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Pfizer Associate Director, R&D Asset Project Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Why Patients Need You Pfizer Global Product Development (GPD) supports preclinical and clinical stage development of medicines to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives.

This is an R&D Asset Project Management position in the PPM (Portfolio & Project Management) Organization, where you will have the opportunity to develop your project management (PM) core competencies and gain broad drug development expertise by having exposure to early and late stage projects in different therapeutic categories. You will receive approximately 6 months focused PM training before you take on your own project(s) in a category.

What You Will Achieve

  • This position will provide you with the training and skillset to be able to take on your own projects as an Asset PM.

  • You will be developing the skills to lead cross-functional project teams in end-to-end development - from lead development (LD) through to loss of exclusivity (LOE) in different therapeutic areas.

  • Building on your experiences, you will develop skills to guide teams in integrating both research and development strategies.

  • You will be working one-on-one with the PM Process Excellence Lead to ensure that you receive consistent training on PM foundational capabilities. As you gain more experience, you will also have the opportunity to work with PMs across therapeutic categories.

  • As the Asset PM, you will be the program operational leader, ensuring all cross functional deliverables are achieved on schedule and within budget and quality targets. The PM provides comprehensive project management and team leadership to ensure alignment and execution of research, development, medical and commercial strategic and operational objectives.

  • Additional opportunities for personal growth and development will be encouraged, through exposure to organizational business improvement and operational initiatives inside and outside of PPM. These expanded opportunities will ensure continued personal development, enhancing your skillsets to progress your personal development towards industry-leading PM capabilities.

How You Will Achieve It Medicine Program Development, Strategy, and Planning

  • Partners with Medicine Team Leads and are responsible to lead development of integrated program plans and timelines, ensuring alignment between strategy and functional contributions, which may span from lead development to LOE.

  • Adept at encouraging a team to think differently, helping deliver breakthroughs by challenging the status quo and inspiring a team to achieve what sometimes may seem impossible.

  • Coached by experienced PMs, to progress development of a complex, multi-faceted development program.

  • Drives stage gate / decision point planning and participates in the strategic planning process for the project.

  • In partnership with the Finance Lead and Partner Line representatives, the PM is accountable for developing and maintaining an integrated budget and updated forecasts.

  • Designs, recommends, and implements new processes, approaches, or tools to manage the program or team.

Project Planning & Execution

  • Leads critical path development, using creative thinking to take the advantage of speed and accelerate the availability of the resultant medicine.

  • Monitors progress to plan while proactively addressing any emerging challenges and opportunities to optimize delivery of the plan.

  • Negotiates allocation of functional partner line resources to support endorsed strategy.

  • Maintains project budget, working with the team to optimize resource utilization and maximize return on investment. Reviews or approves operational activities and costs.

Risk Analysis and Management

  • Leads the team in the development, execution and maintenance of integrated risk management plans.

  • Partners with team and stakeholders to identify options to de-risk project plans and capitalize on opportunities.

  • Provides assessment of timing of investment triggers and Go/No Go decision points.

Information and Communication Management

  • Responsible for the development and management of the communication plan for the program.

  • Ensures effective, accurate, and timely communication of program / budget information to the medicine team, stakeholders / governance and within Pfizer reporting systems.

  • Participates in representing the medicine team in governance presentations, Operating Plan reviews, stakeholder discussions, and other venues

Team Effectiveness

  • Utilizes negotiation,facilitation, meeting management, and conflict resolution skills to enhance cross-functional team performance

  • Leads team chartering process and periodic assessment of team health

  • Identifies team member performance issues and partners with team leadership to recommend and develop appropriate actions

Qualifications Must-Have

  • Bachelor's degree in one of the disciplines related to drug development or business.

  • 7 or more years of relevant experience within the pharmaceutical industry

  • Strong desire to learn project management skills in leading drug development

  • Strong desire to learn how to successfully lead cross-functional teams that achieve results in challenging, fast-paced, and complex matrix team environments

  • Leadership, negotiation, interpersonal, communication, and meeting facilitation skills

  • Ability to manage stakeholders and drive difficult decisions through governance

  • Strong desire to learn project management tools and techniques

Nice-to-Have

  • Advanced degree (PhD, PharmD, MBA)

  • Formal project management training / professional PM certification (Project Management Professional [PMP] or equivalent)

  • Familiarity with clinical trial operations and working with contract research organizations

Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.

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