Johnson & Johnson Careers

Solution Development Team Lead - Lung Cancer Early Detection

Cambridge, Massachusetts; Raritan, New Jersey; Spring House, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Requisition ID: 1387190805

The Solutions Development Team Lead (SDTL) is responsible to lead programs within the DETECT pillar of the Lung Cancer Initiative (LCI) with a focus on the scientific strategy, alignment of objectives with overall LCI objectives, development of specific plans, and management of programs to meet milestones and deliverables on a timely basis. Objectives of the DETECT pillar include development of biomarkers and methods of diagnosing lung cancer early, identifying candidates for disease interception studies, and improving management of subjects with indeterminate pulmonary nodules. Additional focus areas will be added in the coming years. The group is focused on driving transformative approaches and working across the other pillars within the LCI.


Key elements of success for this effort will include developing both a short-term and long-term strategy that acknowledges the existing capabilities and resources within the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, while laying out a vision that is integrated with the overall LCI strategy.  Based on that strategy, the required internal talent will need to be identified, and partnerships established to help execute the strategy, and therefore candidates with able to work cross-sector are desired.  In addition, key external partnerships will need to be established. This leader will work with the LCI and WWD Leadership teams to both develop and execute the strategy.  As part of the work with the external environment, this leader will evaluate new technologies, collaboration opportunities, and work with key External Innovation personnel to determine potential funding mechanisms to access material amounts of capital to allow for the execution of this strategy.


The leader will be responsible for managing multiple programs or portfolios, each of which initially will focus on early detection technologies and other diagnostics and biomarkers in the lung cancer patient journey. In addition, they will be responsible for the operational implementation, delivered through the effective leadership of cross-functional and cross-sector Solution Development Teams (SDTs).  The SDTL is accountable for Exploratory and New Product Development phases related to the solution development programs. The SDTL leads the team to develop solutions in a timely and cost-effective manner and is responsible for the execution of the overall solution strategy. Team leadership via matrix interactions will include individuals from the World Without Disease venture, global regulatory affairs, project management, finance, legal, quality assurance and other key functions from the different sectors as relevant.


The successful candidate will manage cross-functional and cross-sector execution of the program plans through negotiating with key function and support heads about functional deliverables. They will actively contribute to Solution Strategy decision-making by providing relevant research, analysis and expertise. They will lead the development and maintenance of the project plans.

The SDTL-Early Detection will lead the communication of strategy and plans to the LCI and WWD governance committees, development partners, and other key stakeholders. They will align the SDTs to achieve their goals through the networks of people/functions represented on the teams.  They will identify critical risks and assumptions and transparently communicate them to the SDTs, functions, LCI & WWD governance committees. They will lead resolution of issues at the SDT, LCI and WWD governance committees and senior management levels.  They will lead SDT problem-solving and provide decision-making tools and techniques.


Bachelor’s degree is required.
Advanced Degree (Ph.D., M.D., M.B.A.) is highly desirable.

A minimum of ten years Life Sciences/ Healthcare work experience is required. A minimum of five years of diagnostics or biomarkers related experience is required.

Experience in oncology is highly preferred, and experience in lung cancer is a plus.

Experience in a leadership role within a multi-functional R&D organization is required.

Ability to integrate cross functional disciplines into a successful strategy and project plan is required with a strong understanding of requirements for successful commercialization of a new product.

Strong problem-solving skills for developing creative solutions and meeting project objectives is required.

Demonstrated influence, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, including the ability to influence without clear reporting authority.

Significant work experience in a leadership position in a team matrix environment is required.

Primary Location
United States-Massachusetts-Cambridge-
Other Locations
North America-United States-New Jersey-Raritan, North America-United States-Pennsylvania-Spring House
Janssen Research & Development, LLC (6084)
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