Associate Director of Portfolio Management

Program Management Waltham, Massachusetts




As an Associate Director of Portfolio Management at Apellis, the successful candidate will provide strategic leadership and operational expertise in support of our rare disease and ophthalmology clinical development programs. This role is responsible for developing cross functional program plans and portfolio governance processes, providing project and process expertise, and leading cross functional development teams to facilitate successful outcomes of assigned program.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead cross-functional program teams that will include representatives from clinical, nonclinical, regulatory, CMC, finance and commercial to define and execute upon the most appropriate drug development strategy.
  • Leverage input from all key stakeholders to create integrated strategic development plans that define goals, milestones, critical path, timeline, risks, assumptions, alternative scenarios, and budgets.
  • Drive decision-making in governance settings, to implement and champion the development strategy.
  • Foster strong relationships with team members and functional line managers and serve as key point person for program team members on project-related communication, issue identification, and management.
  • Support alliance management as necessary to ensure strategic and operational alignment within key partnerships.
  • Effectively communicate with and present or report to senior management on program strategy, operational plans, and progress.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as required.
Experience and Background:
  • Degree in life sciences; advanced degree or MBA preferred.
  • Ten plus years of total drug development experience in industry, including at least five years in a project leadership role.
  • Significant experience within the biopharmaceutical industry, and strong understanding of cross functional  biopharmaceutical drug development, including clinical, nonclinical, regulatory, CMC, and commercial.
  • Knowledge of GMP, GCP, GLP, and ICH guidelines.
  • Significant experience across drug development stages from research candidate evaluation to late-stage development; phase III and launch experience preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills, including demonstrated ability to lead a cross-functional team, and influence at all levels of an organization.
  • Experience in the application of program management principles, practices and tools.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and meeting facilitation.
  • Ability to work independently and with flexibility to handle work flow in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Some travel will be required, up to 15%.



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