Project Manager, Business Initiatives and Alliances

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Job Description

Job ID:

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Full Remote: Occasional time on campus



Within the Department of Business Initiatives and Alliances (BIA), the Project Manager (Business Strategy Associate) for Dana-Farber Solutions will support the development and execution of Dana-Farber’s business initiatives focused on commercializing clinical products and services to expand the reach and impact of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Reporting to the Senior Manager of New Business Initiatives and Product Strategy, the Project Manager will be responsible for managing the day to day identification, prioritization, business planning, initial product implementation/planning and commercial development of new solutions to ensure each initiative achieves its intended objectives.

The Project Manager (Business Strategy Associate) may work closely with other departmental analysts, managers, directors/senior directors and the Vice President of Business Initiatives and Alliances, Chief Innovation Officer, and other clinical faculty and administrative leadership to ensure appropriate expertise and leadership support is incorporated into projects and plans.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


Business Planning and Analysis

  • With guidance from the Senior Manager of New Business Initiatives and Product Strategy, works closely with faculty and staff to commercialize institutional initiatives that assist in scaling Dana-Farber expertise to expand patient impact and generate return
  • Provides strategic support to leadership in developing business cases and strategy presentations for relationships and solutions focused on growth
  • Research product opportunities and prioritize the pipeline through criteria that ensures alignment to the strategic goals and desired focus areas; conduct analysis to evaluate opportunities for internal/external investment and commercial viability
  • Supports the development of business plans and commercial strategies, including market analysis, primary and secondary research/interviews, competitor assessment, data analysis, financial modeling and forecasting, and actionable recommendations
  • Research and prioritizes vendors and technologies in the market that could provide a solution or component of a solution, and make build, buy, partner recommendations to advance the portfolio
  • Maintain extensive knowledge of market trends, particularly commercial activities focused on digital initiatives/clinical products, investments and innovation; integrates findings into plans and deliverables

Partnership Development & Collaboration

  • Conducts research and due diligence relating to new partnerships and product opportunities
  • Collects customer feedback, gather and analyze market/trends and announcements and synthesize data to assist in identifying potential business opportunities
  • On an ongoing basis, monitor the success of relationships based on defined KPIs, milestones and partner feedback, ensuring that products and business relationships continue to perform against stakeholder needs / expectations
  • Develops materials (agendas, presentations, proposals) for external partnership conversations
  • Maintains productive relationships with potential and current partners (internal/external)
  • Present product demonstrations/pitches internal or external stakeholders
  • Assists in assessing the economics of potential partnerships/deals 

Product & Project Management

  • Manage the active project portfolio on concurrent initiatives at various stages and with various stakeholders, actively monitoring project plans, reporting on milestones, and maintaining quality across workstreams to meet scope, impact and financial targets
  • Support project delivery teams, including faculty, administration and general counsel in developing and delivering commercial offering/services proposals
  • Organize and facilitate project-related workgroups with clinical and non-clinical teams, assist in developing timelines, record action items and track project status, hold teams accountable and ensure positive relationships with stakeholders
  • Synthesize brainstorming into thoughtful organized agendas, presentation slides and persuasive materials
  • Support communication with DFCI leadership, including development of meeting materials (e.g., agendas, presentation slide deck, financial reporting summaries, etc.), develops and presents updates / metric reports and other written materials (e.g., business plans, etc.)
  • Develop and define project infrastructure (governance, work plans, timelines, resources, milestones, KPI’s etc.); anticipates, identifies, manages and resolves risks to project status, milestones, timeline or the product development roadmap
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report on the progress/KPIs of projects. Anticipate and identify issues, communicating major issues back to project/product leadership with recommendations
  • Assist in translating patient and customer needs to build, develop and prioritize the product roadmap; Work collaboratively with stakeholders to support the initial phases of the product roadmap


  • Strong project management, creative problem solving and critical thinking, analytic and organizational skills, with the demonstrated ability to drive multiple concurrent projects to completion in a complex, deadline-driven environment
  • Builds and maintains a thorough working knowledge of products, technologies, offerings, and DFCI’s areas of expertise, etc.
  • Exceptional planning, strategy, analytic skills with demonstrated ability to drive multiple concurrent and complex projects to success within defined deadlines
  • Deals well with uncertainty and ambiguity; flexible with changes in prioritization and approach
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Microsoft Office Suite proficiency required including expert Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel skills and other collaboration and/or project/project management tools
  • Ability to work well with other team members and support positive team environment
  • Strong leadership skills, as well as the ability to work closely and effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to use good judgement and discretion in decision-making and completing job responsibilities
  • Deals well with uncertainty and ambiguity; flexible with changes in prioritization within a consensus decision-making environment
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently on new and existing projects
  • Strong client/results orientation, and effective teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with clinicians or in clinical settings
  • Maintains balance between attention to detail to ensure high quality deliverables, and ability to think and operate from a broader strategic lens
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; must possess the ability to converse effectively and comfortably, prepare proposals, analysis, and other documents in a manner readily assimilated by target audiences
  • Ability to analyze and support contract negotiation
  • High degree of accountability and ownership over outcomes, relationships, self and team performance, department brand and deliverables
  • Exceptional communication skills; must possess the ability to converse effectively and comfortably, prepare proposals, analysis, and other documents in a manner readily assimilated by target audiences
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, strong professionalism, a strong work ethic and the ability to handle difficult situations effectively and efficiently; strong focus on delivering high-quality deliverables
  • Assures compliance with DFCI policies, procedures, regulatory agency requirements and ensures safe, efficient and effective delivery of quality care, in collaboration with department leaders


At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in business, public health, health administration or health-related field strongly preferred
  • 2 years of experience in product management, healthcare business strategy, consulting, investments, business planning, and project management in a health care and/or consulting environment
  • Previous experience analyzing markets, identifying business opportunities, financial modeling, data analysis, presentations, health care system strategic planning and contract analysis is preferred
  • Experience and/or knowledge of clinical informatics and the digital health/health tech is a plus

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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