Dir, Project Management

Job Location(s) CN-Shanghai | CN-Beijing
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Project Management
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Job Overview

A. Job summary:
The Director is an industry leader responsible for overseeing operational, financial and quality delivery of a portfolio of clinical studies conducted within a GTMO therapeutic area. The Director with the mentoring and support of the Senior Director is expected to serve as the voice of the customer, ensuring effective project design and execution while fostering strategic relationships in order to grow the business.
Additionally, the Director is responsible for the line management and talent development of assigned project management staff with an emphasis on developing and improving consistent project management excellence. The Director supports the Senior Director and/or the PMO to establish project management standards and ensure they are followed by performing regular assessments of staff performance on projects.
B. essential job duties:
Operational delivery
- Part ownership of the global P&L for the TA, including top line growth, operating margin, project cost variance, forecasting, expense management, and other business metrics
- Supports a culture of project management excellence whereby project leaders have a deep understanding of their role and responsibility to ensure project success for the TA and their clients across the region
- Implements and enables consistent issue escalation and resolution
- Ensures that assigned staff understand and perform consistently according to defined operational, financial, and quality performance and process standards
- Uses established operational, financial and quality metrics and reporting dashboards to assess resource needs and staff performance for assigned staff
- Supports the development and implementation of consistent project tools, templates and reports that deliver informative performance metrics and other critical information to stakeholders
- Champions operational, financial, and quality delivery - encompassing consistent quality while mitigating risk and assuring patient safety, data integrity and GCP compliance
Business Development
-  May take on Executive Lead responsibilities on new opportunities which will include
- Contribution to business development strategies and helping to identify key winning factors as per the Client
- Oversight of the proposal development stage, review of executive summary of the proposal, responsible for final review of the proposal
- Along with BDD responsible for oversight of BDM preparation and execution
- Oversee handover from BDD to Operations
- Has a good understanding of the industry, market and our clients and presents Covance’s operational and clinical capabilities to clients
- Helps to drive the TA commercial, operational, medical and scientific leadership and direction, leveraging expertise from other functions as required
- Supports client expectations and satisfaction; identifies, develops and fosters new and existing client relationships at appropriate operational levels with clients, KOLs, and strategic partners; and guides teams in delivering to establish/maintain effective client relationships
- Acts as an escalation point for the Client over the core project team and helps the Client to navigate within the company to get to the right solutions as required
Line Management & Talent Development
- Ensures allocated resources are aligned with current and forecasted work in terms of capability, quantity, timing, and efficiency
- Attracts, selects, on-boards, develops and retains high performing talent; strengthens and deepens talent bench and succession
- Assesses project management competencies for assigned staff in order to create developmental plans that will increase competencies and close performance gaps
- Provides line management and technical support to assigned project leaders, including training, development and performance review of assigned staff
- Contributes to development and delivery of TA specific & program-specific training
- Ensures the right talent are assigned to the right projects at the right time; ensures that the talent is fully utilized; and ensures project staff assignment is aligned with contract
Principal Contacts and Scope of Communications
 Internal – Peers, GTMO Partners, Business Development, Strategy and Planning, Project Managers/Directors, Operations Staff and Physicians, CDCS Functional Leaders, Other Covance Functional Leaders
- External – Clients (Strategic, Key, Alliance, Transactional), Vendor(s) Partners, Key Opinion Leaders (KOL)


- Bachelor’s Degree
- Advanced degree, PhD and/or MBA


Minimum Required:
- Minimum of ten (10) years of drug development and clinical research experience (pharmaceutical, biotech or CRO), preferably including 3 or more years leading P1b-PIII clinical trials in respective Therapeutic Area
- Two (2) or more years of global project leadership and line management experience, ideally in a complex, virtual and matrix environment leading large multi-functional teams
On the Job Experience:
- Working knowledge of ICH Guidelines and GCP including international regulatory requirements for the conduct of clinical development programs
- Advanced computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Access and Power Point)
- Demonstrated vision, strategy and growth experience on project and functional level
- Broader level client relationships and business development experience
- Financial acumen (P&L, budget, forecast, resources etc.)


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