Project Manager - Abzena

Project Manager

Location: Cambridge, UK
Area: Project Management

Overall Responsibilities

The key responsibility of a Project Manager is to ensure successful delivery to timeline, scope and budget of client projects at Abzena. Collaborates with Technical Operations, Program Management, Proposals, Finance, Accounting and Business Development teams.

Typical Duties Include:

  • Collaborates with Technical Operations, Program Management, Finance, Accounting and Business Development teams to achieve successful project delivery for global client base
  • Manages a portfolio of projects for Abzena’s global clients
  • Project activities will be based at Abzena’s Cambridge site, and will encompass the effective transfer of projects to the designated US project manager when projects pogress to later stage development to be performed at our US sites.
  • Responsible for the accurate and timely entry and maintenance of project records into Abzena’s IFS ERP system and supporting systems
  • Communicate with Business Development / Sales team to understand incoming projects’ scope, priority and timings
  • Assemble and inform delivery teams across all relevant functions at project start
  • Plan, run, document and follow up on internal and external Kick-Off Meetings, Joint Team (Technical) meetings and Project Status Updates
  • Share information, data and decisions between Abzena and client teams in a timely and accurate manner and ensure actions and follow ups are captured
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders advising of changes or updates to critical project information such as timelines, materials management and costs
  • Create amendments to project scope in collaboration with technical and sales teams, ensuring agreement of scope with client and update of corresponding payment schedules in Abzena’s IFS ERP system.
  • Ensure full financial alignment / invoicing vs deliverables is carried out
  • Close out projects / stages correctly and ensure client is supported with their program’s progression, whether internally or externally
  • Performs other relevant duties as assigned and aligned with the overall Project Management function and responsibilities within Abzena

General Responsibilities:

  • Communicates effectively with supervisors, colleagues, and staff
  • Ability to participate effectively as a team player in all aspects of Abzena’s business
  • Willingness to train on new technologies
  • Operates to the highest ethical and moral standards
  • Complies with Abzena’s policies and procedures
  • Adheres to quality standards set by regulations and Abzena policies, procedures and mission

Qualifications/Skills Required:

  • Life Sciences degree to BSc level or equivalent
  • Relevant project management experience, preferably within a contract science or pharmaceutical/biotechnology setting
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Must have knowledge of project management platforms (e.g. Microsoft Project) and other Office suite software, including Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel, with aptitude to learn new software and systems. Full training will be provided on in-house software applications
  • Specialised Project Management training or certification a strong advantage (e.g. PMP / PRINCE2)
  • Experience working in any role in a drug development or scientific service sector an advantage
  • Experience with enterprise, resource, planning (ERP) platforms an advantage
  • Must have excellent time management, communication and organizational skills
  • Must be comfortable directing / assigning activities within a multi-specialised matrix team, to ensure alignment and successful delivery of projects
  • Must be self-motivated, proactive, and adaptable.


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