Global Project and Alliance Management (GPAM) sits in the Research & Development Division of our Company. The Project Managers and Alliance Managers are core members of discovery, development, and alliance teams at our Company. Project Managers drive these cross-functional teams to deliver projects and products that improve human health and our Company's business, and Alliance Managers ensure successful collaborations with our Research & Development Division alliance partners. The Project Management Office (PMO) is responsible for the development, sustainment, and training of GPAM-owned systems, tools, and business processes as well as alignment with Finance, IT, and functional area operations groups within our Company. The open position is specifically for the role as the project manager.
The Associate Director, Project Management, is a core functional area member of Early Development and/or Product Development Teams (EDTs and PDTs, respectively), partnering with team leaders to plan and execute our Company's development and in-line portfolio efforts. Projects may be internal or part of alliance agreements with external research and development partners.
Project managers may manage cross-functional, cross-divisional, and/or alliance governance committees and are expected to contribute to ongoing business process improvement and talent development in GPAM.
This position may be based in either Rahway, NJ or Upper Gwynedd, PA.
Independently managing projects in any phase of development (discovery, preclinical, clinical, lifecycle management) in any therapeutic area, including molecular entities of any modality (small molecule, biologic, vaccine, combination product). Projects range in priority, pace, and complexity, and may include one or more alliance partners.
Guiding teams through creation, management approval, execution, and termination/closeout of integrated project plans appropriate to the phase of development and complexity of the project. This includes integration of strategic and tactical input from diverse disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, pharmacology, clinical, regulatory, access, supply, and other areas), as applicable to the project.
Contributing to, synthesizing, and articulating program strategy and translating it into execution.
Collaborating effectively with functional areas, support functions, and alliance partner functions (if applicable) to facilitate project delivery.
Leveraging relationships and networks to improve and enhance team dynamics; proactively identifying and removing obstacles to drive business results.
Providing our Company's organizational and process expertise to teams to enable navigation of discovery, development, and corporate governance and business requirements.
Ensuring project schedules and risk management plans are fully developed and updated, governance contracts are adhered to, change control procedures are followed, and communications within and from the team are clear and effective.
Partnering with Finance to ensure resources/budgets are planned and managed. This may include tracking and managing partner activities that drive Full-Time Employee or Equivalent expenses in discovery or development alliances, in partnership with the Alliance Manager.
Preparing regular reports that summarize project status/issues and documents/presentations for senior management/governance committees/alliance committees.
Maintaining accurate project data in enterprise databases.
Preparing for, facilitating, and documenting outcomes of team meetings, ensuring meetings have clear purpose and objectives and that conflict is surfaced and resolved.
Managing or administrating strategic, cross-functional or cross-divisional management, governance, or alliance committees.
Providing mentoring, coaching, and oversight to Specialist/Senior Specialist project managers working on common projects.
Actively participating and completing ongoing training and personal development activities to increase leadership competency and to gain knowledge and skill in the discipline of project management and the business and science of pharmaceutical product discovery and development.
Education Minimum Requirements
Bachelor’s degree; concentration in a scientific or applied discipline strongly preferred
Required Experience and Skills
A minimum of five (5) years in project management or a related role
Demonstrated leadership and ethics; demonstrated ability to hold others accountable for delivery
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team setting, including building and managing teams, committees, task forces, etc.
Strong collaboration and problem-solving skills; able to establish good working relationships with employees at all levels, resolve conflict and provide feedback, and to devise and implement creative solutions to problems
Strong communication skills, both oral and written; demonstrated ability to speak up appropriately and to raise issues to teams and management
We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And we believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.
Who we are …
Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.
We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.
What we look for …
In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.
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Internal Number: R50180
We aspire to be the premier research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that great medicines can still change the world. And we believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.