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J&J Family of Companies IT Manager – Product Owner, Cell and Gene Therapy Discovery in Spring House, Pennsylvania

Janssen Research & Development, L.L.C., a division of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies is recruiting for an IT Manager – Product Owner, Cell and Gene Therapy Discovery. This position may be located in South San Francisco, CA, La Jolla, CA, Spring House, PA, or Boston, MA.

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we are working to create a world without disease. Transforming lives by finding new and better ways to prevent, intercept, treat and cure disease inspires us. We bring together the best minds and pursue the most promising science.

We are Janssen. We collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it. Learn more at and follow us @JanssenGlobal. Janssen Research & Development, LLC is part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies.

The IT Manager, Product Owner for Cell and Gene Therapy Discovery, will provide technology and organizational leadership, drive programs, assess technologies, and deliver first class IT solutions to enable and accelerate end to end Cell and Gene Therapy Discovery. Working with technical implementation teams across the organization, the Technology Product Manager will contribute to the ambitious digital transformation of Janssen discovery across modalities.

The Product Owner for Cell and Gene Therapy Discovery Will:

  • Strategically partner with discovery scientists to understand business processes and translate scientific needs to informatics solutions

  • Evaluate and communicate the strengths and weaknesses of business processes

  • Drive and champion solution strategies that are agile, forward looking, and conducive to FAIR principles

  • Collaborate with Product Engineers, technical delivery teams, and external vendors to deliver, improve, and manage the life cycle of the Cell and Gene Therapy discovery IT systems

  • Ensure effective communications with the scientific user community and their management

  • Inspire end users to leverage technology for innovation and productivity

This role will require education, experience and expertise in drug discovery and associated ways of working on a global scale, including project management, portfolio management, analytics, system development, and system integration.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Be the strategic partner of cell and gene therapy discovery scientists, computational and data scientists

  • Establish and drive the product in strategic directions for cell and gene therapy discovery

  • Ensure the product keep pace with scientific advancements in all phases of discovery including vector design, molecular engineering, early production, in vitro testing and lead selection and development

  • Benefit from an enterprise-wide master data management platform and strategy

  • Ensure system data supports immediate decision making as well as future AI/ML interventions

  • Ensure seamless integrations among the eco systems to provide desirable user experience

  • Manage related software and platform ecosystem and strategy

  • Explore new partners, technology services and scientific approaches in external collaborations

  • Manage relationships with the scientific users and their leaderships and ensure the product evolve and progress with or ahead of scientific advancements

  • Manage external relationships with key vendors when necessary. Staff and personnel management.

  • Collaborate with other product owners to ensure the consistency and harmonization across products

  • Inform and partner with platform owners of relevance

  • Complete understanding and experience working within and leading an Agile development team.

  • Manage within the framework of established policies and procedures

  • Understand core internal IT products and participate in broader research and laboratory system strategy setting

  • Assist in hiring decisions when necessary

  • Contribute to the diversity and inclusion goals and objectives


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of MS or PhD degree in Life Sciences is required

  • Minimum of 8 years of combined experience in R&D and informatics solutions is required

  • In-depth scientific knowledge in cell and gene therapy discovery is required

  • Working knowledge of broader drug discovery and laboratory science is required

  • Deep knowledge in scientific computing and data science is required

  • Ability to translate business requirements to technology solutions is required

  • Strong communication and presentation skills are required

  • Ability to lead and influence decisions in a matrix environment is required

  • A proven track record of IT project delivery and business relationship management is required

  • A minimum of 3 year’s experience with biologics data management solutions is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. degree in the above areas is highly preferable

  • Technical expertise and knowledge in structured and unstructured data management solutions is highly desirable

  • Experience with large molecule lineage tracking software/solutions is highly preferred

  • Technical expertise and knowledge in R&D experimental execution systems is preferred

At Johnson & Johnson, we’re on a mission to change the trajectory of health for humanity. That starts by creating the world’s healthiest workforce. Through cutting-edge programs and policies, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our employees and the ones they love. As such, candidates offered employment must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or secure an approved accommodation prior to the commencement of employment to support the well-being of our employees, their families and the communities in which we live and work.

For more information on how we support the whole health of our employees throughout their wellness, career and life journey, please visit

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Primary Location

United States-California-South San Francisco-260 E. Grand Avenue

Other Locations

North America-United States-Massachusetts-Boston, North America-United States-Pennsylvania-Spring House, North America-United States-California-La Jolla


Janssen Research & Development, LLC (6084)

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Info Technology

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