Our Client a Giant Group leader in the pharmaceutical industry is seeking to URGENTLY appoint a dynamic Head of Group Shared Services to be based at their Head Office in Johannesburg (Remuneration Market-related) MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE : To oversee the Group Portfolio Development team to evaluate, advise and deliver scientific, well-researched strategic product opportunities efficiently and effectively. To serve as strategic and scientific interface between the Product Portfolio Development team, M&A Team and internal/external customers. KEY COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS : B Pharmacy Degree (advantageous) or Science Degree with Post-Grad Computer literacy is a essential 15 years experience in the Pharma industry Work in a matrix-structure Time management; problem-solving; analytical; service orientation Sound and logical reasoning based on facts and figures. Sales and marketing experience essential Research skills Archives and Internet. Relationship management with strong interpersonal skills internal and external Project administration Product knowledge Previous management experience Pharmaceutical sales and marketing experience Pharmaceutical product knowledge Pharmaceutical Industry knowledge Pharmaceutical Industry knowledge New Business Development experience essential Market regulatory requirement knowledge an advantage Knowledge of internal business and processes Knowledge of Global regulatory requirements is an advantage Knowledge of cost structures Initiative; discretion; integrity; resilient; dependable, decisive with sound judgment; customer-focused interpersonal sensitivity; patience; influence; attention to detail; logical thinking; information-seeking, enterprising, technical; emotional intelligence, self-motivated and tenacity. High proficiency in both verbal and written English is essential. Good knowledge of contracts Financial knowledge essential Financial Acumen Experience within the Pharmaceutical Industry in New Business Development and Portfolio processes. Experience in working with different business units and interactions between business units. Experience in evaluation and providing insights on molecule development, product lifecycles and market dynamics. Efficient communicator Database manipulation skills MS Excel Critical reasoning skills facilitate contract interpretation and negotiation. Creative and solution-oriented Computer proficiency (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Email, Internet) Able to operate within a team environment. KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : 1) Driving organic growth. Initiate and support the Group and Affiliate organic growth initiatives via new product introduction and/or assessment. Contribute to the portfolio decision-making and prioritisation of strategic initiatives through collaborating with stakeholders within Aspen, including, but not limited to, Regulatory, Medical, Strategic & Portfolio Development, Commercial, Marketing and Finance Support key strategic business development initiatives in analysis and evaluation Drive an inclusive and collaborative environment across affiliates to attain the organisations organic growth objectives. Review, validate and interrogate PnLs and provide sound strategic advice. 2) Portfolio analysis and evaluation Critically evaluate new product opportunities and M&A opportunities to ensure they are commercially sound and value-creating prior to significant investment of resources (financial and time) Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the pharma industry, products and market dynamics of each international territory in order to identify and optimise business opportunities. Make recommendations using both a sense of what is correct and logical, supported by facts and figures. Ensure buy-in of product development opportunities based on critical analysis and challenge assumptions. Evaluate, manage and utilise competitive intelligence platforms. Work independently and engage on a strategic level internally/externally. Provide and communicate insights into molecules, product lifecycle, competitive landscape, and market dynamics (current and future) Sourcing of new potential licensors for molecules to in-license, initial screening and discussion of high-level terms Attendance of affiliate portfolio calls and assisting with queries raised by the relevant teams be it licensor, internal IP or New Products Assist to identify, make contact with, CDA execution and sending draft proposals to potential partners. Assist the screening of new opportunities, in line with Aspens strategy. Support portfolio review and undertake IMS assessment for portfolio acquisition opportunities being evaluated by Chief Strategic Development Officer Guide the Group Portfolio Development Coordinator and align on opportunities to be shared, reviewing queries received from internal and external customers. 3) Team management Effectively manage, coach, guide and empower the Portfolio Development team to remain engaged, motivated and, realise its potential to deliver the set objectives successfully. Oversee the Group Portfolio Development team to deliver scientific, well researched strategic product opportunities efficiently and effectively. 4) Reporting Track and present to senior management top key priority organic growth opportunities on agreed upon intervals. Maintain accurate reflection of the 5-year pipeline to the Group. PLEASE NOTE : The Group is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. Preference will be given to applicants from designated groups through a fair recruitment and selection process in line with the Groups Transformation Agenda. WILLINGNESS TO RE-LOCATE TO GAUTENG IS ESSENTIAL. SHOULD THIS OPPORTUNITY NOT BE SUITED TO YOUR CAREER ASPIRATIONS, KINDLY FORWARD IT TO A FRIEND.