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Chief of Staff, Data Strategy & Product Development

Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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. 

ABOUT THE JOB

The Chief of Staff, Data Products supports the Chief Data Officer (CDO) and sits on the Data Leadership Team overseeing strategic business initiatives from development through to successful execution across the Data Products organization. This position is responsible for improving current processes and coordinating organizational procedures to optimize efficiency and productivity, including optimizing and executing FMI’s annual and quarterly product planning cycle. As a key member of Data Products leadership, the incumbent collaborates with senior leaders on supporting corporate processes, program management across Data, and initiate implementation with stakeholders across FMI.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the CDO in defining and managing priorities across the department, including high level initiatives requiring CDO involvement and/or leadership.
  • Function as the point person for the CDO as it relates to managing the annual operating cycle, preparing for executive level presentations and measuring progress against strategic initiatives.
  • Set the agendas of Data Steering Committee meetings, Data Leadership Team meetings, and other staff meetings, ensuring successful preparation, organization, and follow-up.
  • Build and manage the product planning process, including quarterly planning and annual planning /budgeting for the team and ensure alignment on requirements across FMI.
  • Design and execute upon initiatives for cohesion, improved alignment, and engagement among teams and departments through synthesis of information and data across the organization.
  • Serve as liaison between Data Products and Engineering leaders to develop unified road maps and joint initiatives for overall step changes in productivity and reliability. Partner with Roche and other FMI functions to prioritize these initiatives and goals.
  • Add structure and process for communication within the Data team as well as across stakeholder teams. Ensure activities are running efficiently within and across teams.
  • Drive business priorities from start to finish.
  • Execute special projects or initiatives on behalf of the CDO, VP Product or Data Leadership Team.
  • Other projects and duties as they periodically arise.

QUALIFICATIONS
Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 7+ years of experience in in a business management role, with a focus on process improvement, operational administration, and/or interdepartmental collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Life Sciences.
  • 5+ years of product management experience, ideally having led multiple products and/or managed product teams, including product planning processes at a senior level.
  • Proven experience in a business management role, with a special focus on process improvement and interdepartmental collaboration.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying and implementing operational improvements in general, as well as software development related to it.
  • Experience leading and managing strategic initiatives and as well as developing and delivering presentations to senior management and large groups.
  • Excellent decision-making, communication and collaboration skills with proven cross-functional and multi-level relationship building skills.
  • Expert experience in leading, mentoring, and motivating teams.
  • Experience managing operating budgets with varying degrees of complexity.
  • Understanding of HIPAA and importance of privacy of patient data.
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail.


Foundation Medicine is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, or national origin. Further, qualified applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or protected veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. See also FMI’s EEO Statement and EEO is the Law and Supplement. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing this form.  (EOE/AAP Employer)

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