Project Portfolio Manager, Preclinical Research

ViroGin Biotech Canada Ltd.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Chief Scientific Officer, the Project Portfolio Manager is responsible for providing operational and strategic project management leadership within Virogin’s Preclinical Research portfolio. This role coordinates with and provides input to the preclinical teams and cross-functional colleagues across time zones to ensure Virogin’s projects are progressing towards key milestones on time, in budget and within defined scope and quality parameters. Applying in-depth industry knowledge and experience, this role also provides guidance as to which projects require Virogin’s focus and helps build a strategic preclinical portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Leads the definition of deliverables, plans, resources, budget, timeline and key milestones for preclinical projects. Organizes and maintains Project Charters, Project Plans and associated project documentation including outlining roles and responsibilities.
2. Effectively applies project management methodology to ensure preclinical research projects are tracking successfully in terms of budget, timeline, scope and quality.
3. Proactively anticipates and provides guidance on resolution of project risks, issues and obstacles. Maintains a thorough risk log.
4. Identifies and communicates regular project updates to Chief Scientific Officer and other key stakeholders, including progress and variance against the approved project plans. Oversees progress towards milestones.
5. Ensures effective, accurate and timely communication across preclinical portfolio stakeholders.
6. Works with leadership to identify the strategic focus for the preclinical research portfolio, for example the priority order of the preclinical projects. Takes part in the development and alignment of preclinical projects.
7. Identifies areas for process improvement within the preclinical project portfolio or companywide. With minimal guidance, develops new and unique solutions and contributes to implementation. May lead implementation of solutions.
8. Contributes to, supports, and may lead standardization of corporate project management processes, metrics and communication.
9. May provide project management support to other functions as required.

Qualifications

• BSc required; MSc or PhD preferred. A strong scientific background is required; knowledge of cancer biology and immunology is preferred.
• Minimum of 5 years of relevant R&D operational and/or project management experience in the pharmaceutical industry is required. Familiarity with immunology and oncology research is preferred.
• Strong project management approach with demonstrated success managing large, complex projects in the pharmaceutical industry. A seasoned project manager. The PMP designation would be an asset but is not required.
• Flexible and adept at navigating ambiguity and complexity in a fast-paced team environment.
• Strong collaboration and interpersonal communication abilities.
• Self-starter who is solution- and results-oriented.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Proficient with MS Office Suite including Excel.
• Language requirement: English; Mandarin would also be an asset.
• Remote work and flexible hours available. The selected candidate will be able to set their own schedule based on business needs, allowing for partnership across timezones, primarily with Vancouver, BC (Pacific Time) and China (China Standard Time).

To Apply: Please contact Kathryn Moore at kmoore@virogin.com .