Project Manager III

South San Francisco, CA 94080

Posted: 09/21/2018 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Project Management Job Number: 4851

Our client is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. They are among the world' s leading biotech companies, with multiple products on the market and a promising development pipeline.



The Business Management and Communications group’ s vision is to provide the most efficient and strategic business solutions for Development Sciences (DevSci). 


The Business Manager will contribute to the success of DevSci by leading strategic planning activities and providing business management support to key scientific functions, managing essential cross-functional projects, as well as taking ongoing responsibility for certain key business processes.


The Business Management group ensures effective management of a wide range of projects  and processes, for ~500 scientists  and managers, in such areas as:


Partnering with functional area heads (VP/Director-level) to enable them to meet functional goals  and improve operational capabilities Being a thought-partner and advisor to DevSci leaders on business, organizational, and operational strategies and solutions Planning and implementing functional and cross-functional initiatives and deliverables Leading or managing DevSci initiative teams to ensure that deliverables are achieved timely and with a standard of excellence Identifying  and potentially leading cross-functional business process improvement projects Representing DevSci by liaising with other Genentech Research & Early Development (gRED)  and corporate functions Owning and/or support various DevSci programs that contribute to Great Place to Work and innovation


The Business Manager will be involved in multiple teams  and support one or more functions simultaneously, as well as contributing as an individual on less complex efforts.


Successful factors for the Business Manager include:


Partnering with scientific functional leaders in driving business initiatives within the functions Balancing the needs of multiple competing priorities, with internal customers from several departments Providing project management expertise to cross-functional teams, including goal setting, planning, facilitation, conflict resolution and team building Independently managing and influencing multiple stakeholders simultaneously in a matrix organization Facilitating resolution of issues relating to projects, priorities  and team dynamics Demonstrating creativity, independence, and initiative in resolving issues Understanding the strategic, big picture priorities while managing the detailed execution of deliverables





Prior experience working in a scientific/technical environment, preferably biotech Excellent communication skills, both written and oral Able to effectively partner with senior leaders in scientific/technical organizations Strong record of managing multiple stakeholders, and a desire to deliver service excellence High degree of flexibility, adapting to the organization’s priorities Strong analytical, critical thinking, and team facilitation skills to collaborate with key stakeholders.

Ability to effectively function with limited direction Results oriented yet with a tolerance for ambiguity and change Able to prioritize team activities and influence strategy Advanced competence in use of software programs (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint) Ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously Prior role in consulting or client based environment Knowledge of Genentech or Roche culture, systems and organization Experience in a position where it was necessary to manage through influence Experience in working with scientific or highly technical clients Knowledge of and experience with change management practices




Minimum BS degree in scientific/technical field plus project management experience and 5+ years experience in applying and communicating project management principles and processes Prefer MS in a relevant scientific subject or MBA and 5+ years work experience, with 5+ years in biotech or pharmaceutical industry

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