R&D Project Manager

Geneva, Switzerland

[Closing date: 20 April 2016]

The Project Manager will be the focal point for ensuring project management excellence across the DNDi product development portfolio. Working closely with project teams, disease area heads and senior management, this individual will ensure that up to date, high quality, business-relevant information is available to define project milestones, track progression and manage risks.

The Project Manager will report to the R&D Director.


Roles and responsibilities

•    Work with representatives from project teams to ensure that every project has a realistic, achievable schedule, including all major activities and milestones
•    Ensure that schedules are updated on a regular basis and after major changes
•    Work with disease area heads and project team members to understand and document the planning assumptions and constraints for each project
•    Contribute to team and disease area processes as required
•    Provide regular updates on project and portfolio progress to the Head of R&D, including understanding the reasons for change, assessment of risks, identification of opportunities etc
•    Produce summary reports of project and portfolio delivery against milestones for use by the Head of R&D and the Executive Team
•    Develop and implement a DNDi best practice for project management
o    “One truth for each project based on agreed, documented plans”
•    Provide support for development and implementation of a planning framework for activities such as setting up and running clinical trials to improve consistency and efficiency across all disease areas
•    Train, mentor and support project staff, as required, in scheduling, risk management and other aspects of project management to ensure consistent performance across the disease areas and project teams
•    Define and implement business rules for project management in DNDi, including, for example, expected timeline precision and definition of size of changes that mandate re-planning
•    Maintain and ensure the use of a standard DNDi scheduling tool


Education, experience, knowledge and skills

•    10+ years experience in Pharma project management (pre-clinical to registration)
o    Infectious disease experience useful but not essential
o    Discovery experience useful but not essential
•    Expert project management and planning skills (particularly defining realistic assumptions, scheduling and risk management)
•    Good knowledge of clinical and pre-clinical development and regulatory requirements and processes with the ability to translate this into meaningful plans that can be used to set expectations and track project delivery
•    Able to combine a strategic perspective, understanding the technical, regulatory and other objectives and constraints of disease areas and project teams, with a high level of focus on operational detail and the feasibility of project plans
•    Strong inter-personal skills (to work with diverse range of study and function managers and leaders) and to be able to challenge effectively disease area heads and senior managers on the robustness of their plans
•    Able to work effectively with senior management as well as project team members
•    Fluent English speaker
•    Strong IT skills including a good understanding of project management software e.g., Microsoft Project
•    Ability to work in a multicultural environment

All tasks must be conducted in accordance with applicable DNDi Policies, Guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Working Instructions (WIs), and other Guidance and Standards.


To apply

Please send via email the following two documents:

(1) a letter explaining why you are applying for this post, and

(2) your CV/resume to DNDi: hr@dndi.org.

Please indicate in the subject line of your email: R&D Project Manager
Accepting applications until April 20th, 2016
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.