The Senior Project Manager (SPM) is responsible for the overall coordination and management of clinical trials from start up through close out activities. Directs the technical and operational aspects of the projects -- thus securing the successful completion of clinical trials. Works with major functional area leads to identify and evaluate fundamental issues on the project, interpret data on complex issues, make good business decisions and ensure solutions are implemented.
Works to ensure that all project deliverables meet the customer's time/quality/cost expectations. The SPM, with support from the Project Management Directors and/or Associate Directors, working in collaboration with other functional area leads, is accountable for ensuring that all project deliverables meet the customer/contract expectations, providing accurate hour forecasts, reviewing pass through costs and ensuring timely invoicing.
In addition, SPMs may work with Directors and/or Associate Directors, Project management and Contracts & Proposals Development on the development of new proposals and general capabilities presentations to Customers for new business.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree or licensed certified health care training or equivalent combination of education and experience
Has an in-depth understanding and extensive experience working within clinical development (equivalent to five years). This could include specific experience in a particular functional area
Can demonstrate experience successfully managing and/or leading large groups or teams
Experience using project management software
Solid understanding of how to craft and manage a project budget
Must possess a valid passport, as appropriate
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Possesses a high level of the following skills and attributes:
Knowledge of the key principles of cross functional project management (Time, Quality, Cost)
Solid financial acumen
Applies a range of negotiation techniques to achieve desired outcomes with evidence of commercial and organizational acumen
Displays effective communication skills (listening, oral, written) and can communicate in English language (oral, written)
Sound interpersonal skills, is flexible and adapts to changing situations
Has the ability to persuade, convince, and influence or impress others
Is organized, proficient at multi-tasking with good attention to detail
Able to lead, motivate and coordinate teams. Coach/mentor team members as appropriate
Able to delegate, effectively prioritizes own and workload of project team members
Ability to effectively use automated systems and computerized applications such as Outlook, Excel, Word, etc
Possesses cross cultural awareness and is able to adapt appropriately
Has an in-depth understanding and appreciation of clinical research/development, including medical and therapeutic areas, phases and medical terminology
Has experience with leading, liaising and coordinating cross-functional project teams
Has an in-depth knowledge/understanding of clinical development guidelines and Directives
Work is performed in an office and/or a clinical environment with exposure to electrical office equipment.
Exposure to biological fluids with potential exposure to infectious organisms.
Occasional drives to site locations, frequent domestic travel and rare international travel.
Personal protective equipment required such as protective eyewear, garments and gloves.
Exposure to fluctuating and/or extreme temperatures on rare occasions.
Frequently vertical and /or stationary for 6-8 hours per day.
Repetitive hand movement of both hands with the ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Frequent mobility required.
Frequent bending and twisting of upper body and neck.
Light to moderate lifting and carrying (or otherwise moves) objects including luggage and laptop computer with a maximum lift of 15-20 lbs.
Ability to access and use a variety of computer software developed both in-house and off-the-shelf.
Ability to communicate moderately complex information and ideas so others will understand; with the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Frequently interacts with others, relates sensitive information to diverse groups.
Ability to apply basic principles to solve conceptual issues.
Performs a wide range of variable tasks as dictated by variable demands and changing conditions with little predictability as to the occurrence. Ability to perform under stress. Ability to multi-task.
Regular and consistent attendance.
At PPD we value health and wellness, and encourage employees to engage in healthy and balanced activities
Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people.
Able to work upright and stationary for typical working hours.
Able to work in non-traditional work environments.
Able to use and learn standard office equipment and technology.
May have exposure to potentially hazardous elements typically found in healthcare or laboratory environments.
This role requires independent travel up to 10-20%, inclusive of traveling in automobiles, airplanes, and trains.