Project Leader

Project Leader (Vaccine/Infectious Diseases)

US Remote Worker

The Emmes Company, LLC ("Emmes) is a global, full-service Clinical Research Organization dedicated to excellence in supporting the advancement of public health and biopharmaceutical innovation. We believe in the power of truth, so much so that we named our company Emmes, which means truth. Through decades of experience we have learned that collaborative relationships thrive and human health benefits when truth is our compass.

Our "Character Achieves Results" culture is driven by five key values that guide our actions in the way we conduct research and distinguish us as an organization: Integrity, Agility, Passion for Excellence, Collaborative Partnerships and Intellectual Curiosity. We are a trusted partner to clients who share our passion for improving public health in a world of ever-changing scientific research.

If you share our motivations and passion in research, come join us! You will be joining a collaborative culture that empowers every Emmes employee — from entry level through top executive — to contribute to our clients' success by sharing ideas openly and honestly.

Primary Purpose

The Project Leader successfully execute clinical research projects while maintaining a positive, effective, and responsive relationship with clients. As an expert in clinical research, the Project Leader uses professional concepts in developing resolution to critical issues. Holding primary accountability for technical, scientific, fiscal and management oversight for one or more projects within the Vaccine and Infectious Disease (VID) research unit, the Project Leader proactively communicates with internal and external stakeholders to provide timely resolution for strategic issues that impact upon project outcomes. As a leader in the organization, this position may partner with the business development team to generate and grow new business.

The VID Therapeutic Research Unit (TRU) supports vaccine and infectious disease research across a wide range of disease areas, including: Malaria, Tuberculosis, Influenza, Ebola, MRSA, STI and Enteric pathogens, and emerging infectious diseases. VID supports Phase 1-4 clinical trials investigating vaccines and treatments for bacterial, viral, and parasitic agents, as well as epidemiological studies. Primary services include statistical design and analysis; bioinformatics support; implementation of Emmes' proprietary software for electronic data collection, data management, and electronic specimen tracking; preparation of study-related materials and web site development; generation of safety, regulatory, and final reports and manuscripts; clinical site training, assessment, and technical assistance; and study communication and collaboration.

Responsibilities
  • Accountable for technical, scientific, fiscal, and overseeing of large clinical research projects working with staff at Emmes responsible for research support activities, including but not limited to Clinical Operations, Statistical and Scientific Innovation, Regulatory Affairs, and Pharmacovigilance.
  • Responsible for the management of programs to successful outcomes by the application of Project Management Institute Standards (or equivalent), best practices and other applicable project management methods
  • Proactively assesses client expectations and addresses client's needs for ongoing studies/support and engages with clients for new opportunities in support of future studies.
  • Reviews, provides input on, and approves project and study documents and processes, as needed.
  • Represents the project or company at client meetings and scientific conferences.
  • Utilizes broad understanding of therapeutic, clinical trial design, and/or process expertise to influence and executes project decisions considering client needs, budget considerations and the current state of the research field.
  • Defines solutions with input from team members that will be implemented to meet client's needs that address contractual aspects of projects (e.g., project contracts, scope of work, budgets, subcontracts, vendor agreements) to ensure delivery of high-quality contract deliverables.
  • Defines solutions with input from team members that will be implemented to mitigate risk and communicate risks and contingencies with clients.
  • Approves initial budgets and statement of work documents and subsequent modifications before distribution to clients.
  • Liaises with corporate services and leaders from other Emmes verticals and departments to ensure staff resources are adequate within the project team to successfully meet the client's requirements.
  • Participates in project review meetings with TRU Directors and/or TRU Oversight, and Commercial and Service Project Oversight, if applicable.
  • Uses established key performance metrics to assure successful delivery of the project that meet client requirements
  • Supervises, mentors, and supports lower level project leaders (if applicable) to ensure they are properly trained for their current positions and have growth and development opportunities.
  • Mentors project staff from other verticals pursuing a Project Leader role within the Therapeutic and Research Units.
  • Participates in relevant corporate meetings and provides information learned and best practices to project team as applicable.
  • Implements relevant corporate initiatives directed towards Project Leaders and therapeutic research areas, taking into account project budget considerations.
  • Provides support to the Chief Business Officer as a subject matter expert in a therapeutic or research area and discusses business opportunities with clients and study collaborators, as appropriate.
  • Contributes to the development of operational strategy, budget, and proposal content for new business opportunities.

Experience
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the principles of clinical trial management and operations with at least 3 years of management experience in a research environment
  • Prior CRO/pharmaceutical management of clinical trials
  • Demonstrable track record of success delivering large complex/high-priority clinical trials within the agreed time, quality, and cost
  • Strong cross-functional project management skills
  • Experience with project management software (e.g. Microsoft Project) to maintain Work Breakdown Structure
  • Experience with accounting software for project budget management (e.g. Deltek Costpoint)
  • Demonstrated strong problem solving and analytical skills, combined with sound business judgment
  • Ability to work proactively and effectively, with creative problem-solving and collaboration skills
  • Highly motivated with ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with vaccine and infectious disease clinical trials is preferred

Education/Requirements
  • Associate Project Leader: Bachelor's degree, preferably in a scientific discipline, with at least 6 years of experience within pharma and/or CRO; Master's degree with at least 4 years of experience within pharma and/or CRO; PhD with at least 1 year of experience within pharma and/or CRO
  • Project Leader: Bachelor's degree, preferably in a scientific discipline, with at least 8 years of experience within pharma and/or CRO; Master's degree with at least 6 years of experience within pharma and/or CRO; PhD with at least 3 year of experience within pharma and/or CRO
  • Senior Project Leader: Bachelor's degree, preferably in a scientific discipline, with at least 11 years of experience within pharma and/or CRO; Master's degree with at least 9 years of experience within pharma and/or CRO; PhD with at least 6 year of experience within pharma and/or CRO


Three Project Leader levels are available. The selected candidate will be hired for the highest level matching his/her qualifications.

Why work at Emmes?

At Emmes, your actions and hard work will have a direct impact on public health initiatives, both globally and in our local communities with opportunities for volunteerism through our Emmes Cares community engagement program. We offer a competitive benefits package focused on the health and needs of our growing workforce, including:

  • Unlimited Approved Leave


  • Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401k & Profit Sharing Plan
  • Work From Home Anywhere in the US


  • Maternal/Paternal Leave


  • Casual Dress Code & Work Environment


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The Emmes Company, LLC is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

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