Deputy Director, Contraceptive Technology


Gates Foundation

Remote (local)
  • Career category:Programme/ Project design & management, Health professional
  • Job type:Job
  • Experience level:10+ years
  • Organisation type:Philanthropy
  • Remote option:Remote (local)
  • Right to work requirements:Right to work required in advance
  • Salary: $ 170980-317240 / yearly
  • Work schedule:Full-time
  • Length of contract:Temporary/ Fixed-term
  • Location:United States 
Sexual & reproductive rights (SRHR) Health
Your Role
As Deputy Director, Contraceptive Technology you will own the development of the CT portfolio strategy and co-lead our investment teams overseeing the grant making process for a wide range of product developers in the CT space. Specifically, you are responsible for reviewing the clinical development plans generated by our partner organizations ensuring they provide planning to address key go / no-go decisions for each product candidate. These plans will also address differentiating clinical characteristics that are important to women in Low Income Countries using groundbreaking approaches.
What You’ll Do
  • Develop long term portfolio execution plans aligned with team’s high-level strategy and lead the CT domain within WHI
  • Responsible for advice on the clinical plans and execution for the CT product candidates, including those that have reached the pre-IND and clinical development stages.
  • Collaborate closely with and translate Family Planning's strategy to ensure their decisions are reflect in WHI's development portfolio
  • Collaborate across Gender Equality, Global Development, and Global Health teams to develop and execute plans with Foundation partners and grantees
  • Identify and assess key risks at the portfolio level; develop and lead mitigation/ contingency plans
  • Serve as a leader and thought partner to Contraception Technology investment teams on product development challenges, metrics, standard methodologies, and approaches
  • Enable decision making across teams and encourage effective project planning
  • Manage relationships with key internal partners within the matrixed organization
  • In collaboration with colleagues from Discovery and Translational Sciences, Family Planning, Integrated Development, and fellow WHI colleagues, work closely with key external product development partners to enable effective project planning practices and timely visibility of challenges and issues
  • Communicate information related to the portfolio dynamics that will support portfolio decision-making
  • Serve on the WHI leadership team
Your Experience
  • Advanced degree required (MD or PhD preferred) and 15+ years’ experience in product development in contraceptive technology, women’s health or related fields with extensive product development experience or medical affairs experience if there were significant interactions with the clinical development team
  • Worked in all phases of product development within the pharma / biotech industry and be familiar with regulatory requirements for contraception products. Solid understanding and / or specific knowledge of several elements of product and / or service development and launch (e.g., discovery, development, commercial launch)
  • Proven experience in contraception product development and analytical skills required to interpret clinical and preclinical data
  • Problem solves using data driven methods and innovative approaches
  • Basic understanding of Model-Informed Drug Development
  • Likely candidate profiles include clinical development lead, Project Leader, Regulatory Affairs lead, Clinical Team Leader; etc.
  • Portfolio management (in pharma/ biotech context) and associated tools
  • Project management, implementation planning and associated tools
  • Risk assessment and management (mitigation and contingency plans)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong meeting and relationship facilitation abilities

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