Research Project and Operations Manager (897369-MGP)

Canton of Basel-Stadt (CH)
08 Apr 2021
13 Apr 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)

Providing Flexible Resourcing Solutions

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, CTC is a specialist life-sciences recruitment organisation. We place specialist talent into contract and permanent positions in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices and CRO industries.

An in-depth experience in life-sciences recruitment combined with an established and extensive local network means that CTC offers clients and candidates the “Gold standard” in recruitment services. With an expertise honed over many years at the cutting-edge of the life-sciences industry, we help companies find people and we help people find companies.

Research Project and Operations Manager (897369-MGP)


Our client is a pioneer in Drug Discovery and Development and one of the frontrunners in Personalised Healthcare. As the world`s largest R&D spender in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics domain, they work in a vast number of drug discovery & therapeutic areas and are highly recognized internationally. A leader in the field of both in vitro diagnostics and manufacturing and selling of several innovative drugs. We are currently looking for an enthusiastic Research Project and Operations Manager for a 12-months contract to be based in Basel .

The perfect candidate is someone with a scientific education and at least a first industry experience working in project management, ideally already having experience working in a lab, preferably as lab manager.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Be the Research Project Manager in charge for assigned drug discovery projects, starting at Target Assessment, and until entry into Early Development;
  • Prepare project plans in alignment with the corresponding RPLs and project team members;
  • Maintain and update project plans in the internal planning, tracking and information systems;
  • Liaise with Finance through direct interaction and with tools for budget planning and control. Keep project budget data (forecasts and actuals) updated in accordance to Finance and operations guidance. Foresee, control and report budget deviations;
  • Be the reference point for all matters related to planning and budget for the assigned projects;
  • Ensure alignment between project strategy and execution in terms of efficacy, efficiency and quality;
  • Support the RPLs and other key team members with project management advice and technical expertise. Be the recognized expert in planning excellence for the designated projects;
  • Partner with RPLs to foster and enable a high performing team culture and community that is based on expertise and contribution of its members, shared responsibility, and the coordination of work towards common goals;
  • Take active care for the risk management processes of the projects within your area of responsibility, in alignment with the policies of NRD and pRED;
  • Identify gaps, bottlenecks, accelerations or delays, challenge assumptions and propose options to close gaps and get projects back on schedule;
  • Take ownership of established processes and procedures related to your designated projects;
  • Contribute to the dissemination of project information in collaboration with other members of R&D. Contribute to the preparation of governance presentations and documents;
  • Interface with Network Heads, Network Managers and other R&D functions to ensure good alignment between your assigned projects and their corresponding Networks;
  • Support the team in the organization and coordination of team meetings, workshops, squads and other models of agile collaboration. Take responsibility for agendas, minutes and meetings flow with a positive and non-disruptive approach;
  • Always act and interact in a positive, collaborative and friendly manner, with an agile and open attitude.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Relevant Swiss working/residency permit or Swiss/EU-Citizenship required;
  • Scientific education (PhD preferred, Master considered). Post Doc are considered if not for too long after graduation (e.g 3/4 years post-graduation);
  • Industry experience, hands-on knowledge of the drug discovery process is a must;
  • Experience working in a lab, preferably as lab manager;
  • Around 5 & maximum 10 years of experience (combining research, lab experience & industry experience);
  • Experience as Project Manager in matrix environments, taking responsibility of R&D projects and supporting complex cross-functional project teams;
  • Experience in implementing, coordinating and improving processes. Capacity to organize, structure and drive project implementation activities;
  • Demonstrated creative thinking and strong analytical skills with an open mindset that is service oriented and a strong ability to work independently;
  • Proven adaptability and positive attitude toward changing requests and environments.