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Director/Senior Director, Global Program Development Lead (GPL)

Summary of Position

Viela Bio is looking for a talented and highly motivated Director/Sr. Director, Global Program Development Lead (GPL). This person will be the program champion and lead a team of cross functional leaders that develop the strategy and plans for development projects. The GPL is the primary liaison between team/sub-teams and senior leadership and has overall accountability for the integrated strategy.

Key Responsibilities
  • Lead the GPT (Global Program Team) in the generation of a Target Product Profile and the cross-functional compound development and lifecycle strategy taking global considerations into account. 
  • Lead GPT in development of forward-looking integrated development plans that are aligned with program strategy and ensures assumptions and drivers are aligned with plans to inform financial planning.
  • Lead efforts in partnership with line functions to optimize value of the compound throughout its lifecycle.
  • Ensure potential risks are identified and contingency planning with a solution focused mindset.
  • Ensure cross functional partnerships and resources are leveraged effectively, and with accountability, to achieve program objectives.
  • Drive collaboration and transparency across all functions and challenge team members to be broad and inclusive in their strategy planning.
  • Resolve conflicts, provide and receive feedback to develop and maintain a high performing team and if necessary escalate team member performance related issues to functional management.
  • Ensure that team recommendations are brought to appropriate governance for management buy-in and decisions.
  • Ensure alignment of program strategy/plan/execution with management and corporate expectations & priorities.
  • Lead GPT in the development of scenarios and recommendations and present for decision making at various governance bodies.
  • Single point of contact on program for senior and functional management.
  • Ensures communication of rationale and context for decisions made to team.
  • Leads team in developing a comprehensive internal and external communication plan with team input for important program milestones, key data, etc.
  • Reviews and agrees to publication plan, reviews publication concepts, presentations and manuscripts.
  • Primary source for information as needed for external communications (press releases, investor related, etc.).
  • Reviews health authority related documents and ensures consistency with strategic objectives for the program.
  • Timely progress and execution against strategy and plans.
  • Timely and aligned input into drivers for portfolio planning and budget process.
Desired Skills & Experience
  • 8 — 12 years of pharma/biotech industry experience in drug development including experience in early phase non-clinical and/or clinical drug development and regulatory knowledge.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the science of the therapeutic area. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the development of project strategy and be accountable for project plans, timelines, progress, and outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and motivating teams in a matrix environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate excellent cross-functional collaborations.
  • Strong organizing and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels of an
  • Demonstrated success in influencing colleagues and leaders in various departments.
  • Must demonstrate high integrity.
Education & Minimal Requirement

College degree in a scientific, medical, or business discipline is required. A graduate degree such as M.D., Ph.D., or PharmD is highly desired and will make the candidate most competitive.

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