Global Drug Product Manager

Location: Den Haag, South Holland Salary: competitive
Sector: Life Sciences Type: Permanent

In-Licencing & Drug Product BU manager

The Position

The In-Licencing & Drug Product BU Manager will be responsible for the Business Unit Drug products. The strategic aim of this BU is to move forward in the supply chain from the organisations API Business by developing and launching drug products. You will be responsible for the product portfolio, reaching from existing till new drug products. This responsibility entails the development, up-scaling, commercial launching and daily operations contributing to the drug product portfolio or product/market combination.

The Challenge
As a Business Unit Manager you will be responsible for:

  • Business development activities
    • E.g. In-licensing from external partners and developers
  • Drafting Business plans and realising them
  • Setting and reaching Profit & Loss targets
  • Assessment of a wide variety of business models during the life cycle of (new) drug products.
  • Strategic Decision making involving CMO's & CRO's (e.g. make-or-buy)

The Ideal Candidate
The person that is perfect for this position should:

  • Be capable to define visions and strategies from deep market insights
  • Optimise functionality of regional BU's trough global alignment
  • Increase the productivity in terms of sales, cost improvement, Capacity enhancement trough plans and programs
  • Manage the operations adequately to meet the desired excellence levels, speed, responsiveness for these (new) drug products

Keys Responsibilities

  • Profit & Loss and operating working capital of global product/market combination
  • Drafting Budgets & Business plans
  • Drug product portfolio broadening:
    • Assessing new business models - Drafting business plans - Execution - Feasibility studies - validation - product launch
  • setting (long term) strategic manufacturing project plans and contracts in line with management instructions
  • Represent the global product/market combination within this international oriented pharmaceutical organisation
  • Business guidance of all relevant functions/disciplines
    • Sourcing & Purchasing - Manufacturing - Supply chain - Planning - R&D - Tech Transfers - BI - RA
  • Monitoring Business plan performance and (if necessary) taking corrective actions to achieve results
  • Setting up, maintenance and monitoring performance of a new front-end loading system
  • Defining, implementing and reportingKPI's
    • Weekly Pro's/Con's - monthly reporting - contract discussions - expectations
  • In-dept understanding and researching Market dynamics and Business intelligence.
  • Defining and implementing market segmentation, customer service levels and value propositions
  • Managing the defined projects in compliance with the PMP requirements
  • Assuring compliance of all operations with the set rules, requirements and regulations


  • PhD/Master in Business administration, chemistry, biotech or pharma
  • Excellent managerial skills in: Operations - Project - Finance
  • 10 Years of managerial experience in the Pharmaceutical industry
  • Entrepreneurial leader - Strategic executioner & Developer
  • Team- Builder & Player - Customer- & Service oriented in the broadest sense

Demonstrated Experience in:

  • Development of business- strategies & plans
  • Negotiating/closing deals with small and large companies
    • Manufacturing - Collaboration - Supply agreements - Spot orders
  • Communicating with multiple disciplines, cultures and management layers
  • In-Licensing Experience to grow a portfolio of Drug products for a B2B Model

Are you ready for a new challenge as In-Licencing & Drug Product BU manager at an international organisation with plenty of room for own initiative and development? Then get in touch with Robert Bots for more information. r.bots [@]


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