Mar 04, 2020

R&D IT Program Manager

  • Professional Diversity Network
  • Cambridge, MA, USA
Full-Time Information Technology (IT)

Job Description


Job Description

TheR&D IT Program Manager will help drive the governance processes, standards, analysis, and tracking for the R&D IT portfolio of projects. They will participate in monthly finance cycles as well as the larger annual budgeting exercise, ensuring that activities are executed according to Enterprise IT PMO standards and in alignment with the organization's strategic plan.

Specific Duties:

  • Ensure adherence to the principles, tools, and processes related to Research & Development IT portfolio governance, in accordance with Enterprise IT PMO standards
  • Facilitate the project request intake and ideation process, as well as the Business Case review process.
  • Drive monthly financial reviews with relevant department and team members to ensure accurate financial tracking. This includes appropriate budget forecasting; month-end reporting of actuals, accruals and variance analysis; reconciliations with Finance.
  • Perform financial analyses; gather and report metrics related to the state of Projects, Programs and the Research & Development IT Portfolio. Generate relevant weekly, monthly and intermittent reports.
  • Participate in the development and delivery of periodic communications and training
  • Represent Research and Development IT in Enterprise PMO discussions and process decisions.
  • Play a key role in the R&D IT Annual Operating Planning inputs including: financial data updates & reviews with IT Functional Leads; this includes appropriate budget forecasting; variance analysis against strategic plan; reconciliations with Finance.
  • When required, lead moderate to complex projects and/or programs.
  • Manage the timelines, budgets and resource scheduling needed to deliver new or enhanced systems and capabilities.
  • Monitor, challenge and ensure predictable delivery of projects and/or programs - driving accountability of work stream owners and enabling escalation of risks and issues that require assistance or attention.
  • Ensure timely and accurate completion and maintenance of SDLC deliverables throughout the project/program lifecycle, and adherence to PMO standards.
  • Ensure resources, either internal or external, are secured to meet project needs.
  • Ensure projects are delivered at a high level of quality according to committed scope, approved budget and targeted dates.
  • Proactively raise execution concerns to project teams and leadership


  • 5+ years' experience working as an IT professional managing projects and/or programs in the Pharma-Biotech industry. Program leadership with experience in Pharma-Commercial and/or Pharma-Medical IT projects will be preferred.
  • 3 years' experience implementing moderate to complex cross-functional projects solutions within established software development life cycle methodologies.
  • Experience working in a validated environment and demonstrated success with compliant delivery.
  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Process-oriented with very strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to manage shifting priorities, demands and timelines.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Above-average proficiency with Microsoft Excel and other Office tools; proficiency with business analytics tools, such as Spotfire, PowerBI or Tableau a plus. Experience with a budget forecasting tool, such as Hyperion, preferred.

Minimum Education Requirements:

* Bachelor's Degree required, advanced degree in business or information technology desirable or a combination of degree and related experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications.

* Formal project management qualification is preferred (PMP or similar)

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.



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