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Senior Project Manager, R&D Project Management

Reference Number: 2619
Location: MA

Our client is a privately held, innovative specialty pharmaceutical company.  They have asked us to assist them in their search for a Senior Project Manager for Pharmaceutical Research and Development.  This position sits within the Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Department.

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for supporting and optimizing product development advancement and product launches through effective project planning, strategic alignment, multidisciplinary internal/external team coordination, process facilitation and communication.


  • Supports and manages the product development advancement of company projects from early development through launch and subsequent life-cycle management activities via optimal project planning, forming and coordinating global cross-functional project teams. Facilitates subsequent key implementation, monitoring and controlling processes as well as serving as the single-point communication conduit for the team.
  • Manages global development project teams to deliver project results as outlined in integrated global product development plans in line with company vision and strategy.
  • Manages global brand launch teams in partnership with Commercial, Medical, Regulatory, Legal, Manufacturing and Supply Chain sub-functions as applicable to ensure infrastructure and process readiness (resources, facilities, systems, training plans, budget, timing) to facilitate successful product launches to plan.
  • In collaboration with the Project Teams and the Project Chair, builds and maintains the multi-disciplinary project plan.  Identifies, communicates and monitors the critical path of the project.
  • In partnership with the Project Chair, drives execution of chosen strategy per agreed plan with the team so as to proactively manage the overall project to time, quality, budget, scope and risks (contingency plans).
  • Coordinates preparation of regular cross-functional project team meetings as well as ad hoc functional sub-team meetings as requested (scheduling, agenda preparation, material preparation, etc.).  Chairs project team meetings involving all key stakeholders. Maintains and distributes timely meeting minutes as well as actions, decisions, issues and communication logs.
  • Seeks timely progress for actions and resolution to issues.  Follows-up on critical action items and alerts all stakeholders of potential roadblocks or delays. 
  • In collaboration with the Project Chair and Project Management Head, escalates critical, high impact items per established processes with a view to assist the team in obtaining timely decisions or clarifications from Management as needed.
  • Prepares monthly project status reports and other project updates or reviews needed by the organization.  Reports project progress according to established norms at different oversight and decision-making forums within the company.
  • Assists the different Clinical & Regulatory Affairs functions in the preparation of their annual project budget and quarterly forecasts. Manages launch team budget and tracks actual versus planned variances.  Provides project information to Finance to assist in long term planning as required.
  • Works effectively with the different Project Management tools, processes, procedures and databases that are both established as well as to be newly created, consolidated or harmonized.  

 We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (such as Masters) in Natural Sciences or a related field required. 
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in either Clinical Research, Regulatory Affairs, Commercial or Pharmaceutical Development areas.
  • Minimum of 5 years direct experience in project management including some experience in Project Management for launch teams or Brand Management.
  • A certification in Project Management constitutes an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge of the drug development, product registration and launch processes in the US with a working knowledge of global requirements.
  • Proven track record of organizational, interpersonal, prioritization and multi-tasking skills. 
  • Exceptional English language skills, both written and oral that enables quality communications and presentations to various stakeholders, both inside as well as outside the Company.
  • Stimulate, motivate and build effective inter-personal work relationships across all disciplines. 
  • Ability to influence and lead without direct authority.
  • Commitment to goals with a positive “can do” approach to solving problems; team-player.
  • Excellent organizational skills; highly process-oriented.
  • Exhibits sound judgment, analytical acumen and concern for detail under pressure.
  • Respects and understands tight schedules and ensures follow-up.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, discretion, tact and diplomacy in all aspects of work.
  • Strong customer service orientation. 
  • Proficient in project management tools and techniques that include, but are not  limited to, Gantt charts, project/work break-down structures, scenario analyses and flow-charts, obstacles and conflict management, delegation, risk analysis and mitigation, issues escalation, etc. 
  • Computer-savvy with an excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office including Microsoft Project and Visio as well as Adobe PDF.  Working knowledge of other project management software and enterprise solutions considered an asset.

Do you have the skills and experience we seek and want to advance your career with an exciting, innovative pharmaceutical company?  If so, please email your resume as a Word attachment to us.  No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.