Sr. Project Manager/Associate Director, Product Planning

Emeryville, California
Apr 04, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Senior Project Manager/Associate Director Project Manager (PM) will drive critical execution objectives for compounds in all stages of development (early, late and commercial). This position requires excellent communication and leadership skills, in addition to a strong technical understanding of the inter-disciplinary nature of drug development. The individual will collaborate closely with the Project Team Leader (PTL) and team members. This position will report into the Vice President, Product Planning and is based in Emeryville, CA.


  • Partners with Project Team Leads (PTL) and Project Team members, develops and maintains integrated project plans for early, late and commercial stages of drug development with an emphasis on time, quality and cost;
  • Creates and maintains project timelines (Gantt charts) and closely and transparently manages the critical path;
  • Creates meeting agendas in collaboration with PTL, plans meetings, writes minutes and maintains action item trackers;
  • Tracks, maintains and reports on progress against timelines, goals and deliverables through dashboards and other status reporting tools;
  • Optimizes communication within the Project Team and among sub teams; simplifies and distills complex issues;
  • Proactively identifies resource constraints, risks and conflicts that could impact project timelines and collaborates with team to develop appropriate solutions;
  • Provides guidance and support to team members as needed on how to create, manage and update timelines and other tracking tools;
  • Ensures that consistent project management tools and practices are used across teams;
  • Establishes and maintains project and department electronic and physical files according to corporate standards;
  • Supports continuous improvement efforts in Project Management practices at Adamas; leads department initiatives;
  • Ensures compliance with corporate policies and procedures as well as US healthcare laws and regulations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a life or physical science; advanced degree is a plus, but not required;
  • Minimum of 3 years of direct functional area experience in R&D or commercial within pharma and/or biotech;
  • Minimum of 3-8 years of project management experience supporting highly matrixed drug development and/or commercial-stage teams comprised of, but not limited to, functional area representatives from Research, CMC, Regulatory, Clinical, Marketing and Finance;
  • Solid understanding of activities critical to early and late stage drug development projects; late stage development and commercial-stage a plus;
  • Excellent meeting planning and facilitation skills;
  • Highly proficient at both building and maintaining Gantt charts;
  • Experienced at building and maintaining tracking systems, spreadsheets and tools that support a systematic and scalable approach to managing projects;
  • Experienced at partnering with team members to determine planning assumptions that drive timelines and budgets; budget management experience;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and influence skills;
  • Highly organized, excellent writing and oral communication skills, motivated and analytically rigorous;
  • Adept at skillfully managing complex and challenging situations;
  • Team-oriented, with excellent interpersonal skills (i.e. collaboration, conflict management and negotiation); 
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio; experience using SharePoint a plus;
  • Successful experience in fast-paced entrepreneurial environment;
  • Strong fit with Adamas culture and values.

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