Early development Project Leader
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
vor 2 Tg.


Debiopharm is an independent biopharmaceutical company based in Switzerland with an ongoing commitment to research in oncology and infectious diseases in order to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

Our main activities include drug development, drug manufacturing and digital health investment. Debiopharm International SA aims to develop innovative therapies that target high unmet medical needs.

Our unique development only business model allows us to act as a bridge between disruptive discovery products and patient access in international markets.

We first identify high-potential compounds for in-licensing, clinically demonstrate their safety and efficacy and then select large pharmaceutical commercialization partners to maximize patient access globally.

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To strengthen our Early Development Team based at our Headquarters in Lausanne, we are looking for a

Early development Project Leader

The Early development Project Leader designs, drives and implements the overall early drug development project strategy in close collaboration with R&D functional experts and commercial leaders to deliver state of the art clinical development candidates through Target Product Profile (TPP) aligned with the Target Molecular Profile (TMP).

This includes the Budget and Resources planning and indirect people management of your project teams.

Your responsibilities will be but not limited to :

  • Accountable for the key deliverables of the drug early development and pre-clinical project and lead a multidisciplinary team
  • Lead generation and update of early target product profile and drives development of the program strategy and its integrated program plan;
  • you adapt the strategy and engage the project team in on-going reviews of the TMP and TPP considering new data, project constraints, risks and opportunities, with the aim of maximizing the compound potential value

  • Lead project team in development of strategic documents and phase transitions in collaboration with development and Commercial leaders
  • Prepare and present project progress reports to the "Early Project Review Committee (EPRC)
  • Negotiate resource requirements with the functional heads and the EPRC to secure appropriate funding and staffing for project execution
  • Drive team objective setting prioritization and tracking according to the approved development plan and budget and ensure resources are used according to plan
  • Accountable for quality and accuracy of program plans and budget forecasts as well as realistic planning ensuring cross-functional alignment
  • Identify project risks and prepare mitigation and contingency plans in collaboration with project team members; identify and leverage project development opportunities
  • Foster project team and company commitment to the project to maximize chances of success & maintain regular communication on project progress
  • Help and coach each PT member to achieve their objectives and fulfill their mission
  • May participate or lead ad hoc cross-functional sub-teams to address and resolve issues; may manage external partnerships / collaborations
  • Organize program team meetings and provides operational leadership to the team
  • Requirements

  • PhD in Medicinal Chemistry or Biology combined with at least 7 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery & Pre-clinical development area , working in cross-functional multinational research or / and in drug development teams in Oncology
  • Good Knowledge of Regulatory Affairs and Business acumen in Oncology area
  • Proven track record as R&D project leader, including budget management, planning and in aligning team member with defined target & innovative operations approaches to achieving project goals
  • Role model inclusive, proactive and agile results-driven leadership style in a dynamic environment, you are used to mentor more junior cross-members joining your projects
  • Facilitator, team-player and open-minded, you collaborate with the several department involved to take feedbacks and build solutions
  • Your strong scientific knowledge makes you a reference point in the Early Development projects
  • Strong communication and relationship management skills as well as the ability to influence and align stakeholders at all levels in English
  • Good level of French (written and spoken) is an asset
  • Pragmatic and willing to drive and support change, supporting a culture of continual improvement and innovation, you promote knowledge sharing
  • Benefits

  • Possibility to work from home with weekly visit in the office (Lausanne)
  • The opportunity to join a successful company, at the forefront of the most advanced scientific developments in the industry and be exposed to many areas within clinical development and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • The possibility to be in a company in which innovation, people and entrepreneurship are the fundamentals of its success.
  • The use of external staffing agencies or recruiters requires prior approval from our Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department at Debiopharm requests external staffing agencies or recruiters not to contact Debiopharm employees or members of the Board of Directors directly in an attempt to present candidates.

    Submission of unsolicited resumes in advance of an agreement between the Human Resources Department and the external staffing agency or recruiter does not create any implied obligation on the part of Debiopharm.

    Debiopharm will not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates themselves for either current or future positions.

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