Covance Senior Project Manager, Inflammation, Infectious Disease and General Medicine in Delaware

Job Overview

Senior Project Manager Inflammation, Infectious Disease and General Medicine

The field of project management is evolving. Join our growing team and transform the way global project management is delivered.

Working closely with the Senior Project Manager or Project Director, as Project Manager within our specialized Inflammation, Infectious Disease and General Medicine function, you will be responsible for leading core project teams and facilitating the team’s ability to lead extended project teams. You will ensure effective cross-functional teamwork among project team members, including both internal and external stakeholders. The Project Manager Job duties may be performed in collaboration with a Senior Project Manager and/or Project Director.

  • Provide project focused leadership across Covance departments, offices, external vendors and clients to deliver corporate and department objectives.

  • Monitor project scope, schedule and costs to ensure all remain on track per contract.

  • Proactively utilize both quality control and risk management activities to ensure project deliverables are met according to regulatory, client and Covance requirements. Create required project plans. Per SOPs, implement and monitor progress against project plans and revise as necessary.

  • Proactively manage variance to project plans to bring the study back in line with stated project standards. Providing monthly metrics reports.

  • Aid in development and maintenance of key project performance indicators for client specified metrics.

  • Understand the project delivery strategy, costing assumptions and resulting budget for assigned project(s).

  • Meet financial performance targets for assigned project(s). Accountable for budget control across assigned project(s) and accurate month-to-month completion of earned value analysis, as assigned, and evaluation and management of billed time to plan to minimize write-off and capitalize on fixed-price gains. Proactively identify out of scope activities and execute necessary change orders prior to out-of-scope work being done. Proactively identify project inefficiencies and address issues proactively to stay within budget.

  • Ensure project procurement needs are managed appropriately and per Covance SOPs.

  • Collaborate with finance to initiate monthly invoicing as assigned.

  • Ensure that all staff allocated to assigned project(s) adhere to professional standards and SOP and are working within the assigned allocation.

  • Initiate improvements to enhance the efficiency and the quality of the work performed on assigned projects.

  • Prepare and actively participate as operational lead in internal Project Review meetings. Depending on size and scope of project, at times in collaboration with a Senior Project Manager and/or Project Director.

  • Provide performance feedback of team members to respective line managers.

  • Present at external and/or internal meetings as required.

  • Ensure client satisfaction.

  • Define and manage project human resource needs and establish succession plans for key resources.

  • Responsible for appropriate issue escalation to appropriate stakeholder(s) inclusive of CAIR and CAPA completion as required.

  • Serve as key client contact for assigned project(s).

  • Establish working relationships with client project teams which result in client satisfaction, operational excellence and thereby increase potential for repeat business.

  • Prepare and deliver presentations in collaboration with relevant departments for new business as required.

  • May have line management responsibilities for the training, utilisation, development and performance review of assigned staff.

Education / Qualifications


  • University/college degree (life science preferred) or certification in a related allied health profession (i.e. nursing, medical or laboratory technology) from an appropriately accredited institution.


  • Masters or other advanced degree.

  • PMP certification.


  • Detailed knowledge of financial control procedures (i.e. earned value analysis) with an awareness and ability to actively utilize financial tracking systems.

  • Working knowledge of project management processes and managing projects in a virtual environment

  • Working knowledge of time and cost estimate development.

  • Working knowledge of ICH Guidelines and GCP including international regulatory requirements for the conduct of clinical development programs.

  • Broad knowledge of drug development process and client needs.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing priorities and to utilize resources effectively.

  • Demonstrated ability to inspire effective teamwork and motivate staff within a matrix system.

  • Excellent communication, planning and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to negotiate and liaise with clients in a professional manner.

  • Ability to present to staff at all levels.

  • Good computer skills with good working knowledge of a range of computer programs.

  • Working knowledge of Covance and the overall structure of the organization.

  • Basic knowledge of Covance sales and business development strategies and procedures.

  • Working knowledge of Covance SOPs.

  • Significant relevant clinical research experience including demonstrated skills and competency in clinical project management tasks.

Job Number 2018-19391

Job Category Other

Position Type Full-Time

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