Director, Project Manager to support Oncology Disease Area Strategy Teams (DASTs)
Site Name: USA - Massachusetts - Waltham, USA - Pennsylvania - Upper Providence Posted Date: Aug 4 2021 Do you want to be part of a highly regarded and rapidly growing Oncology R&D team focused on improving the lives of cancer patients? If so, the Director, Project Management - Oncology DASTs is an excellent opportunity to explore. GSK is expanding the Oncology Clinical Development organization and we are seeking experienced professionals to join our exciting journey. We develop potentially life-changing oncology therapies with a focus in four areas of cancer research: Immuno-Oncology, Epigenetics, Cell and Gene Therapy and Synthetic Lethality. The Director, Project Management will be closely working with the Disease Area Strategy Team (DAST) leader and core members of the DAST to ensure timely and coordinated development (or updates) of respective GSK Disease Strategies, including tracking of proper execution of all key elements and action items identified within the individual Disease Strategies. In this capacity, the Director will be a core member of the individual Disease Strategy Teams, with shared responsibility (together with the DAST Lead for the proper planning, conduct, follow up and communication of DAST meetings. The Director will be also responsible for the documentation, storage and system build up to allow all relevant GSK stakeholders and functions to access Disease Area information as needed and in line with GSK policies. The Director will furthermore closely work with the GSK Project Management Functions (R&D) and PMs of relevant Medicines Development Teams (MDTs), Early Development Teams (EDTs) and as needed with PM in Commercial Functions to ensure strong communication with asset teams, coordinated, aligned and efficient joint project work. This work includes at least annual updates of DA strategies, coordination of governance presentations of MDTs, EDTs and MCTs where DAST input is needed (jointly with respective PMs) and preparation, conduct and follow up of other management meetings. Additionally, the Director will monitor and control the execution of the plans through their lifecycle while identifying and communicating issues and risks and developing mitigation plans. This position has the potential to supervise other Project Managers (as applicable). This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following: Job Responsibilities: Disease Area Strategy Plan Preparation, Management, Maintenance, Monitoring, and Alignment and Communication. Works with the DAST Leader (and DAST Team) to establish a unified vision for DAS strategy across Oncology Portfolio and organization. Partner with Program Manager in Clinical Development, MDTs, EDTs and other stakeholder to cross-link different asset or program driven (R & D or Commercial) teams to support alignment on key assumptions about changing treatment algorithm and unmet medical needs in oncology indications. Track execution of the DAS against DAS objectives and key deliverables relevant to integrated DAS strategy. Together with the DAST Leader, translate the strategy into a robust, strategic plan of key cross-functional activities and milestones. As needed and appropriate, with clear go/no go decision points and associated milestones including critical path and sub-functional plans. Support external vendor selection process (for strategic topics, workshops etc.) as needed and work closely with potential vendor(s) on project work to support timely delivery of (vendor) tasks/action items. Proactively identifies and escalates business issues and considers options to manage implications and risks on project timelines, budgets and goals. Monitors progress against approved DAS plans, noting deviations and suggesting corrective actions Integrates activities with all functional lines and with MDTs, to create alignment of program development plans functional area plans and Asset plans (i.e. established by MDTs or EDTs) Building up of source systems and systems that allow DAST stakeholder and relevant GSK functions to access DAST information as needed and in line with GSK policies Ensures source systems reflect the current DAS plan assumptions to enable integrated planning across the organization and tracks performance against baseline and current plan. Governance and Decision- Making Preparation Leads preparation of documents including detailed reports, timelines, and slide decks for key governance meetings including meetings to decide on milestones and decision points Assists in preparing strategic scenario analyses to achieve time or resource advantages Resource Management: Identifies and manages project resource requirements and anticipated variability (people, time, cost, risk) and works with Project Leader to ensure estimates are accurate, gaps are addressed, and progress tracked. Designs and develops schedule and views, and adheres to business rules Team Operations: Provides operational leadership of Disease Area Strategy Teams by overseeing strategy execution Manages program and/or working group-level team meetings Ensures effective team function including team meetings have structure and purpose including agendas and pre-work, Documents clear decisions/actions (minutes) that are communicated to team members and stakeholders Identifies resource requirements and suggests ways to fill gaps within matrix teams or resourcing gaps to support external (vendor) support. Integrates compliance requirements into team operations Takes action to maintain effective dynamics and creating optimal team performance Communication: Utilizes effective communication skills to facilitate appropriate information exchange between Oncology MDT, EDT PMs, Functional Lines, DAST Leader, Core Teams (extended team members) and senior management - ensuring alignment and transparency across the respective Disease Area (s). Ensures project information is quickly communicated to the appropriate stakeholders, in an agreed medium, sequence and in compliance with approved standards Process/Capabilities/Quality Continuously enhances personal understanding and application of program management tools and methodologies in the pharmaceutical industry and other industries Participates in process improvement initiatives and brings in external perspective and industry standard practices Performs project data analyses and reporting, as needed Conduct periodic health checks to ensure quality of project planning and control. Management When applicable, manages line of project managers, providing day to day oversight and coaching. When applicable ensures appropriate employee development (and performance management in alignment with department leadership team. Why you? Basic Qualifications: Minimum 10 years pharmaceutical R&D or related industry experience Undergraduate degree / advanced degree in life science or business ; an advanced science or medical degree is a plus. Strong professional track record and knowledge in the Oncology disease setting. Direct experience in biopharmaceutical Program Planning required Preferred Qualifications: PMP certification a plus Strong experience with Planisware and/or MS Project, MS Teams Risk, budget and resource management Basic knowledge of multi-disciplinary biopharmaceutical drug development required, Oncology development experience with both small-molecule and biologics desired. Exceptional computer proficiency - advanced knowledge of MS-Office applications required (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Project). Ability to effectively manage multiple projects with competing priorities. Recognized leader who exhibits effective communication, EQ, influencing skills, within Matrix Teams Why GSK? Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture. These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities: Operating at pace and agile decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk. Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution. Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning. Sustaining energy and well-being. Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations. 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