Vice President Program Manager

Highly Competitive
  1. Permanent
  2. Program Manager / Director
  3. Germany
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Posting date: 01 Apr 2020

A global pharmaceutical company, is looking for a Vice President Program Manager to join their office in Frankfurt. The company specialises in neurological conditions and puts a great emphasis on teamwork and delivering biological products.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for drug development program management, including the development and maintenance of realistic, up to date and high-quality program plans and total cost.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders including finance to ensure portfolio delivery to agreed timelines and assigned budget.
  • Oversee execution of preclinical and clinical studies to support the Company pipeline.
  • Support all regulatory submissions, approvals and commercialization procedures.
  • Oversee efficient decision-making processes, stage gates, resource assessment and assignment along all products/portfolio to enable fast go/no go decision making.
  • Lead project portfolio and resource management, i.e. steer the project portfolio and settle resource issues based on an agreed project prioritization
  • Leads the Project Management Office ensuring all functional areas are represented and all voices heard to facilitate enterprise-wide decision-making that ensures achievement of corporate goals and the strategic plan.
  • Ensures identification of gaps in systems, process, people working closely with related functions to ensure program progress is kept on track. (Quality/Regulatory/Clinical/Operations etc.)
  • Manage program managers, and team leaders of the project management office and project portfolio & resource management
  • Manage and Lead PM budget and organizational/program budgets

Skills and Requirements

  • An advanced Degree in Life Sciences (Ph.D., or Pharm. D) or an MBA with equivalent work experience is a plus.
  • Strong business acumen is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of the drug development process is required and familiarity with pharmaceutical portfolio risk management is required.
  • Strong problem-solving skills is a must for developing creative solutions and meeting project objectives.
  • Experience in strategic thinking and contingency planning is required.
  • A high degree of organizational awareness and understanding of change management is preferred.
  • Strong leadership competencies and management experience

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