Portfolio and Program Manager

27. Juli 2022


The Position

In Roche´s Pharmaceutical Research and Early Development organisation (pRED), we make transformative medicines for patients in order to tackle some of the world’s toughest unmet healthcare needs. At pRED, we are united by our mission to transform science into medicines. Together, we create a culture defined by curiosity, responsibility and humility, where our talented people are empowered and inspired to bring forward extraordinary life-changing innovation at speed.

Portfolio and Program Management (PPM) is an integral part of Roche Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED) organization and the centre of excellence for Portfolio and Program Management skills and knowledge applied to the development of molecules from Entry into Portfolio up to the end of the pivotal-enabling study.

Role Mission

As a member of PPM, you are a critical strategic partner, helping both pRED molecule project teams and governance bodies, to make the best decisions, navigate the future and bring novel therapeutics to patients. The position provides an outstanding opportunity to influence R&D from research through Phase II, across many therapeutic areas. It requires interactions with senior partners from the Research, Clinical, Development Sciences, Regulatory and Commercial organizations. The ideal candidate will have a background that combines science, strategy and business, to be a part of a team bringing life-saving therapeutics to patients.

Your Impact

  • Provide strategic mentorship to research and development project teams, framing and assessing strategic options, identifying inflection points and critical factors for decision making and recommendations

  • Acts as a thought-partner for key members of pRED including the pLT, project team members Research Project Team Leader, Project Team Leader, Medical Director etc. to actively contribute to and challenge the definition and development of project strategy

  • Guides projects from drug discovery through preparation for pivotal trials, enabling efficient and effective progression as agreed with the relevant decision-makers and governance committees

  • Builds and maintains robust Project Teams, observing team dynamics, building a good rapport and high trust, addressing issues, encouraging open dialogue within teams

  • Ensures clear development and translation of molecule strategy to coordinated execution plans across project sub-teams – Drives a coordinated approach across sub-teams to ensure aligned execution of the asset strategy

  • Keeps teams on track to deliver short-, mid- and long-term activities to achieve team Background objectives, leading planning projections effectively to ensure timely and coherent outlook, business and meeting management

  • Drives projects to provide portfolio-wide perspectives on topics involving drug development risk, R&D effectiveness and efficiency, and innovation.

  • Provides insights into the portfolio for senior leaders to guide both near and long-term planning

  • Ensures excellent portfolio management by placing individual decisions into the context of the broader pipeline

  • Develops novel ways of visualizing and communicating our extensive portfolio

  • Provides portfolio context and data-driven insights

  • Observes Pharma trends and competitive insights, bring findings from other industries, foresight and futurism, identification and implications of trends and patterns, lead and lag indicators

  • Responsibility for cross-portfolio tools, analysis and data-driven insights and foresight from an industry and enterprise perspective, briefings and advice

  • Maintains portfolio and project management guidelines, standards, and tools as required

Your Profile

Successful candidates will have:

  • A scientific degree or higher degree

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge in project and portfolio management or certification in either PMP or PfMP preferred

  • A minimum of 5 years of Portfolio and/or Project Management experience supporting cross-functional teams in a scientific environment, preferably both. Pharma/biotech drug development experience is preferred

  • Demonstrated experience in preclinical, clinical, regulatory, chemistry manufacturing and Controls (CMC),

  • Proficient in Portfolio and Project management methodologies and agile practices, business savviness and management Science

  • Demonstrated experience in the application of Strategy methodology (systems thinking, decision making & decision quality, critical thinking, strategic foresight, strategic tools such as SWOT, TOWS, PESTLE, BlueOcean etc.)

  • Demonstrated ability to translate strategy into action. Strong influencing, negotiation, and storylining presentation skills

  • Maintains expert knowledge of industry trends, competition, and current/emerging technologies

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • A Facilitator that sets the stage and provides clear boundaries in which the team can collaborate. This includes the facilitation of events to ensure they’ll achieve the desired outcome and – most importantly – that the process is optimized;

  • A curious learner that not only asks questions but also actively seeks out the answers

  • A Coach that helps individuals and groups to continuously improve in how they deliver valuable outcomes as a team or as an organization;

  • A Teacher that ensures that relevant techniques are well-understood and enacted;

  • A Servant Leader that builds environments where teams can work effectively with partners to craft valuable outcomes;

  • A Manager that is responsible for handling (true) impediments, eliminating waste, innovating the process, developing the team’s health, handling the boundaries of self-organisation, and leading the culture;

  • A Change Agent that helps to enable a culture in which Teams can flourish – on every level of the organization;

  • A Mentor that transfers knowledge and experience to the team

  • A Strategist who is skilled at distilling sophisticated/abstract problems into succinct strategic frameworks as well as execution plans

  • An Analyst who explores new ways of building, processing, and analyzing data to deliver insights to our business partners

  • A Technician who has knowledge of advanced analytics methodologies, data processing frameworks, technologies, and platforms

Our commitment

Roche commits to recognizing talent and aptitude. We prioritize encouraging and supporting our employees on their personal journeys by providing a safe, creative space to help them reflect, make decisions and grow in their career.

We are confident that we find the most innovative solutions by gaining different perspectives, asking and answering hard questions, and challenging the status quo. Roche embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious yet enthusiastic way; we are devoted to building a team that represents a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Who we are

At Roche, more than 100,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we’ve become one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity.

Basel is the headquarters of the Roche Group and one of its most important centres of pharmaceutical research. Over 10,700 employees from over 100 countries come together at our Basel/Kaiseraugst site, which is one of Roche`s largest sites. Read more.

Besides extensive development and training opportunities, we offer flexible working options, 18 weeks of maternity leave and 10 weeks of gender independent partnership leave. Our employees also benefit from multiple services on site such as child-care facilities, medical services, restaurants and cafeterias, as well as various employee events.

We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion, and strive to identify and create opportunities that enable all people to bring their unique selves to Roche.

Roche is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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