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Director, Platform Development Lead (Pharmaceutical R&D Strategic Program Manager)


Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Supporting the Pfizer Essential Health (PEH) business unit, the Strategic Program Manager (Director, Platform Development Lead) is responsible for leading the cross-functional development activities for a group of complex generic assets within a technology cluster for Sterile Injectables. Responsibilities include co-leading one complex assets platforms with his/her commercial counterpart and managing the integrated cross-functional strategy for the group of complex assets (1-3 assets) through development and through launch. S/he is responsible for not only delivering the development asset, but also responsible for innovation related to incremental Life Cycle Management (LCM) development activities as well as the execution of the development program of the assets within the technology cluster.

Reporting to the Pipeline Development Lead for Sterile Injectables , s/he will strive to maximize the long-term value of the asset through development of integrated strategies and aligned execution plans which cover all aspects of drug development - Financial, Clinical, Medical, Legal, Regulatory, Pharm Sci, and Manufacturing / Operations.

An effective partnership with Commercial will be a key success factor. S/he manages $30M in annual spend.

This position is located in our north suburban Chicago/Lake Forest, IL location; relocation provided.


+ Ensures delivery from early stage development through commercialization and launch, maximizing the long-term value of the assets within the technology cluster.

+ Acts as the single point of accountability for delivery of assets within the complex technology cluster for PEH R&D.

+ Oversees the delivery of all Integrated Development Commercialization Plans (IDCP) within the technology cluster. The individual asset IDCP is the responsibility of the Complex Asset Lead.

+ Along with the commercial co-lead, responsible for finalizing global strategies of the cluster of assets and aligned operational plans.

+ Ensures realistic execution plans are in place for all assets within the technology cluster.

+ Key point of contact and development program representative to executive leadership, governance and in other decision-making forums.

+ Holds and manages the overall asset budget for the cluster of assets within authorized limits

+ Risk management - Ensures risks are proactively and continuously identified and risk mitigation strategies developed by each asset team within the technology cluster.

+ Manages interactions with internal stakeholders and governance bodies

+ Ensures transparent information flow internally and externally.

+ Continuously drives quality, cost and speed improvements, and makes necessary tradeoff development decisions to maximize asset value.

+ Resource Management - Works with leaders across functions to ensure that projects within the cluster have appropriate resources and technical expertise to meet strategic objectives.

+ Program Management - Accountable for ensuring that the program is managed appropriately within budget and that resource forecasts for all activities across all functions are accurate and up to date.

+ Accountable for driving technical review for the program and driving overall due diligence related to the program.

+ Maintains scientific and regulatory awareness to ensure that project plans reflect the latest scientific developments and regulatory environment.

People Leadership

+ People manager for up to 2 direct reports

Matrix Team Leadership

Ensures effective operation of the Asset Teams within the technology cluster to ensure flawless execution of programs and activities across functions and regions.

Asset related travel could result in 15% travel within the US and international (depending on the development team location and the manufacturing site for the technology).


+ Minimum of 10 years of pharmaceutical development experience in the pharmaceutical industry with specialized expertise in chemistry, formulation/process development, regulatory, manufacturing, or clinical development.

+ BA/BS in a pharmaceutical related science required, with a MS or PhD preferred.

+ Formal Program Management training or certification (PMP or similar) highly valued.

+ Experience and deep understanding of brands and/or generics for sterile injectable and ophthalmic products in active product development with global commercial scope.

+ Significant experience (at least 5 years) leading highly matrixed teams and high performing teams

+ Strong background in technology transfer and scale up

+ Proven ability to excel in an ambiguous and evolving marketplace

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

Additional Details:

This job is Hospira Exempt US/PR Grade: 21; aligns with Pfizer Grade 15

This position is located in our north suburban Chicago/Lake Forest, IL location

Eligible for Relocation Package

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
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