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Project Manager

Covance 11/15/2018 5:29:31 PM
JOB ID: 24112 Category: Project Management
Los Angeles, California



Job Overview

Project Manager Home-Based Anywhere in the US

Full Time

A career at Covance provides the unique chance to create a lasting impact and difference in our patient's lives. With the support of exceptional people from across the globe and an energized purpose, you'll be empowered to own your career journey with mentoring, training and personalized development planning.

Our mission is to help our clients bring the miracles of medicine to market sooner -- join us for your next career move.


* Lead core project team(s) depending on size and scope of project(s) ensuring effective cross-functional teamwork among project team members including both internal and external stakeholders. The PM Job duties may be performed in collaboration with a Senior Project Manager and/or Project Director.
* Provide project focused leadership across Covance departments, offices, external vendors and clients to deliver corporate and department objectives.

* Monitor project scope, schedule and costs to ensure all remain on track per contract.
* Proactively utilize both quality control and risk management activities to ensure project deliverables are met according to regulatory, client and Covance requirements. Create required project plans. Per SOPs, implement and monitor progress against project plans and revise as necessary.
* Proactively manage variance to project plans to bring the study back in line with stated project standards. Monthly metrics reports will be reported accurately and on-time to assist in maintenance of project standards.
* Aid in development and maintenance of key project performance indicators for client specified metrics.
* Understand the project delivery strategy, costing assumptions and resulting budget for assigned project(s).
* Meet financial performance targets for assigned project(s). Accountable for budget control across assigned project(s) and accurate month-to-month completion of earned value analysis, as assigned, and evaluation and management of billed time to plan to minimize write-off and capitalize on fixed-price gains. Proactively identify out of scope activities and execute necessary change orders prior to out-of-scope work being done. Proactively identify project inefficiencies and address issues proactively to stay within budget.
* Ensure project procurement needs are managed appropriately and per Covance SOPs.
* Collaborate with finance to initiate monthly invoicing as assigned.
* Ensure that all staff allocated to assigned project(s) adhere to professional standards and SOP and are working within the assigned allocation.
* Initiate improvements to enhance the efficiency and the quality of the work performed on assigned projects.
* Prepare and actively participate as operational lead in internal Project Review meetings. Depending on size and scope of project, this job duty may be performed in collaboration with a Senior Project Manager and/or Project Director.
* Provide performance feedback of team members to respective line managers.
* Present at external and/or internal meetings as required.
* Define and manage project human resource needs and establish succession plans for key resources.
* Responsible for appropriate issue escalation to appropriate stakeholder(s) inclusive of CAIR and CAPA completion as required.


Education/Qualifications Required:

* 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 (i.e. earned value analysis).
* Working knowledge of project management processes.
* Working knowledge of time and cost estimate development.
* Working 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.


* Masters or other advanced degree.
* PMP certification.
* Working knowledge of Covance and the overall structure of the organization.
* Basic knowledge of Covance sales and business development strategies and procedures.
* Working knowledge of Covance SOPs.-
Oncology Experience preferred.


Minimum Experience Required:

Experience in conducting Global Expanded Access Programs / Compassionate Use Programs mandatory

* Minimum of five (5) years relevant clinical research Experience including demonstrated skills and competency in clinical project management tasks.
* In lieu of the above requirements, candidates with > six (6) years supervisory Experience in a heath care setting and five (5) years clinical research Experience with at least one (1) year project management Experience in the pharmaceutical or CRO industries will be considered.

* Experience in managing projects in a virtual environment.
* Demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing priorities and to utilize resources effectively.
* Financial awareness and ability to actively utilize financial tracking systems.
* Demonstrated ability to inspire effective teamwork and motivate staff within a matrix system.
* Demonstrated ability to lead by example and to encourage team members to seek solutions independently.
* Excellent communication, planning and organizational skills.
* Ability to work independently.
* Ability to negotiate and liaise with clients in a professional manner.
* Ability to present to staff at all levels.
* Good computer skills with good working knowledge of a range of computer programs.
* Ability to assess technology alternatives and implications. In line with relevant functional areas.

Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Individual with Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). Your confidentiality and privacy are important to us.

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: Los Angeles, CA - California


Covance Recruiting Process

Below is a general Overview of Our Recruiting Process

If you’d like to work for us, please submit your resume/CV online. If your ability to use or access our electronic application is limited due to a disability, please visit or call 1-800-978-4473 for help.

We consider applications from everyone who is interested in a position with us and who meets the required criteria and qualifications.

If your application is selected, someone from our recruiting team will contact you to arrange an initial screen. We may carry this out over the phone or at a face-to-face meeting. You must complete the screen to be considered for the position.

Based on the results of the initial screen, we may invite you to an interview. One of our recruiting team members will contact you to arrange this. The process may involve several interviews, initially over the phone, and then face-to-face with different members of the hiring team.

Our interviews follow a behavioral-based format. This means we’ll ask you to give us information that’s specific to your professional and educational experiences.

Hiring team members will share and discuss their input and then make their decision.

If you’re the person who best meets the requirements of the position, a member of the hiring team will get in touch to make you an offer of employment. Covance is an eVerify employer (United States only).