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Sr. Associate, Alliances and Portfolio Operations

La Jolla, California
Closing date
Apr 25, 2024

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Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
All Industry, Pharma

The Oncology Research Unit (ORU) Senior Associate, Alliances and Portfolio Operations will have a strong business operations background with contemporary knowledge of research operations in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry and should possess broad knowledge of the Pfizer Oncology organizational structure. This role will partner with senior leaders within the Portfolio Strategy and Scientific Operations group in order to effectively manage and communicate key business objectives to the ORU senior leadership regarding portfolio strategy, resourcing and governance outcomes. This role will also support alliances operations by coordinating and facilitating various external partnership engagements. The ORU Alliances and Portfolio Operations Coordinator must have excellent written and verbal communication skills with a willingness to solve complex business objectives thru iterative problem solving. The successful candidate should have a strong planning and scheduling skillset to manage a complex and large portfolio of research projects and external partnership engagements.


Monitor and communicate progress against portfolio delivery within ORU
  • Monitor progress against portfolio goals and milestone delivery to ensure delivery of ORU business objectives
  • Partner with ORU Portfolio Strategy and Scientific Operations leaders to ensure operational excellence in portfolio delivery across ORU
  • Develop and maintain tracking tools to support portfolio delivery

Provide support for streamlined and efficient governance processes across ORU
  • Manage the governance process within ORU, including the following key objectives:
  • Work with discovery project team leaders, research project leaders, and research project managers to anticipate stage-gate transitions and appropriately schedule governance interactions
  • Streamline and support ORU governance processes
  • Review project team governance submissions to ensure that they meet the predefined criteria for appropriate scientific documentation, brevity and adherence to established standards
  • Assist the Business Analytics and Portfolio Management Lead with the collection/review of team minutes and authoring of the governance guidance with responsibility for management of final materials in the ORU Portfolio Dashboard

Provide business analytics support to help drive ORU portfolio delivery and resource optimization
  • Support the ORU Portfolio Management and Business Analytics leaders by running resource reports and portfolio milestone reports to develop routine and adhoc business analytics for senior leaders
  • Monitor and manage Activity Tracker to ensure accurate assignment of resource work types and may assist with updates to training material and provide adhoc training
  • Develop portfolio milestone tracking progress reports for ORU senior leadership

Coordinate external partnership engagements
  • Provide operational support to interactions with external partners, including visits, seminars, joint meetings, etc.
  • Provide operational support to the management of material transfer and license agreements
  • Assist with compliance, reporting, and financial tracking of external partnership engagements

Manage and improve upon existing ORU alliances and portfolio management tools
  • Monitor and manage key content within the alliances and portfolio management tools, including ensuring accurate updates
  • Provide training to broader ORU leaders and colleagues on key alliances and portfolio management tools (Oncodash, Activity Tracker, External Research Dashboard, etc).
  • May lead initiatives to develop new ORU alliances and portfolio and/or operations tools and dashboards
  • Develop and implement new processes to streamline portfolio governance and external partnership engagements

  • BA/BS life sciences degree or equivalent with 10+ years experience in a business operations role within pharmaceutical/biotech research organization
  • Highly organized individual with strong project management skills and keen focus on tracking timelines across multiple business objectives
  • Knowledge of overall drug discovery and development processes
  • Well developed problem-solving skills with proven ability to solve complex problems thru iterative analysis
  • Advanced proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite of tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, Sharepoint, etc.)

  • 5+ years experience in planning and managing portfolio governance processes within a pharmaceutical/biotech research organization
  • Experience with data querying tools and systems
  • Internal knowledge of Pfizer processes, systems and organization considered a plus
  • Hands on experience with document management tools (Teams, Sharepoint, Oncodash, etc).

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $74,900.00 to $124,800.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer's Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 7.5% of the base salary. 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 | ( 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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