JOB OPPORTUNITY
DIRECTOR, EVP R&D's OFFICE

BRIEF COMPANY PROFILE

Our client is a Global MedTech company headquartered in Greater Copenhagen with a strong track record in developing state-of-the-art products addressing unmet needs in the market.

THE POSITION

Reporting directly to the EVP, Global R&D, the Director, EVP R&D's Office is the primary interface and representative of EVP, Global R&D internally and externally. The Director is a critical enabler and execution arm of the EVP, Global R&D and will play a key role among others in:

 

  1. Assisting the EVP in handling critical relationships e.g. the Executive Management Team (EMT), the R&D Management Team and key internal and external stakeholders.

  2. Ensuring executional focus and alignment with the strategy across the R&D organization.

  3. Driving R&D acquisition integration in a role as Strategic Integration Lead.

 

The Director is empowered to drive results across diverse internal teams and support partners to move these priorities forward and thus, the successful candidate will demonstrate ownership mentality, while ensuring the governance of integrated operating plans (execution, measurement and coordination) in order to achieve business objectives.

 

The role is also responsible for creating and managing operating routines to ensure that the EVP is prepared to meet with key internal and external audiences, including the Board of Directors, Executive Management Team- and/or Global R&D Management Team meetings, partner- or supplier meetings and industry associations among others.

 

Finally, the Director will lead strategic and engagement initiatives and act as a liaison for many matters of importance on behalf of the EVP.

POSITION PROFILE

Position title:

Director, EVP R&D's Office

Reporting line:

Executive Vice President, R&D

Location:

Greater Copenhagen

Traveling:

15-20 days per year

Responsibilities & Tasks:

Governance & Execution

  • Engaging and collaborating effectively with the Global R&D Management Team, Executive Management Team (EMT) and other key stakeholders to drive shared objectives, including ensuring executional focus and alignment to the strategy.

  • Assisting the EVP, Global R&D in handling critical relationships e.g. the EMT, R&D Management Team, the board and key external stakeholders, including organizing and coordinating executive outreach on behalf of the EVP.

  • Driving planning and execution of R&D Management Team governance.

  • Contributing to identifying key business issues, risks and opportunities, and recommending solutions, options and multi-stage action plans, including analysis of contingencies, implications and alternative scenarios.

  • Advising, collaborating with, and providing execution support to the EVP and the R&D Management Team to ensure follow-through and execution on strategically important projects.

  • Managing key EVP meetings including preparation and facilitation.

  • Driving R&D acquisition integration as Integration Lead.

Strategic initiatives

  • Working closely with the EMT and/or R&D Management Team on various strategic projects.

  • Managing key strategic initiatives with varying degrees of involvement depending on the initiative, from oversight and collaboration to direct responsibility for execution and outcomes – marshal and direct resources as needed.

  • Planning and facilitating R&D-wide initiatives, acting as champion on behalf of the EVP to drive key initiatives e.g. heading up R&D’s role in forthcoming corporate strategy process and ensuring follow-up on action items to monitor progress and drive closure.

  • Assisting the EVP as requested in developing and implementing business objectives.

Communication & Business Management

  • Organizing R&D Management Team meetings by:

    • Reviewing/preparing R&D Management Team package materials – hereunder researching, compiling, drafting, editing and proofreading correspondence and documents, presentations and reports where requested/required.

  • Developing EVP communication materials e.g. R&D Management Team, EMT or board presentations, sometimes in collaboration with Corporate Communications:

    • Ensuring messaging and flow of presentations are aligned early.

    • Gathering required data and conducting accurate supporting analyses.

  • Influencing, communicating and building relationships at all levels of the organization, including resolving issues and seeking consensus among diverse groups of stakeholders.

Key success criteria:

  • Achieving a close and mutually rewarding relationship with the EVP, Global R&D.

  • Achieving a strong and respectful collaboration with the Global R&D Management Team, EMT and in the wider organization.

  • Successfully managing key strategic initiatives and ensuring their successful execution within the R&D organization.

  • Providing the EVP and members of the Global R&D Management Team and/or EMT with leverage in moving projects forward by assisting with information gathering, communicating with different parties, developing and monitoring plans, keeping track of responsibilities and so on.

  • Anticipating needs of the EVP and develop initiatives/solutions that will meet these needs.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Educational background:

Commercial degree at M.Sc./MBA level or similar.

Language:

English – fluent (verbally and written).

Ideal experience and competencies:

  • +3 years of experience from tier-1 consulting, preferably combined with proven success in planning, governance and execution in positions of similar scope and complexity.

  • Well-versed in Program/Project level planning, status reporting, financials and risk management.

  • Proven experience of navigating smoothly within change management frameworks.

  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office Applications.

  • Demonstrated skills in scoping, planning, and executing multiple, and quick turnaround projects and analyses with minimal outside assistance.

  • Demonstrated ability to reach an in-depth, holistic understanding of the business objectives, strategies and priorities of a company, combined with experience with planning and governance structures necessary to deliver on these priorities.

  • Demonstrated superior level of organizational intelligence and ability to operate effectively in a complex environment under pressure and to tight deadlines with discretion and political sensitivity.

Personal competencies:

Analysis

Is able to synthesize complex situations, interpret data, identify key business issues and opportunities, create strategies, and drive results internally and externally. Navigates well within complexity and divides problems into relevant parts, while sensitively integrating the analytical output into a given context.  Is able to address the complex interrelationships among factors that influence solutions to business issues in order to articulate key business strategies.

Judgment

Exercises exceptional judgement in communication with all constituents, management of confidential information, and representation of the EVP to all constituents. Makes rational, realistic and sound decisions based on the involvement of available facts and possibilities and is able to make the right decisions.

 

Stakeholder management

Is pragmatic and able to identify, establish and maintain relations with stakeholders at all levels – internally as well as externally – and makes people feel at ease. Achieves agreement by dealing with disagreements and potential conflicts within a diplomatic manner. Develops and maintains networks.

 

Structure

Works systematically and structured regarding problem-solving, organizes work and effort, and is methodical in her/his performance.

 

Superior executive communication skills

Possesses exceptional executive-level oral and written communication skills and is able  to formulate and deliver insights around complex business problems in a thoughtful and persuasive manner. Possesses credibility and integrity to be an effective ambassador for our client

 

Agile and strategic thinker

Is a quick and creative thinker and possesses the ability to think critically and to express ideas clearly, concisely and logically. Is able to perform balanced and insightful decisions.  Has learning agility and innovative thinking, connects dots and brings fresh perspectives to business planning, governance and solutions.

 

Results and goal orientation

Establishes visible and achievable goals for the role. Focuses on action, activities and results and is able to continue working with a specific problem, viewpoint or action plan until a result has been achieved or it is determined that an alternative approach is needed.

Team orientation

Collaborates and works well with others with a view to obtain the team's objectives by sharing information and supporting others. Fosters an environment of open communication and knowledge sharing. Possesses a love for team-based work within a high intensity environment.

 

Drive

Is highly dynamic, inspires others and encourages the achievement of set goals by promoting a sense of energy and purpose. Provides inspiration for a positive work attitude and prompts a strong wish to succeed in the team.

For further information:

Please contact Kristian H. Larsen 

Head of Research 

Albright Partners A/S at:

 

M: +45 7199 1504

E: khl@albright.dk

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