• Project Director

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  • Job Overview

    Project Director opportunities within various Therapeutic Areas including:Infectious Disease, Inflammation,General Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology and Womens Health.


    This is a high profile full service Project Management role working in house at Covance.


    We are able to offer homebased or office based working, depending on location and preference.  This role can be based in various European / EMEA locations.


    At Covance, you can redefine what is possible and discover your extraordinary potential within our Project Management Team.


    Our Covance Project Management team offer the unique opportunity to gain exposure across a broad clinical trial portfolio.  Whether your ambition is to work at the forefront of cutting edge clinical trial design or play a pivotal role in directing and coordinating global clinical trials in Leading Pharma, we have the opportunities for you.

    Dedicated to Leading Pharma or Agile Biotech teams with an assigned Therapeutic alliance; our goal is to help you shape your career, giving you maximum exposure and accelerated succession opportunities.

    The relationships and proprietary data we have through our partnership with Labcorp and Central Laboratory Services gives our Project Managers a strong platform and the confidence to drive projects through to completion.

    With the support of exceptional people and an energized purpose, you’ll be empowered to own your career journey with dedicated mentoring, training and personalized development planning.



    • Accountable for project execution and serve as key client contact for assigned projects, establishing working relationships with client project teams which result in client satisfaction, operational excellence and thereby increase potential for repeat business.
    • Lead core project team(s) and facilitate team's ability to lead extended project team(s), ensuring effective cross-functional teamwork among project team members including both internal and external stakeholders.
    • Resolve conflict and serve as escalation point for project issues to internal and external stakeholders, as appropriate.
    • With key stakeholders, develop the project delivery strategy, costing assumptions and resulting budget for assigned project(s).
    • Deliver project(s) to scope, schedule and costs, ensuring all remain on track with the contract and with financial performance targets. Initiate and implement appropriate actions to proactively manage the change control process both internally and externally.
    • Proactively lead both quality control and risk assurance activities to ensure project deliverables are met according to regulatory, Covance and client requirements.
    • Use experience from previous projects and lessons learned to ensure process improvements are implemented successfully across all projects.
    • Oversee team management of and variance to required project plans. Ensure that all staff allocated to assigned project(s) adheres to professional standards and SOPs, managing team performance and adjustments as necessary.
    • Develop and manage to key project performance indicators for client specified metrics, ensuring that the KPIs are within scope of the project contract.
    • Define and manage project resource needs and establish succession plans for key resources.
    • In collaboration with relevant departments, prepare and deliver presentations for new business as required.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

    Education / Qualifications


    • University/college degree (life science preferred) or certification in a related allied health profession (i.e. nursing, medical or laboratory technology) from an appropriately accredited institution.


    • Masters or other advanced degree.
    • PMP certification.


    Minimum Required:

    • Candidates must have global Clinical Project Management experience working for a pharmaceutical company or within the CRO industry.
    • Experience in managing complex programs with significant financial value and complicated structure, multiple vendors and/or sub-CROs and Academic Research Organizations in a virtual environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing priorities.
    • Working knowledge of ICH Guidelines and GCP including international regulatory requirements for the conduct of clinical development programs.
    • Demonstrated ability to inspire effective teamwork and motivate staff within a matrix system.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead by example and to encourage team members to seek solutions independently.
    • Excellent communication, planning and organizational skills.
    • Good computer skills with good working knowledge of a range of computer programs.
    • Must be able to communicate effectively in the English language.
    • Eligible to work with the UK/EU.


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