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Senior Pharmaceutical R&D Program Manager/Lead


Lake Forest H1, IL
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Job Title Senior Pharmaceutical R&D Program Manager/Lead

JobID 1604053

Location: Lake Forest H1, IL

Description **Role Summary**

Supporting the Pfizer Essential Health business unit, specifically sterile injectables products, the Senior Program Manager has overall accountability for complex programs (such as: operations capital, clinical studies, technically challenging process development, etc.) from concept through launch and is responsible to ensure the core team as well as the extended team is on track following the established IDPC / Project Plan. S/he is responsible for presenting issues, recommendations and updates to various governance bodies which consists of key decision makers, in regards to their programs. The Senior PM also assists in developing various product line strategies has the required skills to form high performing teams that will result in the timely and high quality execution of the assigned program(s).

The Senior Program Manager represents 2 - 5 programs to senior leaders and is accountable to get the program started which includes identifying appropriate level of resources, gaining buy in from functional managers, setting up budgets, communicating key events and issues with recommendations and action plans. The Senior Program Manager is also accountable to the various governance bodies, Project Team and PDL for the project time lines, deliverables, and budget as defined in IDCP / Project plan; and has the authority to create cross-functional action plans, delegate tasks, and expect regular updates from functional team members with respect to their projects. S/he also is responsible to provide guidance to functional project team members to ensure goals are being met within the agreed upon IDCP / Project plan.

The Program Manager has full authority to act for the benefit of the project or program assigned within the agreed upon IDCP / Project plan. When conflicts across programs arise, the Program Manager has the ability to resolve conflict with his/her counterpart. The Program Manager has the prerequisite tools to analyze and defend the program. In addition to the normal project planning techniques, the individual must be capable of risk assessment, problem solving, and decision making techniques.

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

Role Responsibilities

►Provide leadership to cross-functional teams by defining clear, realistic project goals; clear barriers to ensure team progress, and facilitate rapid decision-making.

►Manage internal and external business partners to achieve common objectives.

►Lead the program strategy development and Integrated Development and Commercial Plan (IDCP) / Project Plan at each stage gate to present to the various governance bodies.

►Generate analyses of timeline, resource, and budget information that facilitate scenario planning, contingency planning, risk assessment and decision-making.

►Facilitate the management of resources in alignment with approved IDCP / Project plan.

►Foresee and directly handle project resource issues. Proactively raise personnel issues, such as performance directly with functional management.

►Serve as a liaison with the various governance bodies, PDL, and the Core Project Team.

►The Senior Program Manager is expected to report team progress, highlight risks/returns, clarify issues, suggest recommendations, and present next stage IDCP / Project plan.

►Organize and facilitate effective meetings. Identify and delegate action items, follow-up/track action items to resolution, update project plans & deliverables, and as required identify issues and ultimately resolve issues off-line (to ensure effective meetings at all levels).

►Responsible for developing and maintaining project budgets and providing project updates and information to support the financial reporting cycles.

►Monitors and tracks team performance metrics (time, cost and quality milestones) relative to endorsed project plan and prepares periodic management reports to communicate project performance.

►Collects, analyzes, integrates, and maintains cross-functional deliverables (i.e. Integrated Project Plans).

►Drives day-to-day Core Team activities to meet project milestones and keep functions on track.

►Understand critical path activities and anticipates steps that may be bottlenecks.

►Develops and executes communication plan to ensure effective and timely communication between the Core Team and functional management, senior management, governance bodies, and external partners.

► Responsible for project budgets up to approx. $5M.

► Up to 10% travel.


►A bachelor's degree is a requirement (Chemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering or similar discipline is ideal) and provided the incumbent has successfully demonstrated cross-functional project-planning and leadership skills, Masters degrees are not required, but are preferred. Formal Program Management training or certification preferred (PMP or similar).

►The incumbent should have a technical degree in a field that is related to the organizational needs of the particular unit assigned (i.e., drug, device, etc.).

►The incumbent should have experience with product development processes within a pharmaceutical or medical device company is preferred; other highly regulated industry such as food or chemical will be considered; a minimum of 7 years experience as a Program Manager or 2 years experience leading teams and 5 years as a project team member.

►Cross-functional pharmaceutical experience across different areas such as R&D, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing Operations, Medical, Commercial, Clinical or Regulatory is preferred but not required.

►Fundamental knowledge of functions as related to their particular program assignments is essential.

►The incumbent should also have successfully demonstrated cross-functional leadership competencies (diligence, developing strategies, conflict resolution, analysis, communication and business / organizational awareness) as well as project planning skills.

**Other Information**

Eligible for relocation

Eligible for employee referral bonus

Hospira grade 20 align with Pfizer grade

**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**

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A career at Pfizer offers opportunity, ownership and impact.

All over the world, Pfizer colleagues work together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Our colleagues have the opportunity to grow and develop a career that offers both individual and company success; be part of an ownership culture that values diversity and where all colleagues are energized and engaged; and the ability to impact the health and lives of millions of people. Pfizer, a global leader in the bio-pharmaceutical industry, is continuously seeking top talent who are inspired by our purpose to innovate to bring therapies to patients that significantly improve their lives.

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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