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Contract & Grant Project Manager

Janssen Research & Development, L.L.C. is looking to hire a Contract & Grant Project Manager, to be located in Spring House (PA), Titusville (NJ), Raritan (NJ), Beerse (Belgium), Leiden (The Netherlands), Allschwil (Switzerland) or High Wycombe (United Kingdom).

Within Janssen R&D’s Project Management Organization (PMO), the PMO ExPoint team is responsible for the integration of external funding (Government and non-Governmental agencies) in the Johnson & Johnson portfolio by providing project management support and subject matter expertise to externally funded projects. The CGPM will …

  • be directly supporting projects receiving external funding during the project lifecycle, focusing on the project-specific requirements and contractual commitments as agreed with Government Agencies, NGOs or other non-profit organizations.
  • shaping, building, applying, sustaining and continuously improving project management foundations to support flawless execution of external funding through Contracts & Grants with Government and Non-Government Agencies.
  • As a CGPM, you will actively contribute to establishing and coordinating a peak performing External Funding Team. Main tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate and coordinate project execution by monitoring progress against deliverables, milestones, and contract commitments so these can be achieved on time and within budget.
  • Specific Deliverables are depending on Contract or Grant Type but may include: Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Project Plans and Schedules, Risk Management Plan/Risk Register, Earned Value Management Reporting, Technical Reporting, Time Reporting, Contract Modifications and Subcontracting
  • Continuously reconcile project strategy with smooth project execution by monitoring intra-project interdependencies with an eye for the bigger picture while keeping attention to detail.
  • Prepare and organize cross-functional project meetings with that common goal in mind
  • Establish and manage the path, by navigating project teams through government requirements ensuring a smooth and flawless project execution
  • Prepare, organize and facilitate communication to appropriate Funding Authorities
  • Facilitate project dissemination by swiftly navigating the project team through the appropriate communication reviews and approval cycles
  • Proactively guide the teams to reflect on the need to sustain project outcomes after the project life and provide support in the development and implementation of a sustainability plan with all stakeholders involved.
  • Create and manage a high performing team culture – be an advocate for positive team behavior to effectively overcome project hurdles. To this end facilitate, coordinate and optimize team communication
  • Establish connections and networks for continuous learning and improvement by demonstrating appreciation for innovative and diverse points of view
  • Combine subject matter expertise with an innovative mindset to continuously improve the execution of Contract and Grants at Janssen
  • Develop and maintain a process for proactive identification of risk and opportunity to optimize project value
  • Manage and coordinate project related documentation and information to ensure full compliance and audit-readiness in the most efficient way possible
  • Identify and manage stakeholder & team needs and expectations
  • Communicate professionally at all levels and by using the right medium and with the right level of information



  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree is required
  • An advanced degree (i.e. MS, MBA, PharmD, PhD, etc.) in Pharmaceutical, life sciences, or related fields is highly preferred
  • Professional project management certification or degree is a plus
  • Experience:

  • At least 3 years of industry/business experience, including at least 1 year in pharmaceutical R&D is required.
  • A working knowledge of the drug discovery and/or drug development process is required.
  • Prior experience with external funding mechanisms, in particular with the US Government, is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams in a matrix environment, resolve conflict, and influence teams without formal authority, is required.
  • Successful experience managing or leading global and/or virtual teams is highly desirable, especially if done within a matrix organization
  • Contract & Grant Project Manager

    Johnson & Johnson, Beerse
    Project Manager
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