IT Project Manager - Research and Development Clinical Systems - Open to flexibility

Uxbridge, London (Greater), Hertfordshire
16 Mar 2017
23 Mar 2017
Contract Type

IT Project Manager - Research and Development Clinical Systems - Open to flexibility

Basic qualifications: 

  • Experience in pharmaceuticals research and development; preferably in the Clinical domain
  • Degree in IT  (other degrees will be considered)
  • Experience of managing projects across the full software development lifecycle, from planning through to support transition and early life support
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills for a wide variety of audiences, including senior management
  • Well developed leadership skills and demonstrated ability to influence, develop and communicate a compelling vision, strategy and plans for projects
  • Demonstrated matrix management and a clear ability to work effectively in a cross functional team environment including vendor and offshore teams:
  1. Ability to manage by influence rather than direct line control
  2. Ability to inspire, enable and support project teams to deliver their best
  3. Ability to promote teamwork

Preferred qualifications: 

  • PMP/Prince II certification
  • Experience delivering validated IT solutions
  • Experience of Waterfall and Agile techniques
  • Working knowledge of ITIL
  • Experience and practical knowledge of business change management, Lean/Six sigma, or equivalent process improvement methodologies



GSK has a 150-year legacy of helping to transform the health, lives and futures of millions of people around the world.  We are a science-led healthcare company with more than 100,000 people working in 115 countries. Each year we produce around 4 billion packs of medicine, nearly 900 million doses of vaccine and more than 18 billion packs of consumer healthcare products.  Our focus of helping people do more, feel better and live longer is at the centre of all that we aim to do.

For R&D to be able to continue to find and develop new medicines, it relies on IT.  Not only does R&D IT keep core systems running but we help the business continuously improve through tools that drive and support our world-class study modelling, high volume informational analysis and clinical trial programmes. We are looking for someone to help deliver those IT services.

IT is increasingly central to the success of many businesses because we not only deliver excellent IT services but also bring new thinking and innovation to our business partners so we are looking for people who want to join in this important work with an interest in both IT and science.

The role offers excellent opportunities for career development for individuals who enhance the impact of IT on GSK’s R&D programmes.


  • This role provides leadership, management and direction to multi-disciplinary members of project teams in the delivery of R&D IT Clinical Systems projects within agreed scope, cost, schedule, and quality parameters
  • The incumbent must apply project management approaches and techniques to ensure the consistent delivery of high quality services and/or solutions that meet client requirements and ensure that project goals are accomplished in line with business objectives
  • Work with customer facing group to define the project objectives, scope and plans. In execution, ensure project deliverables support business goals and enable benefits delivery.


  • Manages and coordinates projects for the Clinical service area from inception to closure to deliver the agreed business benefits within agreed time, cost, scope and quality 
  • Collates and communicates the timelines for a project
  • Manages project plan, budget, risks and issues
  • Deliver all aspects of the project scope and also ensures delivery of infrastructure and business activities. 
  • Ensures adequate resourcing of Project Team Members, adequate project funding and Sponsor commitment before undertaking each stage of the project
  • Works with Programme Managers to establish the required project resources in aligned service area, i.e. secure IT resources in line with overall R&D IT resourcing strategy
  • When part of a larger Programme, coordinates with other Project Managers for success of the overall  Programme
  • Manages and co-ordinates third party relationships (e.g. Off-shore, Software vendors, etc)
  • Provides guidance to Project Teams within aligned service area and ensures that project teams follow methodologies & standards consistent with GSK IT and regulatory standards
  • Ensures the project solution is designed with supportability as key criteria – to ensure that the system is stable, supportable and cost effective during its support and maintenance phase
  • Ensures that the knowledge base (information and people) is developed and maintained, ensuring effective transition of knowledge into the support organisation
  • Build close working relationships with stakeholders and relevant business contacts to ensure i) confidence is built and maintained, ii) all stakeholders are informed and engaged during the project, and iii) the solution supports R&D initiatives and delivers maximum benefit.
  • Build effective working relationships with all internal and external organisations involved in the delivery of the project and wider environment. 


At GSK we are all inspired by the difference we make and challenge ourselves every day to improve the lives of patients and consumers. That’s why we have created an environment where everyone feels valued, able to develop, contribute to our mission and be proud of what we achieve.

To support you in achieving your role and career ambitions you’ll be given the opportunity to:

  • Play an important role in delivering our mission 
  • Be an essential part of diverse, global team
  • Develop others as part of your own professional growth

You’ll also receive a competitive salary package including on target bonus, shares, private medical insurance, Company Pension Plan, 26 days annual holiday, private healthcare option, bonus scheme and a share purchase scheme plus a personalized career development pathway.

Interested in Joining the Team?

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