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Sr. Manager, R&D Program Management

Lake Forest, IL

Posted: 01/20/2021 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Clinical: R&D Program Management Job Number: 2731

Job Description

The R&D Program & Project Management group is a function within the R&D organization to support corporate objectives on development program growth. The Senior Manager, Program Management will establish and lead cross-functional product development teams. This person will interact with, and influence senior internal and external stakeholders. In addition, they will provide input to the program prioritization process and participate in other key strategic business portfolio processes to ensure that the development programs being funded meet the business' strategic objectives. The Senior Manager, Program Management will make launch date commitments for products based on stakeholder’ s approvals and manage stakeholder expectations with regard to deliverables during drug development process.

  • Planning and operational oversight for the preclinical and early clinical R&D programs.
  • Define and use processes and tools to ensure the successful planning and delivery of preclinical R&D programs.
  • Lead and manage the projects effectively and to ensure they are delivered on time, on budget, and to agreed quality standards.
  • Conduct team meetings with internal and external stakeholders; develop agenda, meeting minutes, and action items for team members.
  • Responsible for identifying critical project issues and risks, and timely communication to senior leadership.
  • Resolves project issues by working with team members, project customers, and others as appropriate.
  • Act as point of contact for project reporting & updates.
  • Interacts through program updates and reviews with all functions and levels of management ensuring effective ongoing communications across teams and stakeholders.  Continuously interacts with all functions ensuring effective ongoing communications across teams and stakeholders.
  • Updates dashboard for assigned projects and presents updates to senior management.
  • Facilitates program budget estimation and business case development, rolls up budget estimation information as needed for communication purposes.
  • Drives use of Project Management Methodology throughout projects.
  • Leads team in risk management approaches and systems. Responsible for making decisions regarding the appropriate risk when there is substantial project or program impact. 

Requirements / Qualifications:
  • 5+ years’ experience in program/project management and reporting
  • Minimum 3 years of pharmaceutical/biotech R&D industry experience, with knowledge of clinical and regulatory requirements for development assets and programs
  • PMP certification highly desired and familiarity with Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Experience in and FDA regulated environment is highly desirable.
  • MBA preferred
  • Experience implementing and enhancing consistent program and project management best practices to ensure delivery aligned with company initiatives and expectations
  • Be able to work cross functionally across all areas in the organization and with all levels of management and staff
  • Proven success leading cross functional projects to successful (on time, on budget) milestone completion in this industry

Essential Core Competencies:
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Action Oriented with a drive for results
  • Problem Solving
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Understanding of task and workload prioritization
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Adept within an environment of ambiguity
  • Knowledge of applicable quality and regulatory standards requirements for Pharma industry
  • Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices, Good Laboratory or Clinical Practices and Product Development Process requirements
  • Strong familiarity and experience with MS project and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in collaborating and influencing cross-functionally
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Meet Your Recruiter

Tracey Goldthwaite
Senior Vice President

Tracey spearheads the firm’s Commercial practice and focuses on identifying and placing individuals in leadership roles within Global Marketing, Medical Affairs, New Product Planning, and Patient Advocacy and Engagement, to name a few. With 25 years of experience, she also plays a key role in the Clinical Staffing practice, recruiting top talent of all levels for positions in our core areas including Clinical Operations and Development, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance and Program Management.

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