Global Medical Strategy Program Team Lead

Pfizer Inc.

La Jolla, CA

Job posting number: #7219719 (Ref:pf-4906712)

Posted: February 21, 2024

Job Description

Today, Pfizer Oncology has an industry-leading portfolio of 25  approved innovative cancer medicines, including major therapies for metastatic breast cancer, prostate cancer, urothelial carcinoma and haemato-oncological malignancies. Pfizer’s in-line portfolio is focused on four broad, key areas: breast cancer, genitourinary cancer, hematology and precision medicine, complemented by an extensive pipeline of over 50 programs in clinical development.

ROLE SUMMARY

The Medical Strategy Management Program Team Lead is an integral member of the Pfizer Oncology Medical Strategy Management group and is accountable for overall program management of the Pfizer Oncology Medical business and overseeing a team of Medical Strategy Program Leads and project managers that support the Medical teams.  This role will partner with the Head of Oncology Medical Strategy Management, the Pfizer Oncology Medical leadership team, and other senior Global and U.S. Medical Leads across the portfolio to ensure the successful execution of medical programs.

This role will provide strategic program management support for key priorities and deliverables relating to over twenty-five Oncology medicines across several diverse teams: including Global Medical, US Medical, and US Field Medical teams. The position will require the ability to lead and oversee execution aligned with strategic goals to ensure deliverables are on track and within budget.  This includes alignment across key stakeholders, influencing in a matrix environment, highly effective communication, conflict resolution, and sharing best practices within Oncology Medical as well as cross-functionally. The role will serve as a key interface between the Pfizer Oncology, Pfizer U.S. (Medical Platforms), Pfizer International Medical and Worldwide Medical (WMS) organizations in addition to interfacing with enabling functions across the enterprise as needed (e.g., digital, finance, legal, compliance, etc.), offering strategic partnership and Ops accountability.

Key focus areas include:

  • People Management
  • Strategic & Operations Planning
  • Budget Management
  • Organizational Process and Change Management
  • Medical Alliance Management
  • Compliance
  • Communication, Matrix Management

In cases where an asset is part of an alliance agreement, this role will partner with Medical leads to identify areas in which program support will play a central role in ensuring the success of the alliance(s). This may include driving alignment discussions, harmonizing Op Plan and budgeting cycles, reconciling budgets, developing joint medical plans, and collaborating with the Alliance Management teams as needed.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

This role will serve as a key interface between the Pfizer Oncology Global Medical Strategy Lead / MST, Pfizer U.S. (Medical Platforms), Pfizer International Medical teams and WMS organizations across the broader Pfizer enterprise, providing strategic partnership and contributing to efficient decision-making processes in the development of MST deliverables across the medicine’s lifecycle.

The scope of responsibilities will be across a whole development programme, covering multiple assets within a disease area.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Has direct accountability / responsibility for Pfizer Oncology Medical Strategy Management Program team and work.
  • Ensure development of an overview for all assets of project schedules/timelines, process development, budgets, status reporting, project communication, tracking and resolution of issues, tracking risks to resources and budget (ISRs, CRCs). Proactively identifying all risks / opportunities to be addressed with the relevant MST.
  • Oversee and/or lead all aspects of developing the Medical Operating Plan budgets by translating medical strategies to tactics.  Support scenario planning to achieve targets, analyses of asset/TA priorities, and creation of documents and presentations, as appropriate. Drive timelines and deliverables; ensure efficient execution of desired goals and outputs; and lead discussions with Finance, Pfizer Medical senior leadership, Team Leads, and Global Medical Strategy Leads.
  • Lead execution aligned with strategic goals to ensure all Medical deliverables are on track and within budget.  This includes ensuring alignment across key stakeholders, influencing in a matrix environment, highly effective communication, conflict resolution, and sharing best practices within Oncology Medical as well as cross-functionally.
  • Drive alignment and execution on the strategic elements of the medical plan, working collaboratively with Oncology Early-and-Late Clinical Development, Oncology Medical Affairs, cross-TA global Medical platforms, Safety, Oncology Regulatory Strategy, Global Value and Access and other functions as needed. This includes the evidence generation plan, ISR strategy, pre-approval access plan, scientific communications platform, publication strategy etc.
  • Build and maintain strong ongoing relationship with key senior cross-functional stakeholders to ensure execution of the above cross-functional MST deliverables and that process are followed and properly / consistently conducted; address any gaps in the deliverables / process and identify key topics for the MST to address/review at regular intervals. ‘Zoom-in and zoom-out’ as needed to drive consensus and momentum cross-functionally.
  • Anticipate the future needs of the MSTs based on strategic objectives and effectively communicate among relevant senior Medical stakeholders to inform opportunities for the team to execute value-adding advancements and improvements in service delivery.  Advise on and broker global Oncology Medical services and solutions and to help anticipate and solve global Oncology Medical business challenges. Propose new processes and tools to improve alignment and efficiency.
  • In cases when the medicine is part of an alliance agreement with another company, this role will partner with the Medical Lead to identify areas needing Program support with the alliance partner.  This may include and is not limited to facilitation of joint meetings / committees / face-to-face collaborations, driving alignment discussions, tracking of work streams, harmonizing Op Plan and budgeting cycles, reconciling budgets, developing joint medical plans, and collaborating with the Alliance Management teams as needed (e.g., develop presentation materials, obtain necessary approvals as applicable). 
  • Align with leadership on change management initiatives and effective communication strategies within the organization. Examples include:
    • Integration of new products and indications, i.e., via acquisition of new entities or advancement through internal clinical pipeline.
    • Scientific Review process and funding model
    • New technology implementation.
  • Ensure appropriate support for the preparation of reports as needed by the Medical TA Lead(s) to support wider stakeholder engagement.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant discipline.
  • 15+ years’ industry experience in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, or other Healthcare-related field and 5-9+ years of experience in Medical Affairs Project/Program Management.
  • Advanced degree preferred, with 13+ years of experience if a Master’s degree is held.
  • Previous people management experience preferred.
  • Utilization of Project Management tools, methodologies, practices, and infrastructure, as related to the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Strategic thinker, with strong meeting organization, facilitation, problem-solving and issue resolution skills.
  • Strong leadership skills and proven ability to operate effectively in a heavily matrix organization, with experience managing global projects with team members in multiple locations.
  • Is a role model of Pfizer’s Values of Courage, Excellence, Equity and Joy.
  • 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.
  • Ability to oversee portfolio of activities and implement projects of strategic importance on time and within budget.
  • Capable of working independently on multiple projects with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet strict deadlines with good judgement.
  • Identifies, analyzes, and communicates problems, issues and opportunities, ability to escalate as appropriate.
  • Builds effective relationships to influence without formal management authority.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; fluent and able to influence others in spoken and written English.
  • Flexibility, the ability to adapt to changing project scope and direction; ability to adapt to changing team structure.
  • Ability to professionally interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Project, Excel, and PowerPoint.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced degree – Masters, PMP certification and experience in oncology and biologics, with substantial Medical Affairs experience.
  • Eligible for Employee Referral


The annual base salary for this position ranges from $205,400.00 to $342,400.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer’s Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 25.0% of the base salary and eligibility to participate in our share based long term incentive program. We offer comprehensive and generous benefits and programs to help our colleagues lead healthy lives and to support each of life’s moments. Benefits offered include a 401(k) plan with Pfizer Matching Contributions and an additional Pfizer Retirement Savings Contribution, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage. Learn more at Pfizer Candidate Site – U.S. Benefits | (uscandidates.mypfizerbenefits.com). Pfizer compensation structures and benefit packages are aligned based on the location of hire. The United States salary range provided does not apply to Tampa, FL or any location outside of the United States.

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

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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. This position requires permanent work authorization in the United States.

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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.


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