Project Leader Early Development - Mechelen,BE/Leiden,NL

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), Switzerland (CH) and in US, Boston.


We’re in the business of changing lives. In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before.  In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters.  Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you.


We are looking for a Project Leader Early Development - Mechelen,BE/Leiden,NL


Scope of the role

You will lead (several) multidisciplinary compound development project team(s), mastering the complexity of the matrix organization. Determine and execute the overall development strategy in agreement with internal and external stakeholders.


More specifically you will:


  • Lead multidisciplinary Early Development project team(s) from PCC through Ph2A
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for all aspects of the project
  • Be the project champion, internally and externally
  • Determine and communicate on the compound development strategy
  • Execute on time (with sense of urgency), budget and quality
  • Master the complexity of the matrix organization; build strong working relationships with team experts, department heads and governance structure
  • Empower and inspire team members to be functional leaders
  • Define and adjust team membership as needed for the stage of development
  • Communicate and align on progress, challenges and changes with MRC
  • Continuously test and improve efficiency; question the status quo


Who are you?

  • PhD or Medical Doctor or equivalent through experience
  • At least 10 years of experience in a pharmaceutical/biotechnology environment
  • At least 10 years of proven track experience within leadership roles
  • You are able to develop strategy on compound(s), within scope of time frame/budget. 
  • You are able to negociate significant changes in project scope or budget with internal stakeholders.


What’s in it for you?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful.  At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.


We are Galapagos : together we can make it happen…!