Associate Director/Director, Project Management

Alternative Resources Company

Associate Director/Director, Project Management

Associate Director/Director, Project Management
 
The Associate Director/Director will be responsible for the managing the R&D and launch projects for the company’s branded division.  Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, working with other team members to ensure that project teams meet their objectives on time and on budget and communicating with key stakeholders in R&D, Clinical Operations, Regulatory, Quality Commercial, and Operations.  This role will ensure that key issues are resolved within the team(s) or are elevated to management for resolution.  Significant interaction with senior management is expected. 
 
Responsibilities
  • Lead development and launch projects
  • Lead and/or co-lead R&D project teams, contributing to overall project strategy including life cycle management
  • In collaboration with Project Teams and Sub-teams, assist in preparing and monitoring the execution of Project Plans, timelines, etc. with the objective of achieving R&D, Commercial, Manufacturing and Company milestones; apply project management techniques with recommendations for improving efficiencies
  • Be accountable for project deliverables to time, cost and quality
  • Communicate program progress and key issues to senior management
  • Proactively identify and resolve issues/risks
  • Develop and manage R&D metrics for drug project and non-drug project activities
  • Prepare and maintain team intranet sites to promote communication and transparency within Project Teams and sub-teams
  • Identify and drive process improvements and change management within R&D
  • Participate in the portfolio review/budget process including risk/opportunity analyses
  • Coordinate, schedule, and prepare budget forecast for projects in all phases of development and commercialization through effective communication with R&D functions, Commercial, Manufacturing, Legal, Finance, QA, external vendors and alliance partners
  • Identify areas for continuous/process improvement and lead efforts to develop, manage and implement changes including stage gates and RACI.
  • Facilitate senior management briefings on strategic initiatives with executive stakeholders
  • Prepare presentation packages for use by department and R&D, Commercial and Manufacturing management as requested
  • Manage stakeholder expectations by engaging with key team members on a regular basis.
  • Supervise staff in Project Management & Business Operations, as necessary
  • Mentor junior staff in Project Management, as necessary
 
Qualifications
  • BS, MS, or PhD in the sciences relating to drug development, e.g. pharmacology, chemistry, biology, statistics, etc. (advanced degree preferred).
  • 7-10+ years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry in a scientific field relating to drug discovery and/or development; 5-7+ years’ experience in project management or leading cross functional teams expected
  • Experience in creating, development and effective deployment of PM tools and practices
  • PMP certification preferred
  • In depth knowledge of drug development process and appropriate regulations required
  • Knowledge of PM tools, practices, operating procedures and creation of portfolio/project PM metrics
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills are required. Incumbent must be able to work with colleagues at all levels of responsibility and authority
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential
  • Action oriented, flexible, able to adapt to changes in priorities, projects, and daily activities
  • Strong proficiency in MS Project, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Expertise with application of project management practices and tools.
  • Ability to travel up to 10-20% of time