Director, Pipeline Project Management, Open to flexible working

Stevenage, Brentford
18 Jun 2021
04 Jul 2021
Contract Type

Are you interested in a highly visible role managing key strategic programs in partnership with senior leaders? If so, this role of Director, Pipeline Project Management is the right opportunity to explore.

Our Pipeline Project and Resource Management (PPRM) mission is to apply our Professional Project/Program management discipline and drug/vaccine development expertise to build and deliver robust and competitive plans that ensure optimal delivery of medicines/vaccines to patients.

Development Pipeline Project Managers (PPMs) comprise a community of drug development experts applying professional Project/Program management discipline and principles to translate the medicine strategy into global development plans, inspire smart decisions and promote flawless Project/Program execution. Pipeline Project Managers provide robust, contextual Project/Program and scenario planning by applying business acumen, sound judgement, objective challenge and clarity of vision. They monitor and influence team performance and plan execution by driving effective teamwork, issues-risks management and timely decision-making. PPMs provide operational leadership to the Medicine Development Team or Early Development Team.

In this position, the Director, Pipeline Project Management you will be a Project/Program Manager for Projects/Programs within the R&D pipeline (the type of Project/Program will be considered alongside workload and would also include due diligence for future BD opportunities). You will be accountable for ensuring that your relevant drug development knowledge and Project/Program Management expertise is collectively applied across projects/programmes assigned to you. You will work closely with key stakeholders (e.g. R&D Finance, R&D Strategy & Portfolio, Commercial teams, business or therapeutic/disease area, etc.) to drive consistent, integrated and strategic Project/Program Management across R&D (and beyond for Programs) to ensure Projects/Programs are delivered on time, on budget and to the Target Medicines/Vaccines Profile.

In this position you will also be accountable for working with other Project/Program Managers in the group to ensure that a collection of quality robust integrated detailed plans, scenario planning, budget forecasting / management, risk identification / management, and greater understanding of the variability of assumptions supporting these plans to ensure delivery to plan for projects in the business area. You will be accountable for the global practice of Project Management across GSK R&D and within your business or therapeutic/disease area. You will be accountable to monitor and look to incorporate global industry best practices to ensure that the Project Management capabilities and competencies are industry leading.

We are flexible in our location approach and the position can be based at any of the main hubs for R&D pharma or vaccines.

Key responsibilities will include :

  • Act as the Project/Program manager (Chief Operating Officer) on one or more Project/Program in order to build a quality and robust integrated detailed plan and greater understanding of the variability of assumptions supporting this plan to enable the Project/Program to deliver on time, to budget and to Target Medicines/Vaccines Profile or expected Program benefits
  • Use breadth of knowledge, exhibit In-depth understanding of several of the phases across the end-to-end R&D/stage-gate process from discovery through preclinical testing, early/late clinical development into manufacturing and launch/post launch. Experience of working across many of the phases.
  • Develop and implement strategies to establish and maintain a Project/Program plan and management capability (tools, processes, ways of working, people) to enable GSK R&D to effectively and productively deliver differentiated medicines/vaccines of value through the GSK R&D pipeline.
  • Look for ways to increase the competency level of Project/Program management across GSK. 
  • Maintain awareness of business or therapeutic/disease area trends within the business area pipeline to ensure plans are fit for purpose.
  • Provide operational input and review to ensure resource allocation is in alignment with Project/Program and allocated pipeline workload forecasts across the R&D portfolio.
  • When required, review Project/Programs assigned to the group to ensure alignment with strategy (Project/Program and portfolio) and optimize delivery and enable best practice sharing and use in Project/Program management, capabilities, tools, and processes.
  • Take on due diligence for future BD opportunities when required.
  • Act as a point of contact for business partners (e.g., Finance, Portfolio) to drive consistent, integrated, strategic Project/Program management by the application of Project/Program management and Therapeutic Area expertise.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • Master's degree in a scientific or business discipline
  • Minimum 10 years pharmaceutical R&D or related industry experience.
  • People management experience or equivalent track record in complex matrix teams' management.
  • Experience leading the delivery of multiple/complex projects/assignments in a matrix environment to demanding deadlines with minimal direction/leadership
  • Strong experience in drug/vaccine discovery, development and commercialization processes including experience in critical path management, scenario planning, budget forecasting / management, risk identification / management, and experience with the variability of assumptions supporting robust quality drug development plans and the ability to deliver to plan.
  • Experience in organization-wide problem solving and financial & analytical modelling and proven application of high-quality strategic analysis and ability to develop strategic/commercial recommendations highly relevant to the disease area product information needs.
  • Experience employing highly effective decision-making strategies in resolving issues and conflicting options.
  • Strong experience with Planisware and/or MS Project

Preferred Qualifications:

In addition to the above qualifications, the ideal candidate will also possess the following:

  • Advanced degree in scientific or business discipline together with substantial industry experience within their given business or therapeutic/disease area including all of the disciplines listed above
  • Pharmaceutical drug/vaccine development certification. Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate a plus
  • Track record of project delivery. Areas of key importance are Drug/Vaccine Development, Line and Matrix Management, Project/Program Management, Portfolio Management, Therapeutic Area Expertise, Performance Management, Risk Management, Financial Management, Strategy Development and People Management / Development. 
  • Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk
  • Experience of leading in a global project management function where people are challenged, developed and talent management, is a plus.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally.
  • Highly effective influencing and negotiations skills in challenging, ambiguous and/or changing environments.
  • Highly effective verbal, written, presentation communications skills.
  • Demonstrated skill operating in situations characterized by complexity, ambiguity and high levels of uncertainty.
  • Possess negotiation skills and ability to influence with or without authority at all levels of the organization.
  • High level of energy, enthusiasm and commitment.
  • Ability to build credibility quickly across a diverse range of GSK functional teams, seniority, and geography.
  • Business and financial acumen.

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