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Head of Project Management Japan
Strategic & Business Development Operations (SBDO) group in Japan
Entire R&D Japan / NEAH area
Drive the establishment of mid- to long-term project development strategies and business objectives in R&D Japan / NEAH (North East Asia Hub)
Lead and supervise Common Performance Indicators / KPIs / benchmarks management to improve performance efficiency in alignment with R&D Japan / NEAH mid-long-term strategy and objectives
Lead or facilitate building consensus around drug development & Lifecycle management (LCM) planning, budgeting, execution, and corresponding processes among groups in R&D Japan / NEAH organization, and also among groups for some specific areas.
Facilitate drug development activities and support regional project managers, project teams, functional managers and other relevant stakeholders to meet R&D Japan / NEAH targets
Implement global standards and coach / support R&D Japan / NEAH stakeholders in the area of budget planning, plan / actual control, project management, RDC governance and continuous learning development.
Optimize processes based on aforementioned global standards if necessary under agreement with global stakeholders
Lead or facilitate the implementation of global / regional strategic initiatives for improving processes, systems and relationships among internal and external stakeholders
Planning office related area
Lead and supervise the preparation of strategic and optimized R&D Japan / NEAH strategies and plans with resource and proposed costs as part of the Book of Work
Implement and / or facilitate improving R&D related information technology tools into R&D Japan / NEAH
Support China and northeast Asian countries with implementing global planning office standards and activities
Project Governance related area
Manage and organize Japan / NEAH-PDC (Program Development Committee) and J-PRM (Project Review Meetings) timely and efficiently
Ensure timely building of consensus on development strategies and plans for Japan / NEAH development projects and LCM projects among key R&D Japan / NEAH and MSJ stakeholders in order to receive endorsement for these smoothly from global governance committees
Portfolio & Project Management related area
Ensure reliability of MSJ product portfolio through Project Level Evaluations and also by supporting MSJ commercial related assessments
Develop, implement, and maintain project management methods, processes, tools, and information systems to facilitate project execution in harmonization with Global Project Management standards
Create a project management platform where project teams can share best practices / lessons learned
Develop and deliver training for Regional Project Managers and team members in collaboration with Global Project Management and local / global HR
Lead 1-2 individual programs as necessary based on resource needs
Continuous Learning Development related area
Guide and support functionally required training for R&D Japan / NEAH and Medical Department activities to meet both local regulatory requirements and corporate standard
R&D Coordination related area
Facilitate and support cross-functional and non-project operations in a timely and efficient manner for R&D Japan / NEAH
Ensure that the same project and management related information is shared among stakeholders in a timely manner by periodically distributing development charts, decision minutes / notices for project governance, project team members, cost center structure, R&D J / NEAH organization charts, etc.
Manage intra-net website for R&D Japan / NEAH to increase awareness regarding the R&D Japan / NEAH organization and roles & responsibilities
Manage inter-net website for R&D Japan / NEAH in MSJ to increase awareness of MSJ R&D activities outside the company
Coordinate the supply of research material upon request from researchers in Japan (only launched products in Japan
More than 10 years experience in drug research and development experience within the pharmaceutical industry, a medical institution or a clinical research organization
More than 5 years project leader / manager experience
Experience with NDA submissions and getting market authorization as a project leader
Comprehensive knowledge and experience of clinical development
Comprehensive knowledge of ICH / GCP, and MHLW regulatory requirements
Basic research experience for drug development and / or profiling is preferred
Master’s degree or above in natural sciences (e.g., Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, Biology, Medical) with in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and processes of drug development areas
PhD degree is preferred
Recruiter in charge : Natsuko Araki (natsuko.araki merckgroup.com)
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