Project Manager

Location: Deeside, Wales, UKDepartment: Reference: VN108
Project Manager

Summary of Role

The Project Manager will be accountable for delivery of customer projects within a highly technical business to deliver projects containing technical development, analytical services, cGMP manufacturing and new process introduction of a range of bioconjugates, and more specifically antibody drug conjugates.
This is an exciting growth opportunity within a ‘Start-Up’ type role working with a small team initially with future strategic expansion planned.  The project manager will establish the culture and systems to deliver project excellence for the manufacturing of complex biologics.

The Project Manager is an essential partner within operations and the site leadership team and is accountable for driving results and projects to completion in a dynamic environment.  They will develop a strong scientific and technical understanding of Sterling services with the ability to effectively interact and communicate directly with highly educated, innovative industry thought leaders.  Ability to lead cross-functional projects to deliver against contracted commitments and timelines, and ideally have knowledge of product lifecycle through the regulatory phases from pre-clinical to commercialization to identify and propose the necessary activities to achieve regulatory compliance within the project.  This role includes assessing the scope of services in the contract and developing project plans, directing project activities, tracking project status, and serving as the primary point of contact relating to project status and progression. The position requires leadership behaviours of the Sterling core competencies and non-negotiables, as well as expertise in functional competencies included in this profile. 

In addition, this role requires the ability to lead and influence multi-disciplinary project teams meeting standards in both a development and a GMP environment, with demonstrated skills and abilities in critical thinking, problem solving, detail and results orientation, managing multiple and sometimes competing priorities and excellent verbal and written communication.

  • Initially work with cross site team to set up a GMP Manufacturing system including analytical services in readiness for MHRA certification
  • Develop structure and then drive fee for service projects to completion with optimised results and customer satisfaction – project point of contact for the Business Development Leader and customer
  • Develop and deliver projects and embed project culture within the operation.
  • Demonstrate skills, develop, improve and implement required group systems for new process introduction
  • Embed, adapt, and improve existing project and program management methodology, share and promote best practices. They will establish a project management process tailored for the business and implement and train across the team.
  • Demonstrate transparency, diligence, assertiveness, collaboration, calm resilience

Key Skills and Competencies
  • Able to deliver and enjoy operating in entrepreneurial environment – flexibility, creative problem solving, managing ambiguity and imperfect information
  • Lead by example – promotes and displays Sterling values in day-to-day behaviour
  • Successfully engage with diverse range of stakeholders – different technical, operational, compliance, academia, geographies and seniority levels,
  • Demonstrate project management skills with experience in a technical business.

Education and Experience
  • Previous experience of working in cGMP preferred, ideally in a CDMO biologics manufacturing environment.
  • Degree educated in science or engineering – or equivalent experience from pharmaceutical / life sciences / technical background.
  • Minimum of 5 years of related pharmaceutical, biotech or technical experience required leading multi-disciplinary projects in a service business required.
  • Highly organised person with demonstrated capability in planning and project management, planning execution of teams, resources, procurement, materials, business systems, equipment qualifications etc.
  • Prior experience in a customer-facing role essential.
  • Formal project management training or certification preferred.

Essential Function
  • Establishes, leads and manages projects to deliver against contracted commitments and timelines for Sterling Deeside.
  • Assesses the scope of services included in the contract and creates a detailed timeline outlining actions, deliverables and risks. 
  • Identifies and requests resources, including technical and scientific resources required to execute the project from functional areas (i.e. operations, technical and analytical, quality, engineering, etc.).
  • Reviews the proposal scope and project schedule with the project team to identify gaps, risks and additional proposed services that may be required to successfully execute the project.
  • Leads and co-ordinates the project kick-off meeting with the customer introducing the team and presenting the scope, timeline, risks and proposed additional activities.    
  • Leads project team activities and actions, monitoring progress against the established timelines and providing regular updates to the internal stakeholders and customers.  Leverages own technical and scientific knowledge to recognize and manage activities at risk to exceed timeframes or scope of the contract.
  • Resolves conflict by providing proactive escalation of project or customer relationship issues to internal stakeholders and provides a proposed corrective course of action.  
  • Maintains accurate timelines and open actions using tools such as MS Project, MS Excel, monitors forecasted revenue, and tracks and manages GMP compliance via approved systems.  Updates site files used to calculate and display project metrics.
  • Demonstrates fiscal responsibility to monitor, forecast and calculate the profitability of the assigned project(s).
  • Ensures timely completion and compliance with cGMP and all other relevant company training requirements.
We also require candidates to be competent with IT systems, and in particular Microsoft Office including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel.

You will receive

A competitive salary, pension scheme, private healthcare, Perkbox, cycle to work, 25 days annual leave, death in service coverage, on-site health and wellbeing support, medical consultation and physiotherapy, 24/7 employee assistance programme. Training and opportunities for further career development.

Why consider Sterling?

Sterling Pharma Solutions is a global contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) with more than 50 years’ experience in developing and manufacturing Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).  This is complimented by Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) research and development bioconjugation services.

We are a fast growing, dynamic business with facilities in the UK and the US, where we employ more than 800 talented and passionate people who support our customers in bringing new medicines to market, improving and saving the lives of patients.

Our culture and our way of working is what really sets us apart as a business; we aim to deliver an exceptional experience to our customers and our employees.  You can expect to be part of a supportive team, all working towards a shared goal: to deliver first-class science and service to our customers every day. 

Sterling is an equal opportunity employer. 

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