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DIRECTOR, PMO R&D

BRIEF COMPANY PROFILE

Our client is a Global MedTech company headquartered in Greater Copenhagen with a strong track record in developing state-of-the-art products addressing unmet needs in the market.

THE POSITION

With the objective and ambition to further strengthen the Project Management Office function and capabilities within Global R&D, the position will be responsible for ensuring superior project management processes and competences in support to the wider Global R&D area of our client – dedicated to innovation, product development and product change projects and activities.

 

Additionally, and with the direct leadership of 10+ FTE’s (Project Managers), the position will be overall responsible for exerting effective strategic leadership and management of the team.

 

Consequently, the position calls for a skilled project leader with vast experience in leading and driving teams and R&D projects – ideally including PMO management experience. Additionally, experience with Stage Gate model principles or similar is required and experience with software embedded products is preferred, while strong communication-, stakeholder management- and service skills are equally favored with the ideal candidate.

POSITION PROFILE

Position title:

Director, PMO R&D

Reporting line:

Executive Vice President, R&D

Location:

Greater Copenhagen

Traveling:

15-20 days per year

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Assuming full ownership and leadership of the global PMO function within Global R&D, including among others ensuring the establishment and continuous development of superior project management processes and competences contributing to effective and successful project management of development projects.

  • Ensuring effective governance across the entire project portfolio.

  • Ensuring effective project portfolio management alongside superior service and support to the Global R&D organization through the PMO Project Managers.

  • Ensuring continuous improvement and development of the function to ensure a high level of effectiveness and execution power.

  • Ensuring process and facilitation responsibility and oversight regarding project economics and financials.

  • Exerting effective change management leadership regarding project execution and overall governance in the PMO.

  • Ensuring process and facilitation responsibility and oversight regarding project budgets, economics and financials.

Key success criteria:

  • Exertion of successful leadership of the PMO function and team, resulting in highly satisfactory ratings from team members and key stakeholders.

  • Contribution to evident strengthening of the PMO platform, including the establishment and development of superior project management processes and competences.

  • Creation of a high-performing culture within the PMO team.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Educational background:

Relevant education – preferably at Master level.

Language:

English – fluent (verbally and written).

Ideal experience and competencies:

  • +5 years of experience from a similar role managing and leading projects – and preferably project organizations – in a PMO-like setting supporting R&D/development projects and activities.

  • Experience with direct people management and leadership.

  • Experience from comparable global R&D organizations – in- or outside the Medical Device industry requiring strong regulatory understanding (design control).

  • Experience with Stage Gate or like models/principles.

  • Preferably experience with software embedded products/technologies.

  • Track record of creating superior service delivery structures.

Personal competencies:

Responsibility and ownership

Assumes responsibility for assigned projects and tasks, sets direction, takes control and ensures that colleagues and team members possess clear understanding of project targets, tasks and responsibilities.

 

Structure and follow up

Works systematically, organizes work and effort and is methodical in one's performance. Holds on to commenced tasks and projects, takes action and organizes resources. Direct others toward successful execution of tasks, drives projects forward, makes things happen and follows through. Plans actions to secure optimal use of time and resources, compares achieved results to set objectives and follows up on delegated tasks and decisions.

 

Long-term perspective

Prepares thorough project plans with clearly defined goals and actions, breaks down strategy into manageable tasks and generally works with a long-term objective in mind.

Inspiration and motivation

Inspires others and encourages the achievement of set goals by promoting a sense of purpose. Provides inspiration for a positive work attitude and prompts a strong wish to succeed in the team.

 

Communication

Communicates the central issues in a discussion in a clear, fluent and precise manner and is able to keep the recipients' attention. Is attentive to the needs of others when speaking and produces written material which is easy to understand.

 

Stakeholder management and personal relations

Is able to establish and maintain relations with people at all levels and makes people feel at ease. Achieves agreement by dealing with disagreements and potential conflicts with diplomatic skills and develops and maintains networks.

 

Planning
 and time management

Plans a focused course of action for self and team, ensures appropriate assignment of tasks and schedules an optimal use of available resources. Is conscious of the timing related to work and effort, meets deadlines and plans tasks in relation to use of time.

 

Customer and service awareness


Seeks to give individual and personal service and follows up on the service provided. Continuously seeks new ways of improving and values customers and service highly.

 

Results and goal orientation

Establishes visible and achievable goals for the department. Focus on action, activities and results. Is able to continue working at a specific problem, viewpoint or action plan until a result has been achieved or it is determined that an alternative approach is needed.

For further information:

Please contact Kristian H. Larsen 

Head of Research 

Albright Partners A/S at:

 

M: +45 7199 1504

E: khl@albright.dk

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