Associate Director, IT Business Partner, Nonclinical Research & Development

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Associate Director, IT Business Partnering, Nonclinical Research & Development (NCRD) is accountable for the effective delivery of IT capabilities and services supporting multiple NCRD teams across a diverse geography at BMS. This is a senior role partnering with the heads of several teams comprising the NCRD organization, defining a comprehensive digital strategy and accountable for delivery of digital capabilities to meet specific strategic needs.

Provides domain leadership
  • Owns the IT strategy: Drives the development of realistic and actionable multi-year strategic digital capability roadmaps, informed and prioritized by both business and IT in an enterprise context. Prioritizes the portfolio appropriately and is accountable for the overall portfolio budget management.
  • Develops compelling business cases: Leads the prioritization and development of strong and clear business cases for digital capability investments in support of the roadmap and aligned with the platform strategy. Defines, measures, & achieves business outcomes for highest value digital capabilities.
  • Brings an external view: Actively maintains awareness of external drivers in the business domain and relevant technology trends, and brings new ideas.
  • Knows what value looks like: Understands where BMS should be competitively differentiated through technology, translates business needs into specific business requirements, sees realistic opportunities for IT to add more value, and balances this with a pragmatic understanding of “fitness for purpose”.


Provides strategic leadership
  • Builds strong partnerships with senior leaders in Nonclinical Research & Development: Is viewed by senior business leaders as an effective partner who plans and delivers digital capabilities, safeguards their digital assets and supports their strategic goals.
  • Recognized as a thought leader and trusted advisor: Influences the strategic thinking of senior business leaders, and helps business leaders to include future digital capabilities into their planning.
  • Owns the relationship: Has effective working relationships with all relevant business leaders, is deeply involved with key business activities and forums, is responsible for building and managing effective business partnership at all levels during project execution, and takes full accountability for delivering the value proposition of IT.
  • Drives change: Ensures effective planning, execution and communication of business change management to support digital capability investments, including business process changes to achieve maximum value from investments. Accountable for ensuring an effective change management plan is in place for their initiatives.


Leverages the matrix to drive portfolio execution
  • Demonstrates Matrix leadership by ensuring that all IT functions are successful in their delivery of services to Nonclinical Research & Development.
  • Empowers delivery teams: Understands IT business partner accountabilities throughout the portfolio lifecycle, and builds empowered and trusting partnerships with IT delivery team members at all levels.
  • Constructively advocates for value: Ensures delivery teams understand how to make the right trade-offs between speed, quality and cost. Connects the business stakeholders with the broader IT services. Ensures value is being captured from the entire lifecycle of the investment (from launch through retirement).
  • Shows good judgement in communication: Communicates successes and issues accurately, urgently, and to the right audience, and takes accountability for ensuring effective management of expectations with business leaders.
  • Boldly acts with urgency: Shows courage, tenacity and respect to provoke uncomfortable conversations in order to remove roadblocks to value delivery.


Desired Experience:
  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in a relevant life science or technical domain.
  • Relevant experience capturing and critically analyzing complex business requirements in a relevant life sciences domain, preferably as applied to one or more of the following domains:
    • Preclinical optimization of pharmaceutical, safety & ADME profiles
    • Nonclinical Safety Evaluation
    • Veterinary Sciences
  • Experience building compelling, actionable strategic plans; developing clear and compelling IT business cases; and driving alignment between senior IT and business stakeholders within a complex matrix.
  • Proven experience delivering digital capabilities in a GLP environment.
  • Track record of delivering high-value digital capability projects within timelines and budget.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creative thinking and application of innovative technologies within a relevant scientific domain.
  • Strong collaboration, communication and presentation skills.
  • Working knowledge of Agile methodologies applied to SDLC and IT services.


Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

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