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Associate Director, Pharma R&D Project Management

San Mateo Metro Area, CA

Posted: 08/21/2019 Job Type: Scientific Job Number: JN -082019-25468

Position Overview

Our South San Francisco, CA office has an exciting temporary opportunity available in the Project & Portfolio Management Department for an Associate Director, Pharma R&D Project Management.

As a member of a global project core team, assist/support the core team leader in the management and leadership of the development and lifecycle process of compounds within the corporate portfolio.

Main Areas of Responsibilities

Work with project teams globally to develop strategic and tactical plans for compounds within the corporate portfolio. This includes but is not limited to Global Development Strategies with costs and timelines

Facilitate communication within and outside the project team

Arrange and attend project related and departmental meetings

Prepare draft agendas, meeting minutes, presentations for project related meetings to varied stakeholders, including governance boards

Work with project teams to identify and communicate project risks, benefits, issues, contingency planning

Prepare project and departmental reports

Review and ensure that all required project databases and files are up to date

Review relevant project specific documents

Participate in meetings, teams or committees as they relate to assigned projects

Work with the project team and sub-teams to track and optimize project plans

Coordinate quarterly estimates for annual budgets and long-term budget planning including both external costs and FTEs

May assist core team lead with invoicing for projects with partner shared costs

May organize and participate in partner meetings as they relate to the position

May participate in special projects to increase efficiencies and enhance business practices

Under guidance of direct manager may act as a project lead for assigned projects


4 - 6 years experience in a pharmaceutical research organization; drug development experience (CMC, clinical and/or preclinical); 3-5 years minimal project management experience

Experience in GI and/or Liver therapeutic Area an asset

Preferred Skills/Qualification

Attention to detail consistently

Proactive/self-starter consistently

Initiative and accountability

Understanding of drug development

Strong written and oral communication skills including an ability to synthesize information to accommodate different audiences

Strong planning and project management skills

Ability to easily adapt to a changing environment

Proven ability to function well in cross-functional, matrix environments

Conflict resolution

Decision making, judgment, and problem solving

Familiarity with project management software, Excel, Powerpoint, Word processing software and overall good computer skills


LIBS degree in life sciences (Minimum), advanced degree in life sciences preferred

PMP certification preferred, not required

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