Director, Technical Operations Project Management

Lake Forest, IL, United States
Nov 01, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Working at Horizon is more than a job - it's personal. For us, success is measured by the numbers that matter most - the number of lives we touch, the number we change and those we work tirelessly to help save. We're a team of agile, out-of-the-box thinkers who are inspired to do more because we know we're a part of something bigger. We strive to build meaningful careers at a company whose values we share because when we live up to our potential, we help others live up to theirs.

The Position:

Reporting to the Senior Director, Technical Operations Project Management the Director, Project Management will provide Project Management expertise and leadership as a key member of the Technical Operations Project Management Team.

The successful candidate will act as Project Manager for local and global cross functional teams coordinating Project Management systems and supporting development and commercial products. The role will be key to fostering communication and co-ordination between functional groups, ensuring successful completion of project deliverables on schedule and within budget

The Director, Project Management will plan and execute product specific projects and business process improvement initiatives which are in line with Horizon Therapeutics strategic goals.


  • Establish cross functional relationships to ensure all CMC aspects of projects are supported within assigned development or other teams
  • Partner with Portfolio Project Managers to support portfolio planning activities
  • Manage and develop project managers within the Technical Operations team
  • Develop and support a collaborative culture within the project management function and with assigned project teams, Tech Ops Project leads and SMEs

Project Management:
  • Plan and provide operational oversight for assigned projects
  • Identify, escalate and assist with managing risks to timing, cost, and resourcing of projects
  • Develop and execute communications of status, risks, and resolution solutions for assigned projects
  • Define and use processes and tools to ensure the successful planning and delivery of Technical Operations projects
  • Facilitate team meetings including setting agenda, providing meeting minutes and drive action follow up
  • Participate in identifying and implementing improvements to project management processes, tools and infrastructure

Qualifications and Skills Required
  • Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering with experience in Project Management, including independently managing or leading cross functional teams
  • Minimum 7-10 years' experience in the Pharma or Biotech Industry
  • Proven track record of success in Project Management within Pharmaceutical Development and / or Technical Operations experience essential
  • PMP Qualifications perferred
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects including work plans, timeline, budgets and action item follow up in a global, cross functional team setting
  • Experience in manufacturing / development of biologics drug substances and drug products would be a plus
  • Experience in project execution through the lifecycle of a product - early stage to commercialization / LCM would be a plus
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities under tight deadlines
  • Strong organizational abilities and attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office (e.g. Project, Visio, word, Power Point, Excel and Outlook
  • Ad hoc travel in Europe and in the US will be required as part of this role.

Horizon Core Values & Competencies:

  • Manages Ambiguity
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Demonstrates Self-awareness
  • Cultivates Innovation
  • Develops Talent

  • Drives Results
  • Ensures Accountability
  • Decision Quality

  • Courage
  • Collaboration
  • Instills Trust

Horizon Therapeutics plc does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is our intention that all qualified applications are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. Any individual, who, because of a disability, needs accommodation or assistance in completing this application or at any time during the application process, should contact the Human Resources Department.