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Planning Director

Country:  Germany
City:  Aachen
Department:  Commercial, Marketing & Sales
Job ID:  43151


Are you an entrepreneurial thinker? Do you want to join a dynamic team with a strong sense of purpose that thrives on finding new ways to tackle challenges? Then our Commercial, Marketing & Sales team is the right place for you: whether you’re passionate about Marketing, Medical Affairs, Market Access, Commercial Excellence or Sales. We analyse the market to find out exactly what patients need, and then we provide pain treatments that improve their lives – while creating value for Grünenthal. We strive to make progress towards our vision of a world free of pain – every single day, one patient at a time. We’d love you to help us make a powerful impact on the lives of people living with pain around the globe.


What the job looks like
Each day you'll enjoy a variety of challenges, such as:

  • Support the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) to shape the overall Commercial strategy and function as the voice for Commercial in all day-to-day activities, e.g. preparing business reviews, preparing presentations for external and internal events, keeping track of the meeting schedule and ongoing projects.
  • Act as a representative of the CCO in selected meetings and part of several cross-functional teams across the organization, representing Commercial in company-wide projects; take ownership for selected projects within the CCO area.
  • Identify and address gaps, challenges and successes across the commercial organization
  • Act as a point of contact between top management and employees.
  • Global project leadership responsibility with cross-functional structured teams from all operational business units.
  • Collaborate with the Commercial Leadership Team and Board Members.
  • Oversee key strategic commercial projects which underpin the success of the organization.
  • Focus on future/strategic challenges and opportunities, interacting extensively with within CCO and within other Grünenthal functions. 
  • Advisory and executive function, representing the CCO in their absence, independent project management responsibilities.
  • Support in day-to-day activities; plans agenda for the CLT meetings, prepares presentations for the CCO.


What you'll bring to the table
To make the most of this role and truly thrive, you should have:

  • Degree educated; additional post graduate qualification such as an MBA, strongly preferred.
  • Multiple years of relevant work experience in project or process management roles (in the pharmaceutical industry or consulting).
  • Commercial experience in the pharmaceutical sector
  • Complex stakeholder management capability with an experience of being a strong business leader, ideally with past experience in team leadership with high curiosity and entrepreneurship
  • Strong organizational and project/process management skills gained in a global environment and in international projects.
  • Ablility to connect and align with various functions and projects to drive efficient working practice
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams both locally and internationally. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advanced presentation skills.
  • Gravitas and credibility to allow confident interactions with senior leaders members.
  • Capability to listen and to help provide structure to implementation and execution to team decisions.
  • More listening mode than telling mode as general attitude.
  • Disciplined to ensure follow up and tracking of team decisions and commitments.
  • Strategic big picture thinking with a long-term mindset.




About Grünenthal

Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. As a science-based, privately-owned pharmaceutical company, we have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients worldwide. Our purpose is to change lives for the better – and innovation is our passion. We are focussing all of our activities and efforts on working towards our vision of a world free of pain.

Grünenthal is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and has affiliates in 28 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are available in more than 100 countries. In 2021, Grünenthal employed around 4,500 people and achieved sales of € 1.5 bn.

Your HR contact: 
Hajnal Monok

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