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Covance Inc.

Covance, with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies, with annual revenues greater than $2 billion, employees in more than 60 countries, and more than 11,000 employees worldwide.    NONCLINICAL DEVELOPMENT(Toxicology, Research Products, Analytical Services)    * Managed 443 compound development programs (>250 IND/CTA enabling), with over 100 different sponsors, which led to 41 IND/CTA applications in 2... Read More

Address      210 Carnegie Ctr Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 452-8550
Website      www.covance.com/
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Project Director-Late Stage

Currently seeking a Project Director with Central Nervous System experience for our Clinical Development group within Late Stage (Phase II/III). This is a home based position.

The Project Director’s function is to oversee and direct multiple clinical trials concurrently. Responsibilities typically include developing and managing budgets, timelines, and quality guidelines for projects, thereby ensuring that expectations are met while identifying and mitigating risks. They supervise and assess the performance of the core team members and motivate, train and develop the team's expertise to ensure efficient and effective day-to-day operations, while maintaining good relationships with sponsors.

Essential Job Duties as a Project Director:

•Lead core project team and facilitate team’s ability to lead extended/complete project team.
•Responsible for provision of client deliverables on-time, within budget and scope and with required quality for assigned projects or program.
•Ensure effective cross-functional teamwork among project team members including both internal and external ancillary services.
•Resolve conflicts as needed.
•Ensure Six Sigma initiatives are implemented successfully on projects or programs.
•Initiate improvements to enhance the efficiency and the quality of the work performed on assigned projects or programs.
•Ensure that all staff allocated to assigned projects or programs adhere to professional standards and SOPs.
•Provide performance feedback on team members to respective functional areas.
•Monitor team performance and facilitate adjustments when necessary to ensure goal attainment.
•Present at external and/or internal meetings.
•Define and manage project or program resource needs and establish succession plans for key resources.
•Support business unit utilization targets.
•Implement and monitor progress against project plans and revise as necessary.
•Responsible for appropriate issue escalation to CAIR program and/or stakeholder(s).
•Serve as key client contact for assigned projects.
•Establish working relationships with client project teams which result in client satisfaction, operational excellence and thereby increase potential for repeat business.
•Prepare and deliver presentations for new business in collaboration with business development.
•Prepare and actively participate as operational lead in internal Project Review meetings.
•Contribute to proposal strategy, development, costing, and bid defense for assigned business development opportunities.
•Partner with Financial Analyst to report revenue and milestone projections through study completion.
•Proactively identify out of scope activities, execute necessary change orders and support negotiations with client on project budget issues.
•Accountable for budget across assigned projects and/or programs.
•Develop strategies to control and minimize write-offs across projects and/or programs.
•Manage client expectations. Anticipate client needs and plan accordingly.
•Find creative and cost-effective ways to meet quality metrics agreed with client and key stakeholders.
•Use experience from past projects and lessons learned to adapt and implement quality improvements across projects currently being managed.
•Ensure project risks are discussed at project reviews. Monitor and control the risk plan and provide ongoing oversight to ensure mitigation plans are in place and working. Escalate risks newly identified by the project team to stakeholders.
•May be assigned line management responsibilities for the training, utilization, development and performance review of assigned staff. In the absence of line management responsibilities, the Project Director will be expected to mentor project management staff.
•Develop and manage client project metrics.
•Perform other duties as assigned by management.
Education/Qualifications    Education Required:

•University/college degree (life science preferred) or certification in a related allied health profession (i.e. nursing, medical or laboratory technology) from an appropriately accredited institution
•Detailed knowledge of financial control procedures (e.g. costing systems,TAQ / EVA).
•Thorough knowledge of project management processes.
•Thorough knowledge of time and cost estimate development.
•Thorough knowledge of ICH Guidelines and GCP including international regulatory requirements for the conduct of clinical development programs.
•Broad knowledge of drug development process and client needs.

•Masters or other advanced degree.
•PMP certification
•Detailed knowledge of Covance and the overall structure of the organization.
•Basic knowledge of Covance sales and business development strategies and procedures.
•Thorough knowledge of Covance SOPs
Experience    Experience Required:

•Minimum of nine (9) years relevant clinical research experience in a pharmaceutical company/CRO, including at least four (4) years of full project management responsibility.
•In lieu of the above requirement, candidates with six (6) years supervisory experience in a heath care setting and seven (7) years clinical research experience including four (4) years of international project management experience in the pharmaceutical or CRO industries will be considered.
•Experience in managing global programs with large financial value and complicated structure, multiple vendors and/or sub-CROs and Academic Research Organizations in a virtual environment.
•Demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing priorities
•Ability to utilize resources effectively on large global scale including programs with multiple budgets
•Financial awareness and ability to actively manage financial tracking systems.
•Demonstrated ability to inspire effective teamwork and motivate staff within a matrix system.
•Demonstrated ability to lead by example and to encourage team members to seek solutions.
•Excellent presentation skills and confidence presenting to senior management.
•Excellent communication, planning and organizational skills.
•Ability to work independently.
•Ability to negotiate and liaise with clients in a professional manner.
•Ability to present to staff at all levels.
•Ability to mentor junior level staff
•Good computer skills with good working knowledge of range of computer programs

Because of our passion and drive, Covance attracts the kind of people whose contribution has resulted in our exceptional growth. Once a part of our talented team, our employees stay at Covance to work in an environment that encourages career development, allows them to work alongside respected colleagues on challenging projects and provides a diverse global culture.

There is no better time to join us!
EEO Employer    Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. (M/F/D/V). Your confidentiality and privacy are important to us.

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