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Partner of Choice (PoC) Head of Portfolio Management

New York City, New York
Start date
Aug 4, 2022
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Pfizer Partner of Choice (PoC) service collaborations expand the way Pfizer works together with biopharmaceutical partners (Partners) to advance innovative therapies. PoC offers unique differentiated capabilities with global scale and capacity, industry leading speed and quality to quickly develop quality assets, and one-stop shop with expertise across the entire development lifecycle.

The PoC organization will report into the Chief Business Innovation Office. The head of portfolio management will report to the head of the Partner of Choice (PoC) organization. The person will be responsible for assessing the innovation landscape within Pfizer’s focus areas and prioritizing top mechanisms, approaches, and modalities for Pfizer to focus on for partner of choice. Additionally, they will be responsible to assessing and tiering top target companies within the priority innovation areas for the account management team to focus on.

The head of portfolio management will also be responsible for optimizing the mix of the partner of choice portfolio, maintaining productivity (success rates and cycle times) and ensuring that the target number of programs are internalized. They will lead efforts to maximizing value of the partner of choice portfolio. The head of portfolio management will partner closely with chief scientific officers (CSOs) and chief development officers (CDOs) across Pfizer’s 6 therapeutic areas as well as the business development organization, the early science and innovation (ES&I) organization and the commercial development organization.

Role Responsibilities

  • Assess the innovation landscape within Pfizer’s focus areas established by Commercial Strategy and Innovation and identify top areas of innovationto prioritize for partner of choice including innovative modalities,mechanisms,and approaches
  • Develop framework and criteria to prioritize potential target companies
  • Within priority innovation areas use framework to tier target companies
  • Guide potential deal structure(s) for each tier of priorities
  • Work closely with Pfizer CSOs, CDOs as well as BD, ES&I and commercial development teams to inform priority areas and target companies
  • Evolve priority innovation areas and target companies as needed and based on deals executed and evolving innovation priorities
  • Assess the innovation landscape Outline guiding principles to inform mix for partner of choice portfolio
  • Ensure that executed deals align well with priority areas and desired portfolio mix
  • Develop ambitious R&D productivity metrics for the partner of choice portfolio and identify leading indicators of success
  • Closely monitor the programs from the PoC portfolio that are internalized and ensure high quality and optimal scale and mix
  • Support development of semester 2 goals for PoC LT and embed goals with key collaborators
  • Guide activities of approximately 3 direct reports including directors and senior directors

Basic Qualifications

  • 20 + years of pharmaceutical industry and senior leadership experience
  • PhD or MD in discipline related to biological sciences
  • 5+ years in R&D strategy and/or portfolio management
  • Strong understanding of emerging trends in science and the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated result-orientation, tenacity, and follow-through
  • The ability to be successful in a matrixed environment with a high degree of flexibility; collaborate well with Pfizer CSOs, CDOs as well as BD, ES&I and commercial development functions to accomplish business objectives
  • Must have a proven track record of being effective at self-management and driving results
  • Strong Financial and business acumen

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA
  • 10+ years in management consulting


  • Office-based position with some business travel from time-to-time, including attending conferences

Additional Posting Information

  • Last date to apply: September 3, 2022

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.

Research and Development


Join world-class scientists and leaders who are dedicated to bringing therapies that will significantly improve patients' lives.

As one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we're driven to discover the cure --driven to significantly improve the lives of everyone...everywhere. If you're similarly driven, you'll find there's no better place to begin --and continue --your career than at Pfizer.

Science is the foundation of our company.  This is why it's no surprise that the most driven scientists in the world choose to carry out their life's passion at Pfizer.  We arm them with the resources, technology, and facilities they need to solve some of the world’s most complex health challenges. This combination empowers our scientists with expertise in vaccines, small-molecule medicines, biotherapeutics amongst many others, to collaborate on breakthrough science, including the world's first mRNA-Based Covid19 vaccine.  Our colleagues advance science and technologies into the therapies that matter most.

Join us and you'll partner with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and abilities who contribute to all aspects of what we do. Great things happen when people come together with one shared goal. If you're driven to discover the cure- ensure it has the latest technology to make it a reality or help improve the lives of others- join those who are similarly driven at Pfizer. The future of medicine is happening here.

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