Alexion Pharmaceuticals Associate Director, Global Operations Program Leader in Boston, Massachusetts

Position Summary

The Global Operations Program Leader is the strategic leader for the Global Operations Product Team (GOPT) responsible for overseeing a product from preclinical through commercial phases. This is a matrix leadership role that will collaborate cross-functionally to develop program strategies and provide tactical direction to the various functional execution teams. This position will coordinate and monitor the execution teams and progress of the defined program milestones to ensure successful implementation of the program strategy. The Global Operations Program Leader is the primary liaison with R&D and Commercial colleagues on behalf of the Global Operations product teams. This is a key leadership position within Global Operations and involves routine interaction with senior management and external alliance partners.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of the Global Operations program strategy for a specific product in alignment with the overall program/portfolio strategy

  • Set aligned priorities, establish team goals and plan activities to deliver the Global Operations end-to-end multi-year strategy for the defined program(s)

  • Ensure operational plans are in place and highlight key interdependencies between execution teams

  • Identify and escalate key issues, risks and mitigation plans according to Alexion governance

  • Represent Global Operations on development teams and other cross-functional program level teams as needed

  • Represent the program and patient perspective to Global Operations.

  • Drive decision making and the associated deliverables across all functions on the GOPT

  • Represent Global Operations programs at Alexion internal governance bodies

  • Build and maintain strong and diverse relationships across the organization, including key client groups, peers, senior management and alliance partners

  • Identify and implement improvements that optimize the product development processes


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, with minimum of 3 years in a Global Operations leadership role

  • Experience leading teams in a highly matrixed environment

  • Past history providing leadership to programs with a high degree of ambiguity to develop a path forward to meeting the Global Operations program objectives

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking capabilities with forward looking perspective and comfort with ambiguity

  • Strong communication, leadership and collaboration skills are required

  • Ability to influence without authority?

  • Solid understanding of drug development, worldwide registration and Global Operations

  • Technical expertise in a relevant CMC discipline.

  • High level of proficiency in MS Office software including: Word, Excel, Outlook, Visio, Project and PowerPoint. Knowledge of MS Project Server a plus

  • Strong interpersonal skills; fluent and able to influence others in spoken and written English


  • Bachelors’ degree in scientific discipline

  • Advanced degree a plus


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Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology and inhibition for more than 20 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D). In addition, the company is developing two late-stage therapies, a second complement inhibitor and a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders. Alexion has been named to the Forbes list of the World's Most Innovative Companies seven years in a row and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts' Innovation District. The company also has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

Alexion's aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team. Further information about Alexion can be found at:

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.