AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Portfolio Operations Manager in Gaithersburg, Maryland

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the utmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe.

As Portfolio Operations Manager in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. GPPS (Global Product and Portfolio Strategy) bridges science and commercial, integrating corporate, portfolio, therapy areas and product strategies, providing strategic direction from early-stage research through to commercialization.

The Portfolio Operations Manager (POM) is part of the Global Market Planning team and, working closely with the Portfolio Operations Leader and the Global Digital Excellence organization, is responsible for the overall operational planning experience for one or more Oncology brand and extended cross-functional teams.

The POM is responsible for the end-to-end plan representative of innovative content, customer-centric programs and multi-channel campaigns using corporate capabilities and rigorous planning methods to support global and US marketing and sales assets through the Asset Development, Review, and Delivery (ADRD) process.

Core responsibilities include:

  • leading the brand prioritization process

  • developing and maintaining a long-term view of brand promotional activities

  • ensuring alignment to brand and franchise strategic calendars,

  • coordinating entry of the Detailed Level Operational Plan (DLOP)

  • managing monthly checkpoints to track brand team progress toward the operational plan/budget

  • providing strategic program/project management as determined by the Brand leadership and/or Portfolio Planning Director (e.g., metrics analysis, launch excellence planning, process optimization).

The POM works with the Portfolio Operations Leader to provide a forward-looking view of projects to ADRD partners to ensure efficient trafficking of assets through the Medical, Legal & Regulatory (MLR) review process and timely capacity planning for production and delivery partners.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Customer Experience of the Brand(s)

  • Works closely with the Portfolio Operations Leader to ensure consistency in delivery of ADRD processes across the Oncology Business Unit (OBU). The Portfolio Operations Leader will provide direction and guidance to the POM on processes, timelines, tools and best practices in delivering the Brand experience.

  • Represents the brand or franchise team(s) in ensuring operational experience meets the needs of the customers.

Program & MLR Planning

  • Develops and maintains view of brand or franchise priorities for launch readiness and long-term planning.

  • Leads Brand MLR planning/prioritization meetings, partnering with Promotional Regulatory Affairs/Global Nominated Signatory, Global Medical Alignment Lead/Medical Affairs, Medical Information and Editorial to assign review timing based on considerations of asset complexity and band priorities; ensures decisions and other take-aways are appropriately pulled through including maintenance of expedited review reporting.

  • Leverages the Asset Status Report (ASR) and other tools to understand the status of promotional assets in the ADRD process and provides accurate and timely views for the teams to prioritize and understand portfolio trade-off decisions regarding leveraging of available partner capacity.

  • Works with the Portfolio Operations Leader and Brand Director to highlight and resolve any potential prioritization conflicts or trade-off decisions needed.

  • Manages the MLR consult process for complex initiatives to ensure streamlined review/delivery, strong cross-functional relationships, and best practices for future initiatives.

Detailed-Level Operational Planning

  • Supports development of the DLOP including facilitating working sessions and leadership reviews.

  • Conducts quality reviews of the asset portfolio, validates timing and complexity attributes, and interfaces with asset owners to identify/clarify gaps in asset portfolio based on DLOP and Brand calendar.

  • Works with Finance to lead monthly checkpoints with the Brand Team(s) to track progress against operational plan and budget.

Strategic Project Management and Metrics Support

  • Provides strategic project management support as needed for business-critical programs and activities as determined by Brand/Franchise leadership and/or Portfolio Operations Leader. Examples include roles in: launch excellence planning, sales meetings execution/planning, and other specified programs needing a strategic project management lens.

  • Works with Portfolio Operations Leader to validate, analyze, and interpret ADRD dashboard metrics to Brand leaders and provides TA/Brand-specific insight on the meaning of key process and utilization metrics and defines approaches to improve outcomes.

Essential Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience)

  • Minimum 3-5 years of pharmaceutical industry experience including product launches preferred

  • Demonstrated success in project management of strategic and/or business critical projects or programs

  • Experience with brand strategic and operational planning processes

  • Understanding of end-to-end promotional asset development process, sub-processes and tools

  • Ability to manipulate reports in excel and conduct analytics to support planning and decision-making

  • Independent worker with demonstrated trouble-shooting and problem-solving skills

  • Skilled in oral and written communications

  • Ability to work in a team environment, between teams, across reporting lines and matrix structures

  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule in support of operational planning for ex-US markets

Desirable Requirements

  • Understanding of AZ Brand/Portfolio environment including roles & responsibilities and interactions with key partners (e.g. Promotional Regulatory Affairs, Global Medical Affairs, Medical Information, Marketing Services, etc.)

  • Knowledgeable of AZ Financial processes, systems, planning timelines and general accounting principles

  • Prior experience and proficiency with a tool supporting the promotional asset review process and demonstrated understanding of ADRD process

  • Depth of understanding of scientific and/or commercial marketplace of respective therapeutic area(s) a plus

  • Conversational/Fluency in a foreign language

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