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Project Information Manager

Primary North Chicago, Illinois Req ID 2211956 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie


The Project Information Manager has primary responsibility for data analysis on Project Management and AbbVie operational data, aligning analyses with key business processes and creating cross-functional alignment between business process and analytic insights


•Propose and lead cross-functional projects by creating alignment between R&D team members (Managers and Directors as appropriate) and harmonizing on goals and tasks.   Estimate and manage requirements to achieve defined objectives. Execute against defined objectives/plans and keep cross-functional management informed of progress and achieved milestones.

•Expedite and coordinate a multitude of interrelated and cross-functional activities. Establish project plans, recommend and coordinate resources, and monitor milestone completion

•Uses knowledge of pharmaceutical industry data, advanced analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills to resolve business problems efficiently and effectively. Responsible for developing, managing and communicating analytics performance reports and dashboards, monitoring and communicating key performance metrics and providing ad-hoc analyses to Managers, Directors and Vice Presidents in R&D.

•Ensures organizational data are translated into actionable information that is easily understood. Identifies areas of performance improvement based on trend report analyses and suggests actions to achieve improved results.  Provides appropriate training and education within affected functions within R&D.

•Utilizes and implements tools to identify novel solutions for metrics collection, data analysis, and process improvement.  Primary support of LBE, Budget, and Portfolio Management Processes for functions and project managers. Provide Project information, reporting, and tracking to support planning cycles, including oversight of ad-hoc and routine requests. Manage activities to ensure functions have the right tools and reports for accurate estimation.

•Build and drive team/function relationships, strategy development and plan execution. Anticipate and lead issue resolution. Develop recommendations for the Project Management Function and consult with clients.

•Improve efficiencies of creation of standardized reports.  Optimize collection and maintenance of reporting information while ensuring data quality.  Provide oversight to the report generation and publication process, troubleshooting as needed. Provide general administration for the creation and distribution of standard and ad-hoc reports. Monitor and ensure accurate and consistent planning, forecasting and documentation of project related information.

•Continue to improve training, interpretation and guidance on new processes and system functionality to support the project planning, budgeting and resource management system. Develop and provide advanced training courses, presentations and interpretation / guidance to support process / systems and foster best practices. Serve as process / system subject matter expert.

•Builds, manages and maintains relationships internally and externally to gain buy-in and maximize results. Ensures the timely flow of communication and continually updates Managers and Directors within R&D regarding project(s). Successfully negotiates optimal solutions with cross-functional stakeholders.  Serves as local expert for business procedures with experience on identifying and raising issues, as well as recommending solutions to the broad community.

•Carefully balances department risk versus benefit, and the ability to recommend strategies for remediation of potential gaps, often under a number of constraints. Elevates key findings directly or through team to Senior / Executive Management.

  • Bachelors degree required, preferably in a technical, scientific or project management related discipline and 6+ years professional work experience, preferably in project management, system based processes, or the pharmaceutical or biotech industry; or Masters degree with 4+ years of work experience; or Doctorate degree with 2+ years of work experience in same disciplines.
  • Accreditation in a project management or process improvement discipline highly preferred (e.g. Project Management Professional, LEAN Six Sigma, etc.).
  • 2+ years Project Management experience, including leadership of a cross-functional team required. Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of project management principles. Ability to work independently and represent sound strategies is required.
  • Must have clear leadership skills that minimally include: strong written and effective interpersonal communication; capability to clearly present, influence, and logically justify proposals; sound judgment; negotiation and conflict management; effective communication across cultures and disciplines; relationship building and fostering teamwork; and training experience.
  • Job requires knowledge of the drug development process.Cross-functional and global project team leadership experience preferred.
  • Proficient in the tools and techniques of Project Management and /or Business Excellence. Proficient technology skills (e.g., MS Office software, MS Project, Qlikview, Spotfire, etc.) required.
  • Exceptional proficiency in quantitative analytics, and optimization algorithms.
Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: No
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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