Location: Japan - Tokyo
Job Type: Permanent
Salary: 9000000 - 14000000 JPY
Job Function: Clinical Development
Reference: JO-180322-150024
Industry: Life Sciences & Healthcare
Sub-Industry: Pharmaceuticals






Job Description

Program Lead, Japan is a Japan based position that reports to R&D Strategy & Operations Director

The role is responsible for:

– Maximizing the value of the portfolio by aligning local Program Development strategy & plans with regional and global program strategy

– Driving flexible, cross-functional execution of local program strategy through the Program Team

– Ensuring objectivity and process rigor in cross-functional decision making (Value, Cost, Risk)

– Providing leadership in managing the Commercialization process and applying best practice project management with accountability to Commercialization and R&D Compliance (CRDC)

– Leading cross-functional risk, issue identification, development of risk mitigation strategy and resolution; accountability for appropriate communication to VP, Japan R&D, Global Program Management Lead (GPML) & PM Regional JAPAC

– Ensuring communication of local, regional and global program information to local, regional and global stakeholders

– Establishing and monitoring of development plans and program budget

– Supporting as needed to navigate product candidates through internal governance and external regulatory portals

– Interactions and communication with external customers, key organizations, and institutions



– Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or a relevant field

– Advanced degree preferred (MSc / PhD / MBA) or strong demonstration of equivalent combination of relevant educational and professional training


– In depth industry knowledge/experience in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, or other Healthcare related field and understanding of the local market

– Specialist experience in a drug development Project Management role

– Experience in leading and managing cross-functional teams

– Familiar with financial principles related to program budgets

– International collaboration and experience of working with different cultures

– Solid scientific understanding

– Preferred: Global experience within all phases of drug development