Project Manager

10021, New York City
Sep 07, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute (TDI), a partnership among Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Rockefeller University, works to more effectively develop therapeutics that arise from discoveries made in basic science labs. With a focus on early-stage drug discovery, the institute provides expertise in medicinal chemistry and antibody development, and conducts the “proof of concept” studies needed to demonstrate that drug candidates can successfully alter the course of disease.

The Institute also works to provide high-quality opportunities for training students and post-doctoral fellows, to deepen faculty involvement in drug discovery, and to support translational research by leveraging the expertise of all three academic institutions and industry partners.

The TDI seeks a highly motivated and enthusiastic Sr. Project Coordinator, reporting to the VP of Portfolio Management, to be responsible for the coordination, tracking and reporting of the progress of TDI small molecule and antibody discovery projects. Responsibilities including generation of and tracking key project milestones, timelines and budgets. The candidate must be highly organized, flexible and adept at handling multiple projects with tight deadlines. The Sr. Project Coordinator should be comfortable with the drug development process and ensure that key project milestones are defined and met and that appropriate and timely communications occur with all project stakeholders across multiple project pipelines. The candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be comfortable interacting with many different functional groups and cultures.

This position does not manage clinical trials.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s with 5 – 8 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry or biotechnology in areas such as biology, biochemistry, or medicinal chemistry.  PMP certification is a plus.

Highly Desired Requirements

MS with 3 - 5 or more years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in areas such as biology, biochemistry, or medicinal chemistry. PMP certification is a plus.


  • Manage complete project lifecycle, including
    • Project selection process
    • Generation of project charters and initiation meeting
    • Routine project update meetings
    • Close-out process
  • Ensure effective documentation of project team meetings, key decisions, and action items. 
  • Prepare regular progress reports and ad hoc reports as required.
  • Ensure excellent working relationship with all external and internal collaborators.
  • Manage relationships with Contract Research Organizations, including generation of PO’s and tracking of Invoices.

Skill and Abilities

  • Experience managing scientific projects.
  • Demonstrated understanding of scientific principles and efficient resource utilization best practices in a multi-project environment.
  • Ability to build productive working relationships, influence, and negotiate. 
  • Strong business sense, self-confidence, stress management, and the ability to make sound decisions.
  • The ability to lead without authority.
  • Solid computer, financial, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, self motivated, adaptable, and possessing a positive attitude.
  • Some knowledge of project management techniques and tools.
  • Ability to hold oneself and others accountable for commitments in a productive and assertive manner.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Flexibly adapts to changing priorities and duties.