May 28th, 2024 Program Management

Executive Director Portfolio Management Office (PMO)

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Please note that this position is based in either San Diego, CA, or Princeton, NJ. Acadia's hybrid model requires this role to work in our office three days per week on average.

The Executive Director, Portfolio Management Office (PMO) will be responsible for the project and portfolio management processes and systems in support of delivery of the Acadia Asset Strategy Teams and overall portfolio and management of program managers that support evolving programs.  In addition, this role is responsible for providing program and portfolio data reporting, visualization, and analysis in support of strategic planning, decision making, and delivering the portfolio of programs at Acadia.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Development, implementation, and management of project and portfolio management standards, processes, and tools to support Asset Strategy Team delivery as well as portfolio-level oversight, strategy development, and decision making
  • Management of PMO program management staff that will support teams and be responsible for the entry and quality oversight of project management data captured in the project and portfolio management systems
  • Providing recurring and ad hoc reporting, along with analysis, to senior management in support of managing the portfolio of Asset Team programs at Acadia
  • Work with functional areas to link and visualize project management data managed in functions to the Asset Team and Franchise plans as needed to support efficient and effective cross-functional delivery of Asset Team Programs
  • Leading Projects in support of the portfolio as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Advanced degree preferred. An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be considered.
  • Targeting 15 years of progressively responsible, relevant experience focusing on program management with 10 years in a leadership role which includes leading and managing project manager and teams
  • Successful candidate will have a strong understanding of project management roles specifically in the pharmaceutical industry and/or other technically based, regulated research and development environment
  • Experience in developing and implementing project and portfolio management methodologies and tools
  • Strong strategic thinking and leadership skills
  • Seasoned communication skills and executive presence
  • Broad knowledge of project and portfolio management processes in support of drug development in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Advanced meeting facilitation skills and ability to lead cross-functional teams
  • Ability to accommodate and lead teams through shifting priorities, demands and timelines.
  • Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources and to be persuasive, encouraging and motivating.
  • Adept at creating and communicating a clear vision for a program among team members to facilitate alignment of resources to achieve program and corporate goals
  • Proven track record of implementing Project Management tools, methodologies, practices and infrastructure, as related to the biopharmaceutical Industry

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 independently overnight and work after hours if required by travel schedule or business needs.



What we offer you (US-Based Employees):

  • 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 (US-Based Employees): 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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