Director, External Alliances, Inflammation and Immunology Research Unit

Pfizer Inc.

Cambridge, MA

Job posting number: #7108909 (Ref:4862592)

Posted: August 24, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


You will help to build and manage collaborative academic partnerships within Pfizer’s Inflammation and Immunology Research Unit (I&I RU) that will advance the I&I RU strategy and pipeline of portfolio projects.


Support I&I RU Scientific Leads to scope, identify, form, and manage strategically important external partnerships. Work with the I&I RU Leadership Team (LT) and Scientific Leads to identify critical scientific gaps, leverage synergies across existing partnerships, and contribute to the development of an integrated resource strategy required to build and deliver the end-to-end I&I RU portfolio.
Support the development and approval of successful research plans. Support completion and presentation of individual research proposals, and work with Scientific Leads and external investigators to ensure that research plans are ‘contract-ready’ and that internal stakeholders are aligned with proposed resource plans.
Provide alliance management support for I&I RU alliances ranging from milestone tracking to full-service project management, depending on the complexity of the partnership. Work with Scientific Leads and external investigators as needed to align on project deliverables, milestones and decision trees; and support amendments of research plans/agreements as needed. Track delivery of key milestones and budget commitments; capture and archive meeting outcomes to ensure that decisions are well documented and communicated in a timely manner. Maintain close partnership with key stakeholders and work with functional leads to troubleshoot and resolve issues with reagent, resource and data flow and maintain project-level communication tools.
Regularly update I&I RU LT on external portfolio progress, outcomes and impact; provide input on recommendations for next steps. May represent Pfizer and I&I RU at external conferences and industry-academic consortia.
Work with colleagues from I&I RU and key partner lines to organize project approvals and reviews, ensure timely contracting and execution of agreements, complete compliance requirements, support milestone and budget forecasting, and provide information as needed for I&I RU communications.

PhD with 5+ years of alliance management or related experience, Master's Degree with 8+ years of alliance management or related experience or Bachelor's degree with 10+ years of alliance management or related experience
Experience leading a small team
Experience leveraging external partnerships to deliver value for drug discovery efforts
Working knowledge of biopharmaceutical research and drug discovery.
Outstanding organizational, relationship building, and influencing skills
Experience organizing and leading multidisciplinary teams, and delivery of projects in a highly matrixed organization.
Experience facilitating meetings with various stakeholders, such as scientists, senior leaders and academic partners.
Excellent communication and analysis skills, including experience parsing complex information to conclusions and actions
Track record of proposing solutions to complex problems in a creative and timely manner
Track record of on-time delivery of complex projects within ambiguous situations and tight timelines

Experience in immunology, computational biology, genomics, and/or high dimesnional data analysis
Familiarity with Pfizer organization and processes, including an in depth understanding of Pfizer’s alliance activities, processes, and practices
Experience in an academic business office (technology transfer and/or licensing office)

Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.
Relocation support available

Work Location Assignment: Flexible

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.

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