Associate Director, Project Management

Project Management
Regular Full-Time

Position Summary

  • The Associate Director, Project Management provides project leadership to global, cross- functional teams in the successful delivery of all phase drug development projects or sub projects within a major development program. These responsibilities include leadership of the team in predicting and planning solutions to achieve successful operational execution; driving the team to achieve clarity on issues and focus on effective contingencies; interfacing with senior management and influencing decision-making on projects. The Associate Director, Project Management will have a high level of interaction with TPUI Senior Management to ensure that the scientific strategy is clearly integrated into operational plans.


  • Lead the project planning efforts for assigned development programs in the US and EU in defining and implementation of the project strategy and operational plan by managing the creation of the operational plan and formulating the project scope, project plan, & critical paths with the Project Team and the TPUI Senior Management team.


  • The Associate Director, Project Management ensures all partners meet TPUI global project deliverables and guarantees excellence of project delivery on-time and on-budget. All partner Project Managers will report directly to this position for assigned TPUI development programs. 


  • Identify and drive project and resource priorities that align with the business objectives and establishes, communicates and executes plans that drive toward goal achievement.
  • Provides clear direction and obtains buy-in of all team members to Integrated global development plan commitments
  • Identify ways to accelerate the project execution where possible while maintaining high quality standards.
  • Develops strong logistical skills to manage activities across functions and regions
  • Manage the identification and escalation of potential issues/risks or obstacles and achieves resolution or plans contingencies and follow issues through to resolution ensuring that all issues arrive at a singular conclusion or recommendation.
  • Responsible to lead and manage a drug development budget of varying size and scope in all phases of drug development projects.
  • Management responsibility for various programs includes matrix management of multi-disciplinary, cross-functional, global team members in the US, EU and in key contacts in Japan. Provide guidance for team members and review overall progress. Provides critical feedback to the individual members and/or the team member's manager when necessary.
  • Generates collaboration, cooperation and communication across functions and between Japanese, EU and US team members and ensure that the team achieves stated goals.
  • Responsible for setting and managing expectations, highlighting and resolving issues, ensuring regular communications and managing internal and external activities. Facilitate the system to track and monitor program objectives/goals.
  • Participate in the annual portfolio analysis process to ensure accurate information and timelines are completed to support project recommendations to Senior Management.
  • Work with Regulatory Affairs to effectively manage timely completion of clinical trial applications and end of Phase II meetings.


Educational Requirements:  

  • A bachelor’s degree in science or math or equivalent
  • A master degree and or project management certification is preferred.


  • 7 years of drug development experience in Clinical Research, Regulatory, CMC, or BDM or development related function. Previous clinical research experience in Phase I-IV preferred.
  • 5 years experience as a project manager leading complex pharmaceutical projects in a multi-disciplinary, global environment.
  • Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Minimum of 3 years people management experience and/or proven leadership experience in managing a global, matrix team.
  • Proven leadership skills and strategic problem-solving ability
  • Demonstrated leadership skills managing matrix teams, influencing outcomes and key project decisions
  • Proven ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with senior management
  • Thorough knowledge of global drug development, QA, mfg ops, clinical & regulatory functions

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret scientific and technical information and data.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both verbal and written.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to apply mathematical concepts to such tasks as budgeting, cash flow, forecasting, probability analysis, statistics and scenario planning to support corporate planning process..
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Reasoning Ability:
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:

  • Knowledge of PC software, including Microsoft Office products.
  • Physical Demands:
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to walk.
  • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally on a reasonably frequent basis (approx. 15-20% of time including some weekend travel)

Work Environment:

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
  • Domestic and international travel includes spending time at cancer trial sites/institutions, conference centers, offices and hotels.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The incumbent in this position may be required to perform other duties, as assigned.




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