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 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 and beyond nicotine future. Your ‘day to day You are the COO of clinical and epidemiological programs to assess the harm reduction potential of our innovative products. As an experienced Program & Project Manager in our Life Sciences (LS) function, in partnership with strategic leaders and medical and scientific teams’ members, you will ensure our programs and projects are effectively defined, led, successfully carried out, and delivered end-to-end in line with the PMI strategy and portfolio. A typical end-to-end program would consist of the definition of business and scientific cases, the delivery of non-clinical and/or medical studies across countries, write-up the conclusions, and management of the business outcomes including communication and/or regulatory filings. Your role as the program/project manager is to ensure that clear objectives are defined and communicated, to develop realistic and robust plans, to ensure all project requirements and resources are available and successful to deliver the plan, and to lead the project constraints (e.g. time, cost, quality, …). You are the “glue” of the Integrated Project Team. As a natural leader and an experienced facilitator, you will drive an impactful team that defines and implements scientific strategies for long-term assessments of heated tobacco products. More specifically, you'll • Define, plan and lead cross-functional projects and/or programs, combining rigor and precision with flexibility and agility, in alignment with the LS strategy, within agreed business benefits, scientific robustness and commercial objectives. • Master the projects’ scope, budget, resources and timing, whilst adhering to regulatory, quality and scientific standards, defining and using robust project management processes. • Lead collaboration and communication among team members and other Stakeholders across several functions and organizations, as well as build and distribute information. • Mentor/coach on good practice team working, collaboration over distance and project management. Coordinate stream leaders and work package managers from multiple fields and seniority. • Prepare for governance committees to advise and ensure effective decision making and corrective action where required, as well as accurate status reporting. Lead changes (e.g. to scope, budget, schedule) and ensure these are effectively governed. • 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 to track program performance and take corrective actions. • Act pro-actively to increase quality and mitigate risks, collecting requirements and performing risk identification and analyses. • Form the project team and lead the resourcing processes, including budget and resource estimating and ensuring appropriate resource identification, sourcing and allocation, participating actively in several steps of financial life cycle. • Have the courage to drive accountability of core team members and senior leaders, using judgement to make trade-off decisions. • Equipped with strong interpersonal attributes and strong facilitation skills deals with conflict including interpersonal conflict on team. • Once complete, ensure projects are effectively closed by finalizing results, obtaining committee approval to close the project and completing hand-over activities. Who we’re looking for • Substantial experience in pharmaceuticals companies/CROs/startups or multinational life sciences. • Substantial experience in leading global/large scale projects and programs using stage-gate approaches, in the Clinical Research, Regulatory, Drug and/or Medical Device development domains. • High flexibility to work across several areas and lead multiple projects. • Knowledge of regulatory environment is a nice to have (for example drug approval processes in US/EU, medical devices regulation), meetings and interactions with regulators (FDA, EMA, Anvisa, MHLW …) and quality management systems/standards such as, GxP, ISO 13485:2016, 21 CFR, ICH standards. • Project Management Certification (PMP, PRINCE2 or IPMA) and additional business management qualification(s) are a nice to have. • Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint. • Fluent, well written and spoken English is a must. • Strong communication and relationship management skills. • 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 people 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: a smoke-free future. #LIJobs