Sr Director, Early Stage R&D Project Management

Gaithersburg, MD, US
Jan 25, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.

Reporting to the Vice President of Project Management, the Senior Director will be a member of the Project Management Organization's (PMO) Leadership Team and responsible for managing a group of project manager direct reports working on early-stage vaccine pipeline products. The successful candidate is responsible for holding the team accountable for driving the schedule and budget of various projects and integrating all functional plans into a cohesive strategy. The Senior Director is responsible for the professional development of his/her team, ensuring that the team is appropriately trained and capable of delivering on-time. Successful candidates must be capable of working collaboratively with other leaders from various functions (Clinical, Regulatory, Manufacturing Operations, Quality, etc.). The successful candidate must be able to work independently, multi-task, and communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Lead a team of project management professionals focused on early-stage development of vaccine pipeline products
  • Mentor and train project managers to build the skillsets required for their job
  • Support the professional development and career growth of team members
  • Provide oversight of the team and hold each accountable for delivering on project milestones, tracking to budgets, and operating on-schedule

• As part of the PMO leadership team, help build and maintain an infrastructure with long-term capability to support future growth throughout the business unit
• Responsible for R&D planning, multi-year resource forecasts, and project risk plans
• Responsible for meeting corporate project goals
• Understand business unit priorities, and drive project progress accordingly
• For projects with major external components, participate in progress/status reporting, including Earned Value Management where required
• Identify and resolve gaps/conflicts with function resources

The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management's assignment of essential functions.

• BA/BS degree required, advanced scientific degree or MBA a plus
• 10 years of experience within Project Management, or equivalent work experience.
• Prior experience in one or more technical disciplines
• The ideal candidate will have in-depth understanding of project management systems and processes, the interdependencies of development activities and projects, and the regulatory requirements for product registration.
• Experience in vaccine research and development is required, including experience with clinical development and non-clinical development
• Excellent management and communication skills, including expert prioritization, team building and the ability to synthesize project management for corporate leadership.
• Exceptional leadership skills and proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization.
• Highly developed diplomatic negotiation, interpersonal, and communication skills and the ability to influence without formal authority.
• Excellent analytical skills and experience developing and managing strategic business plans.
• Proven ability to manage and execute projects on time and within budget
• PM certification preferred
• Able to implement Earned Value Management techniques and provide earned value metrics in monthly reporting on government contracts a plus
• Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project is required
• Able to travel as required to meet with contractors, partners, or project funding entities

There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce. Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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