Early Development Team Leader

Essential Functions

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in effectively leading drug development teams as well as a strong scientific and/or clinical background in oncology.


  • Develop the overall program vision including scientific, clinical, and pre-commercial strategies and plans through registration and commercialization
  • Lead the strategic planning, decision-making, and risk assessment processes to deliver quality outcomes
  • Ensures rigorous scientific debate and robust data quality through effectively gathering team, subject matter, and cross functional feedback
  • Possess a basic understanding of all functions represented on the team in order to ask probing questions and assess risk
  • Ensure cross-functional alignment within the project team and with corporate/Management Team strategy, proactively communicate throughout all phases of program strategy and execution
  • Hold team accountable for deliverables and timelines within agreed upon budget; instill appropriate sense of urgency
  • Hold decision rights and advance program to its next agreed upon milestones through data-driven decisions
  • Work creatively to find solutions to problems and overcome obstacles
  • Manage all aspects of program timelines and deliverables, anticipate risks and proactively communicate potential impacts and mitigation plans to the Management Team
  • Incorporate external information (e.g. from scientific meetings, competitive intelligence) into program planning, adjusting plans as necessary to meet corporate objectives.
  • Ability to manage multiple complex programs at the same time, in a rapidly changing environment, while ensuring high transparency
  • Represent the program to executive stakeholders including the Board of Directors

Education & Experience Requirements

  • M.D. or PhD. Experience in small and large pharma
    •12+ years’ industry experience, with deep experience managing nonclinical and clinical in pharmaceutical or biotech company
    • Experience of drug development in oncology required
    • Strong knowledge and understanding of regulatory requirements for product approval
    • Aware of changing trends in pharmaceutical drug development, and experience in applying new approaches
    • Extensive team leadership in a matrix and virtual environment
    • Experience with drugs at all stages of Clinical Development and presenting data to regulatory agencies/Advisory Committees.
    • Experience as an effective mentor. Line management experience highly preferred.
    • Strong publication record and experience with external Scientific Advisory Boards preferred.

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to work cooperatively within a cross-functional, partially virtual team setting, is critical
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication skills
  • Effectively lead a cross-functional team in a virtual and/or matrix organizational structure.
  • High-level analytical skills, especially with regard to understanding and interpreting scientific research and literature are essential.
  • Ability to identify, analyze and adjust work procedures for maximum efficiency and be able to meet tight deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of effective development strategies in oncology and a broad understanding of clinical product development in the pharmaceutical industry.


New Haven, CT

Please send CV and cover letter to: careers@arvinas.com.