Project Manager II
This position within the biomanufacturing business unit at ABL will mainly manage process development and cGMP production projects of viral, mammalian and virus based products for clinical application as vaccines and biologics. It will provide project management for in-house contract manufacturing services.
The main responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
- Oversee all aspects of managing process development and cGMP production projects for viral, mammalian and bacterial based products of clinical application as vaccines and biologics. Have a strong working knowledge of process development and laboratory techniques associated with state of the art technologies.
- Manage in-house projects for preclinical biologics/vaccine development projects that may include the following: process development, cGMP contract manufacturing, analytical testing, and CMC sections submission preparation.
- Develop full-scale project plans/schedules with work breakdown structure. Identify and manage project dependencies and critical path and go/no-go decisions. Support and lead the team through gap analysis, regulatory requirements, market evaluation and economic feasibility of projects.
- Perform risk assessments and propose risk mitigation strategies for the project.
- Oversee cross functional teams by participating and leading multiple project teams and assignments.
- Prepare weekly/monthly reports, agendas, meeting minutes and presentations. Track and close out action items with team members.
- Maintain and track cost review summaries of client deliverables. Routinely prepare report summaries to update ABL’s Executive Management.
- Track and manage all aspects of project budgets. Identify potential risks and gaps associated with costing (labor, subcontracts and budgets).
- Identify and report scope changes. Develop costing assumptions for business development.
- Manage financial goals by forecasting requirements, tracking annual budgets, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, reporting revenue recognition and communicating financial summaries.
- Define, track and maintain accountability for milestones, schedules and timelines.
- Identify areas where subcontractors are required, solicit and review proposals and participate in subcontractor selection. Manage subcontractors.
- Communicate all project issues/needs to assigned Principal Investigators and client/stakeholders. Provide frequent presentations on project status to executive management.
- Ensure that project priorities and decisions are communicated, are consistent between teams, and support the overall program.
- Utilize ERP to record, track and report project status to Executive management.
- Contribute to internal initiatives for continuous improvement of ABL business processes and project delivery and profitability. Change management and training of colleagues within and outside the department is expected for improved performance on projects.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THE JOB:
- BS/MS in a scientific related field of study or equivalent.
- 5-10 experience in a biomedical development and clinical process setting for infectious diseases. Previous hands on working knowledge of process development and cGMP manufacturing for biologics.
- Strong preference for candidates with direct experience at a Contract Manufacturing Organization (CMO) that offers GMP and process development services.
- Proven aptitude for project management tools. Project Management Certification a plus.
- Experience with managing and overseeing subcontractors preferred.
- Ideal candidate will have experience managing financial goals by forecasting requirements, tracking annual budgets, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, reporting revenue recognition, preparing technical progress reports and communicating financial summaries.
- Proficiency using project management tools to oversee all elements of project lifecycle including scheduling/planning, meeting coordination, tracking of deliverables, reporting to stakeholders and risk mitigation.
- Demonstrated ability to work as a strong contributor in a team environment on complex projects.
- Outstanding demonstrated interpersonal skills a must (both written and oral).
- Proven multi-tasking skills able to handle multiple projects simultaneously; ability to motivate teams, work within aggressive timelines collaboratively with cross-functional departments.
- Proven and demonstrated computer (PC) and software skills including MS Office Suite programs, Internet, email systems a must. Experience with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Project is required.
- Demonstrated ability to work as a strong contributor in a team environment and able to interact with all echelons of management and staff.
- Must be detail-oriented, dependable, motivated, ability to work with minimal supervision; Proven multi-tasker able to handle multiple projects well.
- Strong/effective interpersonal skills, both communication and written & able to communicate effectively with all echelons of management and staff.