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Astellas Pharma Senior Project Manager Medical Affairs in Northbrook, Illinois

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This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

The Senior Manager, Project Management is responsible for providing logistical and tactical project management support for assigned projects across one or more Therapeutic Areas. The Senior Manager provides project management leadership and operational expertise to cross functional teams. The Sr. Project Manager collaborates with the Therapeutic Area Leader and product leads to ensure implementation and execution of project activities and quality deliverables as defined by the Medical Affairs Plans.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide project management expertise for Astellas Medical Affairs, US (MA-US)

  • Project/Product Teams.

  • Work closely with the designated Therapeutic Area Leader and Medical Affairs Product

  • Team Lead to ensure project success through execution of key project activities as defined in the Medical Affairs Plan.

  • Enable active cross-functional communication within team through appropriate methods; set meeting logistics, prepare meeting agendas and minutes, and provide meeting facilitation of appropriate Teams (M2AST, Regional Medical Teams, Working Teams, etc.) and Sub-teams (as appropriate), possibly including teams with external partners.

  • Ensure project plans and activities are available to be integrated into higher level planning documents and calendars.

  • Create, manage and monitor project timelines and milestones. Collect and report on product-level metrics.

  • Monitor product-level contracting activities, such as Medical Affairs advisory boards, ISR's, consultants, and external vendors.

  • Coordinate and Facilitate the Core Medical Plan, MTP and Budget development processes.

  • Facilitate working meetings for plan and budget development, obtain input from necessary functions (HEOR, Clinical Ops, IME, Pubs, ISR, etc.), consolidate input, and coordinate cross-functional review processes.

  • Ensure the plan and budget are maintained and updated as needed; identify, track, and report variance to budget / forecast.

  • Create and maintain documents based on project, medical strategy and budget plans.

  • Provide project management support for other non-TA related projects or initiatives in support of the Medical Affairs Americas organization.

  • Assist in the creation of process improvements and help lead organizational change

  • Share and adopt best practices to continually improve PM maturity in Medical Affairs

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Manage, monitor and report project tasks and milestones

  • Manage, monitor and report project budget and spend status

  • Measure and report team performance metrics

Organizational Context

Reports to Director Project Management

  • Interface and support Medical Affairs Global, Marketing / Health Systems / Sales, Corporate Planning, Finance, APGD, and external partners

  • Communicate and report to MA-US management, Corporate Planning and joint partnership committees

  • Help to drive continuous improvement efforts to raise project management competency

Qualifications Required

  • Bachelor's degree. Minimum of 8 (BA, BS), 6 (MS), or 3 (PhD, PharmD) years of experience

in the pharmaceutical industry or related fields.

  • Proven Project Management / Operational Management experience.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to manage multiple complex/layered projects

and competing priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence without supervision.

  • Demonstrated high level of competence with MS Office applications and Project Planning


  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills to facilitate team discussions and drive

optimal team performance.

Qualifications Preferred

  • PMP certificate.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate in a global matrix environment


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans.


Category Medical Affairs

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans