Clinical Asset Planner / Project Planner (Manager / Associate
Pfizer Inc - La Jolla, CA

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All over the world, Pfizer colleagues are working together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Each position at Pfizer touches and contributes to the success of our business and our world. That’s why, as one of the global leaders in the biopharmaceutical industry, Pfizer is committed to seeking out inspired new talent who share our core values and mission of making the world a healthier place.

Role Description
Planners are accountable for the generation and maintenance of high quality project schedules associated with 1. All protocol and study schedules; and 2. Candidate/Asset level schedules in the PrePOC (LD to POC) space. Responsibilities include collaborating with project teams and partner lines in building and maintaining accurate schedule and project information within systems used in support of project and portfolio metrics, resource management, and portfolio reporting.

Planners have a thorough understanding of drug development, resource management and associated business processes. Planners are experts in scheduling and resource forecasting tool(s) (Enterprise Project Management, Planisware), definitions and standards, and associated systems and tools. Planners may support several different types of schedules in support of a clinical development plan of which may include but not limited to: medicine, candidate / indication, clinical studies, end game/submission, Outcomes Research, launch planning. Planners play a key supportive role in scenario planning, building schedules and forecasting associated development costs that depict various development options. Planners play an essential role in supporting the RAPID (Resource And Planning Insights for Decisions) program. RAPID is a key strategic imperative that supports a “fit-for-the-future” model of the processes, operations, and systems for the planning and management of Research and Development resources (dollars and FTEs).

Responsibilities
Planning/Controlling (Scheduling Management)
Works with the Project Manager / Operations Lead, Development Management and Commercial businesses, project team members and platform line representatives to create project schedules that enable effective planning and project delivery
•Directly accountable for coordinating, monitoring and reporting project schedule information to enable alignment of BU and partner line FTE and dollar resources.
•Identifies and raises schedule conflict risks and resource peaks/troughs appropriately for resolution.
•Directly participates in and contributes to cross-functional and functional teams to discuss, review, and optimize protocol/project/program schedules, and resource management plans.
•Monitors progress of project activities towards next project milestone, anticipates and highlights potential variances, supports line/team in critical path analyses and understanding the impact, works with the DD/COSTL/OL/BU Planner and the project team to identify/recommend solutions to schedule risk
•Performs scenario planning of project timelines within and across protocols and across disease area/portfolio to enable optimum use of local, global, and outsourced resources to ensure efficient delivery of project milestones.
•Contributes to the validation of resource information at the project level with the project teams.

Analysis and Reporting
•Produces what-if scenario analyses (base, optimistic and pessimistic development) based on context derived from the Operations Lead and project team members (e.g. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical, DSRD, Development Operations, Commercial GIP/GEP/VOC, etc).
•Responsible for quality of schedule and resource flag data through review of quality reports and monitoring/management of such data with the team/line members.
•Provides timely reporting to the Development Director, COSTL, TA leads and project teams, alerting them to the possibility of endangered/missed or conflicting milestones, critical path activities.
•Ensures regular information updates, analysis and interpretation of planning and forecasting data to project teams, portfolio operations, platforms lines and management teams.
•Facilitates use of existing reporting tools by customer base (e.g., Business Objects, Spotfire, OnePager Pro & Express).
•Supports Portfolio Planning Lead in providing context to local customers of reports generated globally and consolidates customer feedback to enable improvement of existing reports and generation of new reports
•Supports Portfolio Planning Lead in developing and maintaining project schedule visual depictions for governance and team use
Process
•Partners with the Development Director, COTL, TA leads and project team members (e.g. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical, DSRD, Development Operations, Commercial GIP/GEP/VOC, etc) to identify opportunities and potential solutions to realize efficiency in the development process.
•Contributes to continuous improvement of project plans, plan generation, plan utilization, and reporting creating/developing processes, or systems/process integration.
•Supports team’s goal for continuous improvement by sharing cross-team and site learning’s, and best practices.
•Promotes platform lines/teams taking ownership of data within planning tools to help them in management of their business.
•Assists in training and mentoring new and established users in planning systems, and associated operating procedures and reporting.

Qualifications
Education:
•Bachelors level degree or equivalent experience.
•At least 3 years previous project planning or related experience.
•At least 3 years experience in the development of ethical pharmaceuticals within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology
•industries is preferred.
•Trained/experienced in negotiation, facilitation and managing matrix team dynamics.

Experience:
•At least 3 years experience in project planning and project management
•At least 5 years experience in pharmaceutical development
•Experienced with planning and resource forecasting tools (Enterprise Project Management, Planisware)
•Experienced user of Business Intelligence Reporting Tools (e.g. Business Objects, Spotfire)
•Trained/experienced in negotiation, facilitation and managing matrix team dynamics.

Technical Skill Requirements
•Proven track record of planning or managing complex projects
•Demonstrated understanding of the key activities associated with developing a realistic project schedule including: activity duration estimation, sequencing, establishment of interdependencies and critical path analysis
•Demonstrated understanding of stakeholder risk management and mitigation strategies in order to simulate the likely obstacles to project progression
•Detailed knowledge of the tasks performed by relevant lines in drug development, and the relative priorities and interdependencies.
•Broad understanding of the processes in drug development relating to required task duration, investment, product value assessment, project prioritization, and budget management
•Technical proficiency is a key competency for this role.
•Technical proficiency includes demonstrated proficiency in the use of project planning and resource forecasting tools and systems (e.g. Microsoft Project, Planisware), and the use of reporting tools (e.g. Business Objects, Spotfire)
•Rapidly mastering new software tools

Equal Employment Opportunity
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 employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must be authorized to work for Pfizer in the U.S. at the time of the commencement of employment. Foreign national applicants who will need employer immigration sponsorship to obtain or continue work authorization must disclose that fact as part of the application process. Pfizer may consider in its sole discretion sponsoring a foreign national applicant for work authorization and/or permanent residence (green card) depending on its business needs.

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