Associate Director Life Cycle Management Operations

Research & Development Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Associate Director, Life Cycle Management Operations

The position is responsible for initiating and leading LCM activities for the in-line product portfolio, and defining the product change strategy for commercial products made by the company or Third-Party partners.  The product strategy will translate operations and business strategy into defined product initiatives which will support the competitive positioning of the products in the marketplace and the strategic direction of the company.   Success in this position will require ownership of the overall initiatives including:  developing business cases, creating an aligned work plans with all stakeholders, ensuring the appropriate prioritization of execution, defining KPIs to ensure performance to target and leading the governance process.  The position will work closely with Operations, Marketing and BD teams.



  • Analyze the inline product portfolio to identify opportunities and needs and generate business cases for product change management initiatives. The business cases will be driven by the following rationales:
  • Sales protection and continuity of supply
  • Enhance competitive position of the products (e.g. cost saving)
  • Network strategy
  • Portfolio and product strategy
  • Translate the network/product/portfolio strategies into coherent product change initiatives. Initiatives will include the following:
  • Material strategy/changes
  • Site transfers
  • Sourcing Changes
  • Contingency planning
  • Conduct Make vs. Buy (MvB) analyses to ensure the optimized utilization of the operational network and the ability to respond to future demands
  • Present initiative to senior management and defend the business cases developed
  • Work with stakeholders to develop initiatives plans and timelines; effectively communicate project objectives, deliverables, timelines, budgets and tasks to team members
  • Kick-off projects and lead the execution activities in collaboration with key stakeholders
  • coordinate meetings, identify and help to resolve obstacles, and escalate issues when necessary to support resource allocation and on-time project completion
  • Continuously evaluate the product portfolio in order to ensure proper prioritization
  • Present the projects in executive review forums
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities while facilitating team meetings to ensure the agenda is followed; coordinate follow-up on action items
  • Prepare decision-support material and contribute in strategic discussion (e.g. network strategy, portfolio strategy, etc.)


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of Operations, Supply Chain, Portfolio or Commercial management.  At least 5 years of hands-on experience in Project Management.
  • Experience in collaborating with third party partners
  • In depth understanding of the pharmaceutical supply chain
  • Broad understanding of the regulatory requirements pertaining to product change management
  • Good understanding of the US market
  • Critical thinker, decisive and capable of developing pro-active and creative solutions to problems that arise in order to meet project timelines.
  • Dynamic and energized with go get it attitude
  • Ability to operate in a matrix environment and influence without authority
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Independent and self-starter
  • Travel to other sites (internal and 3rd party, both domestic and international) will be required to support projects. (<20%).