Associate Director, Program Management, Oncology

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POST DATE 9/3/2016
END DATE 2/27/2017

Eisai Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Woodcliff Lake, NJ
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Department Name
Program Management Oncology

Location/Territory Name
Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Job Description
The Associate Director of Program Management for Oncology must be able to both provide strategic vision and guide cross-functional teams to develop and execute integrated plans leading to the successful development of new products. The successful delivery of milestones and goals ties to the overall longevity of the Eisai's pipeline, commercial infrastructure and profitability. Key activities include strategic development of program plans and assisting with budgets as well as proactively rectifying potential deviations, resolving complex critical issues, and communicating plans, issues, risks and status to senior management. This position also acts as the key contact and coordinator among the international project teams, business operations, alliance management, and function leads concerning program initiation, strategic planning and tactical milestones, risk/issue management, and program execution that require senior management input and/or decisions.

Essential Functions

1. Translate the overall global product strategy into actionable plans for the International Project Team (IPT). Guide teams through the effective development, management approval and execution of strategic plans for assigned programs. Ensure program activities and tactical execution is linked to program strategy. Ensures establishment of key performance indicators and milestones for the overall program and identify critical metrics for the sub-teams. Direct the implementation of overall program plans, orchestrate communication within and outside the IPT (including business operations, alliance management and senior management) and monitor the alignment of sub-teams. Conduct team meetings that have structure and clear purposes and goals; facilitate and drive meetings effectively and clearly communicate decisions and action items to team members and relevant parties outside of the team. Track progress of program activities, ensure key development milestones are achieved, and ensure programs proceed based on the agreed upon timeline.
2. Implement strategies and tactics to identify, monitor and resolve project and program risks including ensuring plans are in place for key risks and communicate to senior management for input and decision making. Collaborate with teams and senior management to resolve complex issues promptly and effectively manage differences of opinion, misaligned objectives, inexperience, etc.
3. Drive the portfolio review process ensuring appropriate studies and projects are prioritized. Contribute to development of an integrated program strategy including clinical development, commercial, regulatory, and technical aspects in additional to life cycle management activities. Ensure Drug Development Plans are developed and regularly updated.
4. Assist in the development of project and program management tools, techniques and processes to enable the development of project and program strategy, plans, timelines, budgets and metrics. Manage new tools and processes while minimizing their costs to the organization. Translate process improvement standards and protocols into expectations for each project/program.
5. Support business planning as needed including demand and resource management. Monitor resources (people and budget) for various studies, projects and programs ensuring resources are focused toward correct activities, and lack of resources is identified and rectified. Assist in the development of study and program budgets making sure the appropriate budgetary allocations are made to targeted opportunities.
6. Provide a continuously updated and balanced appraisal of the project and program status, including risk, cost, and value to stakeholders and senior management. Evaluate, highlight, and escalate unresolved issues, potential barriers to program progression, and resources constraints.
7. This role will also assist with and/or manage special projects or projects within the unit or that require cross-unit management.

Job Qualifications
BS or BA in a related field; MBA or advanced degree desirable.
8+ years Life Science industry experience, 6+ years in leading teams, 6+ in project or program management, oncology experience a plus
Knowledge of pharmaceutical development and commercialization process including Hands-on experience in the successful planning and execution or contribution to complex Health Authority interactions such as End-Of-Phase 2, Advisory Committee meetings, IND, sNDA/NDA submissions and approvals. Working knowledge of the planning and execution of clinical trials.
Project management and organizational skills. Experience in the use and understanding of the critical value of technology in managing milestones, resource planning and integrating interdependencies within an organization. MS project experience required. PMP certification a plus.
Proven leadership skills including the capability to rally stakeholders and their resources around the unit s and company s goals
Ability to motivate and drive decision-making within a cross-functional and cross-cultural, global team structure
Must possess a unique combination of strategic perspective / critical thinking, managerial courage and proven effectiveness within complex business structures. Track record of driving difficult decisions to conclusion. Ability to lead and influence various teams without authority
Scientifically and clinically astute with learning agility, translating to a demonstrated ability to develop deep understanding of therapeutic areas and optimal development strategies.
Ability to work in a virtual setting/across time-zones, (i.e., making effective use of communication tools (WebEx, and video conferencing, etc.)
Ability to listen effectively and the capability to effectively communicate ideas and data both verbally and written in a persuasive and appropriate manner to a broad array of stakeholders
Self-driven individual able to function with minimum supervision
Proficient with MS Office products and other technology tools

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