Head of Project Management Operations - Basel (CH)

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), Basel (Switzerland), Italy, Spain, Germany, UK and in the 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 Head of Project Management Operations


Scope of the job

The Head Project Management Operations provides project management leadership and expertise for organizational capability building projects within the R&D Project Management Organization (R&D PMO) and beyond, i.e. in close collaboration and partnership with other project management organizations within Galapagos.

He/she assumes line manager responsibility for business project and program managers driving functional, cross-functional or corporate, capability-building projects. The Head Project Management Operations also acts as the operational leader of assigned senior leader(s) and their staff e.g. the Chief Medical Officer and his/her staff (CMO), provides cross-functional team leadership, strategic planning support and operational oversight to successfully setting and achieving objectives.


Your role


Your principal accountabilities:

Operational leader accountabilities as the operational leader to the CMO.

  • Business project manager accountabilities
  • Line manager accountabilities

Your working relationships:

  • In this role you build strong relationships and you collaborate with peers and staff of the R&D PMO and of other project management organizations within Galapagos.
  • You develop a trusted and sustainable partnership with assigned Senior Leader(s) and associated leadership team(s) to drive team and organizational development.



Job requirements

Who are you ?


  • Master of Science (MSc) or PhD in Science or Business related field.
  • Extensive experience across multiple Drug Development disciplines is a must.
  • Experience in project/program management in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.
  • Extensive experience in leading (cross-functional) teams.
  • Advanced knowledge of information systems and business processes for project and portfolio management.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with excellence in stakeholder management.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and tactically.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, build alignment and trust among individuals with diverse backgrounds and manage conflict in challenging situations.
  • Ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries.
  • Strong integrity and ethical approach to work.
  • Embraces change and can support others to move through change.
  • Nurtures innovation and supports the team to bring innovation to reality.
  • Fluency in English, Knowledge of Dutch is a plus.
  • Based in Basel, Switzerland.


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…!