Deputy Director, Portfolio and Project Management, Drug Development Program (7804) - San Francisco, CA | Biospace
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Deputy Director, Portfolio and Project Management, Drug Development Program (7804)


San Francisco, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:
Director, Research,

Job Description

PATH is currently recruiting for a Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) Deputy Director who will implement standardized project management tools within the Drug Development (DRG) global program, lead the project management team, and provide support and oversight for a diverse set of drug development projects. This role is located in our San Francisco office.

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms-vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations-that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

PATH’s Drug Development Program (DRG) is working to develop and ensure availability and accessibility of safe and effective new medicines for diseases disproportionately affecting people in developing countries. By combining entrepreneurial energy, pharmaceutical expertise, and an innovative product development partnership model, we challenge the assumption that pharmaceutical research and development is too expensive to create the new medicines that the developing world desperately needs.


Member of the DRG leadership team representing the project management functional area.
Implement standardized portfolio and project management tools used across all DRG projects including schedules, milestones, and risk assessment.
Responsible in collaboration with Finance & Contracts and Team Leaders to drive DRG and functional area resource need assessments.
Ensure alignment with tactical/functional-level plans across disease area and functional area levels.
Ensure global cross-functional thinking and appropriate analytical rigor are considered in the development of DRG strategies.
Serves as the Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) lead for the development of DRG and donor stage gate review processes, documentation and decision implementation.
Conduct scenario planning and risk analysis.
Drive development of contingency and risk mitigation plans.
Represent the PATH drug development work at external PM forums.
Cross-portfolio collaboration with Director of Portfolio and Project Management, Center for Vaccine Innovation & Access (CVIA) to ensure alignment with systems, tools, processes, and procedures.
Serve as project management lead as required in support of DRG.
Provide leadership, management, and mentorship to project manager(s).


At least 10 years of project management experience in pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry or other innovative life sciences with a strong track record of delivering programs and projects on time and within budget.
Bach in life sciences/biology or chemistry plus significant experience in relevant field required. MBA highly desirable.
At least 5 years of supervisory experience inclusive of managing and developing Project Managers.
Experience working with global drug/vaccine development teams and associated regulatory authorities.
Prior experience managing partnerships with global entities.
Experience across all phases of drug and/or vaccine development; experience through product introduction desired.
Business level proficiency reading, writing and speaking English.

Highly desirable:

Certification in project management (PMP, CAPM, or equivalent).
Experience with pre-clinical and clinical projects and NDA/IND filings.
Experience with partners based in low- and lower-middle income countries.
Familiarity with donor-based project funding.