Asset Team Lead in La Jolla, CA

$150K - $200K(Ladders Estimates)

Pfizer   •  

La Jolla, CA 92037

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


11 - 15 years

Posted 43 days ago


This position is accountable for developing and driving the early oncology development strategy of assets in the EODCR group in ORD, a division of WRD, in alignment with the overall EODCR and Pfizer portfolio strategy. The Early Development Asset Team Leader (ATL) leads the Asset Team (AT) and is accountable for the seamless execution of all project deliverables from candidate selection and IND enabling deliverables leading to First in Subject/Patient and up to a point, at which time the asset may transition to the appropriate late phase development organization. The ATL will be responsible for approval of program and/or project plans, endorsing and integrating line function strategies, and is the single point of accountability for the seamless execution of program deliverables and decisions for each asset.

The Early Development ATL applies scientific knowledge, clinical and drug development experience to ensure research and development strategy of the AT can address unmet need and commercial strategies. The ATL will also be responsible for interfacing with external scientists as well as with internal Pfizer experts to assure the swift identification of new early development opportunities to continuously optimize and refine the development strategy. Together with the Clinical Lead, the ATL will determine the clinical development plan that supports key deliverables and timely go-no go decisions to the next stage of development. Leadership provided by the ATL will ensure the application of robust, innovative and strategic approaches to fully characterize the early safety and efficacy profile of the experimental therapy, to optimally inform late stage clinical development strategies and to increase the probability of successful development of the asset. The ATL will be a decisive leader who can apply cost effective, time efficient and high quality approaches to drug development. The ATL will manage and be accountable for strategies implemented by the AT (comprising cross-functional leads: clinical, regulatory, pharmaceutical sciences, manufacturing, etc) for ORD assets as a leader of a global cross-functional team and will assure the smooth passage of experimental medicines from ORD through First-in-Subject/Patient (or from in-licensing) to the late stage development. In addition, the ATL will be a coach/mentor to AT members.


  • Oversees clinical portfolio development from pre-FIH through to transition to late development
  • Leads cross functional Asset Team(s) composed of the following standing member line functions:Clinical lead, Clinical Operations program lead, Research project lead, Project Manager, Translational lead, Commercial lead and Pharmaceutical Sciences team lead
  • Endorses and integrates line function strategies
  • Accountable for developing projects that are cost-effective and looks to de-risk the candidate and investments as early as practical (clinical portfolio level)
  • Accountable for ensuring that the projects are managed appropriately per budget
  • Accountable for ensuring that the necessary resources are available to the projects to support their success
  • Accountable for the quality of asset deliverables to external authorities
  • Promotes a culture of innovation within Asset Teams in order to bring forward creative development plans that maximize the potential of the asset.
  • Partners with commercial leads and PDA to ensure appropriate information is utilized in SAM lite activities
  • Partners with other ATLs to assure alignment of strategic and tactical approaches for AT oversight
  • Leverages line expertise to achieve the team goals
  • Acts as point of contact and project representative to governance and other decision-making bodies, including information dissemination and the resolution of critical project issues
  • Serves as asset champion by negotiating and influencing key internal stakeholders
  • Creates a motivated, committed and engaged project team
  • Models and expects effective team behavior to achieve the project goals
  • Serves as a coach/ mentor to asset team members
  • Manages key interdivisional interfaces on project issues including but not limited to research, development, commercial, medical affairs, manufacturing


  • Candidates with MD or PhD with post-graduate clinical training/development and experience in clinical medicine or drug development
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant post graduate experience in the pharmaceutical, academic and/or medical research environments having successfully executed a major component of a development program(s)
  • trong understanding of the elements of drug development programs and experience in their design and execution.
  • Filing and defense of IND's, CTA's and full dossiers
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully leading teams: running them effectively, efficiently and on target. Capable of recognizing when team interventions are required to enhance team effectiveness
  • Experienced in managing budgets and demonstrated fiscal responsibility
  • Experience working in a matrix environment in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company

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Valid Through: 2019-10-3