Executive Director, Franchise Core Team Leader for publicly traded BioTech/Pharmaceutical Company

Vertical Careers, Inc. - Bay Area, CA

Executive Director, Franchise Core Team Leader

Location: Northern CA (relocation offered)

Salary: Up to $300K + Bonus (minimal flex DOE)

Job Description

Our Client is a leader in delivering therapeutics for diseases.

Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

Product Portfolio Development (PPD) is responsible for corporate governance, business operating model (core teams and partner teams) and portfolio strategy. PPD integrates overall product strategy and ensures planning and timely execution to inform decision making, development, commercialization and life cycle management of medicines .

Franchise Core Team Leader (CTL) Role:

As pipeline grows, we are excited to establish a leadership role in BU that oversees multiple products and teams. This leadership role has responsibility for three assets. As the Franchise lead, you will partner with stakeholders across the organization to look for synergies and efficiencies across the BU portfolio and advocate for identified opportunities by presenting strong business cases to corporate governance. This will involve strong partnerships with Commercial, Med Affairs, Technical Operations & Finance. The individual in this role will also be the CTL a particular drug as it approaches an important milestone of entering clinical investigation.

CTL role is the primary liaison between teams and executive management and has overall accountability to executive management (CEO and CEO leadership team) for the integrated product strategy. In collaboration with core team (CT) members, the CTL ensures progress and execution against plans and as the leader of the CT is the primary contact for internal stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities of a CTL:

  • Program Strategy
  • Lead the CT in the generation and maintenance of a Target Product Profile and the cross-functional compound development and lifecycle strategy taking into account global considerations
  • Lead CT and develop forward looking integrated stage based product development plans that are aligned with program strategy and ensures assumptions and drivers are aligned with plans to inform financial planning
  • Lead efforts in partnership with line functions to optimize value of the compound throughout its lifecycle.
  • Ensure potential risks are identified and contingency planning with a solutions focused mindset.
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Ensure cross functional partnerships and resources are leveraged effectively, and with accountability, to achieve program objectives.
  • Drive collaboration and transparency across all functions on the CT and challenge team members to be broad and inclusive in their strategy planning.
  • Resolve conflicts at the Core Team, provide and receive feedback to develop and maintain a high performing team and if necessary escalate team member performance related issues to functional management
  • Governance and Approvals
  • Ensure that team recommendations are brought to appropriate governance for management buy-in and decisions
  • Ensure alignment of program strategy/plan/execution with management expectations & priorities
  • Lead CT in the development of scenarios and recommendations and present CT position for decision making at various governance bodies.
  • Communication
  • Single point of contact on program for executive and functional management
  • Ensures communication of rationale and context for decisions made to team
  • Leads team in developing a comprehensive internal and external communication plan with team input for important program milestones, key data, etc.
  • Reviews and agrees to publication plan, reviews publication concepts, presentations and manuscripts
  • Primary source for information as needed for external communications (press releases, investor related, etc.)
  • Reviews health authority related documents and ensures consistency with strategic objectives for the program
  • In partnership with Project Management Lead, CTL ensures
  • Timely progress and execution against strategy and plans
  • Timely and aligned input into drivers for LRP and Budget process


  • Advanced degree in a scientific discipline (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D.); M.B.A. is a plus.
  • 15+ years experience in the biotechnology/ pharmaceutical industry. Ideally, the individual will have experience in drug development across several therapeutic areas and across the spectrum of drug development and life cycle management.
  • Experience as a leader of product or compound strategy teams or sub-teams. Experience leading multiple assets a plus.
  • The successful candidate will also demonstrate strong leadership ability and professional credibility to influence a highly intelligent and sophisticated audience of colleagues, partners, and external constituents.
  • This individual must be a self-starter and possess excellent leadership, influencing and communication skills, as they will be applied at all levels, including at the core team, interactions with the executive team, and presentations to high-level internal and external audiences

Posted On: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Compensation: up to $300K DOE + Bonus

Position Contact
Eva Chiu
Managing Partner| Executive Search
(626) 486-9467

Eva Chiu has over 15 years of specialized staffing and recruitment expertise. Eva is known for her energy, enthusiasm and passion for connecting the right people with the right opportunities. Her dedication to providing the highest quality service to both clients and candidates is one of her strongest attributes. Prior to Vertical Careers, Eva spent nearly 10 years with one of the nation’s largest specialized staffing firms first, as an account manager, and then as an executive recruiter specializing in accounting and finance professionals, achieving numerous accolades, including:

  • Superstars 2003, 2004 (Account Manager)
  • Superstars 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2010 (Executive Recruiter)
  • Rookie of the Year 2005 (Executive Recruiter)
  • Southern California Executive Recruiter of The Year 2006
  • Platinum Club 2006, 2008 & 2010 (Top 5%)
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