Project Manager - Biologics, PMP in West Point, PA at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 10/13/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description


  • Independently manage development projects of any type, including those which require experience with drug, vaccine, biologics development
  • Support any type of project, irrespective of phase, therapeutic area, priority or involvement with an alliance partner.
  • Develop project milestones and deliverables; prepare reports that summarize key progress and issues on development programs across departments and divisions, including preparation of background documents and presentations to senior management.
  • Guide teams through the effective development, management approval and execution of strategic plans for assigned projects; this includes ensuring risk management plans are fully developed, contracts are agreed upon and adhered to, change control procedures are followed when significant program deviations are encountered, communications within and external to the team are effective, and approved team resources and budgets are appropriately planned and managed.
  • Ensure project data are accurately reported in databases and understood by development team members, including information used to derive costs, schedule, resources, and any other data pertinent to creation and management of project plans.
  • Apply learnings from assignments on prior teams / projects to new projects and effectively guide teams in areas of developed expertise.
  • Ensure that team meetings have structure and clear purposes and goals; facilitate and drive meetings effectively and clearly communicate decisions and action items to team members and relevant parties outside of the team.
  • Monitor team dynamics regularly to ensure optimal team performance.
  • Take action to correct problems within a team stemming from miscommunication, differences of opinion, misaligned objectives, inexperience, etc. Resolve conflicts and issues within teams.
  • Monitor processes and ensure that those responsible are informed of their effectiveness; advocate for and contribute to the success of change / process improvements when warranted.
  • As appropriate, may be the assigned GPM representative on key management committees / teams.
  • May manage and / or administer strategic management or governance committees. Provide significant input into the evaluation and revision of processes and tools used to support the meetings, as appropriate Business Process Improvements / PM Talent Development:
  • Ensure that GPM-owned, managed or affiliated processes are evaluated and feedback is provided to process owners regularly.
  • Establish good networks with a wide variety of employees, as appropriate for the given project, to assist with the implementation of change management plans.
  • Provide mentoring and technical oversight to Senior Specialists / Specialists working on common projects.
  • Take relevant training courses to increase knowledge of the discipline of project management and understanding of product development in the pharmaceutical industry and to improve leadership skills


  • Bachelor's degree required with a concentration in a scientific-related discipline strongly preferred.
  • Advanced scientific degree (e.g., MS, PharmD, Ph.D.) preferred.
  • Project Management certification / training (PMP) and / or coursework & training in Project Management preferred.
  • 5-10 years of experience in PM or related role/expertise in pharma and/or biotech preferred.
  • Significant product development experience, preferably in the pharmaceutical/ biotech industry.
  • Specialized depth of expertise in own discipline and knowledge of other disciplines.
  • Demonstrated development expertise in at least one therapeutic area.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and accomplish goals in team settings. Experience in leading teams, committees, or task forces, preferred.
  • Ability to quickly gain an understanding of the overall drug/vaccine development process and key functions involved.
  • Ability to relate project details to larger divisional / corporate strategies to provide context to teams.
  • Effective interpersonal skills; able to establish good working relationships and collaborate with networks of employees of all levels; able to foster cooperation in others; creative problem-solver.
  • An effective communicator:
  • Demonstrated accomplishment and skill in oral and written communication
  • Knows when and how to speak up and appropriately raise issues to team and to management
  • Keeps both team members, departmental colleagues (as appropriate) and management fully apprised of project / initiative status and issues
  • Speaks up and contributes in team forums
  • Demonstrated leadership and credibility: diplomatic, decisive, straightforward, honest.
  • Ability to delegate work effectively and hold others accountable for deliverables

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