Project Leader (senior role) - Mechelen,BE/Leiden,NL/Basel,CH/London,UK/Paris,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 are 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 - Mechelen, BE/Leiden,NL/Basel,CH/London,UK/Paris,FR


Scope of the function

You are accountable and responsible for the leadership and matrix management of one or more drug development programs and respective teams, from Decision to Develop (DtD) until commercialization. You are responsible for driving the product strategy through collaboration across all R&D disciplines and Commercialization functions (Medical affairs, Market Access, Marketing, TechOps…), as Shared Services functions (i.e. Legal, IP, Procurement, IR, etc) and external partners as appropriate. You identify approaches to increase the quality and speed of development programs and enhance value of programs in alignment with the target product profile (TPP). You are responsible to implement best practices across the respective programs and contribute to ensuring balanced resources across the portfolio. 

You work closely with the Heads of Functions, Executive Committee, HR and the broader organization on building Development capabilities.

Your responsibilities

  • Together with Function Leads, drive product strategy (short/medium/long term) through collaboration across all disciplines and Galapagos management in alignment with project and Company goals. Lead the creation of an Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the compound. Partner closely with Functional Team Leads (PT members) to ensure that the tactical deliverables are aligned with the strategic objectives and that strategic goals are grounded in operational reality. Ensure PT members are empowered and leveraged appropriately in contributing to product strategy and making decisions. Responsible for the project budget.
  • For all opted-in programs, ensure effective and productive collaboration with the key strategic partner Gilead, grounded in mutual respect and collaboration. Lead by example while effectively liaising with the Alliance Management and Joint Governance Committees (JSC, JDC, JCRC, JCC).
  • In collaboration with other Departments and Function Heads, facilitate refinement of the governance structure and processes in line with the needs of the changing organization. Partner with the Management Review Committee (MRC), Development Committee (DMC) and Executive Committee (ExCom) to effectively drive project forward.
  • Guide and mentor Project Team members as well as broader team members. Champion positive team spirit, built on trust and effective communication.

Job requirements

Who are you?

  • Advanced scientific or medical degree – PhD or MD
  • Extensive understanding of the drug development process (across all Product Development disciplines)
  • Strong integrity and ethical approach to work
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and tactically
  • Experience of leading cross functional teams
  • Experience across multiple stages of drug development
  • Able to travel globally as necessary.

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…!