Associate Director, Global Project Management

Location:  London, United Kingdom Category: Business Development


BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives. 


The Global Project Management (GPM) function expedites process development through corporate level program reporting and driving cross functional team efficiencies. GPM responsible for providing best-in-class project management practices to optimize Global Core Teams, Clinical Development Teams, Study Teams and other key sub-teams, the development and execution of robust strategic and operational plans, teamwork, decision-making and communication. GPM is committed to driving innovative project and portfolio management to expedite the advancement of drugs for rare disease.


The Associate Director position is a leadership role that provides opportunity for strategic influence. The Associate Director is expected to demonstrate advanced and in some cases mastery of key core and technical competencies, including Project Management, Communication, Proactivity and Initiative and Business Acumen. The AD’s ability to earn respect as a trusted leader and mentor will be essential to their success. In addition, the Associate Director will be able to manage at least two levels of direct reports.


The Associate Director oversees the project management of one or more projects or studies; the AD may collaborate with the Core Team Lead in managing the Core Team, as well as the Clinical Development Team (CDT) Lead in managing the CDT, and managing a PM team that collaborates closely with other functional area leadership in support of other key sub-teams (e.g., study teams). Typical areas of focus for project management on projects and studies include overall clinical development planning, cross-functional leadership, protocol execution plans, timelines, and risk and issue management. The AD may be expected to actively manage and lead a team of direct reports.


Following demonstrated success in the role, the Associate Director may have the opportunity to take on additional projects of greater complexity.





Strategy and Planning


•        Developing as a thought partner with team leads and members of the teams to develop and oversee execution of an integrated global strategic plan which provides high quality data that enables efficient and effective decision making to maximize the value of assets.

•        Ensure the clinical and post clinical development strategies [e.g. Clinical Development Plan (CDP)] is established, consistent with overall product development strategy as derived from the Target Product Profile (TPP), and approved at the appropriate governance forums

•        Oversee the development and maintenance of the cross functional timeline supporting the overall program strategy- highlighting dependencies, milestones, deliverables, and critical path; create timeline scenarios as needed and facilitate cross-functional reviews

•        Facilitate team development and management of Program Risk Mitigation Plan ensuring execution and alignment of risk mitigation efforts.

•        Identify and escalate issues associated with team resourcing to functional management as appropriate.

•        Identify and leverage interdependencies in short-, mid-, and long-term project and study plans

Operational execution

•        Facilitates the integration of all key work streams supporting program.

•        Ensure functions are tracking to key deliverable and milestone timelines.

•        Actively mentor/coach GPM staff.

•        Advocate and drive for overall project execution quality – Propose, facilitate and implement plans to resolve issues and execute corrective actions.

•        Partners with the CDT Lead in leading the CDT – ensure meeting agendas and minutes are issued, and monitor action items to completion with cross-functional Leads.

•        In collaboration with team leads, identify, communicate and escalate project-wide interdependencies, issues, perspectives and key decisions as appropriate.

•        Communicate objectives, plans and timelines to CDT.

Cross-functional Influence

•        Lead ad-hoc working groups that result from CDT and Study Teams’ needs.

•        Develop and manage steering committee meetings or clinical advisory boards in collaboration with Clinical Science.

•        Work with Team Leaders to coordinate cross-functional activities from data generation through clinical study report development in collaboration with BioMetrics, Clinical Medical Writing and other functions.

•        In conjunction with Center of Operational Excellence/Process Improvement (COE), coordinate conducting Lessons Learned initiatives for the CDT, Study Teams or ad-hoc cross-functional teams.

•        Represent and be an advocate for the PM department within BioMarin.




The Associate Director demonstrates advanced skills in leadership, problem solving, influence, and people management. Mastery of communication and teamwork skills, including big-picture framing, approachability, and exceptional meeting facilitation, is expected at this level.


Individuals in this role are also expected to have mastered project management principle, which includes an ability to lead multiple complex projects and leading efforts to develop improved PM tools. The AD should also demonstrate an advanced understanding of strategic planning principles, drug development and study design, and therapeutic areas.


This role may have up to 6 direct reports and may manage 2 hierarchical levels of reports.



·        BA/BS in a scientific or technical field. MA desirable. Experience in lieu of education accepted.

·        Minimum of 10 years total relevant experience (including industry, project management, or academia), with at least 7 years in a project management role.

·        3 or more years of experience in people management.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The employee may frequently be required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Some travel may be required.

 We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.