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 Program Management-Team in Heidelberg, Germany, we are looking for a full-time

Senior Program Manager (f/m/d)

(Reference No. OP2105)

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Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the Joint Program Team of a partnered early stage development program within a matrix organization and close collaboration with the external partner
  • Drive the development and strategy of the development program in close collaboration with the Project Leader, Non-clinical Development and the external partner
  • Provide leadership to the cross-functional team ensuring proper execution of the development program
  • Coordinate, plan and monitor together with the external partner all program-related activities by providing an integrated program plan
  • Responsible for the management of operational aspects (e.g. budget tracking, project plan, defined workstreams) of the assigned development program
  • 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 and the external partner
  • Liaise with the cross functional team on planning, monitoring, managing and reporting 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
  • Organize and actively participate in program team meetings, including meeting preparation and recording of minutes, and tracking of action items, deliverables and team decisions
  • Facilitate cross-functional program team in developing comprehensive program recommendations based on scenario planning, as needed
  • Interact with the Program Management Office (PMO) Manager to develop, implement and maintain harmonized processes and tools

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in Life Sciences (preferably PhD, PharmD, MD or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in program/project management in the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Proficient in project management practices and tools, incl. project controlling
  • Experience in working in a cross-functional environment
  • 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 incl. MS Project


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:

April 2021

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