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Associate Director Project Management, Oncology

Reference Number: 3291
Location: NJ

Our client is a global pharmaceutical company.  They have asked us to assist them in their search for an Associate Director, Project Management, Oncology.

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Provides strategic vision and guides cross-functional teams to develop and execute integrated plans leading to the successful development of new products.
  • Translates the overall global product strategy into actionable plans for the International Project Team (IPT). Guides teams through the effective development, management approval and execution of strategic plans for assigned programs.  Ensures program activities and tactical execution is linked to program strategy. Ensures establishment of key performance indicators and milestones for the overall program and identifies critical metrics for the sub-teams. Directs the implementation of overall program plans, orchestrates communication within and outside the IPT (including business operations, alliance management and senior management) and monitors the alignment of sub-teams.
  • Conducts team meetings that have structure and clear purposes and goals; facilitates and drives meetings effectively and clearly communicates decisions and action items to team members and relevant parties outside of the team. Tracks progress of program activities, ensures key development milestones are achieved, and ensures programs proceed based on the agreed upon timeline.
  • Implements strategies and tactics to identify, monitor and resolve project and program risks including ensuring plans are in place for key risks and communicates to senior management for input and decision making. Collaborates with teams and senior management to resolve complex issues promptly and effectively manages differences of opinion, misaligned objectives, inexperience, etc.
  • Drives the portfolio review process ensuring appropriate studies and projects are prioritized. Contributes to development of an integrated program strategy including clinical development, commercial, regulatory, and technical aspects in additional to life cycle management activities. Ensures Drug Development Plans are developed and regularly updated.
  • Assists in the development of project and program management tools, techniques and processes to enable the development of project and program strategy, plans, timelines, budgets and metrics. Manages new tools and processes while minimizing their costs to the organization. Translates process improvement standards and protocols into expectations for each project/program.
  • Supports business planning as needed including demand and resource management. Monitors resources (people and budget) for various studies, projects and programs ensuring resources are focused toward correct activities, and lack of resources is identified and rectified. Assists in the development of study and program budgets making sure the appropriate budgetary allocations are made to targeted opportunities.
  • Provides a continuously updated and balanced appraisal of the project and program status, including risk, cost, and value to stakeholders and senior management. Evaluates, highlights, and escalates unresolved issues, potential barriers to program progression, and resources constraints.
  • This role will also assist with and/or manage special projects or projects within the unit or that require cross-unit management.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field; MBA or advanced degree preferred.
  • Must have 8 years of Life Science industry experience, 6 years of experience in leading teams, 6 years of experience in project or program management; oncology experience a plus.
  • Must have knowledge of pharmaceutical development and commercialization process including hands-on experience in the successful planning and execution or contribution to complex Health Authority interactions such as End-Of-Phase 2, Advisory Committee meetings, IND, sNDA/NDA submissions and approvals.
  • Must have a working knowledge of the planning and execution of clinical trials.
  • Must have experience in the use and understanding of the critical value of technology in managing milestones, resource planning and integrating interdependencies within an organization. MS project experience required; PMP certification a plus.
  • Must have proven leadership skills including the capability to rally stakeholders and their resources around the unit’s and company’s goals
  • Must have the ability to motivate and drive decision-making within a cross-functional and cross-cultural, global team structure
  • Must possess a unique combination of strategic perspective / critical thinking, managerial courage and proven effectiveness within complex business structure with a track record of driving difficult decisions to conclusion.
  • Must be scientifically and clinically astute with learning agility, translating to a demonstrated ability to develop deep understanding of therapeutic areas and optimal development strategies.
  • Ability to listen effectively and the capability to effectively communicate ideas and data both verbally and written in a persuasive and appropriate manner to a broad array of stakeholders.


Do you have the skills and experience we seek and want to advance your career with one of the world’s leading companies? If so, please email your resume as a Word attachment to us, reference 3291.  No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.