Executive Director Business Strategy and Partnership - Bothell , Washington, United States, 98011

With rapid developments in business technology and the need to get ahead of new technology trends to support business growth and evolution of new capabilities, we seek an Executive Director of IT Business Strategy and Partnership. This role will require strategic thinking around key business needs, product lifecycle, issues both current and future, and deep engagement at all levels of the organization driving value for the whole of Seattle Genetics. Aiding the CIO as part of her leadership team to further fulfill the divisions objectives as well as corporate objectives WW. This role will ensure business initiatives are prioritized appropriately in collaboration and conjunction with IT initiatives to ensure maximum value is delivered WW.

The role will report directly to the SVP Chief Information Officer and is a member of the IT Leadership Team. This position will partner with the CIO and IT Leadership to facilitate, define, and support technology vision and direction globally. This is a critically important role, designing and enabling Seattle Genetics to achieve key objectives. In this role, she/he will be responsible for the creation of multi-year plans that align with Seattle Genetics strategic goals, working together as part of the IT Leadership team to plan and direct the establishment of IT strategy across the IT Department.

This position sets the strategy and objectives for the Business Partner team in alignment with the long- and near-term Global IT Vision and objectives, Corporate goals and Business team goals across the enterprise.

In this role, you will be responsible for planning, coordination, execution, and leadership. You will define business management processes, foster relationships, and oversee planning and operations related to all aspects of IT services and financial management (operational and project). You will also analyze and report on key metrics, goals and objectives and ensure the organization meets related enterprise business targets and objectives WW.

Principal Responsibilities:

Determine the optimal strategies to support WW growth and expansion efforts across the business driving innovation, setting standards, and executing delivery of high impact initiatives

Lead a team of IT Business partners and provide steer on technology strategies for the business

Define and plan the implementation of new processes and technology and provide guidance to IT professionals and other staff within the organization

Determine global strategy for People, process, product and technology and date in line with business and customer needs

Define and adjust IT standards and technologies to meet the current and future needs

Make sound data driven decisions regarding the use of in-house technology and services optimizing total cost of ownership

Select and implement suitable technology to streamline internal operations and help optimize strategic benefits

Lead and manage the product lifecycle to drive innovation and adoption

Orchestrate identification, prioritization, and advancement of initiatives; monitor progress and communicate updates to internal teams and external stakeholders

Drive consistent and effective engagement and communications in alignment with organizational priorities both internally and externally at all levels of the organization

Advise, report on, and ensure execution of initiatives, priorities, and corporate and departmental goals to ensure alignment with desired outcomes

Partner with stakeholders to proactively identify needs and resolve potential challenges

Sponsor key steering and governance committees to ensure transparency, decision speed and removal of roadblocks to achieves results

Ensure IT is living organizational vision and goals in partnership with the ITLT . Trusted advisor to CIO, maintaining confidentiality at the highest level

Shape and support development of technology strategy roadmaps associated with key business areas and initiatives

Partner with the CIO and the IT Leadership team to design and deliver IT operational excellence that meet and exceed Seattle Genetics expectations

Partnering closely with the IT Change Management Office, drive strategy and execution of communications for Information Technology efforts across the company. Facilitate communications across IT groups, user, and other communities

Inspiring Service, Teamwork, and Accountability - Serving as a mentor for existing leaders as well as developing plans to cultivate future leaders. Providing guidance across the IT Organization

Developing a Culture of Continuous Improvement - Acting as an internal coach and consultant, identifying opportunities to remove process waste and scale automation and performance metrics across the organization

Ensure measurement and transparency of key metrics across IT through a balanced scorecard


Strong initiative with the ability to manage initiatives across the enterprise of varying complexity and timelines simultaneously

Senior leader with solid interpersonal skills including the ability to build trust, influence, and relationships across a large and diverse group

Ability to consider a problem abstractly and develop an approach that meets strategic goals

Handle confidential information with discretion

Adept communication skills including ability to summarize complex issues concisely and listen effectively to concerns and problems

High standards of excellence and exceptional attention to detail

Self-starter who identifies and helps solve problems and can deal with ambiguity. Ability to take independent action, working with a high-level problem or concept, developing the right next steps to propose resolution and ensuring successful outcome

Familiarity and understanding of scientific and clinical principles that guide our business

At least 15 years industry experience in a fast-paced environment (Technology/Biotech/Pharmaceutical industry preferred)

Information Technology acumen and proven leadership skills

Track record of successfully navigating within varying degrees of ambiguity in a fast-paced environment

Ability to package and syndicate a message, garner support, drive and document vision/strategy, plan & organize, providing progress on multiple projects

Balance creativity and innovation against practical/cost effective approaches

The ability to capture the confidence of the organization in presenting new ideas or solutions through the ability to factually resolve conflicts and differences of opinion in a respectful yet assertive way

Excellent oral and written communication skills (written/verbal), including the ability to explain technology solutions in business terms, establish rapport and persuade others, and articulate information in the appropriate media

Experience in the management of multi-functional teams

Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and be able to effectively handle multiple projects or activities simultaneously

Ability to establish and manage multiple competing priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives without supervision

Proficient in interpreting guidelines and manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting data for organizations or programs of at least $150M

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with ability to work in partnership with others in a collaborative or advisory role

Comfortable briefing executive level summaries and at the detailed operational level

Proven ability to work well with all levels of management and employees, as well as outside clients/vendors

Market research experience a plus

Experience with 3rd party vendors, contracts, pricing a plus

Willingness to travel internationally (10%)


MBA or related Masters-level degree