Director, R&D Research Project Management - Aesthetics

Hiring By - Biostaffic


Irvine, California - United States

Job Highlights

Not Disclosed


Posted 4 months ago
Job details
The Research Portfolio Project Management director will partner with Research Project Director, to develop strategy, build and ensure aligned execution plans and drive the cross-functional execution of the plans. Research projects include highly visible toxin research projects in the lead optimization to candidate selection stages.
The Research Portfolio Project Management Director is the operational leader of the assigned research assets and team. The Research PPM is deeply involved in research projects supporting functional team members with project management capabilities and expertise, building on their research experience to support and challenge team members. Ability to guide teams to align operational plans, proactively identify potential hurdles, and lead risk management assessments.
The Research Portfolio Project Manager will manage and drive timelines, proactively identify issues and generate solutions. Ensure prioritization to enable adequate focus and resources to highest priority activities. Manages team meetings, ensures effective meetings through clear agendas, meeting minutes, action items and strong follow up.
The Research Portfolio Project Manager is flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and is an excellent communicator with both research and science partners as well as management stakeholders. The Research Portfolio Project Manager will support interaction with Senior-level R&D Management as well as the Executive R&D Leadership Team when needed.
This position requires a firm foundation of experience in the pharmaceutical research and a thorough understanding and proven effective application of project management techniques. Superior team skills and ability to communicate to a wide range of stakeholders.
Key responsibilities include:
  • The Director, Research Portfolio Program Management is a strategic partner to the Research Project Director
  • In partnership with Research Project Director develops the team strategy, ensures aligned execution plans and drives the execution of the strategy across multiple research projects.
  • Develop, monitor, and control the research project cross-functional plans, ensuring cross-functional alignment.
  • At each research stage transition, partner with Research Project Director to gain approval from the governance bodies.
  • Evaluate, monitor, and control research project risks.
  • Identify, actively manage, and resolve project issues, providing scenario analysis and mitigation plans. Align portfolio and project goals/deliverables across functional areas to manage workload across functions.
Project Responsibilities:
  • Support the cross functional teams to execute the research projects on time per agreed to milestones/timelines and within budget.
  • Accountable for the assigned research portfolio timelines and project timelines
  • Act proactively and assertively to ensure team members meet their commitments as planned, and work to the appropriate standards.
  • Drive overall team effectiveness
Meeting facilitation:
  • Manage the cross functional project team operational activities to ensure milestones and goals are met.
  • Schedule cross functional project team and other relevant meetings.
  • Manage effective and efficient project team meetings, scheduling, clear agendas and meeting minutes capturing action items and decisions.
  • Ensure management decisions are shared with cross functional project team in a timely manner.
  • Monitor and record progress of assigned portfolio and project activities, milestones and forecasts and periodically report status to management.
  • Foster and maintain open communication with and between project teams and sub-team members.
Issue Resolution:
  • Actively respond to project risks, mitigate, prevent and/or resolve potential risks or issues.
  • Identify issues with team needing resolution with management or Governance Board.
Decision Analysis:
  • Define with the teams the appropriate key decision points and go/no go criteria.
  • Provide decision analysis expertise and tools to the project teams in strategic planning and operational execution, ensure timely and well-informed decision making.
Minimum requirements:
  • Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences or related field required.
  • Experience in clinical pharmacology and early formulation development and research is ideal.
  • 8-12 years’ experience in pharmaceutical industry in Discovery and Research or new product development areas including previous active participation in multidisciplinary research team needed.
  • 5+ years direct experience in Project Management for research and/or product development projects
  • Advanced knowledge of pharmaceutical research and global drug development.
  • PMP certification is helpful but not required
Skill set and proficiency:
  • Manage and lead multiple projects, objectives and often competitive and changing deadlines with a proven track record of organizational, interpersonal, prioritization and multi-tasking skills.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills that enable quality communications with various stakeholders, both inside as well as outside the Company.
  • Proven record of building team relationships across multiple global locations.
  • Stimulate, motivate, and build effective inter-personal work relationships across all disciplines.
  • Expert in medical device product development and the interdependencies of individual development activities. Working knowledge of regulatory requirements for product registration on global basis.
  • Expert in the application of project management software and ability to utilize AGN/ABV R&D project and portfolio management systems.
  • Proven negotiation, issue resolution and team building skills.
  • Ability to identify and resolve project issues, including those related to timing, resources, and funding, to prevent delays in project milestones.
  • Excellence in communication, stakeholder management, facilitating and managing meetings, both inside as well as outside the Company, across multiple global locations.
  • Expert in facilitating team decision making.
  • Ability to encourage intelligent risk taking and a bold culture.
  • Exhibits sound judgment, analytical acumen, and concern for detail under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, discretion, tact and diplomacy in all aspects of work.
AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community, and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.

Benefits Offered?

  • No

Bonus Offered?

  • No

Travel Required?

  • No


  • Irvine, California - United States


  • Director

Global Experience Needed?

  • No

Specialized Experience Needed?

  • No

Apply before:

  • Apr 15, 2024
Company Overview

Current Openings: 0

AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Stock Symbol: ABBV

Stock Exchange: NYSE

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