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Project Director - anywhere in the UK/EU

Company: Chiltern
Location: Home or office based UK/EU
Reference: NCPD
Closing Date: 16 Dec 18
Type: Permanent
Salary (£): Competitive
Benefits: Competitive salary and benefits

Job Summary:

Project Director opportunity within the areas of Infectious Disease, Inflammation and General Medicine (iiGM). This is a high profile full service Project Management role working in house at Covance.


Project Director opportunity within the areas of Infectious Disease, Inflammation and General Medicine (iiGM).

This is a high profile full service Project Management role working in house at Covance.

We are able to offer homebased or office based working, depending on location and preference.  This role can be based in various European / EMEA locations.

At Covance, you can redefine what is possible and discover your extraordinary potential within our Project Management Team.

Our Covance Project Management team offer the unique opportunity to gain exposure across a broad clinical trial portfolio.  Whether your ambition is to work at the forefront of cutting edge clinical trial design or play a pivotal role in directing and coordinating global clinical trials in Leading Pharma, we have the opportunities for you.

Dedicated to Leading Pharma or Agile Biotech teams with an assigned Therapeutic alliance; our goal is to help you shape your career, giving you maximum exposure and accelerated succession opportunities.

The relationships and proprietary data we have through our partnership with Labcorp and Central Laboratory Services gives our Project Managers a strong platform and the confidence to drive projects through to completion.

With the support of exceptional people and an energized purpose, you’ll be empowered to own your career journey with dedicated mentoring, training and personalized development planning.



Accountable for project execution and serve as key client contact for assigned projects, establishing working relationships with client project teams which result in client satisfaction, operational excellence and thereby increase potential for repeat business.

Lead core project team(s) and facilitate team's ability to lead extended project team(s), ensuring effective cross-functional teamwork among project team members including both internal and external stakeholders.

Resolve conflict and serve as escalation point for project issues to internal and external stakeholders, as appropriate.

With key stakeholders, develop the project delivery strategy, costing assumptions and resulting budget for assigned project(s).

Deliver project(s) to scope, schedule and costs, ensuring all remain on track with the contract and with financial performance targets. Initiate and implement appropriate actions to proactively manage the change control process both internally and externally.

Proactively lead both quality control and risk assurance activities to ensure project deliverables are met according to regulatory, Covance and client requirements.

Use experience from previous projects and lessons learned to ensure process improvements are implemented successfully across all projects.

Oversee team management of and variance to required project plans. Ensure that all staff allocated to assigned project(s) adheres to professional standards and SOPs, managing team performance and adjustments as necessary.

Develop and manage to key project performance indicators for client specified metrics, ensuring that the KPIs are within scope of the project contract.

Define and manage project resource needs and establish succession plans for key resources.

In collaboration with relevant departments, prepare and deliver presentations for new business as required.

Perform other duties as assigned by management.

Job Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have global Clinical Project Management experience working for a pharmaceutical company or within the CRO industry.
  • Experience in managing complex programs with significant financial value and complicated structure, multiple vendors and/or sub-CROs and Academic Research Organizations in a virtual environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing priorities.
  • Working knowledge of ICH Guidelines and GCP including international regulatory requirements for the conduct of clinical development programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire effective teamwork and motivate staff within a matrix system.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by example and to encourage team members to seek solutions independently.
  • Excellent communication, planning and organizational skills.
  • Good computer skills with good working knowledge of a range of computer programs.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in the English language.
  • Eligible to work with the UK/EU.


A career at Covance provides our employees the unique chance to create an immediate impact and difference in our patient’s lives. Joining Covance will offer a rewarding career, a chance to work in a high-energy & team oriented work place, and access to competitive benefits. With the support of exceptional people from across the globe and a vast array of career options, you’ll be empowered to own your career journey with mentoring, training and personalized development planning. As a Covance employee, your work will be meaningful, the patient outcomes are real, and the results are lasting. 
Our mission is to help our clients bring the miracles of medicine to market sooner -- join us for your next career move.
Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Individual with Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). Your confidentiality and privacy are important to us.

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Contact Information:

Address:  London, UK
Covance Clinical and Periapproval Services Ltd Osprey House Maidenhead Office Park Westacott Way Maidenhead
Tel:  +44 (0) 1753 512000
Fax:  +44 (0) 1753 511116
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