Project Leader - Mechelen,BE/Romainville,FR

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville & Paris), the Netherlands (Leiden), Switzerland (Basel), Italy (Milano), Spain (Madrid), the UK (London), Germany (München), 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: The ‘make-it-happeners’.


We are looking for an inspiring Project Leader for our Research/Modulation department with solid expertise in leading Drug Discovery portfolio projects from Hit Finding to H2L and beyond.


Scope of the job

You manage several projects within our portfolio and are accountable for the delivery of the projects towards Drug Discovery objectives.

We are looking for someone who can/is:

  • Lead progression of portfolio and/ or technology based projects
  • Define project strategy, tracks deliverables and monitor progress towards milestone deadlines
  • Interact with stakeholders across areas and external parties to generate competitive projects
  • Set strategy, influence others and implement strategy towards scientific goals
  • Present complex scientific data in a clear, comprehensive manner
  • Ensure a high level scientific standard is maintained on all projects
  • Ensure smooth communication and interactions with the other teams and all stakeholders
  • Present projects towards management on a quarterly basis in a clear, concise and scientific rigorous manner
  • Be accountable of the proper implementation of GLPG value, behaviour, process and way of working in his/her project team.

Job requirements

Who are you?

For this position, a Ph.D. in Biological or Chemical Sciences is required, or an equivalent followed by at least 5 years of industrial experience, with relevant work experience in project leadership. You have a strong background and experience on how to progress projects from hit finding to hit, to lead and beyond, ideally obtained in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology environment. You are able to build a strategic vision and value agenda within your domain. Having an integrated view on how Drug Discovery works is necessary. A good understanding of the key factors is required for your projects to be successful and competitive. You are able to drive multiple projects within a matrix based organization and via intense collaboration. In addition, you have the ability to adapt activities and priorities to challenging deliverables. With your creative mind and your pragmatic and problem solver attitude, you bring new ideas from scientific literature along with integrating knowledge coming from different sources.

You are a team player with an objectives-driven mind-set, combined with excellent organization, presentation and communication skills. Working in an autonomous manner is no problem for you. You are fluent in English, both written and spoken. 


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…!