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Associate Director, R&D Strategic Initiatives



Utrecht, Netherlands
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024

At Genmab, we’re committed to building extra[not]ordinary futures together, by developing antibody products and pioneering, knock-your-socks-off therapies that change the lives of patients and the future of cancer treatment and serious diseases. From our people who are caring, candid, and impact-driven to our business, which is innovative and rooted in science, we believe that being proudly unique, determined to be our best, and authentic is essential to fulfilling our purpose.

Senior Project Manager / Associate Director, R&D Strategic Initiatives

The Role & Department
Are you inspired by a company with bold ambitions? By 2030, Genmab aims to revolutionize patient care with its innovative "KYSO" antibody medicines for cancer and severe illnesses. Join our global team that’s not only committed to innovation but also to strengthening and expanding Genmab's R&D capabilities in transformative ways. This role offers a unique opportunity to be at the heart of a dynamic corporate culture and could be your gateway to an exciting career.

We are seeking a Senior Project Manager or Associate Director for the R&D Strategic Initiatives (RDSI), a team dedicated to the forefront of enhancing, strengthening, and expanding Genmab’s research infrastructure. With a focus on technology innovation, both wet-lab and AI/Digital research technologies, our team tackles complex challenges head-on. This position is based primarily in the Netherlands, with a flexible working arrangement of 60% onsite and 40% remote work.

Key Responsibilities
Your primary role will be to lead Technology Innovation projects within the Discovery Technologies program (DiscoTech) as well as other areas in Research. DiscoTech is pivotal in advancing Genmab’s Discovery research capabilities in both wetlab and drylab environments, essential for cutting-edge drug discovery. Your work will cover a broad spectrum, from molecular and cell sciences to protein sciences, and from high-throughput/high-content screening to lab automation and data Science.

In this vital role, you will manage a variety of Research capabilities projects, fostering collaboration with Genmab. Additionally, you will spearhead research collaborations within the DiscoTech program, enhancing cross-functional best practices and synthesizing expertise across our locations in the Netherlands, Denmark, and the US.

Reporting directly to the Team Lead of RDSI-Research, your contributions will be crucial in supporting research teams by optimizing communication and processes. This includes coordinating team meetings, managing project information, and overseeing budgets, contracts, and documentation. You will provide critical overviews of project deliverables and budget estimates, align project timelines, and connect key stakeholders across various functions.

About You
You are driven by our purpose and deeply committed to our mission of revolutionizing (cancer) treatment to improve patients' lives. Your work is characterized by perseverance and excellence, firmly grounded in a science-based problem-solving approach. As a collaborative team player who values diversity in backgrounds, you are dedicated to enabling the best work of your colleagues. Embracing the challenge of innovation, you are unafraid to tackle the unknown, making you a valuable addition to our fast-growing, dynamic company.


  • Ph.D. in life sciences required; additional post-graduate degrees in life sciences or engineering preferred.
  • At least 5 years of project or program management experience in biotech/pharmaceutical R&D.
  • Exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Proven leadership qualities with a flexible and results-oriented mindset.
  • Experience integrating external technology platforms highly desirable.
  • Resilient and self-motivated with a "can-do" attitude and a drive to make a significant impact
  • Proficient in project management methodologies (preferably PMBOK and Agile).

About You

  • You are passionate about our purpose and genuinely care about our mission to transform the lives of patients through innovative cancer treatment
  • You bring rigor and excellence to all that you do. You are a fierce believer in our rooted-in-science approach to problem-solving
  • You are a generous collaborator who can work in teams with diverse backgrounds
  • You are determined to do and be your best and take pride in enabling the best work of others on the team
  • You are not afraid to grapple with the unknown and be innovative
  • You have experience working in a fast-growing, dynamic company (or a strong desire to)
  • You work hard and are not afraid to have a little fun while you do so


Genmab leverages the effectiveness of an agile working environment, when possible, for the betterment of employee work-life balance. Our offices are designed as open, community-based spaces that work to connect employees while being immersed in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Whether you’re in one of our collaboratively designed office spaces or working remotely, we thrive on connecting with each other to innovate.

About Genmab

Genmab is an international biotechnology company with a core purpose guiding its unstoppable team to strive towards improving the lives of patients through innovative and differentiated antibody therapeutics. For more than 20 years, its passionate, innovative and collaborative team has invented next-generation antibody technology platforms and leveraged translational research and data sciences, which has resulted in a proprietary pipeline including bispecific T-cell engagers, next-generation immune checkpoint modulators, effector function enhanced antibodies and antibody-drug conjugates. To help develop and deliver novel antibody therapies to patients, Genmab has formed 20+ strategic partnerships with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. By 2030, Genmab’s vision is to transform the lives of people with cancer and other serious diseases with Knock-Your-Socks-Off (KYSO™) antibody medicines.

Established in 1999, Genmab is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark with locations in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S. and Tokyo, Japan.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

We are committed to fostering workplace diversity at all levels of the company and we believe it is essential for our continued success. No applicant shall be discriminated against or treated unfairly because of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Learn more about our commitments on our website.

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Please note that if you are applying for a position in the Netherlands, Genmab’s policy for all permanently budgeted hires in NL is initially to offer a fixed-term employment contract for a year, if the employee performs well and if the business conditions do not change, renewal for an indefinite term may be considered after the fixed-term employment contract.