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Vice President, Digital Health Development Leadership

La Jolla, California, United States;Remote, Remote, United States; Collegeville, Pennsylvania, United States;Peapack, New Jersey, United States;
Closing date
Oct 13, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Information Technology
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Full Time
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All Industry, Pharma
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The Vice President, Digital Health Development role reports to the SVP, GPD Chief Development Officer and is a senior leadership position within Global Product Development. The role provides development expertise and leadership to the EVP, Chief Development Officer of Pfizer and Chief Digital & Technology Officer to drive strategy, implementation, and successful delivery of Digital Health development strategies. The Vice President, Digital Health Development will advance a portfolio of DH candidates through delivery of internal programs and business development opportunities. This is a highly visible, critical position which requires strategic thinking, leadership, stakeholder management and exceptional communication skills.

The Vice President, Digital Health Development will build and oversee development strategies leading to approved digital therapeutics on a global basis across all therapeutic areas of Pfizer. They will manage an annual budget $XM to execute DH development strategies at the portfolio level and will deliver milestones in a timely, cost-effective, and high-quality fashion within budget and resource forecast. The role will be responsible for strategic leadership of the intended label claim(s) of DH therapeutics, late-stage clinical development programs including design, conduct, and regulatory submission and approval, in addition to post-marketing commitments for all marketed products.

Additionally, this is a cross-functional role which will collaborate closely with and be a critical partner to the Digital Health, Medicine, and AI Unit to contribute to overall strategy, pipeline, opportunity evaluation, product build, new product introduction, commercialization, and lifecycle management. This role will also collaborate with the Chief Scientific Officer AI Digital Science in the advancement of early-stage digital candidates, including formation of early-stage clinical development teams, early clinical development program design and objectives, registration objectives, and formation of seamless transition plans that fosters efficient end-to-end development.In addition, the Vice President, Digital Health Development will collaboration across relevant teams and governance bodies in WRDM, GPD, and relevant scientific oversight committees and boards.


Indicate the primary responsibilities critical to the job.
  • Delivers end to end strategy, testing and approval of digital health applications on a stand-alone basis (ie, apps that are not directly part of a drug/device and drug/software combinations. Also, delivery of digital component of drug/device combinations with clear label integration through collaboration with Medicine Teams
  • Builds strategies and DH products that can deliver automated approaches to responsible prescribing of appropriate therapeutics in conjunction with relevant new or existing diagnostics.
  • Provides development expertise to the Digital Health business strategy; informsthe relevant CDOs, CSOs and Medicine Teams regarding Product Strategic Plans, options and recommendations, specific clinical development program strategies, execution, progress and critical issues
  • Together with DH regulatory, shape and collaborate to advance regulatory policy for digital health products.
  • Executes on clinical development programs in alignment with the overarching strategy and vision for Digital Health, in partnership with the Digital Health, Medicines and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Leader
  • Together with GRS leader, help to build and implement regulatory policy
  • Collaborates with the Digital Health, Medicine, and AI Lead to build a portfolio of Digital Health candidates through progression of internal programs or business development opportunities, while delivering & optimizing value to the overall Innovative portfolio
  • Ensures appropriate global product development resourcing and execution on the cross-functional Digital Health & Medicine agile product teams.
  • Oversees all global Product development programs and activities in the DH portfolio including design, conduct, and regulatory submissions & approvals, to that end leads and coordinates the necessary cross-functional teams comprised of colleagues from Digital Medicine, Early and Late Clinical Development, Statistics, Digital Health, Medicine and AI, Commercial Development, Project Management and other Pfizer functions
  • Ensures technical review of all late-stage clinical development plans and that medical and scientific rigor /expertise is consistently integrated into all clinical program strategy, design, execution, and delivery
  • Ensures that global clinical programs are designed and executed to the highest quality standards and in full compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements
  • Drivesclinical deliverables, including input to and/or leadership of clinical plans, protocols, study reports, and global regulatory submission documents with high quality and according to timelines
  • Directs execution of portfolio development strategies to deliver milestones in a timely, cost-effective, and high-quality fashion and are achieved within budget and resource forecast
  • Directs innovative approaches to development by external and internal collaboration, interaction with regulators, and continuous improvement in execution of clinical development programs
  • Monitors, identifies, and communicates program strategic, technical, or operational risks; ensures development and implementation of risk mitigation plans
  • Ensures thorough assessment of emergent technical issues
  • Ensures all Clinical Development and Product Development teams have appropriate resources and technical expertise to meet strategic objectives
  • Collaborates with the category CSO in the advancement of early-stage candidates, including formation of early-stage clinical development teams, early clinical development program design and objectives, registration objectives, and formation of seamless transition plans that fosters efficient end-to-end development
  • Secures the latest scientific and regulatory information so that clinical development plans reflect the latest scientific/technical developments and regulatory/commercial environment
  • Applies robust and evidence-based decision-making principles to execute the Digital Health strategy
  • Provides strategic leadership for any global health authority interactions in collaboration with the Regulatory strategy lead
  • Directs the clinical development assessment and provides key development input into relevant business development opportunities
  • Drives technical excellence and functional competency of colleagues through effective oversight, coaching, mentoring, and training
  • Develops close partnership and cross-functional collaboration and communication with a broad group of senior internal stakeholders within Digital, GPD, and WRDM
  • Facilitates team-based behaviors and effectiveness ensuring a learning organization
  • Promotes a culture of innovation and creativity
  • Guides teams through Pfizer governance committees
  • Maintains personal compliance with training requirements, and fulfills any additional responsibilities as written in SOPs and guidance documents
  • Represents GPD at internal governance meetings or joint Governance Committees with Business Partners as applicable


Indicate qualifications and skills that are necessary for performance of responsibilities including: education, relevant experience, licenses, certifications, and other job-related technical and managerial skills.

Education and Experience
  • MD, PhD or PharmD in relevant life sciences discipline
  • Minimum of 10 years drug development experience and expertise. Must have in-depth knowledge of drug development, and commercialization processes - global experience required
  • Experience directing multiple late-stage development programs through to registration, post-marketing development experience and early-stage drug development experience highly desired
  • Extensive knowledge of clinical development, global and regional regulations, ICH/GCP
  • Proven track record of clinical trial strategy development and successful execution
  • 5+ years of experience working with emerging technologies; experience with creating clinical development plans for Digital Health products through regulatory submission and approval
  • 10+ years of leadership experiences with increasing scope of responsibility
  • Able to set priorities and manage cross-functional teams and multiple or complex projects to deliver milestones according to set budgets; sets priorities; able to define and manage appropriate resource requirements (budgets and FTEs) both in-house and vendors / contractors. Demonstrated ability to inspire teams around a compelling vision in a complex, changing environment
  • Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals; strong evidence of both clinical and basic science publications preferred
  • Demonstrated clinical/medical, administrative, and project management capabilities, as well as effective verbal and written communication skills in relating to individuals both inside and outside Pfizer
  • Ability to communicate, develop, and manage collaborative relationships with internal and external key stakeholders

Technical Skills Requirements
  • Medical/Scientific Excellence - Demonstrated understanding of the complexities and recent developments in Digital Health or compliant Device Development strategies; confident discussing commercial and regulatory issues
  • Late-Stage Clinical Development Expertise - Demonstrated potential or ability to design, initiate and conduct clinical strategies as part of an integrated clinical plan. Track record of achievement in pharmaceutical development; able to independently formulate and execute novel clinical development or lifecycle strategies
  • Scientific Skills - Able to review and understand the validation profile of candidates; part of this skill is putting the profile in perspective with regulatory approvals
  • Presentation and Analytical Skills - Proven scientific writing skills, with strong inter-personal, written/verbal communication skills, including ability to evaluate, interpret and present complex data
  • Risk Management - Able to manage risk and uncertainty with track record of good decision-making based on sound mix of analysis and judgment
  • Conflict Management - Able to act as mentor / coach to others to improve conflict management skills; steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; provides direct and actionable feedback; prepared to take responsibility for a decision made and support this, even though it may be unpopular
  • Recognizing and Developing Talent - Good judge of talent; can articulate strengths and limitations of people; provides challenging tasks and assignments, holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals and constructs compelling development plans; is a people builder
  • Networking and Alliance Building - Achieves results through influence in a matrix organization and leverages contributions of colleagues with diverse expertise; builds strong alliances across internal/external stakeholder groups; proactively manages governance
  • Agile and entrepreneurial - Able to drive, anticipate, influence, and manage change, demonstrate perspective and poise in the face of uncertainty and effectively get things done amidst organizational change to deliver maximum value for all stakeholders

Last date to apply is September 12, 2022

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

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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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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