Project Manager

Lake County, IL, US
Sep 12, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Project Manager assists with the development of project plans for drug development teams using standardized project management tools and processes plans and data are used for decision making on drug development teams and across the R&D portfolio. Facilitates drug development team communications.

R&D cross-functional process improvement initiatives using standardized methodologies.\

Key Responsibilities Include

  • Provide advanced project management support to complex drug development projects, including action item tracking, organization and communication materials (e.g. meeting minutes, Sharepoint sites, etc.). Develops multiple project planning scenarios; identifies, monitors, and analyzes business risks.
  • Recognizes when corrective action and planning are necessary and conducts root cause analyses. Supports functional managers to ensure accurate estimates.
  • Independently identifies opportunities for improvement of departmental work processes and manages a single large project, or several small projects goals to tasks and coordinates activities to meet goals. Estimates and manages requirements to achieve defined objectives. Execute against defined and keep management informed of progress and achieved project milestones.
  • Apply advanced project management principles and techniques to the coordination and completion of assigned goals and tasks. Prioritize tasks with use of time.
  • Support and advise Project Managers on monthly project plan maintenance and information reporting. Provide data entry for change requests. Utilize to ensure proper input of project information and accuracy of data.
  • Compile and provide routine standard reports on a monthly and ad hoc basis. Proactively address conflicting, incorrect, insufficient, or inappropriate info prior to report publication. Collect and analyze project and process data and metrics. Apply advanced project management tools for metrics collection to conduct advanced analysis of project data. Develop guidelines and checklists.
  • Provide general training support, administration and guidance regarding project management practices and systems.
  • Establish and maintain strong network within department and external clients.
  • Interacts with all levels of employees in support of project coordination.
  • Assesses performance against plans, processes, and practices to determine effectiveness and areas for process improvement.


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in a technical, scientific or project management related discipline and 4+ years professional work experience, project management, system based processes, or the pharmaceutical or biotech industry; or Master's degree with 2+ years of work experience; or Doct degree in same disciplines.
  • Accreditation in a project management or process improvement discipline preferred (e.g. Project Management Professional, LEAN Six Sigma, etc.).
  • Must be self-directed and work well in a team environment, be able to work on multiple projects concurrently and meet commitments, possess excellent written communication skills, be process-oriented, convert goals to tasks and define estimates on time and requirements to achieve goal objectives, and demonstrate initiative. The incumbent must be able to discern the difference between general vs. confidential/sensitive reporting information.
  • Experience/Awareness in the tools and techniques of Project Management and /or Business Excellence desired. Proficient technology skills (e.g., MS software, MS Project, Qlikview, Spotfire, etc.) required.