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Director, Early Clinical Development (MD) – Hematology & Cell Therapy
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Bristol-Myers Squibb is Hiring a Director, Early Clinical Development (MD) – Hematology & Cell Therapy Near Summit, NJ

Working with Us
Challenging. Meaningful. Life-changing. Those aren’t words that are usually associated with a job. But working at Bristol Myers Squibb is anything but usual. Here, uniquely interesting work happens every day, in every department. From optimizing a production line to the latest breakthroughs in cell therapy, this is work that transforms the lives of patients, and the careers of those who do it. You’ll get the chance to grow and thrive through opportunities uncommon in scale and scope, alongside high-achieving teams rich in diversity. Take your career farther than you thought possible.

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. Read more:

The Early Clinical Development (ECDHOCT) team at BMS is responsible for hematology, oncology and cell therapy pipeline assets and sits at the interface between discovery and translational science and clinical drug development. Composed of physician-scientists and clinical-scientists, this group oversees the early development of both internal and partnered assets covering all platforms of therapies, including small molecules, traditional and complex biologics and next gen cell therapies. Therapeutic areas span the full range of hematologic and solid tumor indications as well as select autoimmune disorders in the cell therapy portfolio. The ECD-HOCT team interacts hand-in-glove with discovery and translational scientists, project leadership, late development and commercial colleagues to optimize biomarker, patient enrichment, dosing and combination strategies to enable faster and more effective drug development informed by core scientific principles and data.

Functional Area Description

The Early Clinical Development - HOCT function is part of a global organization dedicated to the effective design and execution of early drug development. Early Clinical Development drives clinical development strategy, design, execution, and interpretation of clinical trials. 

Position Summary / Objective

  • Serves as a primary source of medical accountability and oversight for multiple clinical trials

  • Manages Phase I/II studies, with demonstrated decision making capabilities

  • Provides medical and scientific expertise to cross-functional BMS colleagues

  • Maintains matrix management responsibilities across internal and external networks

Position Responsibilities

Medical Monitoring

  • Independent medical monitor for clinical trials from Phase 1 through Proof-of-Concept by

    • Articulating clinical development strategy 

    • Analyzing, interpreting, and acting on Clinical Trial data to support development, and 

    • Serving as principal functional author for Regulatory submission, study reports, and publications

  • Provides oversight and medical accountability for multiple trials across early development clinical lifecycle

  • Manages site interactions in partnership with the Clinical Scientist (CS) for medical questions and education (including safety management guidelines)

  • Assesses key safety-related serious adverse events in partnership with Worldwide Patient Safety and oversees safety narratives

  • Contributes to and is a key member of a high performing Study Delivery Team (SDT) and may be a member of the Development Team

  • Collaborates with CS and provides input into protocols, contributing medical strategic oversight in protocol development (input on inclusion/exclusion and other safety-related clinical considerations)

  • Fulfills GCP and compliance obligations for clinical conduct and maintains all required training 

    • Acts as a focal point for defining and establishing relationships with key global Phase I Centers

    • Works on multiple trials across early development clinical lifecycle.

Clinical Development Expertise & Strategy

  • Designs and develops clinical studies and research plans in support of asset strategy with the Early Clinical Development Leadership team; Clinical studies include first-in-human Phase I, proof of concept Phase I/II, entry registrational studies, and/or clinical pharmacology studies

  • Liaises with Clinical Scientists, Translational & Discovery Scientists and Development Teams to define dose and schedule, indications, and patient selection (e.g., biomarker qualification and implementation)

  • Leads the analysis of benefit/risk for clinical development protocols in a matrix team environment working with Clinical Scientists 

  • Partners with CS to support executional delivery of studies (e.g., site activation, enrollment status, as well as adjudication for protocol violations, significant, non-significant deviations etc.)

  • Maintains a strong medical/scientific reputation within the disease area; has in-depth knowledge of etiology, natural history, diagnosis, and treatment of the disorder

  • Keeps up to date in the disease area by attending scientific conferences and ongoing review of the literature 

  • Keeps abreast of development and regulatory issues related to other competitive or relevant compounds in development and how our portfolio fits into the competitive landscape

  • Provides ongoing medical education in partnership with CS to allow for protocol-specific training, supporting the study team, investigators, and others

  • Ad-Hoc involvement in various departmental initiatives (e.g., committees, sub-teams etc.) 

  • Presents and/or articulates clinical strategy to senior leadership and to support progression of portfolio

Health Authority Interactions

  • Contributes to key Health Authority interactions and advisory board meetings as Early Clinical Development Physician; serves as Primary Clinical Representative in Regulatory interactions for early development projects 

  • Authors/drafts clinical content for CSRs, regulatory reports, briefing books and submission documents to support closure, clinical narratives, reporting and filling of the study in partnership with Clinical Scientists

External Partnerships, Alliances, and Publications

  • Sits on team responsible for establishing key alliances with academic centers, co-operative groups, vendors and government agencies

  • Represents department in business development due diligence and partner alliance management with oversight

  • Acts as a focal point for defining and establishing relationships with key global Phase 1 Centers

  • Track record or recognized for contributions to field (e.g., publications, patents, keynote participation in conferences etc.) 

Degree Requirements

  • Advanced degree(s) in relevant field: MD, MD/PhD (or x-US equivalent) and clinical expertise in a therapeutic area (e.g., attending level or international equivalent) 

  • Subspecialty fellowship training in applicable therapeutic area preferred

Experience Requirements

  • 5 years of relevant experience in discovery, translational and/or clinical research in academic or industry setting including education where applicable

  • Clinical trial leadership experience (e.g., study director, translational or biomarker scientist etc.) within pharmaceutical industry preferred OR 

  • Significant independent clinical/laboratory/translational research experience in academic/pharmaceutical setting preferred including demonstrable achievement in experimental design, interpretation and exposition

Key Competency Requirements

  • Ability to communicate and present information clearly in scientific and clinical settings

  • Expertise in the scientific method to test hypotheses, including statistical design, analysis, and interpretation

  • Knowledge of drug development process

  • Knowledge of the components needed to execute an effective clinical plan and protocols

  • Strong leadership skills with proven ability to lead and work effectively in a team environment

For CA and WA based candidates, the starting compensation for this job is a range from $280,000 - $305,000, plus incentive cashand stock opportunities (based on eligibility). 

The starting pay rate takes into account characteristics of the job, such as required skills and where the job is performed. 

Final, individual compensation will be decided based on demonstrated experience. 

Eligibility for specific benefits listed on our careers site may vary based on the job and location. For more on benefits, please visit our BMS Career Site

Benefit offerings are subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans then in effect and may include the following: Medical, pharmacy, dental and vision care. Wellbeing support such as the BMS Living Life Better program and employee assistance programs (EAP). Financial well-being resources and a 401(K). Financial protection benefits such as short- and long-term disability, life insurance, supplemental health insurance, business travel protection and survivor support. Work-life programs include paid national holidays and optional holidays, Global Shutdown days between Christmas and New Year’s holiday, up to 120 hours of paid vacation, up to two (2) paid days to volunteer, sick time off, and summer hours flexibility. Parental, caregiver, bereavement, and military leave. Family care services such as adoption and surrogacy reimbursement, fertility/infertility benefits, support for traveling mothers, and child, elder and pet care resources. Other perks like tuition reimbursement and a recognition program.


If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesn’t perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.

Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers
With a single vision as inspiring as “Transforming patients’ lives through science™ ”, every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

On-site Protocol
Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is a necessary job function of this role, which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and it enhances the Company culture.

BMS is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace accommodations/adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request a reasonable workplace accommodation/adjustment prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodations/adjustments in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, direct your inquiries to

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BMS cares about your well-being and the well-being of our staff, customers, patients, and communities. As a result, the Company strongly recommends that all employees be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and keep up to date with Covid-19 boosters.

BMS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, pursuant to applicable laws in your area.

Any data processed in connection with role applications will be treated in accordance with applicable data privacy policies and regulations.

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$138k-171k (estimate)









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