• Senior Director, Project Management

    Job Locations US-NJ-Jersey City
    # of Openings
    Project Management
  • Overview

    Entrepreneurial Spirit, Rooted in Tradition. At Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Development America (MTDA), we can tout a storied reputation more than 300 years in the making. Our parent company, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (MTPC), is a research-driven pharmaceutical company with global reach – and one of Japan’s oldest and most respected companies.


    Relatively new to the U.S. market, the innovative compounds of the Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Group have already enjoyed commercial success under the brand labels of our U.S. partners. In this next phase of development, we plan to bring exciting new compounds to market under our own MT Pharma America label. We’re currently building a new commercial organization and expanding our other functions to support this strategy.


    The Senior Director, Project Management is responsible for leading the Project Management Office (PMO) at MTDA which manages the resources, staff, integrated timelines and budgets for all drug development projects and also leads the implementation of Drug Development Management (DDM) Guidelines at MTDA and the other MTPG companies to ensure clear and efficient management of global drug development. The Senior Director, Project Management is also responsible for leading the Project/Product Approval Committee (PAC) Office. The PAC Office is the administrative office for the US PAC and is the interface body between Project Teams and the US PAC. The Senior Director, Project Management will ensure the development of global project plans in line with the product development objectives and corporate strategy, proactively identify and facilitate resolution of any potential deviation from the plan(s), identify and resolve resource issues, and identify risks to achieving key milestones as well as opportunities for acceleration.

    The Senior Director, Project Management works cross-functionally and collaboratively to support product development and life cycle management activities. Incumbent will provide guidance to project managers to ensure consistent and effective project management leadership of global drug development project teams, including providing technical and strategic guidance and expertise during reviews of project strategies and deliverables. The incumbent will contribute to the long-term strategy and development of the department and to the consistent execution of strategy to advance the MTDA portfolio.


    • Creates, coordinates and maintains an integrated program/project plan and conducts or responds to changes in strategy or scope.
    • Designs and implements a full project plan for all assigned projects based on strategic discussion with functional heads and other personnel.
    • Liaises with cross-functional team and team members to ensure timely and proactive action to deviation or potential deviation which could affect meeting project plan goals.
    • Manages traditional project management deliverables including MS Project schedules, project reports and presentations, team agendas, team meeting minutes, and team budget summaries.
    • Oversees the development of these documents by the Project Manager or Technical Coordinator as appropriate.
    • Ensures that alternative, backup and risk mitigation scenarios are prepared as requested for appropriate programs and available to implement.
    • Ensures resource needs are addressed and managed.
    • Ensures alignment of team activities with the project plan and ensures communication of progress.
    • Builds strong, open and collaborative working relationships characterized by mutual respect with superiors, peers and subordinates within and outside the company.
    • Recruits, manages, motivates, and mentors project management professionals at all levels.
    • Drives continuous improvement by identifying, disseminating and applying best practices to the project teams.
    • Contributes to long-term strategy and development of the department.
    • Issues PMO Monthly Report that provides an overview of the state of MTDA regarding resources, expenses, and timeline.
    • Leads the PMO initiatives.
    • Facilitates the US PAC meetings.


    • Bachelor’s degree in scientific discipline or related field is required.
    • Master’s degree or PhD in scientific discipline or related field is preferred.
    • PMP certification is preferred.
    • Approximately 15 years of biotech/pharmaceutical industry experience.
    • Minimum 8 years of project management experience.
    • 3-5 years independently managing or leading cross-functional project teams in a drug development company including experience leading project managers.
    • Experience actively managing the resources, staff, integrated timelines and budgets typical of a PMO or similar office.
    • Experience interfacing between a project team and a decision-making committee.
    • Demonstrated expertise in formal project management and facilitation methodologies.
    • Thorough understanding of the drug development process and familiarity with relevant regulations (e.g., FDA, ICH).
    • Ability to effectively manage multiple diverse cross-functional projects and project teams in a matrix organizational structure.
    • Flexible and able to cope with ambiguity and rapidly shifting priorities.
    • Proven ability to develop and motivate direct reports to achieve goals.
    • Strong written and verbal communication, formal presentation and interpersonal skills.
    • Proficiency with MS Project or other project management software and MS Office (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook); proficiency with MS Project Server is a plus.
    • Willingness to travel up to 25% domestically and internationally.
    • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time
    • Manual dexterity required to operate office equipment, i.e. computers, phones, copy machine/printer
    • Ability to carry, handle and reach for objects
    • Ability to lift and pull up to 15 pounds


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