Program Officer, Product Commercialization, Global Health
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Seattle (United States)
Grade: Unspecified
Occupations: Biology and Life Sciences, Healthcare, Programme and Project Management
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Job Description

Group Summary:

Our Global Health Division harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. We focus on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where proven tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don’t, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, biologics, and diagnostics. Our program strategy teams (PST's) focuses on infectious & communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases and pneumonia. Our work in maternal, neonatal and child health focuses on ensuring that women and newborns survive and remain healthy before, during and after childbirth, and ensuring optimal growth, neurodevelopment and resistance to disease, by identifying and addressing underlying biological vulnerabilities. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery & Translational Sciences, Disease Modeling, Innovative Technology Solutions, Vaccine Development, Integrated Development, and Innovation Introduction ( I2).

Team Summary:

We are looking for an outstanding Program Officer to support the work within the PSTs as well as provide hand's on project management for the I2 team. The I2 team is a newly formed functional team which drives product launch and commercialization plans and activities in close collaboration with the PST's and our Global Development Program (GDP). Our work is designed to be in alignment with the PSTs, in that there is a Product Introduction lead for HIV & TB, Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH) & Family Planning (FP), Nutrition, Malaria, and Devices & Diagnostics.

You will report to the Deputy Director of Strategy, Planning & Management (DDSPM) for the I2 team and will be based out of Seattle, WA.

Core Responsibilities

  • Plan, lead and execute diverse activities in support of priority programs and investment opportunities with I2 product leads, PSTs, and cross-functional partners.

  • Support execution of product launch activities ranging from, but not limited to, market research and analysis, manufacturing partnership/supply strategy, market access, and procurement and delivery mechanisms/demand generation

  • Synthesize and infuse market and user insights and other downstream development considerations into upstream work and planning

  • Collaborate with grantees and other external partners to achieve desired impact of grants; investment management such as grant/contract ownership, for relevant projects.

  • Prepare written analyses and communications for project updates at all levels of the organization.

  • Lead internal processes and ensure operational efficiency and effective management of responsible projects.

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Broad skills in product launch execution and project management

  • Solid understanding of product commercialization principles and linkages to upstream product development activities, such as target product profiles, clinical trial and regulatory requirements, and pipeline management

  • Strong analytical skills, provide structure analyses and support initiatives and investment evaluations

  • Knowledge of Low and Middle-Income country (LMIC) and/or developing/emerging markets in healthcare settings a plus

  • Balanced thinking, strategically and executing at high quality; tolerance for ambiguity and ability to apply structure to simplify complex problems

  • Strong listening, verbal, and written communications skills; ability to calibrate input and synthesize information to connect with diverse audiences

  • Leadership abilities to work with multiple partners, including government, donors, grantees, and private sector partners to create a common vision and shared goals to achieve solutions to complex problems.

  • Ease of collaboration in a wide range of internal and external cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people and team settings.

  • Motivated to “roll up sleeves” to execute and deliver on commitments as a self-starter, in the most practical and efficient way

  • Grace under fire, sense of humor, happy to take and give feedback

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s and/or other advanced degree with proven ability, or equivalent experience. Biopharmaceutical experience in commercial development and product management preferred, across public & private markets.

  • Senior Program Officer job level will be considered with commensurate experience and skills.

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:

* Race

* Color

* Age

* Religion

* Pregnancy

* Sex

* Sexual Orientation

* Disability

* Gender Identity

* Gender Expression

* National Origin

* Genetic Information

* Veteran Status

* Marital Status

* Prior Protected Activity

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