Executive Director, Program and Portfolio Management

Executive Director, Program and Portfolio Management Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Executive Director, Program and Portfolio Management to join our team.


  • Acts as spokesperson for the program will represent program internally and externally;
  • Drive decision-making and issues resolution through the governance;
  • Manages prioritization of program team activities to enhance program value;
  • Responsible for comprehensiveness and quality of program information in the internal systems, databases, and communication to Senior Management;
  • Expected to identify bottlenecks, surface issues, and proactively drive for their resolution. Leads contingency planning efforts;
  • Leads ad-hoc cross-functional task forces as needed aiming at issue resolution or organization efficiency;
  • Identifies and resolves conflicts at functional team level;
  • Supervise one or more Program Team Leads;
  • Responsible for high performing and healthy program team;
  • Develops the operational plan together including realistic timelines, budget and resources planning, risk assessment and contingency planning;
  • Ensures quality, up-to-datedness and accuracy of all program specific planning data (headcount, external costs, timelines);
  • Create health work team environment;
  • Manages project variance and root cause analysis, develops risk mitigation / issue management plans with the objective to meet the financial targets.


  • Masters or Doctoral degree in biology or chemistry;
  • Understands basic financial aspects, including knowledge of resource planning (headcount and budget) and management;
  • At least 5 yrs equivalent multi-/ cross-functional leadership experience;
  • Clinical development experience preferred;
  • Ability to critically and objective interpret and evaluate scientific and competitive, business related information;
  • Excellent cross-functional team and relationship building skills;
  • Advanced knowledge of regulatory and business requirements;
  • 10+ years in the life-sciences, pharmaceutical industry;
  • Advanced level of basic science. Experience working in genetic, rare diseases preferred;
  • Advanced leadership skills.