R&D Project manager

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Job profile

Synthon’s development projects for generic medicines are managed on the basis of an international multidisciplinary matrix structure. For most products we target regulatory submission in Europe, the United States, Canada, Russia, and in Latin America and other developing markets. The project manager is responsible for managing the development of multiple projects. 

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Job mission

As a project manager, you are responsible for leading cross functional teams involved with the development of around 5-10 generic products. Within the boundaries given by a strategic portfolio team, you prepare a project execution plan including budget and timelines. You deliver the project in line with the appropriate quality standards, agreed deadlines and scope. In this challenging role you are in the lead of a multidisciplinary project team, which includes representatives of several departments, such as Regulatory Affairs, Intellectual Property, API Procurement, Quality Assurance and delegates of the Drug Substance and Drug Product R&D groups. You are in close contact with our Business Development managers to align customer’s needs with project execution and together with the Operational teams you safeguard that products could easily be implemented in our commercial chain.

You clearly oversee and safeguard the projects strategy and are able to discuss impact of changes in strategy, planning and budget with senior management. The senior stakeholders of our company are heavily involved, you inform them pro-actively and together you agree on any risks or delays that occur in the project. You are responsible for the operating plan for the project. This is a comprehensive list of all the studies and activities anticipated to be required to result in a successful registration package. During the registration phase, you are responsible for a clear transfer of the developed product to the commercial chain. The goal is that the project can efficiently be handled in our commercial chain. You report to the vice president Global Project Management.

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Your letter of motivation and CV should show that you have:

  • A good all-around scientific education at least bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in life sciences, founded on one of the chemical sciences, e.g. chemistry, pharmacy, biology, medical science
  • Prior project management experience and experience in the pharmaceutical industry (must). Experience in the generic pharmaceutical industry is highly desirable
  • Several years of experience in one of the core development disciplines
  • Proven experience in interacting with senior management
  • A high proficiency in English both in writing and speaking.

 Personal skills

We expect you to be result-oriented, solution-focused and decision driven. You are a person with positive energy and a pro-active attitude which enables you to build relationships at different levels with a variety of stakeholders. You are able to manage a cross-functional team in a non-hierarchical way by using your ability to motivate the team, allowing highly educated professionals to collaborate in an effective way and steering them towards a common goal. You have excellent interpersonal communication skills and well-developed collaborative management skills that are effective at the executive level and across diverse cultures. You are convincing yet open minded and your organizational awareness is well-developed.  


Our offer

We offer our employees a working environment in which trust, pride and joy play an important role and as such we have been acknowledged as a Great Place to Work® in 2017 and 2019.  We understand our economic, social and environmental impact on the wider world. We care - for each other, for partners, for patients and for society at large. We support various educational initiatives and actively contribute to charitable causes and to the development of the communities worldwide to which we belong.

More specifically, we offer our employees:

  • A professional, yet pleasant and informal working environment with short communication lines, focus on cooperation and appreciation of initiatives
  • Competitive remuneration
  • Good working conditions with attention to ergonomic support
  • A keen eye on work/life balance, with the option to partly work from home
  • A yearly outing with all colleagues and other inspiring company events.


For further information, please contact Sandy Verhaegen, vice president Global Project Management at tel. +31(0)24 37 27 700.

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