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Senior Project / Program Manager - Pharma

Zifo RnD Solutions

Zifo RnD Solutions

Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Location{{:}} Cambridge, MA/East Coast

Zifo is looking for a Senior Project/Program Manager with experience in validated systems application development and GxP processes to fill some upcoming, anticipated opportunities in Cambridge, MA. The Project Manager will be responsible for the delivery of various technical solutions. This is a remote role with the ideal candidate being located in the EST / EDT time zone.


High level PM Job Description{{:}}

  • Develop an end-to-end project management plan using formal tools such as Microsoft Project or Jira
  • Create project artifacts, such as project plans, measures, team and stakeholder communications, status reports, resource, and time management
  • Set a cadence for project team meetings and steering committee meetings. Schedule meetings, document minutes and action items
  • Execute the project plan, monitor scope, milestones, dependencies, cost, project reporting, RAID, communication, escalations
  • Understanding of the GxP process and closely monitor the project scope change through formal change control mechanism
  • Manage project financials such as forecast and monitor them against the project budget. Develop project or program budgets
  • Adhere to project governance activities as outlined by the S&O

General Project Management Skills{{:}}

  • Ultimately responsible to manage high priority projects with many stakeholders and several smaller workstreams to meet company needs. Projects are both technical and non-technical or technical in nature
  • Responsible for managing risks, communications, budgets, procurement, timelines, resources, quality and scope in executing projects within the Project Management Methodology
  • Ensure projects are implemented within stated goals and timelines
  • Will prepare and/or present data, results and reports to peers, project managers, and management. Comfortable interacting with and presenting to all levels of management
  • Anticipates and resolves conflicts with a win-win mentality
  • Able to concurrently manage multiple projects and priorities, using best practices and industry standards
  • Be an expert in Project Management within the corporate and a matrixed environment

Technical PM Responsibility{{:}}

  • Manage/lead entire project or service including technical solution, implementation, support and quality. Understand and direct/participate in all phases of project implementation on large projects
  • Prioritize work and schedules
  • Review project team deliverables to ensure quality (design walk-through, test results, etc.) and adherence to standards/ regulatory requirements
  • Interact with customers to understand their business and to anticipate IT solutions based on business and technical knowledge. Manage (educate and influence) the business project sponsor
  • Participate in the budget process and be accountable for project budget on small/medium size projects
  • Provide direct supervision and mentoring of project team member's during the project. Provide project performance feedback to the team member's supervisor/manager
  • Participate in the research, analysis, selection, and implementation of new tools, technologies and/or services

In delivery to the Project Management Office{{:}}

  • As a change agent, works with a cross functional teams to develop and deploy new business process and improve existing business processes
  • May collect data to monitor & report on the progress of project(s); then assembles the preliminary analysis of the data
  • Assesses project or business process issues and develop solutions in order to meet objectives, which may include quality, customer satisfaction, productivity and costs
  • Using project management tools, develops mechanisms for monitoring project progress and for intervention and problem solving with project managers, line managers and other manufacturing managers
  • Approves team deliverables for project completion and focuses teams on ensuring completion of deliverables based on agreed to timelines


  • Bachelor's/Master's degree or equivalent in a Life Sciences or IT field is mandatory
  • Minimum 10 years experience as a Business Technology Consultant/Project Manager
  • Minimum 10 years experience managing large, complex, validated system application development projects / programs with large scale
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working with Customer/Client focused delivery model & Global solution deployment, preferably in the pharmaceutical /Life sciences industry

A successful Zifo-ite is{{:}}

  • Independent, Self-Motivated & Results driven
  • Willing & able to quickly acquire new Technical Skills & Business Principles
  • A critical thinker who possesses logical reasoning
  • Curious and always looking for creative solutions to complex problems


About Zifo{{:}}

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.

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.