Associate Director, R&D Governance

Job Description

The Associate Director in R&D Governance (within the Strategy, Portfolio, Operations, and Communications [SPOC] department) will have oversight and responsibility for leading stage gate portfolio governance committees as well as leading analyses to (1) draw insights to address R&D senior management business questions, (2) inform pipeline portfolio planning and (3) support R&D strategic decision making. They are responsible for driving crisp, high quality decision making within the governance model by ensuring decision makers are provided with rigorous, fact based quantitative and qualitative analysis. They are responsible for effectively communicating governance committee and portfolio decisions to leaders across the organization (both inside and outside of R&D) as well as R&D Project Team.

This role requires a talented, organized, driven, highly collaborative and effective communicator with experience collaborating and working with all levels of the organization – project team members through executive leaders. This position requires collaboration with R&D project leaders, Project Managers, Clinical Operation Leads, Finance, Business Operations, Portfolio Directors, Business Strategists, among others. The ability to quickly build strong working relationships and to provide impactful facilitation/moderation is required.

Primary Accountabilities:

R&D Portfolio Governance

·Lead governance forum(s) empowered to enable key R&D portfolio decisions (e.g. stage gate progression, resource/workforce and financial investment, protocol concept/amendment approval)

·Lead forums in-line with charter(s) and committee conduct guidelines and principles

·Support the identification of and champion the implementation of continuous improvement efforts to help mature the current governance model and forums

·Interface with project leaders and teams to guide and navigate on program progression through the governance model and processes; ensure clear understanding of governance sequencing through the program lifecycle and preparation requirements for each committee to ensure team/governance interactions lead to decisions

·Provide governance committee process oversight to ensure process effectiveness through ownership of reports & metrics tracking, enforcement of AARs, maintenance of process & template documentation, championing of continuous improvement.

·Drive governance committee forum documentation and associated dissemination to the appropriate stakeholders

·Ensures associated analytics have been captured in the appropriate systems

R&D Portfolio Prioritization

·Ensure communication on trade-offs and prioritization decisions across the portfolio is timely, effective, and delivered to all appropriate stakeholders.

R&D Portfolio Reporting

·Leads the processes and consolidation of reporting to support the R&D Portfolio Goals metrics (annual and multi-year) for inclusion in the Corporate Scorecard

·Establish processes to efficiently store and maintain governance program and portfolio decisions and alongside key portfolio metrics; ensure appropriate reports/dashboards are available to various audiences to ensure R&D and cross-functional partners have clear awareness and visibility to all decisions.


·The candidate will have at minimum a Bachelor’s degree, MBA or advanced training preferred, with at least 8+ years of Clinical, Biotech, and/or Pharmaceutical experience

·Prior facilitation with senior level audiences required

·Proven ability to work and interact confidently with senior members of the organization and appropriately challenge their assumptions

·Experience with creating materials and communication for senior and executive leadership

·Outstanding ability to frame issues, problem solve (both creatively and analytically), manage projects, communicate (both orally and in writing) with senior leadership

·Understanding of R&D process/practices, governance framework, and program/study team structure

·Excellent organizational and leadership abilities

·Strong collaboration, communication and people skills

·Strong influencer and facilitator, able to build strong working relationships across a variety of levels, functions, and geographies

Additional Information

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