Portfolio Manager
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Job Description:
TITLE: Portfolio Manager, HIV and AIDS Program

REPORTING TO: Sr. Scientist, HIV and AIDS Program

LOCATION: Center for Biomedical Research, NY, NY


ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: 2 Years, renewable by mutual consent and availability of funds

POSITION SUMMARY: The Portfolio Manager (PM), HIV and AIDS Program, will be responsible for managing the operational conduct of the product development lifecycle (from preclinical development through clinical testing) of all products in the biomedical prevention product development pipeline. S/he will act as project manager and work collaboratively with internal stakeholders to create milestone-driven lifecycle timelines for each product, and directly monitor progress of milestones and decision points. S/he will gauge the progress made by internal stakeholders including preclinical and clinical teams, Intellectual Assets Management (IAM), Regulatory Affairs (RA), Safety, Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Office of Public Information (OPI) Grants and Contracts (G&C), Quality Assurance (QA), Procurement, and Finance, and external partners and vendors and assess roadblocks, and propose actions to mitigate against risk (for example, delays and budget deviations) for individual timelines and the product development pipeline, overall.

The PM will:
1) Create and maintain reports/metrics (e.g., flow charts and time lines) that will reflect the pertinent details of the biomedical prevention product development pipeline for distribution to required parties by collecting information from internal and external stakeholders on plans and agreements, outputs, timelines and progress; communicating this information to the preclinical and clinical teams, internal stakeholders, including IAM, RA, Safety, OGC, OPI G&C, QA, Procurement, and Finance, as well as external partners and vendors.

2) Identify and manage risk and delays in the product development pipeline by performing gap and risk analyses; troubleshooting potential delays in the timelines; generating possible solutions by researching alternative approaches; holding meetings/initiating dialogue among the preclinical and clinical teams, internal stakeholders and external partners and vendors; documenting and monitoring subsequent action items; and updating product development plans for dissemination to all stakeholders.

3) Ensure supply of clinical study products and draft clinical product specifications and shipping procedures by gathering required information from clinical and non-clinical team members and by establishing and maintaining budgets for study product.

4) Contribute to and support the development and review of agreements, SOPs, study protocols, investigator’s brochures, and publications, by initiating such agreements relating to matters of confidentiality, material transfer, subawards, or product and development issues; attending agreement meetings or fielding calls involving Council staff members and/or external collaborators, contractors, or suppliers; and monitoring the status of both established and pending agreements and recommending action when agreements need to be renewed or updated.

5) Apprise Council staff of latest findings in the microbicide field and ensure that Council’s candidate products meet both the Council’s goals and needs of end-users by reviewing the relevant literature; requesting information from internal and external colleagues on new developments in the field (competitors) including other products being tested/marketed

6) Attend/travel to relevant meetings and conferences.

7) Other duties as assigned.

1. Master’s Degree required. Must have interest in biomedical sciences.

2. Minimum 5-7 years related experience, including 3 years directly managing complex projects. Experience managing projects with exposure to both preclinical and clinical activities. This includes experience managing multiple projects simultaneously.

3. Exceptional project management, communication, problem solving, and relationship building/interpersonal skills. Must be a positive leader with ability to motivate and inspire others.

4. Successful track record working in a matrix environment.

5. Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask effectively under a full workload with competing priorities.

6. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well working closely and collaboratively with multidisciplinary and multicultural product development teams. Adept at interpreting financial information and assessing implications for product development.

7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills

8. Proficiency in MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and MS Project as well as project management and timeline planning tools

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices. We are seeking an individual to fill the position described. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at: http://www.popcouncil.org/employment/index.asp .

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which s/he is being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from qualified women and members of minority groups. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.

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