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Senior Director, Project Management - Pharma Drug Development (Inflammation)

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Job Description

Position Overview:

The Senior Director, Project Management is responsible for managing one or more highly complex and/or high profile project and/or cross project therapeutic teams.  In the Inflammation/Respiratory Disease Therapeutic Area, this could be a project team evaluating a compound across a broad spectrum of inflammatory or respiratory diseases.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Partner with project leaders to develop, gain approval, and execute on the project strategy
  • Co-chair timely, efficient, and action-oriented Project Team meetings and responsible for coordinating highly complex team operations and communications
  • May be responsible for supervising one or more Project Management Associates
  • Participate in working groups within the Project Management department to resolve highly complex operational issues or improve department processes
  • Direct highly complex project communications and ensures that all project customers are fully informed and knowledgeable of project activities and their status
  • Organize Project Management support for various functional areas on the Project; attends subteam meetings; organizes ad hoc working groups
  • Organize the formation of Project Teams and Request for Development (RFD) Teams with leadership of the functional areas, and guides transition of projects between development phases
  • Manage RFD teams for late stage Research Projects
  • Provide Project Management support for all RFD activities including the creation, editing and approval of the RFD document
  • Lead the design, implementation, and update of Project Development Plans which define the scope of project team deliverables
  • Ensure that Development Plans integrate timing, scope and resources
  • Author selected sections of the Development Plan
  • Ensure project work complies with established practices, policies and processes
  • Assist in the review and editing of Project Team regulatory documents
  • May author sections of regulatory, scientific and commercial documents
  • Collaborate with Project Planning and Analysis to ensure that functional area resources are sufficient to achieve project goals and objectives
  • Provide leadership to the team and functional areas to anticipate and identify complex project issues which pose a challenge to achieving strategic goals; proposes and implements plans to resolve such issues and execute corrective actions
  • Contributes to the research, development and commercial project strategies
  • Represent the Project Team to the Development Committee for major strategic decisions
  • Organize preparation of documents for review by the Development Committee
  • May represent Project Management on Franchise Teams and attend senior management committees as requested
  • Provide updated project documents and information for quarterly LE budget reviews, quarterly investor relations/Board updates and annual Portfolio Review

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree and minimum 15 years of relevant experience, project management/scientific experience within the pharmaceutical industry OR a MS or MBA and minimal 12 years of relevant experience

  • PhD in a scientific field or a PharmD, DVM or MD degree and minimum 6 years of relevant experience

  • Experience should include leadership in cross-functional project management activities across the broad spectrum of drug development

  • People leadership experience preferred
  • Extensive understanding of the drug development process and deep understanding of and application of principles, concepts, practices, and standards of pharmaceutical project management
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and communicate scientific and business elements associated with the therapeutic area(s) of assigned projects
  • Proven effective interpersonal, organizational, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to support highly complex multiple activities simultaneously
  • Advanced knowledge and skill with Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel and other reporting and tracking tools
  • Must be able to work under minimal and at times no supervision, determine personal work plan, and schedule tasks and activities

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