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Associate Director, Project Planner, Oncology

Boulder, Colorado; Collegeville, Pennsylvania; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Manhattan, New York
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Jun 25, 2021

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Life Sciences, Oncology
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The Project Planner possesses a comprehensive knowledge of drug development, advanced knowledge of scheduling and resource forecasting software (e.g., MS Project, Planisware) as well as the definitions and standards and associated systems and tools, and may support several different types of schedules in support of a clinical development plan, which may include, but are not limited to: medicine, candidate/indication, clinical studies, and end game/submission. He/she plays a key role in scenario planning, i.e., building schedule/resourcing options and forecasting associated development costs that depict various development options. Project Planner typically works within a cross-functional team environment but frequently leads/co-leads complex sub-team initiatives. He/she applies skills to support teams' operational/strategic delivery of new medicines to patients.

Project Planner is expected to anticipate potential objections and have the ability to influence others. He/she collaborates with cross-functional team members and planners. Typical collaboration focuses on providing input into best practices, making recommendations for improvements, or driving development of new technologies and continuous improvement of planning processes, tools, reports, and systems.

Project Planner may also be expected to periodically provide his/her expertise or insights to the further development of Pfizer-wide initiatives related to Resource and Planning Insights for Decisions (RAPID) or other corporate project planning tools and processes.


Responsible for performing important project planning activities in support of team deliverables and the portfolio. To effectively execute the primary responsibilities, the Project Planner must possess an advanced knowledge of the principles, concepts, and theories of project management. The colleague executes his/her role by partnering with project team members and partner line representatives to create project schedules that enable effective planning and ensure project delivery. The colleague is expected to apply technical, team, and line knowledge along with advanced scheduling knowledge to contribute to the achievement of work team deliverables and goals.

Planning/Controlling (Scheduling and Resource Management)
  • Responsible for coordinating, monitoring, and reporting project schedule information to enable alignment of WRD/GPD and partner line schedules and FTE/dollar resources. These schedules include:
  • The cross-functional schedules (Product Group and Candidate Plans) that integrate schedule information across all lines supporting all stages of the development continuum.
  • Clinical study plans (Protocol Development to Final Clinical Study Report) and Clinical Operation Submission activities to support Module 1 and 5 of the submission plan.
  • Submission plans in collaboration with the PPM submission group.
  • Identifies and raises schedule conflicts, risks, and resource peaks/troughs appropriately for resolution.
  • Directly participates in and contributes to cross-functional and functional teams to discuss, review, and optimize protocol/project/program schedules and resource management plans.
  • Monitors progress of project activities towards next project milestone, anticipates and highlights potential variances, supports line/team in critical path analyses and understanding the impact, and partners with the PM, Clinical Operations and the project team to identify/recommend solutions to schedule risk.
  • Performs scenario planning of project timelines within and across protocols and across therapeutic area/portfolio to enable optimum use of local, global, and outsourced resources to ensure efficient delivery of project milestones.
  • Contributes to the validation of resource information at the project level with the project teams.

Project Execution and Delivery
  • Partners with key team members (e.g., PPM, Medicinal Sciences, CD&O, DSRD) to manage the project and achieve key milestones according to the endorsed timeline, cost, and quality parameters.
  • Supports negotiations in the allocation of line resources to support the endorsed development plan.
  • Contributes to risk management through the identification of operational and project/program risks for discussion with appropriate team leadership. Participates in team discussions to de-risk projects and develop new options to resolve moderately complex issues.
  • Provides the Portfolio Management group with project schedule information to enable effective portfolio management activities.

Analysis and Reporting
  • Produces what-if scenario analyses (base, optimistic and pessimistic development) based on context obtained from project team members (e.g. PPM, Medicinal Sciences, CD&O, DSRD). Decisions taken by the team based on these analyses may impact project delivery, costs, and resource requirements.
  • Reviews own work regarding quality of schedule and resource metadata through utilization of quality reports and monitoring/management of such data with the team/line members.
  • Provides timely reporting to the PM, Portfolio Management, and project teams, alerting them to the possibility of endangered/missed or conflicting milestones and critical path activities.
  • Ensures regular information updates and analysis and interpretation of planning and forecasting data to project teams, Portfolio Management, platform lines, and management teams.
  • Utilizes available reporting and visualization tools to support governance and team reporting needs (e.g. OnePager, Business Objects, Spotfire).
  • Provides context to local customers of reports generated globally and consolidates customer feedback to enable improvement of existing reports and generation of new reports.

  • Partners with project team members (e.g., PPM, Medicinal Sciences, CD&O, DSRD) to identify opportunities and potential solutions to realize efficiency in the development process.
  • Contributes to continuous improvement of project plans, plan generation, plan utilization, report creation/development processes, and/or systems/process integration.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to ensure cross-team, site learnings, and best practices are shared.
  • Promotes partner lines/teams taking ownership of data within planning tools to help them manage their business.

  • B.S. with 9+ years' experience or M.S. with 7+ years' experience

Basic Qualifications
  • At least 5 years of applicable experience in project planning and project management
  • At least 5 years of applicable pharmaceutical Drug Development experience
  • Experienced with planning and resource forecasting tools (e.g., MS Project, Planisware, OnePager).
  • 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.
  • Highly Collaborative: Manages projects with and through others; shares responsibility and credit; develops self and others through teamwork; comfortable providing guidance and sharing expertise with others to help them develop their skills and perform at their best; helps others take appropriate risks; communicates frequently with team members earning respect and trust of the team
  • Strong Project Management: Clearly articulates scope and deliverables of projects; breaks complex initiatives into detailed component parts and sequences actions appropriately; develops action plans and monitors progress independently; designs success criteria and uses them to track outcomes; drives implementation of recommendations when appropriate, engages with stakeholders throughout to ensure buy-in

Preferred Qualifications
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and/or discipline knowledge
  • Experienced in regulatory submission planning
  • Experienced user of reporting tools and office software (e.g., MS Office Suite)
  • Experienced in negotiation, facilitation and managing cross-functional team dynamics

  • High demand in front of computer and handling high volume of data

  • Limited travel requirements (1-2/yr)

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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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.


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