Senior Project Manager, Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access

Description

 

PATH is currently recruiting for a Senior Project Manager (SPM) responsible for supervising a team of Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) staff and managing key internal and external activities determining project success, such as tracking deliverables, coordinating efforts, and identifying and managing critical risks.

 

While reporting through the Center for Vaccines Innovation and Access (CVIA) PPM function, the SPM will serve as the PPM lead for the CVIA Policy, Access, and Introduction functional area. In this role, the SPM will be a core member of vaccine introduction teams and will help coordinate development of dossiers describing the value of new developmental vaccines and/or for life cycle management efforts for existing vaccines. As time allows, the SPM also may manage vaccine development projects and/or CVIA initiatives.

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms-vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations-that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

 

PATH’s Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access brings together our expertise across every stage of the long and complex process of vaccine research, development, and delivery to make lifesaving vaccines widely available to children and communities across the world. CVIA’s current portfolio encompasses more than two dozen vaccines either in development or already in use to protect against 15 different diseases. Our focus is on vaccines to address the leading diseases that claim children’s lives worldwide: pneumonia, diarrheal disease, and malaria; as well as other global health priorities, such as polio and meningitis. We work in partnership with national health ministries, pharmaceutical manufacturers, donors, international financing and regulatory organizations, and many others. PATH has led numerous global partnerships, including the award-winning Meningitis Vaccine Project and the Malaria Vaccine Initiative, which helped develop the first malaria vaccine candidate recommended for pilot implementation.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Project Director(s) and other project team members to develop overall program strategy, global, cross-functionally integrated work plans, cost estimates, milestones and annual goals for the project.
  • Partner with Project Director(s) to determine project success and go/no-go criteria and timing for tactical and decision-making reviews throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Work with Project Director(s), identify and proactively drive high quality project deliverables, understand dependencies, and identify and track critical path items. Proactively manage changes in project scope and drive risk management including developing and implementing mitigation strategies in a constantly changing environment.
  • Develop and track detailed project plans including schedules, cost estimates, resource plans, communication plans, risk mitigation plans, and issue resolution plans.
  • Implement project management tools for tracking late-stage projects, including risk evaluation and identification of risk-mitigation steps to ensure success in obtaining clear outcomes.
  • Help to develop and maintain high-performing teams.
  • Lead efforts to develop project communications and updates for PATH vaccines leadership and donors.
  • Work closely with functional resource managers to ensure appropriate allocation of resources to the project.
  • Coordinate activities with external business partners as applicable.
  • Coordinate and contributing to the development of donor reports.
  • Work with the Global Head of PAI, Project Director(s) and project team(s) to develop overall strategy, and alignment across teams in PAI. Develop systems to highlight and track milestones for the PAI portfolio.
  • Work closely with the PAI Team and Deputy Director, PPM on the prioritization, planning, and development of documents describing value of vaccines for projects across the portfolio.
  • Educate the PAI Team on project management processes and drive the use of standardized tools in post-introduction projects. Responsible for managing inputs to the Project and Portfolio Management system to support cross-project, portfolio-level reporting for CVIA projects in the post-licensure space.
  • As assigned, coordinate and contribute to the development of new grant proposals, and the revision of existing proposals.

 

Leadership/Management responsibilities include:

  • Manage Project & Portfolio Management line staff including a team of project assistants.
  • Contribute to the improvement of project and portfolio management systems and tools. Work with others in PPM to develop and improve project management processes and training.
  • Serve as a meeting manager for governance meetings.
  • Act as a resource for questions related to product development and project management processes.
  • Serve as an active member of the PPM Leadership Team.

Required Skills

  • Five to ten years of overall biologics product development experience, including at least 5 years in a hands-on project management role working in cross-functional teams (or a matrixed organizational structure). Experience on late-stage or post-licensure products in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry highly desired and vaccine knowledge preferred. Knowledge of international policy, licensure and introduction a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in life sciences or relevant discipline.
  • Experience directly supervising staff in a project management context required.
  • Extensive knowledge implementing and using project management systems, such as Microsoft Project or SmartSheet, as well as project reporting and risk management tools. Certification in project management desired.
  • Ability to work effectively on fast-paced, complex projects.
  • Advanced computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience with SharePoint desired.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including negotiation and conflict management.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Up to 25% travel

 For more information and to apply go here: https://path.silkroad.com/epostings/

 

 

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