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Project Leader

India, Remote Job ID R0000006601 Category Project Leadership Date Posted 01/13/2023
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As a part of the global Project Leadership group at Parexel, you are responsible for leading cross-functional teams to deliver high-quality and patient-focused clinical trials and help bring life-changing treatments to market faster. You collaborate with clients and internal stakeholders to identify project requirements, develop project plans, and manage project timelines and budgets. The role requires strong leadership and communication skills, the ability to work under pressure, and a passion for improving patients' lives.

In return, Parexel offers a supportive work environment, and a high degree of empowerment and accountability to lead your studies. Within this role, you work with a diverse set of clients and therapeutic areas, and you are encouraged to take on new challenges and pursue your interests.

Success Profile

Do you have these soft skills and interpersonal traits to succeed at Parexel?

  • Adaptable
  • Communicator
  • Collaborative
  • Leadership
  • Proactive
  • Problem-solver

About This Role

Job Purpose:
Lead the Parexel and Client teams by combining deep clinical research experience with insight into client pressures in order to develop the right solution for the client. This requires enhancing in-depth project management skills and business understanding, knowledge, and experience in order to independently make effective decisions and take action. This role provides the overall cross-functional leadership of clinical trials as well as the project teams to
achieve operational excellence and deliver projects on time, to budget, to the highest quality, compliant with ICH GCP, and that meet client expectations. This position is responsible as Global Project Leader
for the profitability of a small to midsize project(s) and client satisfaction, and acts as a role model and coach for the team. This position can also assume a support project leader role within a project leadership team of multiple PLs/PDs on larger project(s). Project Leaders may mentor junior staff and Functional Leads for specific projects.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Independently responsible for all Project Leader tasks and deliverables according to SOPs on assigned projects including: Develop and maintain a formal project plan with all key milestones, budgets, and resources assigned to specific tasks and outcomes. Define metrics for reporting performance against plan. Ensure that all standard project systems and tools are set up correctly and functioning appropriately. Implement operational strategy as defined in the project plan and makes changes to the plan to ensure desired results. Proactively solve problems in collaboration with the client and project team. Seek advice / approval from Project Director or Director, Project Leadership, as, and when, required. Close out of all project activities upon project completion; perform financial reconciliation and system closeout. Identify best practices developed during project and share lessons learned across the organization.
  • Perform initial and ongoing risk management: Identify potential project risks and implement contingency plans, mitigate actual risks with team members and keep client informed about risks and contingencies.
  • Manage and ensure first time quality on the project deliverables : Establish quality standards for the project that drive individual and team commitment to quality. Monitor quality of deliverables and implement corrective and preventative action as needed.
  • Develop and manage the client relationship : Owns the client relationship at a study level and responsible for client communication ensuring high client satisfaction. Establish effective channels and standards of communication among all key stakeholders that supports timely and efficient delivery of the information required for the effective completion of the project. Pro-active approach to providing solution set for clients in a timely manner.
  • Understand and own the project P&L : Manage the project according to budget with revenue recognition and forecasting, including resource management, pass-through management (review, regular reconciliation and forecasting) and managing Change in Scope in collaboration with the Project Specialist, the Client Contract Manager, the Project Financial Business Partner and functional leaders. Handle all project invoicing activities.
  • Manage the crossfunctional project team : Enable all stakeholders to achieve successful study completion while maintaining high client satisfaction. Establish team goals, inspire individual ownership, and establish processes to support project result accountability. Lead internal monthly project review meetings. Ensure relevant project specific training is developed and followed as required
  • Represent Project Leadership function : Represent Project Leadership Function in external client meetings and presentations such as Bid Pursuit Meetings, Investigator Meetings or others as required. May represent Parexel at professional meetings / conferences.
  • Other assigned responsibilities : May include non-billable work such as SOP review and lead or contribute to other organizational initiatives.


 Ability to create a sense of urgency and take a proactive, solutions-based approach

 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving skills

 Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills  Highly accountable

 Client focus

 A flexible attitude with respect to assignments and new learning  Ability to manage multiple and varied tasks with enthusiasm and prioritize workload with attention to detail

 Ability to thrive in a matrix environment and to value the importance of teamwork

 Basic understanding of all aspects of project life-cycle

 Ability to work independently with oversight guidance

 Ability to analyze complex/novel situations using existing tools and resources

 Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Power Point, and Word, and project planning software

 Ability to become proficient with Parexel systems

 Familiarity with standard business and eClinical systems used in Clinical Research – such as CTMS, EDC, IXRS, TMF and project planning tools

 ICH and GCP regulations in relevant geographies

 Solid clinical knowledge and basic understanding of clinical research and protocol design

 Ability to adopt and work according to Parexel High Performance Culture (HPC) principles

 Ability to inspire cross-functional teams to collaborate and demonstrate ONE Parexel approach

 Competencies aligned to Project Leadership Job Models for: Project Planning; Project Execution; Project Fulfillment; Financial Management; Risk Management; Quality Management; Team Leadership; Communication and Relationship Management Knowledge and Experience:

 Strong command of written and spoken English language, local language proficiency as required

 Proven substantial project management experience, preferably in healthcare, clinical research, or contract research organization

 Proven track record of developing client relationships at project level Education:

 Bachelor’s degree in a science/medical related field. Advanced degree desirable

 PMP or equivalent desirable


Potential Career Path

Parexel offers a growth path with diverse therapeutic areas and clients, so you can grow according to your interests.

  • Associate Project Leader
  • Project Leader
  • Senior Project Leader
  • Associate Project Director
  • Project Director
  • Director, Project Leadership
  • Senior Director, Project Leadership

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