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Adaptimmune Director of Project Management - US in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A fantastic opportunity for a Project Manager has become available in our Project Management Department. We require a proactive, motivated and experienced Project Manager, who is able to adapt to an evolving business. This individual would be assigned to key projects in the organisation. Adaptimmune is a fast paced, exciting cell therapy company that is growing to meet its expanding portfolio. A competitive salary and benefits package is on offer.

Primary Responsibility

Provides strategic and operational leadership for end-to end projects to ensure the effective progression of projects within Adaptimmune’s global portfolio, from pre-candidate selection to support of late stage clinical projects/commercialization.

Works closely with the Project Leader, to ensure smooth running of the project.

Provides strong leadership to project teams by:

  • Supporting the Project Leader to set the strategic direction for the project and articulate the value proposition for the potential product

  • Turning strategy into clear, coherent, yet flexible development plans

  • Ensuring project(s) are regularly reviewed and continue to meet Adaptimmune’s business needs.

  • Managing the day to day operational activities for the project(s), such as:

  • Identifying and resolving key issues

  • Performing regular Risk Analysis

    Key Responsibilities

  • Manages projects of varying complexity and/or multiple projects independently

  • Develops and coordinates resource planning across functions to assure that adequate resources are being applied to the project

  • Maintains high level and detailed timelines, working closely with project team members to assure consistency with functional departments timelines,

  • Tracks the various parts of the timeline and brings issues to the Project Leader’s attention. Participates in resolution, and updates the timeline on an on-going basis

  • Works with project team members to ensure that the project team meets the project objectives on time and on budget.

  • Works with Project Leader and functional project team members to ensure positive team spirit and high functioning project team

  • Supports Project Leader in leading Project Team meetings

  • Ensures that key issues are resolved within the project team or are elevated to management for resolution

  • Prepares monthly progress reports and ad hoc reports as required

  • Identifies project risks with input from functional project team members and identifies strategies to mitigate against these.

  • Drives regular lessons learned sessions to help share learnings throughout the business.

  • Ensures that decisions made at project team meetings are assessed as to their impact on the current plan, budget and available resources.

  • Ensures that team recommendations related to project direction are endorsed by appropriate Governance Bodies

  • Recommends and implements best practices across project teams e.g. resource capacity planning, project risk management, team performance, timeline development, portfolio management

  • Participates in development of Project Management tools, templates and processes

  • Presents updates to Senior leadership as well as colleagues on a regular basis

    Qualifications & Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in healthcare related area or business,

  • A number of years Pharmaceutical experience (preferably in both small and larger companies)

  • A number of years of drug development project management experience


  • MS/ MBA or PhD preferred

  • PMP or Prince 2 certification

    Skills & Compentencies


  • Excellent project management skills

  • Driven to deliver positive results

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Strong conflict resolution and consensus building skills

  • Ability to operate both tactically and strategically

  • Proven track record in a cross-functional matrix environment, demonstrated ability to influence others without authority over their work

  • High level personal integrity and ability to handle highly confidential information appropriately

  • Proven leadership skills, maturity, and emotional intelligence

  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams

At Adaptimmune we embrace diversity and equality of opportunity. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of age, colour, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other legally protected category. It is our intent that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.

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