Covance Inc Located in: Princeton,  New Jersey
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The Director, Trial Execution is responsible for the line management of assigned project management staff who execute Phase Ib through IV Clinical Trials with an emphasis on, developing and maintaining therapeutic specialization and alignment; developing and improving project management excellence, including the training and development of project management staff.


Supports the Senior Director, Trial Execution to set project management standards and ensures they are followed by performing regular assessments of staff performance on projects

•Supports effective organizational infrastructures, support systems, accountabilities, and processes to enable assigned project leaders to deploy project management excellence in delivering projects across the region

•Supports and facilitates a learning organization

•Ensures that assigned staff understand and perform according to defined performance and process standards - project management excellence

•Uses established metrics and reporting dashboards to assess resource needs and staff performance for assigned staff

•Supports a culture of project management excellence in which project leaders are effective and have a deep understanding of their role and responsibility in ensuring project success for the TA and their clients across the region

•Supports effective collaboration with the TA leadership, as key customers

•Supports the development and implementation of consistent project tools, templates and reports that deliver informative performance metrics and other critical information to stakeholders

•Ensures consistency in the management of assigned project staff

•Provides line management and technical support to assigned project leaders

•Fulfils project staffing needs/ requests from the TAs

•Manages a resource capacity plan/resource forecast for assigned staff to help understand and allocate resources for projects across the region as required by the TAs

•Assesses project management competencies for assigned staff in order to create developmental plans that will increase competencies and close performance gaps so as to differentiate project performance by project leaders at Covance

•Implements and enables processes for staff-related issue escalation and resolution

•Enables TA delivery and growth objectives through the training, allocation and ongoing mentorship/development of experienced project leaders

•Drives a disciplined and consistent approach to planning, executing and learning from projects and applies quality management principles

•Provides leadership for assigned project management staff within the therapeutic area

•Line management responsibilities for the training, development and performance review of assigned staff

•Support TA peers to review and understand new business proposals

•Supports PM CoE leaders to ensure consistent project management methodology. metrics and performance standards



•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 •Strong knowledge of Covance training, human resource and performance appraisal processes. •Thorough knowledge of CRO business •Detailed knowledge of Covance and the overall structure of the organization. •Thorough knowledge of Covance SOPs

11 or more years of drug development and clinical research experience (pharmaceutical, biotech or CRO), preferably including 6 or more years leading clinical trials in respective Therapeutic Area

•4 or more years global leadership experience, ideally in a complex, virtual and matrix environment leading large multi-functional teams

•Strong understanding of the industry

•Excellent leadership skills.

•Strong financial analytical skills.

•Excellent oral, written and presentation skills, including confidence and proficiency in presenting to Sr. Management.

•Excellent planning, organizational and change management skills

•Proven capability in collaborating with other leaders across the region as well as in a global matrix environment.

•Demonstrated ability to lead by example and to encourage team members to seek solutions.

•Proven interpersonal and communication skills.

•Proven line management experience in global, matrix environment

•Demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing priorities across clinical operating units.

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

•Strong ability to understand and assess technology alternatives and implication for current processes.

•Proficient computer skills with good working knowledge of range of computer programs.

•Experience in the creation and improvement of enabling infrastructure and associated processes

•Proven ability to liaise and negotiate with internal partners/stakeholders in a professional manner.

•Broad knowledge of drug development process and client needs.

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Covance Inc. is proud to be the only drug development company with a full range of research and development services—from lead optimization, to commercialization and life cycle management. Covance, headquartered in Princeton, NJ, is the drug development business of LabCorp with global operations in more than 30 countries.


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