Business Manager

Genentech South San Francisco , CA 94080

Posted 3 weeks ago


The areas of major responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • As a member of the SPE leadership team (SPE LT), work in partnership with the SPE Global Head and the team to develop and support the culture, mindset and behaviors within the SPE LT that enables high functioning team performance

  • Contribute to the shaping of SPE organizational strategies for leadership and management teams and oversee implementation of associated leadership, engagement and team excellence activities

  • Business management for the SPE LT - managing the governance and business processes required to successfully run the annual business cycle

  • Partner with communications to develop the communication strategy and execution in support of the SPE LT

  • Coordinating other meetings, processes, and projects as a change agent to support the SPE LT's strategy realization and delivery of goals and business results

  • Leadership and execution of select organizational initiatives and operational activities

  • Acts as an ambassador for SPE, routinely manages confidential information appropriately, and ensures Global Head and SPE LT are appropriately prepared for key events

This is a highly visible position that requires; exceptional strategic agility; collaboration; communication; facilitation skills; negotiation and influence abilities; presentation skills; and knowledge of the business.

Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities

SPE Business Manager

  • Ensure the SPE LT is adequately briefed and prepared for executive presentations and key events; managing the SPE strategic agenda and coordinating activities across the SPE LT domain of accountability; managing cross functional SPE projects as appropriate; manage the SPE LT meetings and events, including agenda setting, communication of outcomes and action item management.

  • Act as the SEP representative and communications liaison on behalf of the SPE Global Head, as needed, to groups external to SPE and be a key representative at meetings when required bringing in views and perspectives on behalf of SPE.

  • Partner with the other PDG Business Managers and functional Business Managers to ensure alignment of SPE priorities and deliverables with PDG global and functional priorities and deliverables.

SPE LT Meeting Management

  • Facilitate SPE LT meetings including agenda setting and action item management, ensuring that SPE LT meeting agendas reflect the overall priorities of the business

  • Responsible for developing the content for presentations for the SPE LT, including but not limited to presentations for the SPE LT, PDGLT and other leadership teams and committees

  • Manage and coordinate cross-site and cross-region leadership activities such as off-sites and other internal meetings


  • As needed, leads cross functional projects and strategic initiatives in support of SPE's and/or PDG's strategic goals; interacts within and across the matrix to manage project deliverables and timelines across the organization. Presents and reports findings to stakeholders.

  • Partner with the SPE Communications Manager to develop annual communications plans and key communications content from the Global Head to the SPE organization and external stakeholders (e.g., Product Development) and drive communication and people engagement strategies to ensure a collaborative spirit and sense of community for SPE employees globally.

  • Oversee and coordinate major presentations and communications, i.e., all hands meetings, town halls, etc., for the Head of SPE and support other SPE LT members as appropriate

  • Partner with Finance and Global Resource Management to coordinate and communicate the financial planning, reporting and budgeting process, and timelines for SPE

  • Partner with HR to ensure corporate planning processes (e.g., talent management) and timelines are aligned and meet the needs of the SPE organization


  • Business excellence: Good at developing the processes necessary to get things done, knows how to organize people and activities, and knows what to measure and how to measure it. Demonstrated ability to work in unstructured and ambiguous environments. Strong strategic agility and business acumen, including solid foundational understanding and comfort with principles of finance, strategic planning, process and organizational management.

  • Collaboration: Able to effectively collaborate across multiple organizations, and with stakeholders of various backgrounds and skill set. Skilled in establishing a collaborative and respectful environment.

  • Initiative: Able to define priorities and focus on areas that add value. Demonstrate ability to develop and present sound proposals and recommendations.

  • Problem solver: Problem solving skills with proven abilities to anticipate issues and recommend effective and efficient solutions. Brings solutions, not just information to management.

  • Leadership: Understands the impact of own actions and programs across the business. Able to make decisions taking multiple perspectives into account. Ability to work and thrive in highly dynamic and ambiguous environment. Demonstrates Roche Leadership Commitments and PD Behaviors.

  • Influencing: Demonstrated skills in persuading senior leadership on strategy, initiatives implementation and decision-making. Influences and motivates others to achieve objectives.


Minimum: Bachelor's degree in life sciences or equivalent work experience in clinical and drug development

Experience, Skills, Knowledge:

Industry Knowledge / Experience

  • Knowledge of drug development and a strong understanding of clinical development

  • Broad pharmaceutical industry knowledge and understanding/experience with drug discovery, development & commercialization processes

  • 10+ years of work multi-disciplinary experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech or other related industry

Strategy and Operations

  • Outstanding capability for problem solving and strategic, innovative and critical thinking that challenges the status quo with new ideas that create significant business value and communication, presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Strong business acumen, including solid foundational understanding and comfort with principles of finance, strategic planning, process management, organizational development, benchmarking

  • Outstanding strategic and operational management skills with the ability to develop and present sound proposals and recommendations

  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analysis abilities

Project / Program Management

  • Strong program and project management experience

  • Demonstrated ability to organize, lead and execute on a variety of assignments and action plans; demonstrated ability to drive for results and manage complex projects

  • Ability to translate complex concepts into actionable, measurable tasks

  • Demonstrated experience leading large scale and complex projects/programs with global impact

Leadership and Influencing

  • Proven experience in stakeholder management and ability to effectively collaborate across a global, matrixed organization

  • Ability to influence Senior Leaders, build consensus and manage conflict in challenging situations

  • Ability to effectively influence without authority and quickly establish and maintain credibility within I2ON and across PDG

  • Ability to establish and maintain highly effective relationships with individuals from all levels of an organization


  • Able to work effectively across cultures

  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to change, work and thrive in a global and highly ambiguous environment

  • Self-starter with excellent time management and organization skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication, facilitation, presentation, and development skills

  • Fluency in written and verbal English language

  • Ability to travel internationally

This is a local hire only designated position, as relocation assistance is not available for the position


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