Senior Director, Business Development, Search & Evaluation, Oncology

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision - transforming patients’ lives through science.In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease - and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry - each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

The Search & Evaluation (S&E) candidate will possess strong scientific expertise in the life sciences and biopharmaceutical industry and business development experience in the Oncology therapeutic area or adjacent therapeutic areas.

The candidate will have the ability to think holistically and long-term across a broad spectrum of industry trends and issues in Oncology as well as adjacent diseases and platform approaches and to communicate long term business objectives and priorities through external partnerships with Oncology focused companies. A deep understanding of the drug discovery, development, and regulatory processes is required, as the candidate will lead both scouting activities and evaluation/diligence of novel therapeutic opportunities for both licensing and M&A, while supporting transactional activities.

Within BMS, the candidate is required to have strong interpersonal skills and work with multiple internal stakeholders to drive and support highly visible and time-sensitive business development projects. Furthermore, the candidate will be able to partner with the Transactions team to develop and deliver scientific, clinical, technical and commercial assessments and evaluations in the Oncology field to the relevant BMS governance bodies.

Key activities
  • Lead S&E efforts for BD opportunities in Oncology.
  • Demonstrate leadership and scientific rigor while collaborating closely with internal BD, Enterprise Strategy, R&D and Commercial stakeholders and potential external partners and other sources of opportunities.
  • Conductinitial assessment of select inboundOncologyopportunities;lead scientific and clinicaldue diligence with cross functional teams.
  • Perform proactive external outreachinOncologyto identify and initially qualify partnering or acquisition opportunities fitting BMS BD priorities.
  • Ability to multi-task in balancing large book of work while ensuring consistent attention and prioritization of most critical and visible projects.
  • Facilitate formulation of Oncology therapeutic area strategy (e.g., focus indications, target MOAs, potential partners, etc.) while driving the execution of external business development elements.
  • Partner with the Transactions and cross-functional teams to deliver assessments of technical/commercial risks and team recommendations of external opportunitiesfor BMS governance endorsement, integratinghigh-level stakeholder input and senior management review.
  • Collaborate with Transaction BD colleagues and support agreement negotiation and contracting as needed.
  • Lead or support the Diligence Team:
    • Facilitate diligence planning
    • Lead diligence interactions with external parties
    • Prepare high quality deliverables for diligence findings and recommendations
    • Coordinate with Therapeutic Area leads, Thematic Research Center heads, and BD operations team to ensure quality of all diligence output including governance meeting readouts
  • Lead and participate in BD external partnering events (JPM, BIO, BIO EU, BMS Partnering Days, etc.) and technical / scientific meetings, support the preparation of materials such as presentations, FAQ and related documents.
  • Manage and coach direct reports as applicable.


Experience Desired
  • MD, PhD, PharmD, or other advanced degree in the biomedical field required.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience within thebiopharmaceutical industry or related biotech/healthcare practice (e.g., consulting, investment banking, venture capital) and minimum of 3 yearsofrelevant business experience in S&E function.
  • Strong analytical, communication, and leadership skills.
  • A proven record of leading discovery, development, or business development projects.
  • Deep scientific knowledge in the Oncology therapeutic area with understanding of the preclinical drug discovery and clinical development and approval process.
  • Proven ability to efficiently lead multiple projects in a matrixed environment with a high degree of independence.
  • Consistently delivers on commitments in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate ideas and lead others to accomplish challenging goals and objectives.
  • Experience working with both internal and external multidisciplinary teams/customers.
  • Can-do attitude and ability to work in a highly matrixed and dynamic business environment including ability to interact and communicate to senior level executives.
  • Deep scientific curiosity and commitment to advancing therapeutic innovation that provides better options for patients


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.

Our company is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an approval of accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, or any part of the recruitment process direct your inquiries to adastaffingsupport@bms.com. Visit careers.bms.com/eeo-accessibility to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

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