Project Management, in the Pharmaceutical Industry, is a key part of drug development and manufacturing. A skilled Project Manager can co-ordinate many talented individuals and correctly allot budgetary and other resources to deliver the best possible result. They are intimately aware of the industry challenges related to regulation and producing measureable results, as well as scrupulously honest and precise.
Project Management focused professionals work in an intersection of pharmaceutical quality control, clinical research and other management aspects of the pharmaceutical industry, and often have strong backgrounds in at least one of these aspects. This means that they often end up in a Project Management role as part of their ongoing career. This provides a strong advantage because a Project Manager can understand the unique capacity and challenges of the other roles.
The fundamental difference between them and the more technical side of the profession is generally on their knack for interpersonal management. That doesn’t just mean working well with their team, but also being able to be strong advocates for their project. Pharmaceutical companies generally have many ongoing projects and a good project manager is also an advocate and internal lobbyist that sees that their team secures the resources they need to see their project thrives.
Possible Project Management careers include:
- Pharmaceutical Clinical Research Project Manager
- Pharmaceutical Project Coordinator
- Process development analyst
- Project Management Office coordinator
- International Project Manager