Manager, Project Delivery

CSL Behring
Kankakee, Illinois
Jul 10, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type

With operations in 35+ nations and ~27,000 employees worldwide, CSL is driven to develop and deliver a broad range of lifesaving therapies to treat disorders such as hemophilia and primary immune deficiencies, and vaccines to prevent influenza. Our therapies are also used in cardiac surgery, organ transplantation and burn treatment.

CSL is the parent company of CSL Behring and Seqirus. CSL Behring is a global leader in the protein biotherapeutics industry, focused on bringing to market biotherapies used to treat serious and often rare conditions. CSL Behring operates CSL Plasma, one of the world's largest collectors of human plasma, which is used to create CSL’s therapies. Seqirus is one of the largest influenza vaccine companies in the world and is a transcontinental partner in pandemic preparedness and a major contributor to the prevention and control of influenza globally.

We invite you to take a look at the many career possibilities available around the globe and consider building your promising future at CSL by becoming a member of our team!

Job Description

Provide leadership and oversight to Tier 2 & Tier 3 CAPEX projects for Kankakee site in collaboration with other Global Engineering and Kankakee site leads.  Lead planning and execution of capital investment.  Manage all program aspects including business case (ROI, NPV, and COGS), capital budgeting and spending, technology/vendor selection, contract negotiations, staffing, project execution and construction management. 

Manages the design, development, and implementation of projects at the site level

•    Anticipates and plans for potential risks; develops corresponding contingency plans.

•    Sets up project meetings to review progress and shares information

•    Develops and deploys tactical plans and provides direction and leadership to develop and deploy their tactical plans

Drive innovation to reduce cost and schedule by ensuring Project Delivery Process, Flawless Project Execution, best practices, benchmarking, and industry learning are applied to all capital projects. 

Proven experience in having E2E responsibilities from Engineering through Operational Readiness.

This position manages and contributes to the project progress throughout the project helping to expedite key activities across function, find solutions to key problems, and communicate project progress, issues, and solutions to management and to the project team. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Leads and directs complex, cross-functional projects with diverse project teams, in alignment with CSL strategic and operational priorities.

-Meets customer service requirements by developing the basic work assignments and tactical plans to accomplish objectives, and/or contributes expertise to programs and projects

-Focuses on customers’ requirements enabling a high standard of effectiveness

-Confronts and resolves conflicts effectively.

-Anticipates problems and potential risks while creating contingency plans

-Transfers ideas and successes across boundaries

-Identifies and resolves relationship issues and uses effective mediation and conflict management, negotiation, and influencing skills

-Brings people together within and across functions so that they can build and share best practices

-Strong Project management including:

  • Documentation of meetings and discussion

  • Assignment and tracking of action items

  • Influencing skills to get key actions prioritized by the team

  • Anticipating and mitigating bottlenecks

  • Ability to break roadblocks and catalyze decision making

-Assures effective prioritization of interdependent project activities.

-Creates temporary performance (matrix) environments with effective governance frameworks enabling peak performance and team results.

-Works closely with Sponsors, Steering Committees, and functional leaders to overcome obstacles to project success.

Strategic Initiatives:

-Works closely with site leaders, and the project team to assure communication and implementation of project management leading practices as appropriate.

-Highly effective project management with a keen understanding of interdependencies.

-Strong oversight of vendor and procurement management. 

-Working knowledge of:

  • EHS requirements, with particular focus on EHS by design and construction safety

  • Start-up processes and Commissioning & Qualification 

  • Principles for Engineering Design in a regulated industry (GMP & GEP)

Builds Internal Project Management capabilities:

-Prepares Capital Appropriation Requests and presents them to senior management for approval.  Capable of presenting regularly to Sr. Leadership on project performance. 

-Prepares and/or supports the development of documentation such as PO’s and project updates/status reports.  Capable of running design coordination and stakeholder meetings.

-Oversees CSL Project Engineers and contract engineers in the execution of capital projects.

-Developing solutions to complex problems, which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.  Assists site staff and stakeholder in conceptualizing projects. 

-Exercises independent judgment in developing methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results on new assignments.

-Ability to plan, coordinate and manage multiple projects.  Capable of developing timelines, overseeing activities for the entire project team, and taking responsibility for project completion.

-Ability to provide input into and critique schedules for use by the end to end project team as well as develop detailed schedules for critical tasks.   

Communication and Change Management:

-Directs the transition to operations. 

-Works closely with functional management to define and deliver on expected deliverables and value.

-Assures access to subject matter experts with the requisite capabilities to support project definition and planning as required to successfully complete the project work.

-Assures effective team and internal/external stakeholder communication, keeping stakeholders informed of progress and issues to manage expectations on all requirements and deliverables.

-Assures that documentation is kept current, clear, and transparent and is communicated as appropriate.

-Escalates key decisions, issues, risks, and opportunities as required to achieve objectives.

-Helps to manage and build relationships with external partners, e.g., vendors, as appropriate.

-Represents projects at required internal and external meetings to assure that priorities are communicated and understood, and that progress/delays/issues/risks/opportunities are reported.

-Ability to lead and motivate remote and virtual teams and stakeholders

Situation Analysis and Initiation:

-Helps to translate CSL strategic and operational priorities into projects designed to deliver intended value by supporting the development of the Kankakee Site Development Strategy.

-Assures that situational analysis provides the data required to well characterize projects.

Project Definition:

-Assures that projects have well developed target value and directs the identification of work to achieve intended value.

-Oversees the identification of resource requirements and project costs.

-Accountable for developing/defending the business case with project managers, sponsor, and key stakeholders.

Project Implementation and Closeout:

-Directs the project organization in monitoring and controlling planned Time, Cost and Performance (Scope) against actuals, and the identification, reporting and resolution of all significant variances where they exist.

-Assures that all financial aspects of the project are properly managed.

-Monitors for effective use of resources (human capital and other resources).

-Assures effective issue, risk, and opportunity management to protect the project plan and maximize delivered value.

-Assures that the project is closed out properly following completion, including summary reports and lessons learned.

-Supports value realization efforts throughout the project and at closeout.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering,

  • Understands Project Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent is nice to have.


-Minimum of 5 years’ experience in project management

-Experience in biotech/pharmaceutical

-Minimum 1 years of managerial experience 

-Strong leadership, consultative, communication, and conflict management skills to influence project leaders and stakeholders, including non-specialists, at all levels in the organization and achieve team objectives while maintaining -a positive team environment.

  • The ability to work on problems where analysis of situation or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors to achieve best results.

  • The ability to clearly communicate complex issues to senior management so that critical issues are understood quickly and can be addressed immediately.

  • Strategic planning, quantitative, and decision analysis capabilities.

  • Project management and integration skills; ability to coordinate all aspects of a project or program.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing, managing, and controlling cross functional project budgets.

  • Proficiency and use of enterprise computer applications including the Microsoft suite of products and project management software.

  • Fluent in English. Ability to speak clearly and exercise good judgment


  • Managerial Courage: Does not hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and ‘actionable’ positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.

  • Business Acumen:  Knows how businesses work.

  • Drive for Results/Execution:  Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully.

  • Strategic Agility:  Sees ahead clearly.

  • Decision Quality:  Makes good decision based upon a mixture analysis, wisdom experience, and judgment

  • Innovation Management:  Is good at bringing the creative ideas of others to market. 

  • Interpersonal Savvy:  Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.

  • Customer Focus:  Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers. 

  • Organizing:  Can marshal resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done. 

  • Priority Setting:  Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important. 

  • Negotiation Skills: ability to work into a matrix organization and able to influence and persuade, without having a direct authority

  • Communication: ability to dialogue and convey effective message through the organization at different levels and across cultural differences; unbiased.

  • Basic understanding of c-GMP’s and EHS&S requirements. 

  • Mature Understanding of Contracting models. 

  • Ethical conduct: understanding of owning anticorruption practices.