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Chief of Staff - BioPharma

  • United States
  • Second Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Chief of Staff (CoS), BioPharma is a key member of the Biopharma Leadership Team (LT). The CoS is responsible for overseeing and delivering business-critical strategic initiatives, process improvements and cross-functional integrations, and core business-unit management cycles as a thought partner and operational extension of the Chief Biopharma Business Officer (CBBO). The CoS collaborates across BioPharma and FMI and is responsible for improving current processes and coordinating organizational procedures to optimize communication, workflows, resource management, efficiency and productivity, streamlining high importance projects and conducting leadership level internal and external initiatives that have a very significant impact on the company’s business objectives.

Key Responsibilities

  • Add structure and process for better communication within BioPharma as well as across other stakeholder teams; ensure activities are running efficiently within and across teams.
  • When planning and executing on initiatives, ensure cross-functional cohesion, alignment, and engagement, synthesizing information and data across the organization.
  • Lead efforts to develop BioPharma culture, ensuring it remains a desirable place to work and to develop FMI talent; identify requisite actions for cultural enhancement.
  • Set the agendas for BioPharma Leadership Team (BPLT) meetings and other relevant forums, ensuring successful preparation and organization to drive efficient decision making.
  • Support BPLT in driving improvements in processes, ways of working, implementing agile frameworks and practices.
  • Support the CBBO and BPLT in preparing annual budget planning for the BioPharma organization, driving quarterly/monthly business reviews, managing the annual operating cycle, OKRs, and measuring progress against strategic initiatives.
  • Partner with CBBO and BPLT to identify, prioritize, and execute strategic and/or process initiatives that drive BioPharma to achieve OKRs and business priorities.
  • Build and develop relationships with employees on the BioPharma team and cross-functional stakeholders to ensure optimal efficiency and effectiveness in communication.
  • Move adeptly between functioning at a strategic, tactical, and operational level, overseeing projects that do not neatly fit within the organizational chart or that fall between departments or leadership areas of responsibility.
  • Drive business priorities from start to finish.
  • Execute special projects or initiatives on behalf of the CBBO.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years of professional experience in the life sciences industry
  • 3+ years of experience in a Chief of Staff role or equivalent leadership capacity

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree
  • Management experience
  • Experience working in highly cross-functional teams
  • Experience in the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying and implementing operational improvements
  • Experience leading and managing strategic initiatives
  • Experience developing organization culture in collaboration with key partners
  • Expert experience in leading, mentoring, and motivating teams
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate a complex organization and generate buy-in for ideas and plans
  • Deep understanding of business strategy and metrics, and financial analysis and processes
  • Excellent decision-making, communication and collaboration skills with proven cross-functional and multi-level relationship building skills
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills, including developing and delivering presentations to senior management and large groups
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail
  • An entrepreneurial mindset, with a bias for action and ability to deal with extreme ambiguity and a rapidly changing environment; self-starter and proactive
  • Understanding of HIPAA and the importance of patient data privacy
  • Commitment to reflect FMI’s values: passion, patients, innovation and collaboration


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About Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI) began with an idea—to simplify the complex nature of cancer genomics, bringing cutting-edge science and technology to everyday cancer care. Our approach generates insights that help doctors match patients to more treatment options and helps accelerate the development of new therapies. Foundation Medicine is the culmination of talented people coming together to realize an important vision, and the work we do every day impacts real lives.

Confidence, or the belief that we need to check every box before applying for a job, can sometimes hold us back from going after a role that inspires us. At Foundation Medicine there's no such thing as the 'perfect' applicant, and our company is a place where every employee can make an impact and continue to grow whatever background they may have or path they may have taken. So, as long as you meet the basic qualifications for a role, please apply if you see a position that would make you excited to come into Foundation Medicine every day and help us transform cancer care.

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