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 team in Heidelberg, Germany, we are looking for a

Program Manager (f/m/d)

(Reference No. OP1906)

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

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  • Supporting the Program Head in planning, implementation and tracking of the development program
  • Project management of internal drug development programs
  • Driving planning as well as monitoring and execution of program plans in alignment with program strategy and goals
  • Organizing and attending team meetings as part of an international program team, including
    • Scheduling and preparing meetings, developing agendas and recording meeting minutes
    • Ensuring execution excellence through tracking of team objectives and action items
  • Organizing internal and external program-related research and development activities, including
    • Developing internal program plans and monitoring progress
    • Establishing and maintaining processes to ensure appropriate internal and external reporting of research data
    • Developing and maintaining tools to ensure efficient and organized execution of program-related research activities in close collaboration with line functions
    • Working closely with functional leads, program teams and scientific staff to proactively plan, monitor and resolve potential resource conflicts
  • Supporting the program team in preparing program recommendations and presentations to management
  • Supporting the program team in planning of program budgets and resources and serving as interface with finance/controlling
  • Tracking program budget in close liaison with Program Head; providing budget updates, as required
  • Working with Head of Project Management to develop, implement and maintain harmonized processes and tools


Professional qualifications, expertise and skills

  • Degree (MSc, PhD preferred) in Life Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy)
  • Prior experience in biological drug research and development in the pharmaceutical industry (1 – 3 years)
  • Demonstrated project management experience 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 official authority
  • Work under pressure if required, adapt to changes quickly and frequently
  • Results-oriented mindset
  • 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:

August 2019

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