Project Management Associate Director

Business Development Malvern, Pennsylvania


Job Summary - a concise overview of the job


The Project Management Associate Director will be responsible for the managing the R&D and launch projects for Endo’s Branded Division.  Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, working with other team members to ensure that project teams meet their objectives on time and on budget and communicating with key stakeholders in R&D, Clinical Operations, Regulatory, Quality Commercial, and Operations.  This role will ensure that key issues are resolved within the team(s) or are elevated to management for resolution.  Significant interaction with senior management is expected. 


All incumbents are responsible for following applicable Division & Company policies and procedures.

Scope of Authority - span of control (work unit, site, department, division, etc.), monetary value of budget/spend authority ( capital, operating, etc.), P&L responsibility, etc.

The incumbent is responsible to ensure that project objectives are accomplished on time and on budget.  Incumbent will be part of the team managing the $60 – 100MM overall R&D budget.


Key Accountabilities - key outcomes/deliverables, the major responsibilities, and % of time



% of Time

Project Management

§  Lead development and launch projects

§  Lead and/or co-lead R&D project teams, contributing to overall project strategy including life cycle management

§  In collaboration with Project Teams and Sub-teams, assist in preparing and monitoring the execution of Project Plans, timelines, etc. with the objective of achieving R&D, Commercial, Manufacturing and Company milestones; apply project management techniques with recommendations for improving efficiencies

§  Be accountable for project deliverables to time, cost and quality

§  Communicate program progress and key issues to senior management

§  Proactively identify and resolve issues/ risks

§  Develop and manage R&D metrics for drug project and non-drug project activities

§  Prepare and maintain team intranet sites to promote communication and transparency within Project Teams and sub-teams

§  Identify and drive process improvements and change management  within R&D


PM Systems/ Process  Development

§  Participate in the portfolio review/budget process including risk/opportunity analyses

§  Coordinate, schedule, and prepare budget forecast for projects in all phases of development and commercialization through effective communication with R&D functions, Commercial, Manufacturing, Legal, Finance, QA, external vendors and alliance partners

§  Identify areas for continuous/process improvement and lead efforts to develop, manage and implement changes including stage gates and RACI.


Stakeholder Management

§  Facilitate senior management briefings on strategic initiatives with executive stakeholders

§  Prepare presentation packages for use by department and R&D, Commercial and Manufacturing management as requested

§  Manage stakeholder expectations by engaging with key team members on a regular basis.




§  Supervise staff in Project Management & Business Operations, as necessary

§  Mentor junior staff in Project Management, as necessary






Education & Experience

Minimal acceptable level of education, work experience and  certifications required for the job

§  BS, MS, or PhD in the sciences relating to drug development, e.g. pharmacology, chemistry, biology, statistics, etc. (advanced degree preferred). 

§  7 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry in a scientific field relating to drug discovery and/or development.

§  5-7 years’ experience in project management or leading cross functional teams expected

§  Experience in creating, development and effective deployment of PM tools and practices

§  PMP certification preferred


Proficiency in a body of information required for the job    

e.g. knowledge of FDA regulations, GMP/GLP/GCP, Lean Manufacturing, Six-Sigma, etc.

§  In depth knowledge of drug development process and appropriate regulations required

§  Knowledge of PM tools, practices, operating procedures and creation of portfolio/project PM metrics




Often referred to as “competencies”, leadership attributes, skills, abilities or behaviors that may be enterprise, functional or job specific       e.g. coaching, negotiation, calibration, technical writing etc.

§  Proven leadership skills

§  Strong interpersonal skills are required.  Incumbent must be able to work with colleagues at all levels of responsibility and authority

§  Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential

§  Action oriented, flexible, able to adapt to changes in priorities, projects, and daily activities

§  Strong proficiency in MS Project, Powerpoint and Excel

§  Expertise with application of project management practices and tools.

Physical Requirements

Physical & mental requirements     e.g. lift 40 pounds, walk across plant/warehouse, business travel (% of time), driving as part of work responsibilities, etc.

§  Ability to travel up to 10-20% of time


Disclaimer:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.  Management reserves the right to change or modify such duties as required.