Covance

Project Director

Job Location(s) SG-Singapore
Job Number
2021-76493
Job Category
Project Management
Position Type
Full-Time
Telecommute
Yes

Job Overview

Operational delivery
 Accountable for project delivery with regards to agreed time, scope, cost and quality
 TEAM COMMUNICATION: Serve as key client contact for assigned projects,
establishing working relationships with client project teams which result in client
satisfaction, operational excellence and thereby increase potential for repeat business
 Lead core project team(s) and facilitate team's ability to lead extended project team(s),
ensuring effective cross-functional teamwork among project team members including both
internal and external stakeholders
 Serve as escalation point for project issues to internal and external stakeholders, as
appropriate
 TEAM COMMUNICATION: Proactively identify and resolve conflicts as needed
 COST: With key stakeholders, develop the project delivery strategy, costing assumptions
and resulting budget for assigned project(s)
 SCOPE: Oversee delivery of project(s) to scope, schedule and costs, ensuring all remain on
track with the contract and with financial performance targets. Initiate and implement
appropriate actions to proactively manage the change control process both internally and
externally
 RISK: Proactively lead both quality control and risk assurance activities to ensure project
deliverables are met according to regulatory, Covance and client requirements
 QUALITY: Oversee team management of and variance to required project plans. Ensure
that all staff allocated to assigned project(s) adheres to professional standards and SOPs,
managing team performance and adjustments as necessary
 Develop and manage to key project performance indicators for client specified metrics,
ensuring that the KPIs are within scope of the project contract.
Define and manage project resource needs and establish succession plans for key resources
 Use experience from previous projects and lessons learned to ensure process improvements
are implemented successfully across all projects
Business Development
 In collaboration with relevant departments, prepare and deliver presentations for new
business as required
 Perform other duties as assigned by management
Line Management & Talent Development
 Trains & mentors PM Academy PCs in multiple areas of expertise
 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
Advanced computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Access and Power Point)
 Demonstrated ability to inspire effective teamwork and motivate staff within a matrix
system
 Excellent communication, planning and organizational skills
 Demonstrated ability to lead by example and to encourage team members to seek solutions
independently
 Experience managing full-service complex programs with significant financial value and
complicated structure, multiple vendors and/or sub-CROs and Academic Research
Organizations in a virtual environment
 Demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing priorities and to utilize resources
effectively
 Advanced financial understanding and ability to actively utilize financial tracking systems
 Excellent knowledge of project management processes
 Ability to work independently and mentor junior project team members
 Ability to negotiate and liaise with clients in a professional manner
 Ability to present to staff at all levels

Education/Qualifications

Required:
• University/college degree (life science preferred) or certification in a related allied health
profession (i.e. nursing, medical or laboratory technology) from an appropriately
accredited institution
Preferred:
• Master or other advanced degree
• PMP certification

Experience

Minimum Required:
 Minimum of nine (9) years of relevant clinical research experience in a pharmaceutical
company/CRO, including at least four (4) years of full project management responsibility
On the Job Experience:
 Working knowledge of ICH Guidelines and GCP including international regulatory
requirements for the conduct of clinical development programs

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