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Pharmaceutical Project Management

Pharmaceutical Project Management

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Pharmaceutical Project Management

Indianapolis, IN

About the Position

  • Independently lead the implementation of a global integrated drug development strategy for a simple to moderately complex asset (simple to moderately complex asset is defined as a molecule in discovery to end of phase 1, end of life cycle or post initial single indication/line extension) or a significant leadership role driving submission planning/preparation, approval and launch and/or a significant PM leadership role on a highly complex asset.
  • Translate marketing, medical, manufacturing and regulatory needs for the molecule/new indication/line extension into a single global integrated development plan.
  • Responsible for delivery of global integrated development plan deliverables in alignment with the global asset strategy (including oversight and tracking of direct and indirect resourcing).
  • Responsible for quality and organizational excellence of the assigned team, including performance of cross-functional/corporate processes, alliance management, affiliate relationships and team culture.
  • Lead the application and integration of key project management processes and tools across teams and/or subsets of teams to deliver asset and portfolio value with quality on time, on budget and within scope.
  • Effectively manage upward and cross-functional communication, anticipate and resolve issues with the team, asset and portfolio in mind, ensure documentation of key team/asset information and decisions, and ensure project management systems are up to date


Enable Strategy (10%)

  • Lead the core team through the development of the asset strategy, leveraging quality decision making principles.
  • Ensure alignment of asset strategy with the approved cope (indications, resources, etc.).
  • Lead the alignment between asset strategy and implementation.
  • Utilize the change management process to manage scope

Integrated Plan Development (25%)

  • Lead creation of a global integrated cross-functional development plan that articulates the strategy for the asset and provides the foundation for operational objectives.
  • Develop and manage the service level agreements between BUs and MDU.
  • Provide or drive immediate and accurate communication of key decisions/results that have team, asset, and/or organizational impact. Work with corporate affairs and investor relations to manage communication about the asset outside of the company.
  • Portfolio Alignment: Lead delivery of a plan that is in alignment with corporate priorities and the approved asset scope.
  • Cost Management: Drive development of a global integrated development project budget that aligns team, functional, and geographic resources (direct and indirect spend
  • Obtain required governance approvals for the molecule/indication plan

Deliver Results (40%)

  • Accountable for delivery of project milestones with quality on time, on budget, and within scope.
  • Lead the team to meet or exceed overall project goals (completion of clinical studies, submission and approval timing, publications, etc.).
  • Ensure that cost, timeline, scope, and risk management processes are in place on the team to monitor and control performance of the overall development project that utilizes appropriate tools and techniques (SAP, Orion, PCE, Critical Chain, Budget Monitor and Control, Risk Tool, etc.).
  • Lead the PM teams with judgment-based decisions.
  • Adapt quickly to change and assists others in aligning with the changes.
  • Monitor and prioritize risk with the team and communicate status of potential risk to governance, the business unit and senior leadership as appropriate.
  • Suggest ways to avoid/mitigate risk and initiate contingency plans as needed.
  • Hold functions accountable for achievement of key development project deliverables in alignment with the agreed to project plan and in compliance with corporate quality standards.
  • Demonstrate independent problem solving.
  • Deliver cross-functional results through people utilizing influence rather than direct or positional authority and reaching across boundaries.

Application/Improvement of Processes (10%)

The P4 project manager plays a leadership role as a resource to the business with regard to shared learning, process improvement, and identification of special/complex needs as they pertain to their primary responsibilities.

  • Serve as process owner and/or subject matter expert for key project management and drug development processes driving (in partnership with Project Management Office and with the Resource Modeling and Forecasting Team) identification, sharing, and incorporation of best practices into future iterations of processes, tools, training, or guidance.
  • Seek and implement opportunities to capture and share learning cross-functionally.
  • Identify and bring forth areas for continual process improvement to team and function; identify methods to decrease drug development cycle times and cost.
  • Drive retrospective project/process review meetings (i.e. after action reviews) to identify issues and strengths and help capture learning

People (5%)

    • Reach agreement with supervisor on the alignment of performance and development goals with the objectives of the department and the corporate business priorities.
    • Model the leadership behaviors put forth in the “On Leadership” White Paper and the LRL Innovation Leadership Profile as well as the Project Management White Papers.
    • Contribute to the development of others by being an active source of coaching and feedback to coworkers along with being an active mentor.



  • Consistent, successful demonstration of leadership behaviors.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; able to communicate clearly and succinctly with team members and leadership.
  • Strong problem-solving skills; able to anticipate and recognize problems, diagnose root causes and take corrective action to prevent recurrence within the team.
  • Excellent self-management and organizational skills; able to manage workload, set personal and team priorities and adjust as needed.
  • Strong interpersonal and teambuilding skills; able to develop effective teamwork between team members with diverse interpersonal styles; able to deliver effective coaching and feedback.
  • Flexibility to adjust quickly and effectively to frequent change and altered priorities

Project Management Expertise

  • Applied knowledge of project management tools and processes (e.g. management of integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, procurement, and stakeholders as defined by Project Management Body of Knowledge).
  • Strong computer skills; skilled at using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Project; capable of maintaining the appropriate project documentation in SAP.
  • Practical experience performing project management for a cross-functional project

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a health-related, scientific, or engineering field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience in the pharmaceutical industry and/or drug development.
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Previous experience with or knowledge of drug development processes in specific therapeutic areas
  • Higher degrees or certifications (e.g. MS., MBA, Masters in Project Management or PMP).
  • Experience with application of critical chain project management principles.

Interested in applying to this career opportunity?

Please email Taylor Frank, [email protected], and include BioMedicines Field Reimbursement Manager in the subject line.

About Eli Lilly and Company

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

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