Director, Technology PMO

Technology and R&D Tokyo, Japan

Position at Medidata Solutions


Your Mission:

We are looking for a strong Director, Technology PMO to join our team developing cloud based software solutions for clinical trials.  The Director, Technology PMO will lead portfolios of software development projects, driving the execution of many teams within a regulated environment. This position will work closely with Engineering and Product leadership across Study Conduct and Platform programs to develop, implement, and track key operational and execution strategies within our AGILE execution framework. The Director will lead a team of project managers, establishing processes and ensuring consistency in execution across associated engineering teams.

  • Provides oversight for strategic planning of all programs and projects within the Platform Enablement program, collaborating with peer PMO leaders to propagate best practices
  • Responsible for furthering the PMO objectives of ensuring all projects are delivered using a ‘best-practice’ and are delivered within the agreed scope, time, cost and quality.
  • Communicates program strategy to manager, project managers, solution leads and development leads.
  • Responsible for development of policies & procedures to support functions within the PMO
  • Lead Project Management staff; and direct the week-to-week activities of managers, coordinate efforts of PMs to ensure consistent, accurate, and timely status reporting across the entire PMO.
  • Responsible for hiring, coaching and managing a team of project managers to oversee day to day operations of associated AGILE teams
  • Oversees coordination of personnel and resources required to successfully complete programs & projects.
  • Oversees the portfolio of Platform Enablement programs / projects, providing expert knowledge and support and monitoring progress and reporting on the portfolio status.

Your Competencies:

  • Strong understanding and experience with Agile methodologies at scale
  • Strong assessment skills with an ability to evaluate wants vs. needs and ability to negotiate prioritization accordingly
  • Strong communication skills, particularly capable of developing communication channels that scale effectively across broad time zones from sustainable synchronous / asynchronous efforts
  • Deep understanding of data, with an ability to drive metric driven discussions that lead to better decisions
  • Consultative
  • Understanding of life sciences, pharma a plus
  • Understanding of technical concepts and enterprise architecture

Your Education & Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of software development and/or project management experience is required or minimum of 5 year of project management experience at Medidata. 
  • Background in applying rigorous project management practices preferred
  • A history of successfully delivering commercial software products on-time, on-budget with the agreed upon scope preferred
  • Experience with implementing large scale systems a plus
  • People management experience
  • Solid knowledge of the overall departmental function
  • PMI certification (for example, PMP or PMI ACP, or PRINCE 2) preferred
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) required 
  • Background in a regulated environment preferred
  • Experience working within an Agile/Scrum SDLC required
  • Proficiency with Jira Agile, Confluence, GoogleDocs a plus

Medidata is making a real difference in the lives of patients everywhere by accelerating critical drug and medical device development, enabling life-saving drugs and medical devices to get to market faster. Our products sit at the convergence of the Technology and Life Sciences industries, one of most exciting areas for global innovation. Nine of the top 10 best-selling drugs in 2017 were developed on the Medidata platform.

Medidata Solutions have powered over 17,000+ clinical trials giving us the largest collection of clinical trial data in the world. With this asset, we pioneer innovative, advanced applications and intelligent data analytics, bringing an unmatched level of quality and efficiency to clinical trials enabling treatments to reach waiting patients sooner.


Medidata Solutions K.K. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Medidata Solutions provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or other factors that are unrelated to the legitimate business interests of Medidata Solutions.