Project Manager, Vaccines Operation

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Non-Clinical Project Managers
Asia Pacific
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The Program Manager is a recognized expert in managing complex, risky and business critical projects which have a broad impact on the vaccine business unit (VBU). 

This position 

(1) establishes and leads global, multi-disciplinary project teams from initiation to closure to achieve the program’s strategic objectives; 

(2) Supports the application of appropriate alliance management methodologies and systems; 

(3) contributes to the development and implementation of project management standards and best practices within VO; 

(4) works closely and collaborates with VO functions and with other functions within VBU (Regulatory, Clinical, Quality) to create end to end integrated project plans.

Project Management

·         Works closely with functional staff across all facets of vaccine product development and is responsible for end to end project success: from scoping, developing workplans for successful implementation, risk and change management, budget management and performance measurement. 

·         Effectively engages with key stakeholders (internal and external) to ensure timely implementation of project objectives.  Identifies interdependencies and connections between departments and ensures integrated end to end visibility and alignment.

·         Orchestrates daily activities to define and manage critical path, proactively identifies and escalates issues and helps resolve them.

·         Maintains detailed project documentation for knowledge management.

·         Support the strategic definition, creation, documentation and maintenance of project management standards, processes and tools and develop and promote the use of PMO best practices across VO.

Operational excellence

·         Demonstrate strategic thought and resource planning to support multi-geographic programs and personnel.

·         Drive the rigor with which we manage programs through the use of both project management best practices and technical program development via the appropriate application of Quality by Design (QbD).

·         Ensure that VO tactical execution and related budget plans are developed and maintained and that information is effectively utilized by the VO leadership team.

·         Identify issues and obstacles that could impact the timely completion of VO deliverables and resolve them with team members and/or the relevant functional management.

·         Identify and communicate opportunities for change; plans for team to meet new challenges.


·         Bachelor’s degree in science or business-related field

·         Minimum 7 years of project management experience within the pharmaceutical industry in the area of CMC or research and development

·         Experience implementing systems and processes for support of cross-functional activities

·         Demonstrated ability to clearly and concisely communicate/present key information to senior management

·         Demonstrated ability to build consensus and drive resolution of issues while maintaining positive working relationships across functions


·            Demonstrated leadership skills managing matrix teams, influencing outcomes and key project decisions

·            Experience establishing and managing global teams across geographic regions

·            Experience with Quality by Design (QbD)

Knowledge and Skills:

·         Ability to assess business needs and apply process and systems-based solutionsand take initiatives from concept to completion

·         Ability to work across geographic areas with sensitivity to cultural differences

·         Ability to establish and articulate processes which impact cross-functionally

·         Ability to recognize problems before they occur, to appropriately raise issues to management, to bring an insightful approach to problem solving, and to communicate issues to stakeholders in a mature, professional manner

·         Proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project

·         Problem solving – ability to think through problems and propose solutions to complex problems

·         Strategic thinking – ability to approach specific issues/problems with understanding of the larger context

·         Strong communication skills – written and verbal

·         Strong organizational skills

·         Negotiation and strong persuasive abilities

·         Excellent collaboration and cross-functional team building skills

·         Management skills – ability to handle a variety of diverse tasks simultaneously while achieving deadlines.

·         Presentation – ability to present information in a clear and concise manner 

·         Ability to drive decision-making within a cross-functional and cross-cultural, global team structure

·         Ability to develop, articulate and establish processes which impact cross-functionally.

·         Demonstrate a high degree of self-awareness, self-motivation, initiative, and attention to detail

Contact Details:
Tel: 6589 0589
Contact: Kessler

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