Director, Portfolio Development - Translational Science

Highly Competitive Salary
  1. Permanent
  2. Senior/Director & VP, Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology
  3. United States
Pittsburgh, USA
Posting date: 14 Apr 2021

Proclinical is in search for a Director of Portfolio Development for our client, a leading CRO located in Pittsburgh, PA. As the Portfolio Development Director, you will work closely with the Head of Portfolio Development & Translational Science leadership to identify, evaluate, develop a business-case for project proposals and enable informed decision making for investment.

Job Responsibilities:

  • E2E accountability for internal pipeline asset management (idea to commercial) which includes,
  • Actively manages multiple programs at various stages as well as leads new proposal/concept evaluation in parallel.
  • Collaborates closely with PIs to ensure idea fits with desired program attributes for consideration and enables idea development with an understanding of potential commercial pathways.
  • Drafts and leads finalization of translational development plan for the program ensuring key questions are identified and addressed via the plan to inform future investment decision making.
  • Leads discussions on program proposals, plans and business case at internal team forums for their input and develops team recommendation to be presented at governing bodies.
  • Build partnerships with University of Pittsburgh Office of Innovation & PIs & relevant stakeholders to drive forward internal pipeline portfolio.
  • Oversee execution of agreed plans and serve as primary contact with vendors, business partners and internal stakeholders ensuring completion of agreed plan in a timely fashion.
  • Participate in external diligence on an ad-hoc basis.
  • Support organizational initiatives to accomplish Portfolio Development organizational goals and long term vision.
  • Support hiring, serve as a mentor to junior staff. Develop and coach direct reports to be future.

Skills and Requirements:

  • MS at a minimum, PhD in life sciences or MD preferred
  • 8 years of relevant professional experience in the life sciences or healthcare industry for MS or 5 plus years for PhD.
  • MBA or PMP certification is a plus
  • The successful candidate should have the demonstrated ability to independently tackle complex scientific and business problems
  • Demonstrated history of management, project planning and reporting, problem solving, organizational, and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (both in writing and orally) complicated scientific or medical information to a broad audience including scientific experts, business professionals and C-Level executives.
  • We are looking for candidates with a successful track record of working in and managing small cross-functional teams, having demonstrated the capacity to effectively manage upward and downward to achieve critical project goals.
  • The ideal candidate is a self-starter, highly motivated and willing to go the extra mile to support the vision of enabling Life Changing Medicine.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  • Flexibility on-site for first few months and for travel as needed

If you are having difficulty in applying or if you have any questions, please contact Phil Sawyer at (+1) 347-901-4526 or

Proclinical is a specialist employment agency and recruitment business, providing job opportunities within major pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

Proclinical Staffing is an equal opportunity employer.