Global Program Lead

Job Post Index 21E066-Sy##
Location East Hanover, NJ
Description: Job Description:
  • Oversees and enhances the executional certainty of the entire GDO portfolio of transformation, innovation, change initiatives and lighthouse programs such as MOTION and STRIDE.
  • Accountable for managing and executing programs (portfolio of projects) through expert knowledge and consultative methods, thereby enabling the organization meets its objectives.
  • Program management leadership of cross-functional, strategic, high-business value projects for
    Global Development Operations with measureable added business value outcomes and benefits
  • Drive strategic, centralized operational excellence improvement initiatives on process re-engineering
  • Producing deliverables such as the project charter, project, plan, change management plan, integrated risk register and business benefit case
  • Drive business transformation in a heavily matrixed environment
  • Apply disciplined, best-in-class project management methodologies (e.g. Agile, Scrum, or equivalent) to the delivery of complex and high visibility projects providing rigorous project planning, risk management, project controls and re-porting following Project Management framework
  • Act as Scrum Master overseeing daily standups, sprint planning, demos, and retrospectives
  • Provide senior level, cross-unit and function (up to DCN - 1 level) stakeholder management to effectively manage change and proactively identify risks and mitigations
  • Understand vision, strategic imperatives, business drivers, and changing landscape.
  • Challenge assumptions of senior stakeholders in order uncover hidden risks and build realistic plans
  • Lead cross-functional, global teams in support of initiative objectives
  • Develop ideas for changes in process, methods, organization, location, tools and measures of success for achieving business excellence
  • Utilize process improvement methodologies and best practices (e.g. IQP, Lean six sigma, etc.)
  • Help develop and maintain core team processes
  • Prepare roadmap reports for projects to all stakeholders, including engaging with Senior management stakeholders
Skills: Qualifications
  • Postgraduate degree in technical or business discipline
  • PMP certification with clinical development background
  • 3+ years’ experience managing teams of 10+ associates
  • Further education in Change management, Facilitation /Coaching
  • Second major European language preferred
  • Successful, on-time delivery of operational excellence projects across GDO
  • Adherence to GDO Program Management Framework and project methodology
  • Timely progress reporting, risk, and issues reporting as defined in GDO Framework
  • Ability to define a project business benefit case with support from GDO Finance, and an efficient benefit realization plan
  • Implementation of an efficient stakeholder management and Business Readiness plan as defined in GDO Business Readiness methodology
  • Ability to identify project interdependencies within and outside of project remits, and actions to manage these value-add beyond traditional metrics
  • Able to facilitate and drive change in a heavily networked environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills are necessary
  • Ability to make progress in an environment where there can be significant ambiguity.
  • Ability to work within the organization at all levels, working in a “hands on” and practical way.
  • Ability to multi task and manage multiple (2-3+) projects at one time
  • PMI, PRINCE2, SCRUM or other relevant certifications
  • 5-10+ years of project management experience, delivering cross-functional technology solutions in a variety of different styles (Agile, Waterfall, etc.)
  • Management consulting in Pharma development organizations
  • At least 3-5 years senior level experience in drug development or related experience.
  • Familiar with both operational and scientific aspects of drug development.
  • Proven track record in working across a matrix organization and demonstrates expert skills in building partnerships, negotiating agreements
  • Excels at collaboration with diverse internal and external organizations.
  • Able to naturally bridge scientific and business participants
  • Track record in enabling effective international collaboration.
  • Strong understanding / competency of new technologies, data science, and digital
  • Proven ability to organize, prioritize and work effectively in a constantly changing environment and motivate the team to do the same.
  • Strong results driven leadership style and data driven decision making
  • Ability to develop bold ideas and take calculated risks
  • Ability to communicate, motivate with a persuasive, credible presentation style
  • Strong delivery oriented
  • Strong leadership and ability to manage and influence matrix organizational teams in global setting
  • Proven ability to develop high performing teams and diverse profiles
  • Significant experience and proven ability to effectively engage and manage associates from widely varying backgrounds and functions within a dispersed and highly matrixed organization
  • Strong relationship building skills that can influence and negotiate with, and motivate senior leaders
  • Strong tolerance for ambiguity
  • Willingness to adapt
  • Willing to speak-up and challenge
  • Excellent presentation oral skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Must possess critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Strong tolerance for ambiguity, willingness to adapt to change, willing to speak-up and challenge
  • Technical expertise including the following:
    • End-to-end project management
    • Lean six sigma
    • Agile
    • Business transition and transformation
    • Design thinking
    • Solution/process
    • Design/modelling
    • Robotic/automation/digital
    • Consulting/facilitation support.

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