1.Japan Project Lead (JPL) is responsible for the initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closure of projects at the project level:
・Project initiation should be done in collaboration with the project sponsors and stakeholders, understanding the project scope and constraints.
・Project planning involves key strategy documents development, such as TPP, TPC, CDP, etc. defined elsewhere, and estimating the budgets, timelines, and resources. Developing a project risk management plan is also part of the project planning.
・Smooth project execution requires strong teamwork led by JPL.
・JPL is responsible for monitoring overall progress of the project, taking corrective actions when issues are identified, and triggering change controls when necessary. JPL must keep stakeholders appropriately informed of the project’s progress.
・When the project needs to be closed, JPL will appropriately arrange and archive the documentation, and perform the lessons learned process.
2.JPL coordinates and leads the Japan Project Team (JPT).
3.JPL ensures the key information is shared among the Project Team members and represents the Project Team in interacting with the relevant global team such as the Core Project Team.
・Although the functions are expected to closely communicate with their global counterparts on function-specific matters, JPL ensures all functions are on the same page and their communications are consistent with the agreed-upon Japan strategy.
4.JPL is also responsible for securing external resources for the execution of projects where functions cannot provide adequate resources.
・An example is preclinical expertise for which we currently rely on external consultants.
5.JPL is responsible for providing critical inputs into the business planning process by overseeing the budgeting of projects, tracking costs, resources, and timelines.
・Bachelor degree in scientific discipline
・An advanced degree (MS, PhD) in scientific discipline, and/or MBA is preferred.
・At least five years’ experience in biotech or pharmaceutical industry
・At least five years’ experience in managing projects
・In-depth knowledge of drug development processes and contents
・Working with global teams
・Use of project management tools and concepts
・Japanese and English language communication skills (both oral and written)
・Strategic thinking skills
・Successful handling of uncertainties
・Good presentation skills
・Good negotiation and conflict management skills
・Leadership and team building skills
・Having energy and drive to push projects forward