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Project Manager, OES

Covance 5/2/2019 2:35:41 PM
JOB ID: 31110 Category: Project Management
Milan, Italy



Job Overview

Covance is expanding and is looking for a Project Manager/Senior Project Manager - Late Phase to join the team. Candidates can work home or office based anywhere within EMEA.

Job Summary

Under the direction of a Project Director; the Senior Project Manager oversees and manages domestic, regional and/or international projects. Responsibilities typically include developing and managing project teams, communications, risk, scope, schedule, cost, quality, and stakeholders, effectively ensuring that variance from plan is proactively and effectively mitigated and client expectations are met. The Senior Project Manager is expected to have a working knowledge of drug development and clinical study execution in the Interventional Post Market and Observational study arena. They also compile and drive documentation for the project, ensuring the accuracy and quality of regulatory data. The Senior Project Manager may also have line management and / or business development responsibilities.

* Serve as key client contact for assigned projects, establishing working relationships with client project teams which result in client satisfaction, operational excellence and thereby increase potential for repeat business.
* Lead core project team(s) and facilitate team's ability to lead extended project team(s), ensuring effective cross-functional teamwork among project team members including both internal and external stakeholders. Depending on size and scope of project(s), this job duty may be performed in collaboration with a Project Director.
* Serve as escalation point for project issues to internal and external stakeholders, as appropriate in the IIIB and post market phase IV setting.
* Proactively identify and resolve conflicts as needed.
* Understand the project delivery strategy, costing assumptions and resulting budget for assigned project(s).
* Monitor project scope, schedule and costs to ensure all remain on track with the contract and with financial performance targets. Initiate and implement appropriate actions to proactively manage the change control process both internally and externally.
* Proactively lead both quality control and risk assurance activities to ensure project deliverables are met according to regulatory, Covance and client requirements.
* Create and manage variance to required project plans. Per SOPs, implement and monitor progress against project plans and revise as necessary. Ensure that all staff allocated to assigned project(s) adheres to professional standards and SOPs, providing performance feedback to team member's respective supervisors.
* Aid in development and maintenance of key project performance indicators for client specified metrics, ensuring that the KPIs are within scope of the project contract.
* Define and manage project resource needs and establish succession plans for key resources.
* In collaboration with relevant departments, prepare and deliver presentations for new business as required.
* Perform other duties as assigned by management.

Education / Qualifications

Education / Qualifications


* 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.


* Masters or other advanced degree.
* PMP certification.


Minimum Required:

* The Project Manager must have a working knowledge of drug development and clinical trial execution in the peri and post approval arena with Experience in successful management of Phase 111b/IV interventional studies or post approval Observational, EAP and hybrid study design.
* Working knowledge of project management processes.
* Experience 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.
* Must be able to communicate effectively in the English language.

Position Type: Full-Time

Location: Milan, ITA - Italy


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).