Director, GMA Oncology Project Management

Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Sep 16, 2020
Pharm Country
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Join a Legacy of Innovation 110 Years and Counting!

With over 100 years of scientific expertise and a presence in more than 20 countries, Daiichi Sankyo and its 15,000 employees around the world draw upon a rich legacy of innovation and a robust pipeline of promising new medicines to help people. In addition to a strong portfolio of medicines for hypertension and thrombotic disorders, under the Group's 2025 Vision to become a "Global Pharma Innovator with a Competitive Advantage in Oncology," Daiichi Sankyo research and development is primarily focused on bringing forth novel therapies in oncology, including immuno-oncology, with additional focus on new horizon areas, such as pain management, neurodegenerative diseases, heart and kidney diseases, and other rare diseases.

Job Summary:
The Global Medical Affairs (GMA) Project Manager provides strategic planning & operational management oversight of GMA projects, activities, and budgets.

The GMA Project Manager is responsible for supporting the Head, Project Management & Operational Excellence, the assigned GMAT or Functional Lead, and the Franchise Head to deliver GMA projects & activities successfully & in a timely manner while working in a fast-moving, matrixed organization

The GMA Project Manager is responsible acting as the "Chief of Staff" for his/her team, leading efforts to achieve overall operational excellence across all activities & projects to accelerate business in a compliant & efficient manner.

The GMA Project Manager further contributes to accelerating & optimizing the business via the following responsibilities/activities:
  • Budget management & oversight of contract-to-purchase order (PO) process
  • Facilitating key meetings (internal GMA, cross-functional, cross-regional, vendor meetings, etc.)
  • Tracking of activities in terms of timing, anticipated risk, and mitigation of issues/conflict resolutions
  • Leading / contributing to process improvement initiatives
  • Encouraging overall operational excellence across all activities & projects
  • Escalating issues in a timely manner
Ensuring streamlined & efficient communication

GMAT/Function Support
In close collaboration with the Team Lead (GMAT or Function), establish a strategic plan for monitoring the activities per the Business Plan & priorities.

Support Team Lead to manage GMA project/activities, including ensuring that the GMAT/Function team delivers projects/activities successfully and on a timely manner as per annual plan & objectives.

Establish milestones and metrics, in collaboration with GMAT/Function team, and develop a detailed project plan in order to track progress and measure impact of the activity. Generates critical path analyses and supports scenario planning for each GMAT/Function, in order to assess if objectives are met, exceeded, or not met.

Have a strong understanding of activities, associated budget, and key contributing factors in order to anticipate potential risks and establish plan to mitigate, as appropriate.

Lead and facilitate regular internal GMA & cross-functional/cross-regional team meetings; ensure agendas and team priorities are clear, meetings minutes are distributed, action items are completed.

Lead the budget planning and tracking process for GMAT/Function team; work with GMAT/Function Leads to provide consolidated budget/LE updates (across all activities and regions) in a timely manner with appropriate rationale.

Support GMAT/Function lead with annual Business Planning process & associated documents, including proactive engagement with internal and external stakeholders to manage plan development.

Support GMAT/Function/Franchise Head in prioritization and planning of resources and develop rationale for annual resource planning.

Lead issue resolution meetings. Lead risk identification, prioritization and mitigation planning processes across the Franchise.

Manage the agendas for GMAT/Function meetings, the conduct of the GMAT/Function meetings, and the drafting of GMAT/Function meeting minutes. Ensure full documentation of meeting discussions, decisions and action items. Track & ensure completion of agreed action items. Ensure appropriate archiving of project documentation.

Develop a monthly report that provides an overview of progress on all key activities, potential risks and mitigation actions.

Generate and maintains strategic integrated GMA Franchise project plans, project timelines, high quality risk management plans, and communication plans, as needed.

Liaise with DS Corporate Finance, Legal, and Procurement teams, as necessary, to ensure activities are executed efficiently and in compliance with company policies and procedures.

Operational Excellence Support
Collaborate with Head, Project Management & Operational Excellence to further strengthen operational excellence from a GMA-wide organization perspective.

Disseminate key leadership communications throughout GMAT/Functional teams and lead issue escalation efforts when required.

Identify gaps in Global Medical Affairs processes and functional procedures that (potentially) impact program delivery and escalate appropriately to Head, Project Management & Operational Excellence.

Collaborate with Head, Project Management & Operational Excellence and GMAT/Functional Leads for formal presentations/communications to GMA Head and Senior management.
Support Head, Project Management & Operational Excellence with monthly and annual updates to Senior leadership.

Integrate operational excellence best practices into regular team meetings and communications to enhance overall capabilities.

Qualifications: Successful candidates will be able to meet the qualifications below with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Bachelor's degree with relevant professional experience or equivalent; advanced degree desirable. PMP or similar professional project management certification is a plus
  • Minimum 7 year experience in pharma industry of which 5 years PM experience.
  • Strong project management experience. PMP, Six Sigma or similar professional project management certification is a plus
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, especially in areas of communication and change management
  • Meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of work and expert organization skills
  • Proven ability to drive decision making process, including ability to challenge teams and achieve excellence
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-starter, results-oriented
  • Strong change management skills and engagement to enable continuous improvement
  • Strong communication skills and ability to adapt according to different levels of management
  • Ability to negotiate and align across franchise
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with key stakeholders
  • Strong Microsoft Excel & PowerPoint skills required, SAP experience a plus
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Job Title
Director, GMA Oncology Project Management

Basking Ridge

Functional Area
Global Medical Affairs Oncology

New Jersey