Manager - Technology PMO

Technology and R&D Iselin, New Jersey

Position at Medidata Solutions


Your Mission: 

We have an opportunity for a strong Manager, Technology PMO to join our team in SFO developing cloud based software solutions for clinical trials. Manger leads Project Management staff; and directs the week-to-week activities of PM subordinates.  

In this role, you will lead a team responsible for program level initiatives, software development projects, technical projects, and process improvements within the Technology organization.  

The Manager will also work across the portfolio with Product Managers, functional stakeholders and management to ensure standardized processes are established across the software development lifecycle and release management to drive the development of high quality, high value software products within an Agile environment.


  • Lead Project Management staff; and direct the week-to-week activities of PM subordinates, coordinate efforts of PMs to ensure consistent, accurate, and timely status reporting across the entire PMO.

  • Communicates program strategy to project managers, solution leads and development leads.

  • Responsible for coaching and onboarding new project managers 

  • Provide oversight for product releases assigned to your direct reports 

  • Provide Risk Management Oversight.  Ensure risks are managed properly,  published to a product team risk register, proactively communicated to management in a timely manner, and offer creative solutions when required.

  • Perform the role of scrum master and project manager to manage one or two programs across multiple teams.

  • Ensure that project plans, schedules, issues lists, status reports, risks, and meeting agendas with action items are maintained by your direct reports as per defined process.  

  • Ensure standardized processes are established across software development lifecycle and release management.

  • Support your direct reports in leading adoption of Agile / Scrum methodology via training and coaching.


Your Competencies:

  • Strong assessment skills with an ability to evaluate wants vs. needs and ability to negotiate prioritization accordingly

  • Demonstrate a commitment and effort to adopt the Medidata Leadership drivers (think, team, learn, do) and integrate them into their daily work activity

  • Experience in interacting and managing the Sr. Leadership expectations

  • Experience in portfolio level management reporting


Your Education & Experience:

  • Masters or Bachelor degree or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of 6 years of software development and/or project management experience is required 

  • Background in applying rigorous project management practices preferred

  • PMI certification (for example, PMP or PMI ACP, or PRINCE 2) preferred 

  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) required

  • 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 

  • Proficiency with Jira Agile, Confluence, GoogleDocs a plus

  • Leads process improvement initiatives within the Technology organization. 

  • Accountable for program / project scope definition and setting overall strategy and objectives for the group of software development and/or technical projects.   

  • Might be required to provide oversight of one or more vertical teams in the agile environment with accountability for the management of project timelines, scope and milestones for one or more projects. 

  • Responsible for daily Scrums, Planning, Grooming and Retrospectives.  

Note: The requirements should reflect your minimum requirements for the role in general

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, Inc. 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, gender identity, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Medidata Solutions complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.