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Associate Director, Project Management

Covance 9/19/2018 7:15:33 PM
JOB ID: 23456 Category: Hidden 23502
Singapore, Singapore



Job Overview

The Associate Director's function is to oversee and direct multiple project concurrently [and/or programs, or mega studies as assigned] globally. Responsibilities typically include developing study strategy and costing in cooperation with other departments and the PMO. Additionally Project Directors develop and manage project teams, guide team communications, risk, scope, schedule, cost, quality and stakeholder management to effectively ensure plans are proactively and effectively executed to meet client expectations. The Project Director is expected to have an extensive working knowledge of drug development and clinical trial execution they supervise and assess the performance of the core team members and direct efficient and effective day-to-day operations, while maintaining good relationships with sponsors. They may serve as lead of business development opportunities and may line management staff as assigned.

Essential Job Duties

* Lead core project team(s) and facilitate team's ability to lead extended/complete project team
* Responsible for provision of client deliverables on-time, within budget and scope and with required quality for assigned projects or program
* Develops strategies to control and improve financial margin and minimize write-offs across projects and/or programs while maintaining quality
* Proactively identify out of scope activities, execute necessary change orders and support negotiations with client on project budget issues
* Accountable for budget across assigned projects and/or programs
* Responsible for mitigate plans where variance occurs in execution of deliverables to plan
* Structures work and organization effectively and efficiently
* Grows people within and across the organization
* Puts people into roles which maximize their contribution and organizational effectiveness
* Develops deep leadership bench beneath oneself
* Ensure effective cross-functional teamwork among project team members including both internal and external ancillary services
* Effectively and proactively resolve conflicts as needed
* Demands high performance on all strategy initiatives
* Initiate improvements to enhance the efficiency and the quality of the work performed on assigned projects or programs
* Ensure that all staff allocated to assigned projects or programs adhere to professional standards and SOPs
* Provide performance feedback on team members to respective functional line management
* Monitor team performance and facilitate adjustments when necessary to ensure goal attainment
* Present at external and/or internal meetings
* Define and manage project or program resource needs and establish succession plans for key resources
* Support business unit utilization targets
* Implement and monitor progress against project plans and empower team to revise as necessary
* Responsible for appropriate issue escalation via CAIR and CAPA processes
* Serve as key client contact for assigned projects
* Establish working relationships with client project teams which result in client satisfaction, operational excellence and thereby increase potential for repeat business
* Turn ideas into processes and /or sales which drive growth
* Prepare and deliver presentations for new business in collaboration with business development
* Prepare and actively participate as operational lead in internal Project Review meetings
* Contribute to proposal strategy , development, costing and bid defense for assigned business development opportunities
* Able to discuss global strategic options and study execution challenges/ opportunities with the client during the proposal development/ bid defense
* Delivers visible leadership with clients through effective problem solving and generation of customer solutions.
* Find creative and cost-effective ways to meet quality metrics agreed with client and key stakeholders
* Use Experience from past projects and lessons learned to adapt and implement quality improvements across projects currently being managed
* Ensure project, risks are discussed at project reviews. Monitor and control the risk plan and provide ongoing oversight to ensure mitigation plans are in place and working. Escalate risks newly identified by the project team to stakeholders
* May be assigned line management responsibilities for the recruitment, training, utilization, development and performance reviews of assigned staff. In the absence of line management responsibilities, the Project Director will be expected to mentor project management staff.
* Develop and manage client project metrics
* Perform other duties as assigned by management
* Assist in the implementation of study training plans. Function as the trainer where appropriate.


* University/ College degree (life science preferred) or certification in a related allied health profession (i.e. nursing, medical or laboratory technology) from an appropriately accredited institution
* Detailed knowledge of financial control procedures (e.g. costing systems, TAQ/EVA)
* Thorough knowledge of project management processes
* Thorough knowledge of time and cost estimate development
* Thorough knowledge of ICH Guidelines and GCP including international regulatory requirements for the conduct of clinical development programs
* Broad knowledge of drug development process and client needs


* business proficiency in Mandarin is required in order to liaise with Mandarin speaking counter parties / clients
* Minimum of nine (9)years relevant clinical research Experience in a pharmaceutical company/CRO including at least four (4) years of full project management responsibility.
* In lieu of the above requirement, candidates with >six(6) years supervisory Experience in a health care setting and >seven (7) years clinical research Experience including four(4) years of international project management Experience in the pharmaceutical or CRO industries will be considered
* Experience in managing global programs with large financial value and complicated structure, multiple vendors and/or sub-CROs and Academic Research Organizations in a virtual environment

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: Singapore, SGP - Singapore


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