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Vaccine Asset Planner (Manager), Project Management & Continuous Improvement

Pearl River, New York
Closing date
May 30, 2024

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Health Sciences, Vaccine Research
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Why Patients Need You

Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives. Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer's purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into the therapies and vaccines that matter most. Whether you are in the discovery sciences, ensuring drug safety and efficacy or supporting clinical trials, you will apply cutting edge design and process development capabilities to accelerate and bring the best - in - class medicines to patients around the world.

What You Will Achieve

The Vaccine Asset Planner (Manager), Project Management & Continuous Improvement is accountable for the generation and maintenance of high quality Planisware project schedules associated with the VRD program teams, supporting the operational/strategic delivery of new vaccines to patients ; supports reporting and continuous improvement within VDM. The Asset Planners are experienced in scheduling and resource forecasting tool(s) (Planisware), definitions and standards, and associated systems and tools. Asset Planners may support several different types of schedules in support of a development plan which may include but are not limited to: candidate / indication, clinical studies, end game/submission, Outcomes Research, launch planning. Planners play an essential role in supporting the RAPID (Resource And Planning Insights for Decisions) program. RAPID is a key strategic imperative that supports a "fit-for-the-future" model of the processes, operations, and systems for the planning and management of Research and Development resources (dollars and FTEs).

How You Will Achieve It

  • Reports directly to the VDM Director, Project Management & Continuous Improvement.
  • Partners primarily with Program Managers (PMs)/Directors and members of project teams, protocol teams, and partner lines (e.g. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical, DSRD, Clinical Sciences & Operations, Commercial, etc) to ensure accurate, integrated project reporting in RAPID.
  • Supports Portfolio Operations, asset, development/project and protocol teams, partner lines and others to provide regular information updates.
  • Collaborates with WRD and BU colleagues, portfolio and system colleagues (e.g. Integrated Portfolio Solutions (IPS)), and members of partner lines to drive development of new technologies and continuous improvement of planning processes, tools, reports, systems.
  • Collaborates and supports Vaccine Research and Development Strategy and Operations in updating and maintaining RAPID / Planisware data and algorithms.

Planning/Controlling (Scheduling Management)

  • Works with the Program Manager / Director, Program and Asset team members and platform line representatives, monitoring and reporting project schedule information to enable alignment of BU and partner line FTE and dollar resources.
  • Directly participates in and contributes to cross-functional and functional teams to discuss, review, and optimize protocol/project/program schedules, and resource management plans.
  • Creates and maintains program plans in Planisware for RAPID.
  • Contributes to the validation of resource information at the project level with the project teams.
  • Provides project management support (development plan creation) to early stage (pre-candidate selection) programs in support of the program director

Project Execution and Delivery

  • Provides the Portfolio Operations group with project schedule information to enable effective portfolio management activities.
  • Provides project manager support (development plan tracking) to early stage (pre-candidate selection) programs in support of the program director

Analysis and Reporting

  • Produces what-if scenario analyses in Planisware (base, optimistic and pessimistic development) based on context derived from the Program Manager / Director and project team members (e.g. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical, DSRD, Development Operations, Commercial, etc).
  • Responsible for quality of schedule and resource flag data through review of quality reports and monitoring/management of such data with the team/line members.
  • Facilitates use of existing reporting tools by customer base (e.g., 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
  • At the discretion if the Program Manager / Director, develops and maintains project schedule visual depictions for governance and team use.
  • Maintains and develop Portfolio level reports, timelines, dashboards, and visuals for Sr Leadership.

Continuous Improvement

  • Contributes to continuous improvement of plan utilization, and reporting creating/developing processes, or systems/process integration.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to ensure cross-team and site learning's, and best practices are shared.
  • Promotes platform lines/teams taking ownership of data within planning tools to help them in management of their business.
  • Provides training and mentorship to new and established users in planning systems, and associated operating procedures and reporting.
  • Develops processes, tools, and trainings for VRD Governance, Reporting and Planning systems.



  • 5-8 of experience years with B.S. or 3-6 years of experience with M.S
  • At least 3 years' experience in project planning and project management
  • At least 5 years of experience in pharmaceutical development
  • Experience with planning and resource forecasting tools (Enterprise Project Management, Planisware)
  • Project Planning/Management Expertise
  • Proven track record of planning or managing complex projects
  • Demonstrated understanding of stakeholder risk management and mitigation strategies in order to simulate the likely obstacles to project progression
  • Drug Development Knowledge
  • Technical proficiency is a key competency for this role: Technical proficiency includes experience in the use of project planning and resource forecasting tools and systems (e.g. Microsoft Project, Planisware))
  • Rapidly mastering new software tools


  • Project Management for Professionals (PMP) Certification
  • PhD Degree with 0 to 2 years of experience and project planning and management

  • Candidates must possess the flexibility to work additional hours beyond the standard schedule when necessary to meet business needs.

Other Job Details
  • Relocation support available
  • Work Location Assignment:On Premise

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $93,500.00 to $155,900.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer's Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 12.5% 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 | ( 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.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

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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