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Senior/Principal Study Start Up (SSU) Project Manager - South Korea

This is a great time to join PPD. Currently PPD is recruiting for a Senior/Principal SIA Team Manager (STM) for our Site and Patient Services division. Our Site and Patient Services division includes our Feasibility services, our site collaborations group and Site Intelligence and Activation (SIA). The SIA department drives operational and financial delivery activities ultimately yielding site activation for trials. Our goal-driven teams combine and deliver study start-up activities for clinical trials in Asia Pacific, collaborating to improve processes, cycle and flexibility. We partner with our sites, businesses and colleagues around the world to decrease start-up timelines and exceed expectations.


The STM position is an individual contributor role and responsibilities are akin to a project management position. It is not a line manager position. The STM completes site activation deliverables for studies on a regional or global basis (not country level) and ensures deliverables meet customer expectations by providing accurate projects, report updates, and ongoing risk assessments.

Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities
  • Cross functionally lead the day to day management of multiple SIA team members in a matrix environment for the effective delivery of site activation within the assigned projects.
  • Oversees site activation for assigned projects according to timelines and quality standard.
  • Assists with coordination of the flow of information between PPD teams, clients, or functional departments involved in site activation.
  • Develops plans/guidelines for project implementation using PPD tools.
  • Monitors and analyzes project status to ensure successful progress and completion of all assigned projects and provide metrics to upper management.
  • Risk identification and contingency planning.
  • Collaborates with PPD teams to manage all financial and contractual aspects of the studies related to site activation.
  • Works within the SIA team to establish appropriate controls to ensure that project resources and expenses are aligned with budgets with accountability to Global Project Management.
  • Ensures consistency and application of required and agreed processes within the assigned projects.
  • Liaises with managers in all functional areas within PPD to optimize performance and utilization of the SIA teams.
  • Identifies and escalates issues appropriately/pro-actively to D/AD and project team when applicable.
  • Initiates, develops, and assures execution and dissemination of study-related progress reports.
  • Provides information to Country Manager regarding performance of Site Activation staff for inclusion in performance review or escalation of performance concerns.
  • Works with Country Manager to provide learning opportunities for SIA staff members.
  • Utilizes problem-solving techniques applicable to constantly changing environment.
  • Participates in risk escalation meetings as required (E.g., MPM, CRRM, PREVENT)
  • Prepares and presents materials for business development activities related to SIA function, with oversight from AD/Director.
Minimum Required Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific or similar discipline and 5 years related experience or equivalent combination of education, training & experience.
  • Demonstrates depth of knowledge/ experience of clinical drug development and trial process, attained within the pharmaceutical industry and/or CRO within their region
  • Prior experience in of managing/leading teams directly or within a matrix environment.
  • Fluency in English & Korean language
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the key principles of cross functional project management (Time, Quality, Cost).
  • Demonstrated solid financial acumen.
  • Applies a range of negotiation techniques to achieve desired outcomes with evidence of commercial and organizational acumen.
  • Demonstrated effective, timely, and appropriate use of escalation pathways.
  • Displays effective communication skills (listening, oral, and written) and can communicate in English language (oral, written).
  • Sound interpersonal skills, is flexible and adapts to changing situations.
  • Has the ability to persuade, convince, and influence others.
  • Is organized, proficient at multi-tasking with good attention to detail.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and coordinate teams. Coach/ mentor team members as appropriate.
  • Ability to delegate, effectively prioritizes own and workload of project team members.
  • Ability to identify and manage risks related to contractual deliverables.
  • Ability to accurately report and analyze project specific data & systems to ensure contractual deliverables met.
  • Ability to effectively use automated systems and computerized applications such as Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.
  • Possesses cross cultural awareness and is able to adapt appropriately.
  • Has an in-depth understanding and appreciation of clinical research/ development, including medical and therapeutic areas, phases and medical terminology.
  • Demonstrated understanding of PPD SOPs, WPDs, and relevant regulations, e.g. ICH/GCP, FDA guidelines.
  • Has experience with leading, liaising and coordinating cross-functional project teams.
  • Has an in-depth knowledge/understanding of clinical development guidelines and Directives

Our offer: As a compensation, you will be provided with a competitive remuneration, corporate trainings and the opportunity to become a part of a fast growing, multinational company. At PPD, we encourage our employees to demonstrate creativity, innovation and fresh insights as well as a solution-focused approach. We also value teamwork, camaraderie and enthusiasm. This is a full-time, permanent position.

Locations we are hiring in are:
  • Office or home based: South Korea

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