Covance Senior Project Manager, Neuroscience, Ophthalmology and Women’s Health (NOW) in Raleigh, North Carolina

Job Overview

Sr. Project Manager, Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, and Women’s Health (NOW)

A career at Covance provides our employees the unrivaled chance to create an immediate impact and difference in our patient’s lives. Joining Covance will offer a rewarding career, a chance to work in a high-energy & team oriented work place, and access to competitive benefits. With the support of exceptional people from across the globe and a vast array of career options, you’ll be empowered to own your career journey with mentoring, training and personalized development planning. As a Covance employee, your work will be meaningful, the patient outcomes are real, and the results are lasting.

Our mission is to help our clients bring the miracles of medicine to market sooner -- join us for your next career move.

Essential Position Duties:

At times working under the guidance of a Project Director; the Senior Project Manager (SPM) leads and manages domestic, regional and/or international projects. Responsibilities typically include developing and managing project teams, communications, risk, scope, schedule, cost, quality, and partners, effectively ensuring that variance from plan is proactively and effectively mitigated and client expectations are met. The SPM is expected to have an expert working understanding edge of drug development and clinical trial execution.

  • Serve as key client contact for assigned projects, establishing working relationships with client project teams which result in client satisfaction, operational excellence and thereby increase potential for repeat business.

  • Lead core project team(s) and facilitate team's ability to lead, ensuring effective cross-functional teamwork among project team members --including both internal and external stakeholders. Depending on size and scope of project(s), this job duty may be performed in collaboration with a Project Director.

  • Serve as escalation point for project issues to stakeholders.

  • Actively identify and resolve conflicts as needed.

  • Understand the project delivery strategy, costing assumptions and respective budgets.

  • Monitor project scope, schedule and costs to ensure all remain on track with the contract and with financial performance targets. Initiate and implement appropriate actions to proactively lead the change control process both internally and externally.

  • Lead both quality control and risk assurance activities to ensure project deliverables are met according to regulatory, Covance and client requirements.

  • Build and lead variance to required project plans. Per SOPs, implement and monitor progress against project plans and revise as necessary. Ensure that all staff allocated to assigned project(s) adheres to professional standards and SOPs, providing performance feedback to team member’s respective supervisors.

  • Aid in development and maintenance of key project performance indicators for client specified metrics, ensuring that the critical metrics are within scope of the project contract.

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

  • Liaise with relevant departments to prepare and deliver presentations for new business as required.



  • Required: 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.

  • Preferred: Masters or other advanced degree & PMP certification.



  • Minimum of seven (7) years relevant clinical research experience in a pharmaceutical company/CRO, including at least two (2) years of full project management responsibility.

  • In lieu of the above requirement, candidates with (a) six (6) years supervisory experience in a heath care setting and (b) five (5) years clinical research experience including two (2) years of project management experience (international clinical trial management experience preferred) in the pharmaceutical or CRO industries will be considered.

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

  • Experience managing projects, and PM processes, in a virtual environment.

  • Ability to handle multiple challenging priorities and to utilize resources effectively.

  • Financial awareness and ability to actively utilize financial tracking systems.

  • Inspire effective teamwork and motivate staff within a matrix system.

  • Lead by example and encourage team members to seek solutions independently.

  • Strong communication, planning and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work independently, and to be able to present to staff at all levels.

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

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

Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Individual with Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). Your confidentiality and privacy are important to us.

Job Number 2018-21057

Job Category Other

Position Type Full-Time

Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Individual with Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). Your confidentiality and privacy are important to us.