The Planning Analyst possesses a general knowledge of drug development, resource management concepts, associated business processes, and project planning software. Technical skills are critical to ensure effectiveness in maintaining quality timelines and plan attributes and ability to run reports to perform quality checks and communicate with stakeholder (e.g. Project Manager, Clinical Study Team Lead, Project Planner, Project Planning Lead) project schedule status and adhoc reporting.
The Planning Data Analyst is responsible for the maintenance of high quality project schedules associated with the drug development teams supporting the operational/strategic delivery. He/she may support several different types of schedules in support of a clinical development plan, which may include but are not limited to: Asset by Indication, Clinical Studies, Product Level, Rest of World Submissions, Data Generation Projects.
The Planning Data Analyst may contribute to sub-team initiatives and playes an essential role in supporting the Resource And Planning Insights for Decisions (RAPID) ecxosystem by maintainining quality in plans, trouble shooting system issues, performing routine quality checks, testing new plan templates, system environment or functionalities.
Responsible for maintaining quality and proper logic in project schedules in support of team deliverables,
R&D and Data Generating Portfolio. To effectively execute the primary responsibilities, the Planning Data Analyst must possess a comprehensive knowledge of the principles, concepts, and theories of schedule management.
The colleague executes his/her role by parterning with, Asset Project Managers (PM) to ensure accurate, integrated project planning at the medicine level, Clinical Study Team Lead (CSTL) to ensure accuracy of the study timeline, Project Planner or Project Planning Lead to ensure standards are accurately applied in plans to enable integrated planning model. The colleague is expected to apply
technical scheduling knowledge to contribute to the achievement of work team deliverables
Planning/Controlling (Schedule Management)
Responsible for maintaining and reporting project schedule, cost & resource forecasst information to enable alignment of GPD, partner line schedules and FTE/dollar resources. These schedules include:
The cross-functional schedules (Product Group and Candidate Plans at maintenance priority status) that integrate schedule information across all lines supporting GPD at all stages of the development continuum.
Clinical study plans (Protocol Development to Final Clinical Study Report)
Rest of World Submission plans
Data Generation projects
Identifies and raises schedule conflicts appropriately for Team resolution
Directly participates in cross-functional and functional teams to review and collect information to update plans or generate cost estimates
Monitors progress of project activities towards next project milestone and highlights potential variances with the Asset PM, Clinical Study Team Lead, Project Planner
Provides timely reporting to stakeholders (e.g. Asset Project Manager, Clinical Study Team Lead, Project Planner, Project Planning Lead, Integrated Planning System Lead, Portfolio & Project Management Leadership) to ensure regular information updates to project plans
Utilizes available reporting and visualization tools to support governance and team reporting needs (e.g. OnePager, Business Objects, Spotfire).
Process and Quality
Reviews own work regarding quality of schedule and plan metadata through utilization of quality reports and monitoring/management of such data with the team/line members
Ensure project plans and associated meta data are current and reporting out accurately
Contributes to continuous improvement of project plans, plan generation, plan utilization, and/or report creation/development processes
Participates in testing and implementing new tools, applications, system features, and/or reporting/visualization
Collaborates with colleagues to ensure cross-team, site learnings, and best practices are shared
Qualifications / Skills
Bachelors level degree
B.S. with 3+ years experience
Relevant certifications may be beneficial
At least 3 years experience in project planning and project management
At least 3 years of applicable pharmaceutical industry experience or similar industry experience
Principles and practices of planning and ability to apply to managing schedules for projects
Technical elements of scheduling with logic and interdependencies
Principles data generating projects
Drug Development terminologies, activities, and phases
Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Preferred But Not Required
Experienced in end-game/regulatory submission planning and/or product launch planning
Trained/experienced with planning and resource forecasting tools (e.g., Planisware, MS Project)
Trained/experienced user of reporting and software applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, OnePager Business Objects, Spotfire, Internet applications, and database management)
Written and oral communication and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with stakeholders, explain thought process and procedures clearly
Ability to review plans and apply Planning standards
Ability to work on several projects and use proper judgement or input from supervisor for workload prioritization
Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
Ability to attend to details
Ability to contribute in in-person and virtual team interactions/activities
Reports directly to a Regional Lead. A colleague at this level is expected to work independently yet typically receives guidance on complex problems and scenarios
Works primarily in a cross-functional or matrixed team environment and is expected to ensure his/her work meets expected standards, but work may require review by team members or leadership
Partners primarily with, Asset Project Managers (PM) to ensure accurate, integrated project planning at the medicine level, Clinical Study Team Lead (CSTL) to ensure accuracy of the study timeline, Project Planner or Project Planning Lead to ensure standards are accurately applied in plans to enable integrated planning model
Meetings and interfaces with stakeholders are driven by Portfolio demand and availability requirement
This role does not have budgetary responsibility or direct reports
Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
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