The Director, Project Management works cross-functionally and collaboratively to support product development and life cycle management activities. Incumbent will ensure consistent and effective project management leadership of global drug development project teams, including providing technical and strategic guidance and expertise during reviews of project strategies and deliverables. The incumbent will contribute to the long-term strategy and development of the department and to the consistent execution of strategy to advance the portfolio.
Creates, coordinates and maintains an integrated program/project plan and conducts or responds to changes in strategy or scope.
Designs and implements a full project plan for all assigned projects based on strategic discussion with functional heads and other personnel.
Proactively identifies potential issues that would affect project timelines and liaises with cross-functional team and team members to ensure timely and proactive action to address deviations or potential deviations which could affect meeting project plan goals.
Manages traditional project management deliverables such as project reports and presentations, team agendas, team meeting minutes, and team budget summaries with close discussion with functional heads.
Ensures that alternative, backup and risk mitigation scenarios are prepared as requested for appropriate programs and available to implement.
Identifies and ensures resource needs for the product development team are addressed and managed.
Ensures alignment of team activities with the project plan and ensures communication of progress.
Builds strong, open and collaborative working relationships characterized by mutual respect with superiors, peers and subordinates within and outside the company.
Drives continuous improvement by identifying, disseminating and applying best practices to the project teams.
Contributes to long-term strategy and development of the department.
Bachelor’s degree is required.
Master’s degree or PhD in scientific discipline or related field is preferred.
Approximately 5-10 years of biotech/pharmaceutical industry experience.
Minimum 5 years of project management experience.
3-5 years independently managing or leading cross-functional project teams in a drug development company including experience leading project managers.
Experience actively managing the resources, staff, integrated timelines and budgets for one or multiple assets in development.
Experience interfacing between a project team and a decision-making committee.
Demonstrated expertise in formal project management and facilitation methodologies.
Thorough understanding of the drug development process and familiarity with relevant regulations (e.g., FDA, ICH).
Ability to effectively manage multiple diverse cross-functional projects and project teams in a matrix organizational structure.
Flexible and able to cope with ambiguity and rapidly shifting priorities.
Strong written and verbal communication, formal presentation and interpersonal skills.