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Senior R & D Project Manager

Zifo RnD Solutions

Zifo RnD Solutions

Waukegan, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2023
Location: Chicago, IL

Curious about this position?

Zifo is searching for an experienced Project Manager to manage one of Zifo’s strategic multi-year programs for their customers based out of the Chicago area. The Senior Project Manager will be accountable as well as responsible for helping customers envision, plan, and implement Informatics solutions for the Research and Development division of pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The SPM will work with Computer Systems Analysts, Business Systems Analysts, Vendor Teams, Portfolio Team, and Customer Business, Lab Informatics, and other IT Teams over the course of the project. The IPM will provide strategic and technical leadership, consulting and program / project management skills required to analyze customer needs and opportunities to ensure the project team successfully delivers a solution meeting the customer goals.

Curious about your responsibilities?
  • Provide strategic project and program management consultative guidance to customers by proactively identifying business and/or technical challenges or opportunities for improvements
  • Bring in though leadership to the customer engagements by offering proactive insights into industrial trends
  • Responsible for Project Planning & Resource Management (Internal & Vendor Consultants)
  • Responsible for managing Project Budget, Risks, Timeline and Resourcing
  • Coordinate with project and vendor teams for Product demos and act as the liaison between the customer and vendor organizations
  • Coordinate with resources to ensure project needs are addressed and effectively and assigns tasks and deliverables to team members
  • Coordinate with Business Analysts to perform Gap Analysis, Define Future state process workflows
  • Create Metrics & Reports & Metrics on Project status
  • Manage, motivate, and mentor cross-functional and enterprise project teams across the globe
  • Monitor vendor project execution and ensure their alignment for the project portfolio execution plan and adherence to schedule, scope and budget
  • Adopt an agile approach to project execution with the objective to improve transparency of program status and reduce operational inefficiencies

We are curious about YOU!

We get excited about Project Managers who have/are:
  • Strong Written and Oral communication skills
  • Strong Understanding of SDLC methodology
  • Project Management skills
    • Managing a portfolio of projects
    • Coordinating strategic road mapping
    • Resource & Effort Planning
    • Project Planning & Scheduling
    • Scope & Time Management
    • Vendor Management
    • Risk Assessment
    • Cost/Benefit Analysis
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams located across varies geographies
  • Business / System Analysis Skills
    • Requirements Lifecycle Management
    • Experience in as-is system assessment, gap analysis, business process mapping
    • Independent, Self-Motivated & Results driven individual
    • Willingness & ability to acquire quickly new Technical Skills & Business Principles
    • Working experience with Productivity tools such as VISIO, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Microsoft Project
    • Possessing an analytical mindset and ability to thrive in ambiguities

    We would be delighted should you have any of the below skills (only desired and not mandatory):
    • R&D Informatics Skills
      • Prior experience (8+ years) in Pharmaceutical or Biotech Research and Development industry
      • Good Understanding of Drug Discovery & Development processes
    Experience in projects involved in multiple Systems Integration preferably including 3rd party COTS products

    What you bring to the table:
    • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or equivalent in a Life Sciences or IT field is mandatory
    • Minimum 10 years of experience as a Business Technology Consultant/Project Manager
    • Minimum 6 years of experience working with Customer/Client focused delivery model & Global solution deployment, preferably in the pharmaceutical /Life sciences industry
    • Previous Experience with large scale implementation of Cloud based COTS systems
    • Project Management Certification preferably PMI-ACP, PMI-PgMP or PMI-PMP)
    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in executing project in Agile methodologies such as SCRUM and possess expertise on all aspects of Program Management
    • Advanced level knowledge in tools such as JIRA, Smartsheet, MS Project and MS Office Suite
    • Experience working in consultative project management roles and to define project execution strategies
    • Experience in preparing status and other operational reports for consumption across various levels of leadership
    • Strong analytical skills to make decisions with available data/information at hand
    • Strong negotiation skills to work with competing business priorities to arrive at an execution roadmap in line with the business strategy and roadmap
    • Adept in building relationships across various levels the organization, within and outside of the working groups
    • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams located across varies geographies
    • Experience in managing projects involved in multiple Systems Integration preferably including 3rd party COTS products
    • Independent, Self-Motivated & Results driven individual
    • Willingness & ability to acquire quickly new Technical Skills & Business Principles

    What we bring to the table:

    CURIOSITY DRIVEN, SCIENCE FOCUSED, EMPLOYEE BUILT. Our culture is unlike any other, one where we debate, challenge ourselves, and interact with all alike. We are a curious bunch, characterized by our passion to learn and spirit of teamwork. Zifo is a global R&D solutions provider focused on the industries of Pharma, Biotech, Manufacturing QC, Medical Devices, specialty chemicals and other research-based organizations. Our team’s knowledge of science and expertise in technology help Zifo better serve our customers around the globe, including 7 of the Top 10 Biopharma companies.

    We look for Science – Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Microbiology etc. We possess scientific and technical knowledge and bear professional and personal goals. While we have a “no doors” policy to promote free access within, we do have a tough door to walk in. We search with a two-point agenda – technical competency and cultural adaptability.

    We offer a competitive compensation package including accrued vacation, medical, dental, vision, 401k with company matching, life insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

    If you share these sentiments and are prepared for the atypical, then Zifo is your calling!

    Zifo is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.