Neuchatel, Switzerland


Life Sciences



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Manager Life Sciences Programs & Projects – Neuchatel, Switzerland Be a part of a revolutionary change! At PMI, we’ve chosen to do something incredible. We’re totally transforming our business, and building our future on smoke-free products with the power to improve the lives of a billion smokers worldwide. With huge change, comes huge opportunity. So, wherever you join us, you’ll enjoy the freedom to dream up and deliver better, brighter solutions and the space to move your career forward in endlessly different directions. It’s so rare in R&D that everything aligns to create the ideal conditions for outstanding work. Right now, at PMI, that’s exactly what’s happening. R&D is the driving force for our bold new vision: to replace cigarettes with a revolutionary portfolio of alternative products. Join us and you’ll have the resources, support and technology you need to break new ground and see ideas come to life. You’ll be surrounded by some of the brightest scientists in their fields, with fast access to subject experts and commercial decision-makers. If you’re creative, courageous and ready to take risks, you can make a huge impact and propel your career in an endless number of directions. Ultimately, by delivering our smoke-free future, your work could change the lives of a billion smokers. Your ‘day to day’ You are “the COO” of the Project. As an experienced Project Manager in partnership with Program Owners, you will ensure category programs and projects are effectively defined, led, successfully executed and delivered end-to-end in line with the PMI strategy and portfolio. You are the “glue” of the Integrated Project Team. As an experienced facilitator and in partnership with Project Owner you will ensure the team operates as a High Performing Team to deliver product and services to PMI customers. More specifically, you'll • Define, plan and lead cross-functional projects and programs, combining rigor and precision with flexibility and agility, in alignment with the LS strategy, within agreed business benefits, scientific objectives, scope, budget, resources and timing; whilst adhering to quality and scientific standards, defining and using project management processes and agile principles • Lead project resourcing processes, including resource estimating and ensuring appropriate resource allocation, as well as the budget, participating actively in several steps of financial life cycle • Supervise program and project Steering committees to advise and ensure effective decision making and corrective action where required, as well as accurate status reporting. Ensure changes (e.g. to scope, budget, schedule) are effectively governed • Act pro-actively to increase quality and mitigate risks, collecting requirements and performing risk identification and analyses • Provide succinct reporting and maintain the project Key Performance Indicators, budget and schedules whilst liaising with the Portfolio/Governance Team and Senior Management and other Key Stakeholders. • Uses judgement to make Makes trade-off decisions • With courage drives accountability of core team members • Equipped with strong interpersonal attributes and strong facilitation skills deals with conflict including interpersonal conflict on team • Lead collaboration and communication among team members and other Stakeholders, as well as build and distribute information. Mentor/coach on good practice team working, collaboration over distance and project management. Coordinate sub-project and work package managers from multiple areas • Once complete, ensure projects are effectively closed by finalizing results, obtaining Steering committee approval to close the project and completing hand-over activities. Who we’re looking for • Project Management Certification (PMP, PRINCE2 or IPMA) and/or Agile certification (e.g. Scrum Master, SAFe agilist) and additional business management qualification(s) • Substantial experience in multinational life sciences, food, pharmaceuticals companies/startups/academia • Substantial experience in leading global/large scale projects and programs, in the Life Sciences / Drug or Medical Device development domains. High flexibility to work across several areas and lead multiple projects • Excellent understanding of consumer-focused product development, from idea to launch and using stage-gate approaches • Knowledge of regulatory environments and quality management systems such as OECD, GxP, ISO • Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint • Fluent, well written and spoken English is a must • PhD or Master’s Degree in life sciences or related fields is nice to have • Enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic and tenacious, showing personal maturity and ability to handle stress. What we offer Our success depends on the men and women who come to work every single day with a sense of purpose and an appetite for progress. Join PMI and you too can: • Seize the freedom to define your future and ours. We’ll empower you to take risks, experiment and explore. • Be part of an inclusive, diverse culture, where everyone’s contribution is respected; collaborate with some of the world’s best people and feel like you belong. • Pursue your ambitions and develop your skills with a global business – our staggering size and scale provides endless opportunities to progress. • Take pride in delivering our promise to society: to improve the lives of a billion smokers. #LIJobs