AGC Biologics is a leading global Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization, with a deep commitment to improving life quality by bringing new biopharmaceuticals to market. Because of our dedication to building and empowering our internal teams, AGC Biologics is an innovative leader in the industry with an extensive network of cGMP facilities in the US, Europe and Asia. As such, we deliver a deep expertise, dynamic solutions and technologies, as well as customized services for the scale-up and cGMP manufacturing of protein-based therapeutics and cell and gene therapies. We forge exceptionally strong partnerships with our clients, and we never lose sight of our pledge to deliver a reliable and compliant drug substance supply, Right, On time. For more information, visit www.agcbio.com.

 

SUMMARY:

The Senior Director, Project Management is responsible for all customer project activities and customer satisfaction, including leadership and development of the Project Managers at the AGC Boulder site. This position is located in Boulder CO.  This is NOT a remote working position.

The position is expected to drive business growth in the AGC Boulder (BLD) site through a highly customer centric approach to project execution.  This position will report directly to the global Vice President of Project Management and indirectly the Site General Manager for BLD. This role is fully responsible for developing and leading the local project teams to generate revenue and achieve individual and site goals. We are looking for a proven Project Management Director in Biopharmaceutical CDMO with great energy, leadership, and initiative to drive performance and grow our partnerships with our customers. This role works in in close collaboration with the Global Project Management Organization and site cross-functional teams.

 

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

This role provides leadership on successful execution of program and portfolio direction and how to manage timelines and project controls across internal functional and organizational lines as well as with external clients.

  • Lead the local project management group in Boulder, CO who are responsible for the site-specific project management client teams.
  • Provide guidance in program direction for planning, organizing, developing and integrating projects across multiple functional areas across the Boulder site.
  • Create and manage detailed project and portfolio plans to ensure clarity and attainment of milestones and timelines; develop mitigation plans as needed to achieve project deliverables.
  • Develop and track project performance metrics, KPI’s and develop plans to ensure metric achievement.
  • Provide feedback to executive management of project and portfolio progress, scope changes and new business opportunities.
  • Cultivate effective communication, cooperation and trust with clients.
  • Achieve all global project management targets.
  • Oversee and assist in the global management of project and portfolio progress, scope changes and new business opportunities.
  • Collaborate closely with Business Development to enhance customer experience in all regions
  • Set, organize and diligently track global project management KPI’s.
  • Build and sustain positive, effective and trusting relationships and alliances, both internally and externally.
  • Coordinate both internal and external technical, legal and/or financial due diligence activities regarding regional business opportunities, as needed.
  • Provide market intelligence to Project Management group and relevant cross-functional teams.
  • Represent the company at business meetings.
  • Serve and/or facilitate pertinent Joint Steering Committees
  • Service as the local PM representative on the BLD leadership team (LT)
  • Accountable for accurate and timely execution and/or escalation of all activities of all client projects
  • Mentor and train the Project Coordinators and Project Managers to ensure well planned and managed project
  • Ensure appropriate process/systems exist for PMs to manage projects consistent basis
  • Assign and re-assign PM work scopes to level the workload of each PMs
  • Hire & retain PMs
  • Provide long term and short term workforce planning based on site assumptions

LEADERSHIP SKILLS, ATTRIBUTES AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Managing Vision and Purpose: Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose; talks beyond today; talks about direction and possibilities; is optimistic; creates mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision; makes the vision sharable by everyone; can inspire and motivate individuals and teams.
  • Staff Leadership:   Translates mission, vision and values into actionable goals and objectives.  Provides effective structure, direction and feedback.  Creates environment where staff feel valued, respected and empowered.  Shows appreciation for and rewards individual and group excellence.  Demonstrates high standards of ethics and fairness.  Takes appropriate risks and encourages staff to do the same.  Works through conflict and insures productive resolution.  Maintains confidentiality of private and sensitive information. Cultivates a culture of openness and information sharing.  Demonstrates integrity and honesty in all communication.  Is willing to “speak the truth” and advocate positions even when unpopular.  Provides constructive feedback.  Avoids blaming others.
  • Job Knowledge and Skills: Possesses required General and Specific knowledge and skills to successfully perform the job including but not limited to the followings.
    • Mammalian production process
    • Tech Transfer activities
    • Process Validation activities
    • Lifecycle management activities (including manufacturing forecasting, campaign readiness, manufacturing planning)
    • Stainless Steel manufacturing facility
    • Basic knowledge of Process Development
    • Basic knowledge of Process Characterization
    • High level knowledge of regulatory approval timelines
    • Decision making skills
    • cGMP knowledge

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILL & ABILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Customer Focus/Team Work: Develops and maintains excellent customer satisfaction levels with internal and external audiences.  Demonstrates a bias toward service, quality and teamwork.  Builds constructive and effective working relationships.  Is an effective collaborator and is committed to the success of all stakeholders.  Create trusting relationship between the internal teams as well as clients
  • Results Orientation: Knows how to get things done in an effective and efficient manner with available resources.  Plans and prioritizes work, sets and accomplishes goals, and completes quality work on schedule.  Maintains a sense of urgency in accomplishing work.  Strives to improve own and team performance. Transparent in sharing team successes as well as challenges in an effort to improve and achieve team KPI’s. Takes personal responsibility, leads by example and is conscientious.  Demonstrates initiative and is committed to and enthusiastic about driving to organizational success.
  • Business Acumen: Understands very well how the CDMO industry works. Knowledgeable in policies, practices, trends, technology, and information affecting his/her business and organization; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.  Able to identify and escalate business impact of scope change or client requests.  Able to represent AGC in front of client, and represent client in front of internal team while balancing needs of both teams. 
  • Decision Making: Makes timely and sound decisions based on a combination of analysis, experience and judgment.  Consults others, as appropriate.  Understands and takes into consideration how decisions impact others.  Consistent and be accountable for the decision made.

 

SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILL & ABILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Project Management Skills: Demonstrated highly successful project management skills. Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills. Effective and efficient at managing multiple resources to get things done while maintaining a detail focus. Ability to work on multiple tasks at once without losing track, as well as foreseeing and planning around potential obstacles. A highly motivated self-starter, capable of hitting the ground running and excelling in a high growth, fast-paced and highly complex business environment. Demonstrated professional and consultative nature: able to listen well and deal calmly with sensitive and/or urgent situations. Very strong written and verbal communication skills. Fluency in English.  PMP certification is a plus
  • MSAT Tech Transfer Skills: Extensive, large scale (<10K L) commercial project tech transfer experience with large scale commercial mammalian production. Effective development and utilization of campaign readiness checkoff lists and tracking tools. Experience in establishing successful engineering and transfer runs, cGMP and PPQ campaigns, CSA and PAI campaigns for commercialization. Long term forecast development and planning.  Operational expertise in supply chain and sample management logistics.

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in relevant scientific discipline (Chemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering)  Masters’ Degree preferable.
  • Dynamic, hands on professional with 8+ years of proven success driving project management within the biologics CDMO or life sciences industry.
  • Extensive small scale (<10K L) and large scale (>10K L) mammalian fermentation tech transfer experience required.
  • Experience in contract negotiation required.
  • Successful track record managing a high performing team and technical work force is preferred. 
  • Various experience and knowledge in biotech manufacturing is preferred.
  • Overall Biopharmaceutical 15+ years of experience is required

 

COMPENSATION RANGE:

$202,083 - $242,500 annually

 

 

AGC Biologics offers a highly competitive compensation package and a friendly, collaborative culture that values personal initiative and professional achievement. AGC Biologics is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances

 

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