The Director, Compound Development Team Leader is a strategic leader of a cross-functional team, aligned to maximize the development and value of the asset, and drive execution of the compound strategy throughout the lifecycle. The CDTL helps the team to develop creative strategic approaches for all aspects of development, providing clear communication, and securing appropriate resources and governance level support.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead development and execution of compound development strategy for the program(s), creating a vision for each compound within the therapeutic area portfolio, including identifying strategies and determining/sequencing indications to be pursued.
- Integrate input from all functional areas to identify key development issues and the strategic approach to each, with associated timelines and budgets, and providing clarity on alternative pathways and tradeoffs considered.
- Make informed decisions regarding compound lifecycle strategy based on thorough research, analysis, competitive data, and expertise.
- Lead discussions to reach decisions, including making final decisions when full consensus cannot be reached.
- Challenge functional representatives to ensure all issues are addressed and the strategy aligns with the compound's needs.
- Manage the complexity of internal/external development activities and proactively identifying issues and risks while leading contingency planning and problem solving.
- Develop and implement optimal IP, commercial, medical affairs, publication, and regulatory strategies to protect and maximize asset value.
- Collaborate closely with Program Management to identify and allocate appropriate resources (FTEs and budget) to support the program.
- Ensure team alignment with functional leadership and executing on feedback with regard to Go/No Go decisions, timelines, key activities, resource allocations and budgets, valuations and prioritization.
- Present strategic options and leading phase transition proposals at governance boards.
- Maintain focus on pipeline value and balance the role of team leader with a commitment to maximizing portfolio value.
- Help lead and devise strategies for key strategic initiatives and talent development across the portfolio.
Educational and Experience Requirements:
- Bachelor's degree is required; Advanced degree is preferred.
- Minimum of 10 years of pharmaceutical/biotechnology or life science experience is required.
- Previous experience leading an oncology drug development team within a pharmaceutical/biotechnology company required.
- Leadership role experience in a research-driven company is required.
- Cross-functional team leadership experience, including strategy development, budget oversight, and program delivery, is necessary.
- Experience with clinical development in oncology or immunology is required.
- Demonstrated influence, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills, including the ability to influence without clear reporting authority are required.
- Outstanding leadership, influence, and communication skills are required.
- Early and Late-stage clinical development experience is preferred.
- Lifecycle management experience is required.
- Experience participating in Health Authority meetings and Regulatory Filing experience is preferred.
- Experience working with external collaboration partners.
- Ability to build high-performing cross-functional teams in a global matrixed organization.