Senior Project Manager
Job Description SummaryThe Senior Project Manager (PM) is responsible for managing complex, multi-disciplinary, cross-departmental projects related to the development and improvement of our facilities globally. While many projects that the PM will be responsible for will be led by our Corporate Real Estate team, the PM will frequently be responsible for managing parts of projects which are led by other teams at STEMCELL, where development or improvement of facilities is required.
Change management, stakeholder management, strategy implementation, governance, and risk management are key tenets of this role. This role has high visibility within the organization as its contribution and added value will have a positive and far-reaching effect on the business as a whole.
Specifically, you will plan, organize, integrate, and deliver cross-functional projects that are significant in scope and impact and be required to manage multiple projects simultaneously utilizing best practices for applying processes and tools. The PM is also expected to support the development and application of the program governance and project management methodology.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Responsible for managing and leading the planning, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of complex and multi-disciplinary, cross-departmental projects of varying scale to successful completion on-time and on-budget.
Contribute to project definition and alignment with corporate strategy.
Effectively manage project scope, parameters as well as limitations related to specific project goals, deliverables, tasks, requirements, time-driven deadlines and ultimately costs.
Develop and manage the assigned project budgets.
Develop schedules and project specific KPIs for measurement and control.
Prepare, analyze and report on project progress and results against established KPIs.
Ensure clear delineation of project roles and responsibilities to provide clarity to the project team of their individual and collective tasks and schedules.
Provide leadership, coaching and motivation to cross-departmental project teams in promoting best practices and ensuring a consistent application of project methodology.
Actively contribute to furthering the overarching program strategy, governance and communications.
May be required to complete and maintain necessary training to work with both regulated and non regulated products.
Stakeholder Relationship Management:
Extensive internal and external stakeholder relationship management for the assigned projects, serving as a liaison between department representatives to encourage cross-functional and cross-departmental collaboration and information sharing.
Collaborate closely with project sponsors and senior management to determine project scope, priorities, approach and resources.
Prepare and oversee the preparation and dissemination of project communications to internal and external stakeholders as needed.
Promote and guide change management initiatives that include enhancing the internal capability to successfully implement change during the project lifecycle from identifying the need for change, leading the change through to managing the change.
Apply a systematic approach for guiding individuals impacted by a change initiative(s) through means of building support, addressing resistance and developing the required knowledge and ability to implement the change(s).
Work with and influence project sponsors and senior leaders to build strong and active coalitions.
Proactively build a case or proposal of why the change(s) is needed throughout the organization even before the specific details of the solution are mapped out.
May be required to lead, manage and support a team to maximize productivity and performance, including availability of expertise within the team for all planned activities, tasks and projects.
May be required to lead people development initiatives to increase individual and team bench strength.
Evaluate direct and indirect reports through regular one-on-one and team meetings.
Ensure all performance reviews are conducted and documented (quarterly goals and annual reviews), providing ongoing quality developmental feedback; facilitate promotion and compensation recommendations in accordance with company policies and practices.
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, or related fields.
Project Management certification is required.
Minimum 10 years of experience successfully managing complex projects and stakeholder relationships within multi-stakeholder environments.
Minimum 5 years experience in facility development and improvement projects in process industries.
Experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries is an asset, as is demonstrated knowledge of laboratory, cleanroom and GMP Facility Design.
Minimum 10 years of experience of applying the core project management knowledge areas of Change Management, Communication Management and Stakeholders Management.
Ability to anticipate, plan and see the “big picture” in project scope, scheduling and resource planning.
Ability to think critically, effectively deal with change management, resolve conflicts and execute on crisis management.
Business and financial acumen; willingness to have an impact on the business beyond the disciplines of project management.
Analytical, structured, disciplined and organized; with demonstrated process improvement skill and ability to maintain project management methodology.
Attention to detail combined with the ability to execute at a high level with significant independence.
Highly flexible, good tolerance for ambiguity and able to quickly adapt to changing priorities.
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (written, oral, presentation); communicates in a clear, concise and organized manner; listens to others to obtain information.
Proven experience building strong relationships with project sponsors, senior management, external providers, business partners and stakeholders, etc.
Experience in a management role is an asset with the ability to, and aptitude for, mentoring and coaching project team members.
STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore. Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training. We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree. STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.
This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.
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