June 20th, 2022 Commercial Administration

Director Commercial Program Management

San Diego, California, United States

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The Director, Commercial Program Management will function as the principal program management lead of launch readiness activities across all commercial functions for the anticipated multiple indication launches for our currently approved product, as well as rare disease product launches and other potential new product acquisitions over time. This responsibility includes effectively leading and managing Acadia’s external program management vendor/partner and providing the guidance, direction and management necessary for the development of detailed program and project tools (i.e. project plans, RAID logs, meeting minutes, etc)  supporting the execution of launch activities.

The Director, Commercial Program Management will develop Acadia’s internal program and project management capabilities; including creating the infrastructure for an internal Acadia team to support the program and project management of future launches, and large/complex commercial organization initiatives. Works with cross-functional project management individuals to effectively align workflows and communications.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the strategic and tactical oversight of Commercial launch readiness timeline deliverables with a clear understanding of functional interdependencies, risks and critical path activities
  • Executing on project scope, budget, schedule, and resources
  • Provides guidance to internal/external team members to objectively assess and resolve cross-functional project and operational issues by identifying root causes as opportunities to improve effectiveness
  • Responsible for engaging with key stakeholders and team members to proactively identify risks and barriers to project success, and complete assessment/mitigation planning including adequate documentation/follow-up of ongoing issues. Support issue resolution and implement solutions to achieve program/project success
  • Provide project status reports and issues, and ensures project team goals and deliverables are met, including facilitation of required communications via meeting scheduling, agenda development and follow-up activities
  • Responsible for overall program management activities including presentation content development, participation in Sr. Mgmt. meetings to prepare minutes/actions and providing follow-up as necessary
  • Design and maintain reporting of project management activities via tools such as dashboards, slides etc. Develops and utilizes decision support models, Gantt charts and timelines to enable achievement of goals
  • Assesses and improves transparency of information across cross-functional teams to improve communication, reporting and tracking tools to optimize effectiveness and efficiencies across teams
  • Ensuring timely decisions with key stakeholders and determining points of escalation
  • Provides project management expertise and support of various functional areas or working groups on Commercial Projects to drive collaboration, cross-functional clarity and alignment on commercial projects, initiatives, and operations . Responsible for the communication of project status and issues, and ensures project team goals and deliverables are met
  • Define the future program/project management capabilities needed . Enhance the organization's ability to make the shifts necessary for future growth in this area
  • Generate insights into external program/project management best-practice and peer company strategies to advance Acadia’s capabilities over time
  • Ability to effectively collaborate across the organizations; interacts within and across the matrix to manage deliverables and timelines across the organization; manage department contribution to operating reviews
  • Ability to influence, build consensus, and manage conflict in challenging situations
  • Prepare executive level communications utilizing a clear understanding of the business strategy and issues to support/lead projects to further organizational and business goals
  • Represents the organization at internal meetings and act as an interface between the organization and other groups at Acadia
  • Maintains a high compliance posture and ensures adherence to company policies, quality system requirements, as well as other legal and regulatory directives


  • Bachelor’s degree in health care, business administration, program management or related field; Master degree preferred.  Certificates/certifications in PMP, Scrum highly desirable
  • 10 years of pharmaceutical industry or related experience with project management and launch planning experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Advanced understanding of the commercial process and the principles, concepts, practices, and standards of pharmaceutical program/project management
  • Capability for strategic and critical thinking that results in significant business value. Out-of-the box and analytical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Strategic and operational management skills required with the ability to develop and present sound proposals and recommendations; lead discussions on how to determine and prioritize strategic priorities.
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills
  • Highly developed negotiation skills demonstrating the ability to influence teams while not having formal authority.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills ensuring consistent and quality communications with key stakeholders.
  • Highly organized with a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively multi-task, prioritize, and deal effectively with ambiguity while working under heavy deadlines and multiple priorities
  • Advanced knowledge of and proficiency with Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), and PMP tools. Demonstrated ability and experience with project management methodologies, budgets, and resource management.
  • Demonstrated success in managing cross-functional projects
  • Work effectively in a team as well as oversee and motivate others in a fast-paced matrix environment to achieve organizational goals and add business value

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, see, talk or hear in a standard office environment and independently from remote locations. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Ability to travel by car or airplane independently overnight up to 40% of the time and work after hours if required by travel schedule or business issues. International travel may be required.


What we offer you:

  • Competitive base, bonus, new hire and ongoing equity packages
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with a fully vested company match 1:1 up to 5%
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 2-year purchase price lock-in
  • 15+ vacation days
  • 14 paid holidays plus one floating holiday of your choice, including office closure between December 24th and January 1st
  • 10 days of paid sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition assistance

EEO Statement:

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in the exact way they are described in job postings. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and innovative company and we are looking for the BEST candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background or may meet the qualifications in a different way. We would strongly encourage you to apply – especially if the reason you are the best candidate isn’t exactly as we describe it here.

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