Temporary CMC Project Manager

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (US) Boston, MA

About the Job

The Temporary CMC Project Manager will be responsible for the integration, creation and execution of multiple CMC development plans. By partnering closely with Project Leaders and cross-functional CMC Team members, the project manager develops and maintains fully integrated project plans to ensure that deliverables are successfully executed, are in accordance with project and disease area objectives, and are within budget. The Project manager is also responsible for comprehensive communication, including status reporting, risk management and escalation of issues to cross-functional stakeholders and Senior Management. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Co-leads CMC teams for critical development projects alongside technical Project leader
  • Strategically develops plans, budgets, goals, and logistics for projects, gaining cooperation and consensus
  • Works closely with the Project Leader and CMC team to align Pharmaceutical Sciences goals and strategy with those of the Disease Strategy Team and Project team.
  • Estimates and manages material needs (DS, DP, etc.), quantity, and timing for all development activities
  • Leads working teams to execute upon external manufacturing campaigns for DS and DP
  • Regularly interacts with functional areas beyond CMC, such as Regulatory, Quality, Supply Chain, Technical Operations and Clinical
  • Conducts scenario planning to proactively provide analysis and recommendations on alternative development plans, along with the associated assumptions and risks
  • Effectively summarize key information such as program progress, timeline updates, and risk/opportunity assessments for periodic presentations to management
  • Proactively provides key project issues and status to senior management to ensure alignment
  • Prepares minutes for select internal meetings, and methodically tracks all action items
  • Maintain frequent communication with the network of cross-functional internal and external stakeholders so that all parties are aware of current program status, issues, contingencies, and milestones

Minimal Requirements:

  • B.S./M.S./Ph.D. with 6 plus years of relevant biotech/pharmaceutical development or project management work experience
  • Maintains excellence in all expected role obligations and responsibilities
  • Communicates clearly and precisely with all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrates outstanding determination and/or persistence in supporting projects
  • Demonstrates ability to solve complex problems and attain crucial project goals independently
  • Understanding of scientific disciplines throughout the Pharmaceutical Sciences organization

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. In addition to our clinical development programs focused on cystic fibrosis, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs aimed at other serious and life-threatening diseases.


Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex today has research and development sites and commercial offices in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. For four years in a row, Science magazine has named Vertex one of its Top Employers in the life sciences. For additional information and the latest updates from the company, please visit www.vrtx.com.