Manager, Project Planner

Boulder, Colorado; Collegeville, Pennsylvania; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Manhattan, New York
July 20 2021
Other, Other
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
  • Project Planner possesses a comprehensive knowledge of drug development, resource management concepts, associated business processes, and project planning software and plays a key role in scenario planning, i.e., building schedule options and forecasting associated development costs that depict various development options. He/she applies skills to support teams' operational/strategic delivery of new medicines to patients.
  • Project Planner is responsible for the generation, management, and maintenance of high quality project schedules associated with the drug development teams supporting the operational/strategic delivery. He/she may support several different types of schedules in support of a clinical development plan, which may include but are not limited to: medicine, candidate/indication, clinical studies, and end game/submission planning.
  • Project Planner possesses a comprehensive knowledge/understanding of drug development, resource management concepts, associated business processes, and project planning software.
  • Project Planner typically works within a cross-functional team environment, contributes or may lead/co-lead moderately complex sub-team initiatives, and plays an essential role in supporting the Resource & Planning Insights for Decisions (RAPID) program.


Responsible for performing important project planning activities in support of team deliverables and the GPD portfolio. To effectively execute the primary responsibilities, Project Planner must possess a comprehensive knowledge of the principles, concepts, and theories of project management. The colleague executes his/her role by partnering with the Project Manager in support of Development, Operations, and Commercial project team members and partner line representatives to create project schedules that enable effective planning and ensure project delivery. The colleague is expected to apply technical, team, and line knowledge along with comprehensive scheduling knowledge to contribute to the achievement of work team deliverables.

Planning/Controlling (Scheduling and Resource Management)
  • Responsible for coordinating, monitoring and reporting project schedule and resource management information to enable alignment of GPD and partner line schedules and FTE/dollar resources. These schedules include:
  • The cross-functional schedules (Product Group and Candidate Plans) that integrate schedule information across all lines supporting GPD at all stages of the development continuum.
  • Submission plans in collaboration with the PPM
  • Selected commercial launch plans.
  • Identifies and raises schedule conflicts, risks, and resource peaks/troughs appropriately for resolution.
  • Directly participates in and contributes to cross-functional and functional teams to discuss, review, and optimize protocol/project/program schedules and resource management plans.
  • Monitors progress of project activities towards next project milestone, anticipates and highlights potential variances, supports line/team in critical path analyses and understanding the impact, and partners with the Asset PM, Clinical Operations, and the project team to identify/recommend solutions to schedule risk.
  • Performs scenario planning of project timelines within and across protocols and across therapeutic area/portfolio to enable optimum use of local, global, and outsourced resources to ensure efficient delivery of project milestones.
  • Contributes to the validation of resource information at the project level with the project teams.

Project Execution and Delivery
  • Partners with key team members (e.g., PPM, Medicinal Sciences, CD&O, DSRD) to manage the project and achieve key milestones according to the endorsed timeline, cost, and quality parameters.
  • Supports negotiations in the allocation of line resources to support the endorsed development plan.
  • Contributes to risk management through the identification of operational and project/program risks for discussion with appropriate team leadership. Participates in team discussions to de-risk projects and develop new options to resolve moderately complex issues.
  • Provides the Portfolio Management group with project schedule information to enable effective portfolio management activities.

Analysis and Reporting
  • Produces what-if scenario analyses (base, optimistic and pessimistic development) based on context obtained from project team members (e.g., PPM, Medicinal Sciences, CD&O, DSRD). Decisions taken by the team based on these analyses may impact project delivery, costs, and resource requirements.
  • Reviews own work regarding quality of schedule and resource metadata through utilization of quality reports and monitoring/management of such data with the team/line members.
  • Provides timely reporting to the Asset PM, Portfolio Management, and project teams, alerting them to the possibility of endangered/missed or conflicting milestones and critical path activities.
  • Ensures regular information updates and analysis and interpretation of planning and forecasting data to project teams, Portfolio Management, platform lines, and management teams.
  • Utilizes available reporting and visualization tools to support governance and team reporting needs (e.g. OnePager, Business Objects, Spotfire).
  • Provides context to local customers of reports generated globally and consolidates customer feedback to enable improvement of existing reports and generation of new reports.

  • Partners with project team members (e.g. PPM, Medicinal Sciences, CD&O, DSRD, Commercial) to identify opportunities and potential solutions to realize efficiency in the development process.
  • Contributes to continuous improvement of project plans, plan generation, plan utilization, and/or report creation/development processes.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to ensure cross-team, site learnings, and best practices are shared.
  • Promotes partner lines/teams taking ownership of data within planning tools to help them manage their business.


  • Bachelors level degree.
  • B.S. with 3+ years' experience or M.S. with 3+ years' experience.

  • At least 3 years' experience in project planning and project management.
  • At least 3 years of applicable pharmaceutical industry experience or similar industry experience.

Beneficial Relevant Capabilities
  • Experienced in end-game/regulatory submission planning and/or product launch planning.
  • Experienced with planning and resource forecasting tools (e.g., MS Project, Planisware, OnePager).
  • Experienced user of reporting and office software (e.g., MS Office, Business Objects, Spotfire).
  • Trained/experienced in negotiation, facilitation and managing cross-functional team dynamics.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred but not required.

Additional Information: Last date to apply: 08/02/2021


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