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Associate Director, CMC Project Management

Department: Operations

Job Title: Associate Director, CMC Project Management

Reports To: VP, Operations


This position will occupy a key role partnering with Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) teams to provide operations support and planning to ensure that resources are deployed efficiently and projects are completed on time and within budget. This position will work primarily within CMC but also support the nodes where CMC interfaces with other functional groups within Avid. This position is also responsible for working with Avid’s Chemical Development and Manufacturing senior leadership team to implement corporate goals and objectives for manufacturing teams.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development of the long term strategic plan for development and manufacturing teams
  • Lead CMC teams in establishing clear scope of work and drive team towards the delivery of project milestones on time, on budget, and within scope through utilization of project management tools
  • Communicate strategy and project plans to Senior Leadership and team members and assist in driving decision making
  • Work with CMC senior leadership to create project schedules that are integrated across all functions and aligned with company objectives prioritization
  • Partner with Clinical Development teams to align CMC with Clinical Development, Quality and Discovery efforts into integrated project plans ensuring cross functional alignment and accountability from project initiation through completion
  • Identify and monitor critical path, utilizing Project Management tools and develop contingency plans when the project deviates from that path
  • Identify gaps in existing processes and drive the implementation of solutions that increase productivity and efficiency of the organization
  • Understand the commercial and customer needs of the project and integrate the learning to development of planning
  • Assist with the management of the Chemical Development and Manufacturing budget by maintaining actuals to plan by working with Manufacturing Directors and Avid Finance
  • Manage/coordinate laboratory expansion projects for Avid laboratories and facilities as needed
  • Support CMC and clinical project planning for regulatory filings worldwide
  • Facilitate and incorporate lessons learned, best practices, etc.
  • Build and maintain effective teams: motivate, recognize, coach and mentor team members
  • Coordinate internal and Avid-Lilly meetings, and document and communicate key takeaways to relevant constituents


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering
  • A minimum of 5 years of Project Management experience
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience within a CMC department or group with hands on experience in chemical drug development
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Demonstrated project management experience with a complex manufacturing development processes
  • Experience in radiopharmaceuticals a plus
  • Excellent computer skills (e.g., MSExcel, MSProject)
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills particularly motivational, negotiation, listening, judgement, analytic and conflict management skills, demonstrated by ability to effectively interface across all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead others through change. Demonstrated ability to influence outcomes and key project decisions
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment and to manage a wide range of activities simultaneously
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team focused environment

Additional Information:

  • Some travel required (less than 20%)
  • Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status

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