Product Strategy Leader

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

Job Title:                   Product Strategy Leader

Function:                   Supply Chain

Department:              Pharma Technical, Global Supply Chain

Reports To:               Product Strategy Group Leader, Technical Product & Strategy

Location:                   South San Francisco


Accountable for commercial launch and technical lifecycle management of assigned product(s). The Product Strategy Leader owns the end-to-end product strategy and execution focusing on the largest value driving stages of the product life cycle, from commercial launch through the resilient stage and preparing the product to be fully established. As a leader in this organization he/she is the PT “Voice of the Product” translating the business drivers for the product and external trends and insights into robust supply chain lifecycle plans that enable patient access and product value.

Key accountabilities:

  • Design the end to end supply chains for the full product lifecycle translating business strategy into the PT plan for execution.  This is done by translating the lifecycle vision into strategic goals and objectives across the organization.
    • Drive decisions from a whole system perspective; prioritize between initiatives, balancing time, cost, and business value
    • Implement the Product Books, including performance targets, to align the organization with the lifecycle strategy.
  • Set end to end strategy performance targets across the lifecycle ensuring long term execution is on track for delivery of products.  This will include performance against benchmark to drive Best in Class supply chains.   Set targets to deliver the commercial ambition for the product delivering business benefit (e.g. cost connected to pricing, format focused on customer need, access for patient reach).  This requires deep understanding and connection to GPS and affiliates to translate business benefit into execution.  Actively seek external insights and competitive landscape, connects and translates the insight to challenge and shape the lifecycle strategy.
  • Develop scenarios and prepare options for the supply chain to respond to change.  Understand key drivers and interdependencies; predict and articulate the multiple implications and outcomes emerging from strategic decisions. This will include changes in commercial forecasting and prepare product supply chains to deliver the upside of the forecast while handling the risk of the potential downside.
  • Effectively manage holistic end-to-end strategic risk, ensuring the robustness and resiliency of the supply chain through its lifecycle.
  • Actively drive and support the LRP planning through the probabilistic forecast for the network review, ensuring an enterprise strategy connecting product and network strategy.
  • Represent PT voice on the Product Lifecycle teams.
  • Lead and manage cross-functional matrixed Technical Product Teams across Pharma Global Technical Operations (PT). The functions include Development, Supply Chain, Quality, Technical Regulatory, Finance, Drug Substance and Drug Product Manufacturing.
  • Assure quality supply to patients by developing long term strategies to minimize compliance risks and building robust and resilient supply chains.
  • Coordinate and drive resolution of supply and product issues (project planning and escalation according to the agreed criteria).
  • Decide on all product related topics within agreed financial, operational and project framework within the scope of an approved Product Lifecycle Book.
  • Drive teamwork within the Technical Product Teams, PT and Pharma.
  • Prioritize in context of the broader portfolio; focus teams to make best use of resources and drive highest value across the portfolio.
  • Be an active and visible change agent, promoting flexible and open mindsets to new opportunities.
  • Embrace and employ Lean Production System and Agile methodologies including lean leadership, continuous improvement, and iteration.

This role inspires, encourages and enables our teams to translate insights and shape product strategy through engagement of customers and stakeholders:

  • Leadership: Lead matrix and global teams; Listen, understand, connect products and functions; Translate different inputs into long term visions
  • Translating strategy into action: Inspire and lead others to communicate and act with a clear vision and purpose, connecting different perspectives; drive co-creation and execution of strategies across PT and GPS
  • Operational expertise: Apply lean manufacturing concepts; able to coordinate and execute multiple, interdependent projects
  • Strategic insights: have and apply broad understanding of internal and external environment to strategy development
  • Customer orientation: Approach problems and design solutions with deep understanding for the customer and stakeholder needs and objectives
  • Operating with agile mechanics: Apply agile mechanics, tools and principles; Promote risk taking and rapid experimentation via iteration of less-than-complete products
  • Technical competency: Have and apply knowledge of product technology platforms, quality aspects, regulatory aspects, manufacturing process & lean manufacturing, Supply chain principals (S&SOP, etc.), Operations & logistics fundamentals for problem solving


  • BS / MS Degree (life sciences, engineering and/or business disciplines preferred)
  • 10 years of multi-disciplinary work experience in the Pharma / Biotech industry. 15+ years preferred.
  • 7 or more years’ previous senior people management or senior matrix team leadership experience. 10+ years preferred.
  • Deep understanding of the pharmaceutical commercial markets and process development; excellent business acumen
  • Ability to effectively handle ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Proven ability to build trustful and effective relationships
  • Able to think strategically and translate strategies into actionable plans
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to influence at all levels
  • International/global experience is strongly preferred.
  • Able to travel globally (approximately 20%).

Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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Genentech is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status. For more information about equal employment opportunity, visit our Genentech Careers page.

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