Research Project Generation Unit Head

Date:  May 22, 2023
Department:  Pre-Clinical
Job Type:  Direct Employee
Team:  R&D, Pharmacovigilance & Regulatory Affairs
Contract Type:  Permanent

Parma or Anywhere in Europe, IT

About us

Based in Parma, Italy, Chiesi is an international research-focused pharmaceutical and healthcare group with over 85 years’ experience, operating in 30 countries with more than 6,000 employees (Chiesi Group). To achieve its mission of improving people’s quality of life by acting responsibly towards society and the environment, the Group researches, develops and markets innovative drugs in its main therapeutic areas: Discover more here

We are proud to be the largest global pharmaceutical group to be awarded B Corp Certification, a recognition of high social and environmental standards. We are a reliable company that adopts and promotes a transparent and ethical behavior at all levels.

We believe that the success of Chiesi is built and shaped by our people and our strong set of shared Values and Behaviors. Our people make a critical difference to our success, which is why it is vital that we attract and retain the right talent who will continue to enrich our culture by living and breathing our values and behaviors.

We are committed to embrace diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities. In fact, we are a global family made up of different cultures, different genders, generations, ethnicities, abilities, sexual identities and many other enriching diversities. 


Chiesi Research & Development

Our R&D team represents a fundamental asset for the business. It is divided into integrated functional areas focusing on pipeline projects including discovery and preclinical research, chemical manufacturing and controls, drug delivery technology, clinical development, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, intellectual property, quality assurance, R&D project and portfolio management.  Headquartered in the new purpose-built and fully integrated Research and Development Centre in Parma (Italy), the team also has important operations in Paris (France), Chippenham (UK), Cary (US), Stockholm (Sweden) and Toronto (Canada).


Who we are looking for


As head of the Research Project Generation Unit within the Pipeline Innovation Department the individual will contribute to maintain and expand a competitive portfolio of preclinical projects for our Global Research and Preclinical Development fucntion by managing the process leading ideas into new research project.

Main Responsibilities

The individual will drive the generation of new project proposal in line with the innovation and therapeutic area disease strategy, having the following main duties:
•    Administering the innovation management platform for the submission and evaluation of ideas, project and research proposal promoting the collaboration between departments and subject matter expert teams, encouraging the multidisciplinarity in the company.
•    Facilitating the flow of ideas and their ripening into concepts and project proposals.
•    Design and managing call for idea campaigns supporting the definition of objectives, coordination of the working group, moderation of activities and summary of results.
•    Supporting the presentation of ideas, concepts and research proposal in decision-making steps, with compelling communication materials, including presentations to key internal and external stakeholders. 
•    Promoting initiatives that spread the culture of innovation, increase involvement, change the attitude towards risk and entrepreneurship.

Experience Required

•    Extensive scientific and drug discovery experience, preferably obtained through >7 year experience in multiple functions in the pharmaceutical industry.
•    Deep experience and knowledge of global drug discovery and early development activities, with an excellent understanding of all aspects of preclinical drug discovery preferably on multiple therapeutic modalities, including biotherapeutic modalities such as for example xRNA and protein therapeutic.
•    Multi-year successful track record of identifying, implementing and managing novel projects


•    PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical sciences 


English Fluent

Technical Skills

•    Strong scientific expertise in molecular biology, signal transduction, in vitro cellular assay development, in vivo animal models.
•    Knowledge of the main brainstorming techniques and supporting tools to facilitate idea generation
•    Knowledge of the main techniques to stimulate creativity and collaboration
•    Knowledge of the main methodologies for encouraging participation
•    Knowledge of the operating mechanisms of innovation management platforms for both front-end and back-end administration
•    Excellent networking ability in cross-cultural environment inside and outside Chiesi
•    Negotiation skills across all levels of the organization and with external parties

Soft Skills

  • Communication skills
  • Conflict management
  • Creative/innovative mindset
  • Decision making
  • Leadership and social influence
  • Strategic thinking

What we offer

You would join a dynamic, fast-growing, challenging and friendly environment.
In Chiesi we firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, that is why we invest in continuous training, learning and development. Therefore, we strive to continuously promote and satisfy development needs, paying particular attention to the quality of our working environment and to collective well-being.
We want our people to come to work happy every day, and we know how important it is to find the right work-life balance in order to be able to give our best. That is why we offer flexible working approach, remote working, support in the relocation process, tax assistance service for foreign colleagues and many other people-care services.

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