Associate Director, Global Project Management & Leadership in Basking Ridge, NJ at DSI

Date Posted: 2/19/2021

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Job Description

Join a Legacy of Innovation 110 Years and Counting!

Daiichi Sankyo Group is dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical therapies to improve standards of care and address diversified, unmet medical needs of people globally by leveraging our world-class science and technology. With more than 100 years of scientific expertise and a presence in more than 20 countries, Daiichi Sankyo and its 15,000 employees around the world draw upon a rich legacy of innovation and a robust pipeline of promising new medicines to help people. In addition to a strong portfolio of medicines for cardiovascular diseases, under the Group’s 2025 Vision to become a “Global Pharma Innovator with Competitive Advantage in Oncology,” Daiichi Sankyo is primarily focused on providing novel therapies in oncology, as well as other research areas centered around rare diseases and immune disorders.

Job Summary:

The Associate Director, GPM&L leads development and execution of programs, projects and strategic initiatives for Daiichi Sankyo global R&D function with primary focus on Daichi Sankyo Pharma Development (DSPD). Leads analyses and project management on complex, cross-functional, global teams and workstreams, ensuring comprehensive planning and optimal execution of plans. Assignments may include project management, process improvement, change management and detailed analysis.

Ensures interactions and timely collaboration across R&D, key stakeholders and supporting functions. Proactively identify and facilitates risks, mitigations, resolution and escalation of issues, tracking and communicating status to stakeholders and group leadership. The successful candidate has a solid understanding of the drug development process and is skilled in the use of project management tools. Experience working on cross-functional teams as well as an understanding of facilitating high-functioning teams.

As a member of the GMP&L function this position may also lead divisional and departmental level objectives. The Associate Director, GPM&L must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be comfortable interacting with many different functional groups and leaders.


Project Management
  • Collaborate with cross-functional project teams to define project scope, deliverables, responsibilities and timelines
  • Prioritize work effort to drive completion of deliverables
  • Develop and manage project plans, risk and issue logs
  • Create documents and Executive presentations
Process Improvement
  • Define and document processes, critically analyze and define areas for improvement
  • Facilitate workshops to define current state, future state and process gaps
  • Develop models in Excel or Business Intelligence tools for project needs (e.g. resourcing analysis, clinical trial metrics)
  • Develop management reports and dashboards

  • Develop strategic analysis / modeling for various areas (e.g. resourcing, project prioritization)
  • Perform research analysis such as external benchmarking
Change Management
  • Identify requirements for change management and communications for the implementation of business initiatives
  • Create content to support change management, communications and training needs (e.g. stakeholder analysis, training requirements, stakeholder communications)

Qualifications: Successful candidates will be able to meet the qualifications below with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering or business. Advanced degree in science or business preferred.

7+ years relevant project management experience with process improvement, business analysis or consulting experience.

Prior work experience as a management consultant, project manager or similar role in pharmaceutical drug development desirable. Project Management or Process improvement qualification, certification or diploma is highly desired.

Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.