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Director, Early Portfolio Management

Director, Early Portfolio Management.

This individual will collaborate closely with R&D to lead early-stage program planning (through clinical candidate selection) and participate as a key business partner and resource for related operational planning.

This role will be responsible for supporting the advancement of early-stage programs with an emphasis on cross-functional collaboration and driving towards portfolio-level goals.  This role will also be responsible for leading the implementation of governance and stage-gate processes for the early portfolio.  Reporting to the Vice President of Portfolio Management, this position will bridge R&D, Business, and Operation teams to drive successful development and expansion of our Portfolio.


Early Portfolio Planning

  • In partnership with R&D team, shepherd timely advancement of early-stage programs to value-inflection milestones by developing and maintaining project plans that include strategies, timelines, optimization of scope, risks, tradeoffs, and resource requirements
  • Develop and maintain a real-time view of resource tracking across the early-stage portfolio to inform prioritization decisions and growth planning
  • Proactively identify and raise project challenges and risks, propose contingency plans, and monitor execution of corrective actions
  • Facilitate program meetings in collaboration with R&D team; organize high quality documents and presentations, roadmaps, deliverables, and updates as needed

Early Portfolio Governance

  • Lead the operational implementation of early-stage program evaluation and stage-gate processes in support of broader portfolio goals and milestones
  • Maintain view of key activities / milestones / resource needs across portfolio to support strategic planning and inform Leadership Team decision-making

Portfolio Operations

  • Lead cross functional efforts across key pillars of our business (e.g., R&D, Business Development/Strategy, HR, Finance, Operations, Communications) to support operational initiatives
  • Act as thought partner to business leads to support R&D long-range planning and annual budgeting in alignment with established portfolio milestones and corporate goals
  • Support development of core capabilities that can support cross-portfolio initiatives


  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences (graduate degree preferred), demonstrated strong scientific background, and 9 – 15 years of experience..
  • Demonstrated involvement in drug discovery and /or development process
  • Demonstrated ability to influence without authority, drive decision making, and motivate teams
  • Responsive and proactive, with professional maturity to readily anticipate and prioritize team needs
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines in a highly matrixed organization
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Process-oriented yet flexible, with the aptitude to recognize which is needed
  • Strong professional written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and make informed decisions
  • Highly motivated, goal- and results-oriented team player
  • Hands-on, “roll up your sleeves” approach toward achieving results
  • Manages information of a highly confidential and critical nature appropriately
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office tools

qualified candidates should email resume and cover letter to