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Director of Project Management

HK Recruiting - Hollister, CA

The Director of Project Management will build and manage the Office of Project Management, with the goal to increase pipeline predictability, throughput, and improve cross-functional execution effectiveness. In this role, s/he will be responsible for the coordinated management of all active programs and projects, and identifying opportunities for balancing pipeline capacity and performance in alignment with priorities and goals. This position reports directly to the VP of Information Systems & Architecture.


PM Capability Building

  • Establishes and maintains a standard project management approach to drive project initiation, planning, and execution, tailored for product development, software implementation, and operations/manufacturing projects.
  • Assesses cross-functional project team capability and defines specific improvement actions and training needs to improve collaborative development and project results.
  • Participates in industry specific project forums, and professional organizations to identify competitive strategies, and to benchmark best practices. Relentlessly pursues making robust project execution a core competitive advantage for the organization.

Project Performance

  • Defines key performance indicators and clarifies ownership for delivery at all levels of the organization, driving for focused delivery based on commitments
  • Conducts regular program and project reviews, testing for probabilistic planning, proactive risk management, and critical thinking to ensure predictability, quality and communication.
  • Creates a systematic approach to improving project planning accuracy and project cycle time.
  • Enforces consistent application of key partner interface processes during execution, including joint requirements management and change control, risk management and issue escalation.

Project Pipeline Reporting & Resource Management

  • Works with the functional leaders to ensure appropriate leveling and allocation of resources to projects and to resolve competing project needs
  • Drives implementation of a resource management process and reporting to facilitate prioritization, management trade-offs, and efficient project intake.
  • Develops an overall communication strategy and a reporting process for updating the organization on project and pipeline progress, decisions and impacts.
  • Provides regular updates to Senior Leadership on key projects.
  • Establishes a project management information system and tools to improve capturing, tracking and reporting of project information.

Development of PMO Staff and Operations

  • Develops and implements the PMO operational plan, including a staffing plan for direct and indirect staff, hiring strategies, budget, and operational procedures.
  • Provides direction, guidance, and leadership to the PMO staff and fosters collaboration and effective integration of efforts with system-wide initiatives.
  • Ensures that department complies with established company processes, and that Project Managers know how to apply quality and safety standards, policies and procedures based on project types.


  • Demonstrated success in leading multimillion $ product development, software implementation, and/or operations/manufacturing projects from initiation through launch/close-out. Minimum of 10 years of progressive Project and Program experience, including setting up and promoting a Project Office.
  • Prior experience in rolling out a common project management methodology, defining PM standards and tools. A proven track record of leading successful change across functional and geographic boundaries.
  • Must be thoroughly grounded in financial and operational management.
  • The successful candidate will be self-confident, results-oriented, persuasive and influential.
  • Experience in leading effective teams and fostering collaboration across organizational boundaries, as well as excellent communications and interpersonal skills, are essential.
  • Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher, and have significant business and project leadership experience in Life Sciences.

Posted On: Monday, October 4, 2021

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