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Associate Director, Project Management - PPAS Technology - Vendor Lead

United Kingdom
Start date
4 Jun 2022
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Project Management
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
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PPD’s mission is to improve health. It starts as an idea to find a cure. It becomes a life saved. All in-between, it’s you! We know that meaningful results not only require the right approach, but also the right people. We invite you to re-imagine health promoting protocols with us, working alongside our talented, bright and energetic teams.

At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognize the power of being one team. We offer continued career advancement opportunities, award winning training and benefits focused on the health and well being of our employees.

Summarized Purpose:

Working within the peri and post approval (PPA) area, working effectively across multiple divisions to direct the delivery of projects within cost, time and quality requirements.

Working with leadership in all functional areas on the continuous development/improvement of business processes to support cross functional teams and ensure that work is uniform, complete and managed appropriately.

As AD Project Mgmt - PPAS Technology - Vendor Lead , you’ll s erve as a liaison with Business Development and Bids/Contracts for the client presentations and proposal development.

Overall responsibility for instigating and leading change initiatives within the business segment and works with peers across business segments contributing to the overall leadership of appropriate PPD and Evidera divisions.

Essential Functions:
  • Facilitates pipeline reviews, produce weekly forecasts, manage the authorization approval process through finance while driving commercial goals, and assist with the reviews and final approval of sales attainment for compensation.
  • develops and drives the specific and overall business segment strategies to ensure optimum performance and achievement of annual plans and targets
  • Executes strategy for various key commercial infrastructural initiatives aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and success of the commercial organization.
  • Develops processes to track and analyze account performance and territory/customer segmentation performance.
  • Supports commercial AOP and budgeting processes.
  • Assists with building executive presentations and board meeting content for organization and sponsor leadership.
  • Collaborates with multiple stakeholders to enhance processes and tools to track and/or analyze account and/or segment performance.
  • Assists with identifying and producing relevant KPIs and analyses based on new commercial processes and defined structures which will allow leadership to measure success and work toward continuous improvement of the organization.
  • Ensures the timely execution of studies with a focus on quality deliverables for a segment of the business. In those cases, develops and drives the specific and overall business segment strategies to ensure optimum performance and achievement of annual plans and targets.
  • Facilitates hand-off meetings and kick-off meetings to identify potential risks and work with the project team to develop and communicate contingency plans.
  • Ensures project risks and potential contingencies impacting time/quality/cost of deliverables are discussed with Senior Management through appropriate escalation pathways.
  • Reviews and assesses project profitability through the identification of “out of scope” activity in a timely manner and supporting follow through on all aspects of contract modification.
  • Manages the overall budgeting activity of the groups - annual and long-range forecast.
  • Accountable for the line management of project managers and senior project managers.
  • Effectively recruits, inducts and retains staff. Provides ongoing coaching, feedback and training, addresses performance issues, responsible for formal performance appraisals, development plans and career coaching. Responsible for proposing salary and bonus recommendations and supporting recommendations with appropriate documentation.
  • Communicates with sponsor(s) regularly to obtain direction and feedback on implementing scope of work as well as performance to date. Identifies unusual or significant problems encountered during the course of a study and proposes strategies for preventing or correcting significant problems.
  • Assists in business development activities to obtain additional contracts by writing and reviewing proposals, making presentations to potential clients and representing the location/division at appropriate professional meetings and conferences. Fosters client relationships and supervise strategic sell initiative of the division.
  • To support strategic technology implementation specifically in the peri- and post-approval (PPA) space to enhance study execution:
    • Works with major practice area and functional area leads to identify and evaluate fundamental issues on the project, interpret data on complex issues, makes sound business decisions and ensure solutions are implemented
    • Works to ensure all project deliverables meet the customer’s time/quality/cost expectations. Accountable for ensuring all project deliverables meet the customer/contract expectations, providing accurate hour forecasts, reviewing pass-through costs and ensuring timely invoicing
    • May direct the technical and operational aspects of business-specific technology implementation on projects, to achieve the successful completion of study needs.



Education and Experience:
  • Previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 10+ years) or equivalent and relevant combination of education, training, & experience.
  • 5+ years of management responsibility
  • Proven leadership skills

Years of experience refers to typical years of related experience needed to gain the required knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the essential functions of the job. Years of experience are not to be used as the only determining factor in establishing the job class or making employment selection decisions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the software development lifecycle including the development, validation, translation and migration (paper to electronic) process.
  • Ability to independently scope various types of business-specific technology implementation projects and develop projects plans and requirements documents
  • Ability to quickly assess and document critical and essential business needs and determine the best implementation strategies supporting the most efficient, long-term technical solutions and enhanced processes.
  • Hands-on experience with systems integrations, business analysis, business and technical requirements gathering, assessment of data files structure
  • Demonstrates strong leadership skills.
  • Strong financial acumen.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills including the ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and problem-solving ability.
  • Effective organization and negotiation skills.
  • Expert knowledge of project management principles and application.
  • Possesses depth of knowledge and practical application of budgeting, forecasting and resource management.
  • A relationship builder who is able to work effectively in matrix organizations.
  • Has successfully led national/international cross functional teams.
  • Demonstrates cultural awareness and adapts appropriately.
  • Knowledge of regulatory guidelines and Directives.
  • Skilled in process improvement, especially as it applies to clinical trials, clinical development and project management.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of general data management and data minding functions, used in clinical space
  • Applies a range of negotiation techniques to achieve desired outcomes with evidence of commercial and organizational acumen.
  • Ability to effectively use automated systems and computerized applications such as Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.
  • Hands-on knowledge of primary platforms used in clinical trials space, not limited to: CTMS, EDC, eCOA platforms




PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 48 countries and more than 21,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a firm commitment to quality to help clients and partners bend the cost and time curve of drug development and optimize value in delivering life-changing therapies to improve health.


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