Director, Program Management, Combination Products

Pfizer Inc. - Lake Forest, IL


The DCP (Device and Combination Product) PM provides comprehensive project leadership and operational excellence for the execution and delivery of assets/projects from early development through launch. The DCP PM serves as an operational leader, ensuring all Pharmaceutical Science cross functional deliverables are achieved on or ahead of schedule, within budget target, and with quality that meets or exceeds business needs. The DCP PM uses leadership and interpersonal skills to motivate and influence team members to high team performance and individual achievement. The DCP PM’s responsibilities encompass strategic problem-solving, project planning, compliance, program execution and delivery, team effectiveness, risk management, and communication management.


Project Execution and Delivery

Represent Pharm Sci as a member of the Global Medicine Team, responsible for driving overall pharm sci strategy for the projects which include both internal and in-licensed medicines.
Works with key stakeholders in Medicinal Sciences, Commercial, Clinical, Pfizer Global Supplies (PGS), and other partner lines to define the product concept and lead the operational planning for assigned projects
Provides a single point of accountability for all Pharm Sci aspects of the assigned projects, interacting as necessary with stakeholders at all levels of management (inside and outside of Pharm Sci) to convey project information and manage expectations.
Responsible for planning and forecasting team budgets and resources, working with Pharm Sci project manager to develop plans in RAPID and then actively manage Pharm Sci budgets, plans, and forecasts.
Works with Procurement and Pharm Sci Outsourcing Specialists to manage interactions with third party manufacturers and other vendors necessary for the projects
Negotiates the allocation of resources to support the endorsed strategy and development plan.
Facilitates team in appropriate discussions leading to effective decision-making.
Risk Analysis and Management

Leads the team in the preparation, implementation, maintenance, communication, and management of risk management plans, including risk assessment and risk mitigation strategies.
Partners with team members and line function leadership to identify options to de-risk project plans and capitalize on opportunities.
Leads or facilitates team discussion and documentation of alternative development options, including pros, cons, and risks.
Strategy Thinking and Problem Solving

Leads or offers leadership in asset-level planning, including development and assessment of scenarios and options, robust decision criteria, risk management, and internal/external communication and stakeholder management strategies.
Provides timeline and budget inputs for asset valuation and prioritization process.
Planning and Organization

Drives creation/maintenance of pharm sci project plans.
Leads development of the program technical critical path. Ensures all lines on the PSPT / CDT understand the strategy, key milestones and interdependencies.

Ensure compliance with Pfizer policies and standards and local laws and regulations
Embody the standards for quality for all deliverables.
Communication Skills

Ensures effective, accurate, and timely communication of program information to meet the needs of the asset team and stakeholders
Leads or participates in representing the PSPT / CDT in governance presentations, Portfolio/Project reviews, stakeholder discussions, and other venues.
Drives development of project level goals that contribute to the overall goals of the business and monitors progress against these goals.
Conducts lessons learned reviews.
Ability to Influence and Motivate

Utilizes negotiation, facilitation, meeting management, and conflict resolution skills to enhance PSPT / CDT team performance.
Understands and communicates team roles/responsibilities; helps new team members get up to speed on the project, and ensures all team members have access to project information necessary to be successful.
Ensures all appropriate team member views have been raised and incorporated into team decisions as appropriate.
Identifies team performance issues and partners with team leadership to recommend and develop appropriate actions.
Models optimal team member and meeting etiquette behaviors, encourages straight talk.
Clarifies project deliverables/workload to enable partner lines to assess resource needs, raise gaps, and partner with team leadership to resolve

Bachelor's degree in one of the disciplines related to drug development or engineering required. Advanced degree (PhD, PharmD, MS) highly desirable. Strong understanding of combination product development (drug plus device) highly preferred.
Mastery of project management skills and product development. Minimum of 8 years in Project Management / Leadership.
10 years of experience in developing drug delivery devices, combination products and/or pharmaceuticals
Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams as well as working independently in ambiguous situations/assignments, gathering input from colleagues and management to address project-related issues
Planning experience and fiscal awareness are essential, as is a sustained record of satisfactory performance
Technical abilities should include a sound knowledge of the drug and medical device development process; an advanced technical knowledge within the applicant’s own discipline as well as a strong knowledge of other disciplines within and external to Medicinal Sciences.
Demonstrated skills in planning, scheduling, forecasting, including the use of relevant IT tools, together with the ability to use a high level of scientific / business judgement to adapt or create systems and processes by applying the breadth of knowledge and prior work experience.
Demonstrated influencing and negotiating skills; and proven skills in developing others within own functional area. Ability to identify and develop options to support short to mid-term goals and set direction for team. High awareness of personal limits and a willingness to proactively consult others to ensure quality of judgement

The combination of strong pharmaceutical and medical device development experience preferred.
Strong track record of performance on cross-functional teams and results through effective implementation of project management methodology, tools, and techniques.
Strong leadership, negotiation, interpersonal, communication, and meeting facilitation skills.
Experience with stakeholder management, governance management, and communicating key messages to senior-level stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability to utilize project management tools and techniques (such as developing integrated project plans, critical path management, project change control, project risk management, and decision analysis).
Extensive hands-on experience using Microsoft Project or equivalent project planning system to create and manage project timelines (Planisware and Snapshot experience highly desirable).
Track record for delivery against challenging personal and team goals.
Proven ability to succeed in a fast-paced, challenging and complex matrix team environment.

The successful candidate will be capable of independent problem solving and working with minimal direction under most circumstances. Applicants should demonstrate strongly collaborative behaviors and teamwork and demonstrate expertise in most or all of the following: team dynamics, coaching, negotiation, motivating and other soft skills necessary to foster team effectiveness in a matrixed environment. The successful candidate will also possess strong oral and written communication skills. Strong analytical and computer skills are required.


Typically less than 10%. May be higher dependent on project and timing within project.
“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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