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 Manager (f/m/d)

(Reference No. OP2011)

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  • Management of operational aspects (e.g. budget tracking, project plan, defined workstreams) of the assigned development program
  • Contribute to the development and further enhancement of the vision and strategy of the development program in close collaboration with the Program Head
  • Provide project management expertise to a cross-functional program team
  • Work pro-actively with team members to ensure execution of program plan, in time, budget and quality and in adherence with Program Governance; pro-actively resolve potential issues in close collaboration with functions; escalate to Program Head if required
  • Coordinate planning and monitor of all program-related activities by providing an integrated program plan that is kept current and captures major interdependencies of activities as provided by the team
  • Lead process to plan, monitor, manage and report program budget and serve as interface with finance/controlling; provide budget updates as requested, including scenarios/analyses
  • Ensure appropriate documentation of research and development activities and implementation of tools to facilitate program execution and collaboration within the program team
  • Manage program risk assessment in alignment with the company’s enterprise risk management system
  • Organization and active participation in program team meetings, including meeting preparation and recording of minutes, and tracking of action items, deliverables and team decisions
  • Coordinate cross-functional preparation of monthly program status updates to R&D Leadership Team
  • Facilitate cross-functional program team in developing comprehensive program recommendations based on scenario planning, as needed
  • Interact with the Program Management Office Manager to develop, implement and maintain harmonized processes and tools
  • Lead program- or process-related work streams, if required


  • Degree in Life Sciences (preferably PhD, PharmD, MD or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in biological drug research and development, experience with biologics and a basic understanding of the operational and regulatory requirements is a plus
  • Experience in working in a cross-functional environment
  • Proficient in project management practices and tools, incl. project controlling
  • Ability to work in a highly structured and organized manner
  • Professional working proficiency in German and English, with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong team player and collaborative mindset
  • 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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