As the organization’s name implies, Worldwide Oncology Commercial (WWOC) at Bristol Myers Squibb develops and shapes the oncology commercialization strategy at BMS on a global scale. WWOC offers a collaborative and fast-paced environment that works to ensure patient access to new cancer therapies as quickly as possible. As such, WWOC, with the promise to Learn Fast, Grow Fast, offers unmatched opportunities for leadership development and career growth — within the organization as well as beyond — to help transform the lives of cancer patients.
Michael Allard, Sachin Gholap and Neo Miyashita served as Directors within WWOC before recent promotions to new positions within BMS. They reflected on their respective experiences and how their tenures in WWOC enhanced and refined their leadership skills while they took their careers to the next level.
Bringing Varied Backgrounds to Global Careers
Before joining WWOC, Michael Allard had a number of careers within BMS that motivated and energized him to keep learning. He went from working in marketing roles to leading sales teams, gaining experience in different therapeutic areas along the way. He took advantage of BMS “tours of duty” and temporary assignments that exposed him to Worldwide roles and US business culture while expanding his BMS network.
Oncology attracted him because of the rapidly-evolving pace of the science plus the sense of urgency in addressing the needs of patients fighting cancer — all of which aligned with WWOC’s Learn Fast, Grow Fast culture, expanding his leadership capabilities, and setting the course for a transition to his current role as Director, US Oncology Marketing.
“I'm someone that likes to get out of my comfort zone on a regular basis. I need to learn new things all the time, which is something I’m definitely experiencing in oncology, and BMS has consistently provided me with opportunities to grow,” said Michael.
For Sachin, his UK market and Worldwide experiences exposed him to a collaborative culture where patient outcomes were the priority. He believes there are ample opportunities for those coming from other therapeutic areas to also grow and thrive.
“It comes back to the ability to adapt, to be able to think fast, to be flexible, to be able to pivot when decisions aren't going your way,” he said. “These qualities — no matter where one has developed them — I think they can absolutely apply to oncology.”
Finding Opportunities to Learn Fast, Grow Fast..
For the high-performing individual, the rewards — both professional and personal — of working in oncology, specifically within WWOC at BMS, are numerous. From the day-to-day challenges in the pursuit of excellence and the fast pace in an ever-evolving therapeutic field, to the ability to have a real impact on the lives of patients, it’s no wonder that employees like Michael, Sachin and Neo chose WWOC in which to grow their careers. We invite you to learn more about careers at BMS and envision yourself with unmatched opportunities to shape the future of cancer care.