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Director, Project Management Palo Alto United States,  

Jazz Pharma (company)

Posted on : 19 May 2017

Project Description

  • This individual will provide project management leadership to global drug development project teams primarily in the Hematology/Oncology Franchise.  
  • The incumbent will work closely with the Senior Director, Project Management, Development Team Leader, and Therapeutic Area Head in the Hematology/Oncology Franchise to ensure successful completion of project goals on schedule and within budget.  
  • The incumbent will also participate in project management process improvement initiatives.   

Essential Functions
  • Manage global, cross-functional drug development project teams/sub-teams primarily in the Hematology/Oncology Franchise
  • Organize interdepartmental activities to ensure completion of assigned projects within scope, on schedule and within budget constraints
  • Identify project risks and prepare mitigations and contingency plans
  • Ensure accurate tracking and reporting of project milestones and deliverables
  • Identify and communicate resource constraints to senior management
  • Ensure team conflicts are resolved in a professional and timely manner
  • Prepare project updates for governance meetings and clearly communicate status in written documents and presentations
  • Participate in implementing improvements to project management processes, tools and infrastructure to ensure ongoing efficiency across the R&D organization and company wide

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Approximately 6 years (Associate Director)/10 years (Director) of experience independently managing or leading cross-functional project teams in a drug development company
  • Proven track record of success in Project Management
  • Experience creating and actively managing integrated timelines and budgets
  • Thorough understanding of the drug development processes
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities under tight deadlines
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple diverse cross-functional teams in a matrix organizational structure
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Project)

Required/Preferred Education and Licenses
  • B.S. in a life science / pharmaceutical R&D, MBA is a plus
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a plus

Description of Physical Demands
  • Occasional mobility within office environment.
  • Routinely sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Constantly operating a computer, printer, telephone and other similar office machinery.

Description of Work Environment
  • Work indoors in normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, vibrations and temperature changes.
  • Frequent computer use at workstation.
  • May move from one work location to another occasionally.
  • Responsibilities may require a work schedule that includes working outside of normal  work hours, in order to meet business demands.
  • Occasional public contact requiring appropriate business apparel.


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