensures timely, transparent and objective communication about program status and issues between GPT and Management;
Represents the GPT to the appropriate decision bodies;

2. Is accountable for delivering programs on time, in (external) budget and required quality:

Drives and steers the implementation of the program strategy by ensuring resource and budget availability in close alignment with the R&D functions;
Proactively develops proposals to manage/mitigate/resolve risks for a program;
Holds GPT members responsible for committed timelines and budgets.

3. Manages performance of the GPT and its members for achieving team and personal objectives of the program:

Sets challenging individual program-related objectives for and together with the team members to be considered in team member’s objective setting process and assesses team members performance to be able to provide input to the yearly performance evaluation and talent management potential evaluation;
Maintains motivation within the team: Fosters ‘trust and transparency’ within the team in order to optimize team functioning, and facilitate the surfacing of issues;
For program-related activities, provides regular feedback to team members concerning their contribution to the team performance to target objectives;
Actively seeks feedback from team members on his/her performance, and on how the team interactions/decisions/meetings can be improved.


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

Required Qualifications:


 PhD or MD or another advanced academic degree preferred (must possess at least a B.S. or B.A. in one of the basic sciences or a business discipline).

Competencies & Experience:

A minimum of 7+ years in developing compounds in the relevant therapeutic area required (experience through Early and Late development phases preferred) and leading one or more agents to a regulatory approval would be beneficial.
Experience in some of the key project related functions (Research, Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs, Production, Quality Assurance, Marketing) is required.
Strong aptitude to set a vision for an organization, develop multi-disciplinary strategies and mobilize cross functional employees to achieve their objectives.
Team leadership experience is highly desirable. Ability to attract, develop and retain talent.
Excellent networking abilities with internal and external stakeholders. Track record of interactions with FDA & EMA is beneficial.
Incumbent must embrace change and should possess the ability to effectively work in an international and multicultural environment.
Decisive and well developed practical judgment.
Good emotional skills and personal insights.

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