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 growing Research & Development team in Heidelberg, Germany, we are looking for a

Program Manager – R&D (f/m/d)

(Reference No. OP2002)

The successful candidate will be an integral member an international program team tasked with developing new antibody drug candidates from non-clinical research to clinical trials.

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  • Project management of an innovative drug development program in immuno-oncology from early R&D to clinical development
  • Coordinate internal and external program-related research and development activities, including
    • Work in a cross-functional program team to develop program plans and ensure execution according timelines and budget
    • Organize and attend team meetings as part of an international program team, including meeting preparation and recording of minutes, tracking of team objectives and action items
    • Liaise with external vendors and collaborators
    • Support team in preparing and submitting regulatory documents
  • Lead process to plan, monitor and report program budget and serve as interface with finance/controlling
  • Support the Program Head in devising program strategy and objectives
  • Support program team in preparation of program recommendations and presentation to management
  • Work closely with functional leads, program teams and scientific staff to proactively plan, monitor program and resolve potential resource conflicts
  • Work with Head of Project Management to develop, implement and maintain harmonized processes and tools


Professional qualifications, expertise and skills

  • PhD in Life Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy)
  • Prior experience in biological drug research and development (1 – 3 years)
  • Demonstrated experience in project management with appropriate training in required tools (incl. MS Project) and processes
  • Full professional proficiency in German and English


  • Work in a highly structured and organized manner
  • Assume responsibility and work proactively
  • Analyze, understand and clearly communicate complex scenarios
  • Manage tasks without having direct authority
  • Work under pressure if required, adapt to changes quickly and frequently
  • Possess a results-oriented mindset
  • Be committed to learn, adapt and improve continuously


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:

January 2020

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