The Associate Director, Project Management (PM) will drive critical execution objectives for programs in development (focusing mostly on late stage and commercial programs). This position requires excellent communication and leadership skills, in addition to a strong technical understanding of the inter-disciplinary nature of drug development. This position will report to the Vice President, Portfolio Management and Clinical Operations and is based in Emeryville, CA.

 

 Responsibilities:

  • Partners with Product Team Leads (PTL) and Product Team members, develops and maintains integrated project plans with an emphasis on time, quality and cost;
  • Creates and maintains project timelines  and closely and transparently manages the critical path;
  • Creates meeting agendas in collaboration with PTL, plans meetings, writes minutes and maintains action item trackers;
  • Tracks, maintains and reports on progress against timelines, goals and deliverables through dashboards and other status reporting tools;
  • Optimizes communication within the Product Team and among departments; simplifies and distills complex issues;
  • Establishes and maintains product and department electronic and physical files according to corporate standards;
  • Supports continuous improvement efforts in Project Management practices at Adamas; leads department initiatives;
  • Directs the specific activities within their area of responsibility and plays a key and influential role in the implementation of company-wide program design parameters and process improvements by proposing and executing strategic changes based upon shifting business conditions;
  • Ensures compliance with corporate policies and procedures as well as US healthcare laws and regulations.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a life or physical science; advanced degree is a plus, but not required;
  • Minimum of 3 years of direct functional area experience in R&D and commercial teams within pharma and/or biotech;
  • Minimum of 3 years of project management experience supporting highly matrixed drug development and/or commercial-stage teams comprised of, but not limited to, functional area representatives from Research, CMC, Regulatory, Clinical, Marketing and Finance;
  • Solid understanding of activities critical to drug development projects; late stage development and commercial-stage a plus;
  • Excellent meeting planning and facilitation skills;
  • Highly proficient at both building and maintaining Gantt charts;
  • Experienced at building and maintaining tracking systems, spreadsheets and tools that support a systematic and scalable approach to managing projects;
  • Experienced at partnering with team members to determine planning assumptions that drive timelines and budgets; budget management experience;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and influence skills;
  • Highly organized, excellent writing and oral communication skills, motivated and analytically rigorous;
  • Adept at skillfully managing complex and challenging situations;
  • Team-oriented, with excellent interpersonal skills (i.e. collaboration, conflict management and negotiation); 
  • PMP or Six Sigma certification is a plus
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio; experience using SharePoint a plus;
  • Successful experience in fast-paced entrepreneurial environment;
  • Strong fit with Adamas culture and values.

 

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