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Sr. Manager – Pharma Project Management

Job Description

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Eli Lilly Cork is made up of a talented diverse team of over 1,600 employees across 38 nationalities who deliver innovative solutions that add value across a variety of Business Service functions including Finance, Information Technology, Medical, Clinical Trials and more.

Eli Lilly Cork offers a premium workspace across our campus in Little Island, complete with flexible hybrid working options, healthcare, pension and life assurance benefits, subsidised canteen, onsite gym, travel subsidies and on-site parking. Inhouse People Development services, Educational Assistance, and our ‘Live Your BEST Life’ wellbeing initiatives are just some of the holistic benefits that enhance the career experience for our colleagues.

Eli Lilly Cork is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). We cater for all dimensions ensuring inclusion of all ethnicities, nationalities, cultural backgrounds, generations, sexuality, visible and invisible disabilities and gender, with four pillars: EnAble, Age & Culture, LGBTQ+ and GIN-Gender Inclusion Network.

EnAble, our pillar for people with disabilities and those that care for them, partners with the Access Lilly initiative to make our physical and digital environment accessible and inclusive for all. Together they are committed to promoting awareness to create a disability confident culture both at Eli Lilly Cork and beyond.

Come join our team – Be Creative, Be an Innovator, and most of all, Be Yourself!


The Senior Manager, Pharmaceutical Project Management (PPM) role is accountable for the supervision and development of staff supporting the portfolio within PPM. The Senior Manager and staff supports assets in all stages of drug development (e.g., discovery to marketed products) and may support multiple Business Units and Therapeutic Areas.

Role Responsibilities: 

This job description is intended to provide a general overview of the job requirements at the time it was prepared. The job requirements of any position may change over time and may include additional responsibilities not specifically described in the job description. Consult with your supervision regarding your actual job responsibilities and any related duties that may be required for the position.

People Management and Development

* Manages and develops a staff of up to ten individuals.
* Accountable for recruiting, onboarding, developing, and retaining appropriately qualified PPM staff with expertise in project management, drug development, and cross-functional leadership.
* Ensures performance and development goals are in place for staff and contributes to staff development through coaching, mentoring, shared learning, and direct feedback to enable current goals and future state functional and business objectives.
* Leads performance management processes for staff members including career development; provides input into merit/compensation, talent assessment and succession planning discussions for staff.
* Holds individuals accountable for their performance management objectives; ensures direct reports adhere to current policies, procedures and training requirements; promotes application and consistency in using approved processes that will aid in meeting departmental objectives.
* Models the Lilly leadership behaviors and establishes an environment where performance, business results, and work/life balance are valued and where individuals learn and grow.
* Champions and supports shared learning and connections across PPM through various shared learning opportunities and forums.

Portfolio Management and Delivery

* Accountable for management, prioritization, and delivery of book of work assigned to Cork PPM staff in partnership with the global PPM management team to meet portfolio needs and priorities.
* Develops strong collaborative relationships with business partners and leadership as well as areas that support project management function as communication interface with these areas regarding activities, priorities, and feedback.
* Champions commitment to quality and ensure quality of staff work products.
* Appropriately escalates portfolio and employee related issues.
* Provides timely communication to staff regarding the strategic direction, realignment of new assignments and new processes.
* Identifies, proposes, and leads solutions for a range of organizational, operational, and technical challenges.

Knowledge & Experience required:

* Four-year degree preferably in a health-related, scientific or engineering field.
* Minimum of 3 years of work experience with basic project management tools and processes (e.g., management of integration, scope, time, cost, quality, communications, risk, etc.).
* Practical experience in people management, coaching & development.
* Demonstrated ability to work and influence across multiple functions, regions, internal/external customers, and management.
* Strong interpersonal and teambuilding skills; able to develop effective teamwork between team members with diverse interpersonal styles; able to deliver effective coaching and feedback.
* Effective communication skills. Communicates effectively up and down in an organization and maintains confidentiality with respect to strategic and personnel matters.
* Strong self-management and organizational skills.

Other Information/Additional Preferences

* Higher degrees or certifications (e.g., MS, MBA, Master’s degree in Project Management or PMP).
* Prior knowledge and/or practical experience in the pharmaceutical industry and/or drug development.
* Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project (or related tools) and capable of maintaining appropriate project documentation.

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.