R&D Resources Management & Finance

Date:  1 Dec 2023
Department:  Portfolio Management
Team:  Accounting/Finance & Control
Job Type:  Direct Employee
Contract Type:  Permanent

Parma, IT

About us

Based in Parma, Italy, Chiesi is an international research-focused pharmaceutical and healthcare group with over 85 years’ experience, operating in 30 countries with more than 6,000 employees (Chiesi Group). To achieve its mission of improving people’s quality of life by acting responsibly towards society and the environment, the Group researches, develops and markets innovative drugs in its main therapeutic areas: Discover more here

We are proud to be the largest global pharmaceutical group to be awarded B Corp Certification, a recognition of high social and environmental standards. We are a reliable company that adopts and promotes a transparent and ethical behavior at all levels.

We believe that the success of Chiesi is built and shaped by our people and our strong set of shared Values and Behaviors. Our people make a critical difference to our success, which is why it is vital that we attract and retain the right talent who will continue to enrich our culture by living and breathing our values and behaviors.

In fact, we are a global family made up of different cultures, different genders, generations, ethnicities, abilities, sexual identities and many other enriching diversities. 


Chiesi Research & Development

Our R&D team represents a fundamental asset for the business. It is divided into integrated functional areas focusing on pipeline projects including discovery and preclinical research, chemical manufacturing and controls, drug delivery technology, clinical development, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, intellectual property, quality assurance, R&D project and portfolio management.  Headquartered in the new purpose-built and fully integrated Research and Development Centre in Parma (Italy), the team also has important operations in Paris (France), Chippenham (UK), Cary (US), Stockholm (Sweden) and Toronto (Canada).


Who we are looking for


•    To provide relevant Chiesi Governance Bodies and Sr Mgnt with reliable data & analyses on Chiesi Pipeline value and composition and long term projections in terms of timelines, costs and resources demand and projects’ probability of success, in order to support a correct decision making process 
•    To track R&D high level performance through the maintenance and update of the R&D Key Performance Indicators process and other relevant tools
•    To provide reliable internal and external benchmark on R&D timelines, expenses and resources
•    To support Business cases elaboration in terms of costs, FTEs and PTRS for external opportunities evaluation
•    Contribute, as functional expert, to building and implement Therapeutic Area Missions’ (TAMs) strategies

Main Responsibilities

•    Conduct comprehensive evaluations of Chiesi assets using scientific and commercial inputs provided by functional teams to inform decision-making
•    Support the maintenance & improvement of R&D long term planning processes and tools, building and updating standard values based on internal & external available benchmark and subject matter experts contribution;
•    Support the process to retrieve and agree projects’ development phases Probability of Success (PoS) 
•    Support the R&D KPI maintenance, calculation and presentation and, if necessary, the adjustment and/or revision of the ones that need to be modified.
•    Ensure the correct collection of internal data to support benchmark analysis, together with providing source of anonymized external benchmark, e.g. CMR, with correct internal data
•    Interfacing with Project Managers, support the provision of data support to all the R&D functions in terms of time, costs and human resources allocated to projects, in collaboration with R&D Planning & Control unit
•    To support Chiesi Financing & Grants needs with necessary data elaborations (eg R&D tax credit and grants) in collaboration with R&D Planning & Control unit
•    Deliver monthly financial reporting, portfolio milestones tracking and resource workload analysis, in collaboration with R&D Planning & Control unit
•    Support Global Corporate Development Team and External Opportunities Evaluation Group in evaluating external opportunities and in building the relevant business cases
•    Maintain R&D Enterprise Project and Portfolio Management system (Planisware) in collaboration with R&D Planning & Control unit
•    Maintain and update Planisware structures and features relevant for the unit

Experience Required

Previous experience in Portfolio Management or Controlling, in BD or New Product Development areas, better if in the Pharmaceutical Industry, will be a plus


Degree in Economics or Business Economics / Management Engineering Degree / Degree in Scientific Area with MBA or relevant previous experience in similar role


Fluent in English

Technical Skills

•    Business Administration, Economics, New Product Development, Pharmaceutical development processes, Project Management, performance management, ability in informatic systems, Data Analytics, high level mastering of digital transformation opportunities and challenges
•    Microsoft Office applications (excellent skills in excel in particular), Enterprise Project & Portfolio Management Systems, ERPs systems (previous experience with PLANISWARE and/or SAP is a plus), BI tools (Power BI is a plus), Internet & e-mails
•    Predictive and optimisation models creation, knowledge of specific digital tools and programming languages supporting data science, experience in AI/machine learning field is a plus

Soft Skills

  • Strategic thinking
  • Team working
  • Attention to details
  • Analytical skills
  • Proactiveness

What we offer

You would join a dynamic, fast-growing, challenging and friendly environment.
In Chiesi we firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, that is why we invest in continuous training, learning and development. Therefore, we strive to continuously promote and satisfy development needs, paying particular attention to the quality of our working environment and to collective well-being.
We want our people to come to work happy every day, and we know how important it is to find the right work-life balance in order to be able to give our best. That is why we offer flexible working approach, remote working, support in the relocation process, tax assistance service for foreign colleagues and many other people-care services.