Director, Late Stage Global R&D Project Management

Posted 06 Sep 2019

Billerica, Massachusetts - United States

Req Id 194785


A career with EMD Serono is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 52,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Serono is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

The Global R&D Project Leader will lead one or more early or late stage global drug development project teams as defined by RDC governance, executing the program strategy for the specific project.


Your Role:


  • Is responsible for the operational leadership of one or more drug development projects on a global level, exercising control over sizeable resources, supporting and funding projects, products, services or technologies within the subfunction and by developing policies and plans.
  • Leads the respective cross functional project teams through the execution of the project strategy and interacts closely with the respective program lead who is responsible for the strategic direction and overall program leadership
  • Is accountable for end results of the team in respect of the specific project.
  • Is the key contact on a project level both for internal partners as well as, in the case of development projects, for the respective counterparts in the other company
  • Oversee the respective functional teams of the global cross-functional project teams and coaches and directs the sub-team leads to achieve timely completion of their respective work packages
  • Is responsible for the budget and overall timelines and deliverables of the respective global drug development project
  • Is accountable for the quality of financial planning data for the OP
  • Ensure appropriate risk management and issue resolution on the project level
  • Is responsible for timely reporting of the project status to the program lead, governance bodies and key stakeholders as needed.
  • Provide the project management expertise and leadership to enable efficient development of new drugs with the respective project teams and in line with global industry benchmark data for timelines, costs and quality
  • Provide input into the improvement of project management principles
  • Provide key learnings and best practices from the project teams into the organization to increase efficiency of drug development
  • Independently lead an interdisciplinary global project team without direct reporting lines
  • Together with program lead responsible and accountable for project objectives setting and performance review of team members (providing input into the HR performance management process for the team members)
  • Independently lead an interdisciplinary global project team without direct reporting lines
  • Together with program lead responsible and accountable for project objectives setting and performance review of team members (providing input into the HR performance management process for the team members)


 Who you are:


 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of experience, master’s degree with 5+ years of experience, or PhD degree with 3+ years required


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advance degree in an economic discipline with significant previous experience in the life sciences.
  • Professional Project Management certification or qualification (e.g. PMI, IPMA) highly desirable
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in R&D and/or drug development in the global pharmaceutical industry with at least 5 years of direct experience of leadership in a project management related discipline.
  • Long-established, working experience in cross-functional and international global drug development teams with demonstrated success.
  • Extensive cross functional knowledge of the Drug Development Process and Drug Development Regulations.
  • Extensive knowledge of and /or experience in project management, spreadsheet and database management software is required.
  • Excellent understanding of finance and accounting principles in an industrial setting
  • Experience in financial valuations of projects, risk management, decision making, and scenario thinking


Position requires both domestic and international travel less than 10% of time

What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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