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Associate Director, GPSE Strategy and Business Planning III
Ref No.: 18-11931
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start Date: 09/17/2018
OBJECTIVE:
This position is responsible for helping to further the strategic advancement of GPSE in support of GPSE's mission to ensure patient safety. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Leading key initiatives that have cross-functional impact and that are critical to GPSE's business objectives and/or global business objectives. This includes integration activities related to acquisitions, mergers and divestments.
• Provides expert project/program management and leadership skills to ensure internal, cross-functional, cross-divisional project plans are in place for GPSE related initiatives. This includes providing strategic direction and translating the cross-divisional, integrated GPSE strategy into an executable plan using innovative approaches to ensure rapid and effective decision making
• Work directly with the GPSE Head, Chief of Staff (COS), GPSE Leadership Team, and outside departments to support the strategic direction of GPSE by leading high-impact, high-priority projects and overseeing department-wide initiatives.
• Support functional resourcing oversight using financial forecasting and headcount management techniques to drive operational excellence.

ACCOUNTABILITIES:

• Enable GPSE to be a successful partner in due diligence activities by creating a Due Diligence Center of Excellence; author and maintain due diligence SOPs, tools, templates, and other related resources.
• Liaise with other GPSE functions and Business Development to support due diligence reviews of target companies' Pharmacovigilance System, infrastructure, and organization.
• Lead or support integration projects for M&As, which may include representing GPSE on cross-functional integration teams. Directly manage and/or liaise with appropriate SMEs on all aspects of the GPSE integration, including project plans & timelines, budget, personnel transitions, safety systems migrations, etc.
• Proactively identify and drive project and resource priorities that align with global business objectives. Work closely with stakeholders to balance operational execution with GPSE strategy
• Support transformational project/initiatives and change-management activities.
• Identify and execute opportunities for infrastructure enhancements and efficiencies, including process improvement.
• Develop and implement tools and templates to enable consistency and transparency across GPSE projects.
• Liaise with Vaccine Business Unit to prepare for GPSE support of postmarketing vaccine activities.
• Manage and track GPSE budget and FTE resources along with GPSE Chief of Staff, including yearly mid-range planning efforts with Global Finance, comprehensive FTE capacity planning, monthly headcount reconciliation, and GPSE travel oversight.
• Support GPSE outsourcing initiatives and vendor engagement, including strategic future-state planning. Work with stakeholders to identify and support implementation of opportunities for efficiency gains.
• Contribute to GPSE goal and KPI development, initiative tracking and prioritization, and team engagement activities.
• Represent pharmacovigilance department in cross-functional teams and/or meetings at a regional and global level as required, alongside the commensurate communication skills required.
• Utilize project and program management expertise to drive project teams to achieve clarity on issues and focus on effective contingencies; interface with management and influence decision-making, monitor progress, gaps, risk management to ensure progress and business continuity

SCOPE OF SUPERVISION:
NUMBER SUPERVISED WORKERS Direct In-Direct
Employees 0-2 0
Non-Employees 0-2 0

EDUCATION, BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS: (List the essential and desirable education and competency requirements to perform the primary responsibilities of the job. Any minimum requirements should be highlighted.)
• Bachelors required. Post-graduate degree or equivalent (Masters Degree/MBA) preferred
• Experience in Alliance Management – both with external business partners/vendors, and with internal key stakeholders and colleagues. Ability to interact effectively with staff of multiple disciplines both within and outside the company both nationally and internationally
• Experience in program and/or project management, preferably in the Pharmaceutical or Biotech industry in clinical development, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, or related function.
• Strong ability to proactively identify areas for process improvement and lead infrastructure-related projects efficiently and within given time constraints
• An understanding of and experience in the drug development process, including post-marketing and life-cycle management, with a focus on drug safety/pharmacovigilance
• Experience in and knowledge of due diligence for company acquisitions and/or licensing partnerships
• Demonstrated ability and experience leading high performing teams internally and cross functionally in a global highly matrixed and collaborative environment
• Ability to proactively identify and anticipate project risks, including those associated with non-adherence to the regulations, and a keen understanding of when to escalate issues quickly and efficiently
• Strong understanding and knowledge of the business areas both internally within the organization and touch points externally
• Excellent time management skills
• Self starter and strategic thinker
• Able to lead teleconferences and meetings
• Ability to drive change and manage complex situations, particually with multinational matrix teams
• Proven ability to create and implement operational efficiencies
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong relationship management skills
• Ability to handle confidential information appropriately