Affimed (Nasdaq: AFMD) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company which engineers targeted immunotherapies, seeking to improve patient outcomes through the power of innate immunity. Affimed’s fit-for-purpose ROCK® platform allows innate immune engagers to be designed for specific patient populations. We are developing single and combination therapies to treat cancers.

To strengthen our highly motivated Project Management Team in Heidelberg, Germany, we are looking for a full-time

Program Head (f/m/d)

(Reference No. OP2010)

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  • Drive the product development program with a shareholder value mindset
  • Take full accountability for the complete product development program i.e. from drug candidate generation, pharmaceutical development/CMC, non-clinical and clinical development to successful program completion, e.g. market authorization, partnering
  • Define the overall program vision and strategy in alignment with the R&D Leadership Team (RDLT) and Executive Team including adaptations due to novel insights
  • Develop and implement a strategic communication plan in alignment with the Executive Team and the Communication Department
  • Lead cross-functional program team to implement and execute the program strategy by leveraging the expertise of all functions and internal/external subject matter experts and in alignment with RDLT; ensure program is on time, on budget and in compliance with defined quality standards according to internal and external regulations
  • Communicate program-specific aspects to relevant stakeholders
  • Supervise development and maintenance of integrated program plan and guidance documents, in accordance with Corporate Program Governance, and tracking of program deliverables
  • Setting of team objectives in alignment with RDLT
  • Assess program risks, implement risk management strategies and mitigating actions in alignment with cross-functional team and according to Corporate Enterprise Risk Management System
  • Plan and supervise program management/cross-functional team resources and financial budgets
  • Monitor comparators, competitive landscape and treatment paradigm
  • Practice an active stakeholder management across the organization
  • Represent program within the organization including RDLT and Executive Team meetings
  • Contribute to organizational development of Program Management Department
  • Drive the successful implementation of the matrix structure across the organization
  • Promote development and implementation of processes to facilitate interfaces between program management and associated departments/functions


  • Degree in Life Sciences (PhD, PharmD, MD or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant industry experience in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in program and project management in the development of (bio)pharmaceutical products
  • Excellent know-how of all aspects of corporate governance and the entire drug development processes, including thorough understanding of the technical, clinical and regulatory contexts
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working with interdisciplinary cross-functional teams in a matrix environment
  • Verifiable success in strategic planning, designing, and execution of drug development programs
  • Strong team player and collaborative mindset
  • Professional working proficiency in German and English, with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient user of MS Office applications


The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to work in a dynamic, highly motivated, multidisciplinary, and collegial team. For any queries, please contact Susanne Hering (Tel: 06221 6743 675, e-mail:

November 2020

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