Incorporated in 1993, Syngene International Ltd. is an innovation-focused global discovery, development, and manufacturing organization providing integrated scientific services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, nutrition, animal health, consumer goods, and specialty chemical industries around the world.

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Syngene’ s clientele includes world leaders such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Baxter, Amgen, GSK, Merck KGaA, and Herbalife. Its innovative culture is driven by the passion of its 4240- strong team of scientists who work with clients from around the world to solve their scientific problems, improve R&D productivity, speed up time to market and lower the cost of innovation.

Position: Deputy Manager – Project Management (Integrated Drug Discovery)

Location: Bangalore

Department: Global Program Management

Job Description:

Job Purpose: To manage therapeutic discovery projects and related enterprise initiatives, from proposal through initiation and execution to closure, to ensure achievement of project objectives

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Define, track, and expedite the process flow of Integrated Drug Discovery (IDD) projects
  • Propose, facilitate, and at times lead enterprise initiatives aimed toward building and enhancing Integrated Drug Discovery (IDD) capabilities
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Coordinate Integrated Drug Discovery (IDD) scientific proposal preparation, from the definition of requirements, assembly and management of cross-functional proposal team, alignment on project strategy and objectives, drafting, reviewing, finalizing, pricing, presentation, and feedback

  • Understand and ensure fulfillment of contract obligations
  • Bring together appropriate cross-functional and cross-organizational stakeholders to create project charters and define system requirements for initiation
  • Facilitate the preparation of detailed, integrated project plans, featuring the following components in explicit detail:
    • Therapeutic, mechanistic, and target engagement hypotheses
    • Target candidate profile and target product profile
    • Stage gate and milestone criteria, current status, and program strategy to achieve criteria thoroughly and efficiently, on the shortest possible timeline
    • Stepwise, critical path steps required to meet stage-gate and milestone criteria, including timeline, resource requirements, risk/mitigation analysis, and buy-up options for acceleration through parallel execution
    • Research operating plan, including function-specific strategies and objectives (e.g. screening paradigm, Structure-Activity Relationship (SAR) strategy, Pharmacokinetics (PK)/ pharmacodynamics (PD)/efficacy strategy

  • Drive project execution by running effective meetings inclusive of clearly articulated desired outcomes, detailed agenda noting topic owners, posted supporting documentation, and rapidly posted minutes and actions (including responsible parties and timelines)
  • Ensure the right level of control through effective use of governance frameworks and established escalation mechanisms
  • Ensure timely and transparent sharing of information including appropriate dashboards and status updates
  • Facilitate the preparation of detailed stage-gate and milestone achievement documentation
  • Provide continuous, proactive risk-identification, escalation and mitigation
  • Enable resolution of issues in a timely manner
  • Ensure systematic closure of activities as needed
  • Analyze data to pick patterns towards enabling continuous improvement
  • Follow environment, health, and safety (EHS) requirements at all times in the workplace ensuring individual and lab/plant safety
  • Ensure environment, health, and safety (EHS) measures are imparted via training and adhered within the team

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Thorough understanding of therapeutic discovery process flow, with strong project management experience in either large or small molecule discovery and preclinical development; experience with both modalities and related specialties e.g. bispecific, conjugates, Proteolysis targeting chimera (PROTACs) preferred
  • Proficient in general project management knowledge areas
  • Proficient in project management software (MS Project or equivalent)
  • Comfortable with data analysis using MS Excel
  • Comfortable with presentations using MS PowerPoint
  • Comfortable with collaboration platforms such as MS Team
  • Good knowledge of Contract Research Organizations (CRO)/ Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO)/Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry environment
  • Knowledge of operations, process mapping, and continuous improvement methodologies preferred
  • Possess the knowledge and exposure to the environment, health, and safety (EHS) practices

Behavioral Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage cross-functional teams; experience managing cross-organizational teams preferred
  • Collaborative, team player
  • Analytical, problem solver
  • Growth mindset, positive approach
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Ability to influence irrespective of hierarchies

Qualification: B.Sc/M.Sc preferably with Project Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent certification

Experience: Min 7 years of relevant experience with at least four years of experience in managing integrated drug discovery projects with the business value of over INR 2.5 crore

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