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Senior Manager Programs and Projects
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Information Technology, Research
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Senior Manager Programs & Projects

About Astellas:

At Astellas, we can offer an inspiring place to work and a chance to make your mark in doing good for others.

Our expertise, science and technology make us a pharma company. Our open and progressive culture is what makes us Astellas. It’s a culture of doing good for others and contributing to a sustainable society. Delivering meaningful differences for patients is our driving force. We all have a significant opportunity to make that difference, working locally in the areas we know best, whilst drawing inspiration from the different insights and expertise we have access to globally and from our innovative, external partners.

Our ethos is underpinned by the Astellas Way, comprising five core values: patient focus; ownership; results; openness and integrity.

We are proud to offer an inclusive and respectful working environment that fosters collaboration and ownership. Our aspiration is to bring the best brains together, to provide them with world-leading tools and resources and a unique structure that fosters real agility and entrepreneurial spirit.

About this job:

The ideal candidate will be responsible for Ensures the alignment of existing information systems with business requirements across Astellas Value Chain including Research (DDR), Medical & Development (M&D), Pharmaceutical Technology (PT), and Quality Assurance (QA) globally for a certain function in collaboration with Relationship Management (RM) and Application Life Cycle Management (ALCM) Teams. Advises the organization in the definition of new or improved technologies related to information management in support of business change to enhance the value of information to the business for that function.

Amongst the main responsibilities for this role are the following:

  • Manages R&D Partner projects. Defines, in close cooperation with QA/CRQA/RC, the validation approach; Collaborates with RM Team to define, in close cooperation with key users, detailed user requirement specifications, necessary for project execution; Ensures functional and/or technical designs are specified and created; Ensures deliverables as described in the Validation Plan are met and signed off as appropriate.
  • Manages the execution of approved projects and performs the project management tasks as described in the SDLC/CSV SOPs and the System Development Guideline.
  • Identifies opportunities for evolution and innovation of the applied business information systems:
  • Collaborates with RM Team to analyze information requirements and needs of business customers.
  • Supports RM & ALCM Teams to prepare project proposals and briefs;
  • Promotes the portfolio of R&D Partner products & services (solutions) with supports from RM & ALCM Teams.
  • Collaborates with RM & ALCM Teams to stimulate the use of available Information Systems.
  • Follows and understands the direction and context of business and IT developments and the implications of these developments for specific solutions related to business processes:
  • Supports ALCM Team to keep up to date with business developments within the area of responsibility.
  • Keeps up to date with IT developments in general.
  • Searches for improvements when applying these developments to the solutions chosen, influence the business and initiate infrastructural projects.
  • Defines the global information strategy for Value Chain information needs for a certain (set of) system(s) (e.g. EDC, CTMS, PK):
  • Collaborates with RM Team to take business and technical requirements into account globally when information strategies and plans are developed.
  • Performs impact scans to understand the marketplace for a certain information need:
  • Supports RM Team to create an information strategy to deploy information systems with input from the business.
  • Supports RM Team to determine the scope related to information needs with input from the business.
  • Collaborates with RM Team to describe high level user requirements with input from the business.
  • Supports with RM Team to write Requests for Information (RFI) and performs market research.
  • Retrieves answers on the RFI and establishes a shortlist together with the business.
  • Supports with Procurement & RM Team to write Request for Proposal (RFP), performs due diligence and negotiates contracts to enable the selection of a preferred vendor from the shortlist, in cooperation with the business and shared services departments;
  • Compiles the business case showing the Total Cost of Ownership and intangible benefits, including financial, organizational, procedural and technological consequences.
  • Manages or participates in Global, cross-regional and/or regional/local R&D Partner project teams.
  • There are 4 teams in Regulatory Data Protection, that is composed of Regulatory Managers, Programs and Projects, ALM system, Phase Change Material teams.

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in information technology or equivalent.
  • Extensive experience in a similar role and in Pharmaceutical (Value Chain) environment.
  • Significant experience in project management and in the area of database administration, programming, report builder or similar is desired.
  • Good experience in the area of database administration, programming, report builder or similar is desired.
  • Experience in managing vendors (application vendors and service providers).
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements concerning GxP applications, GAMP5 and 21 CFR Part 11.
  • Knowledge of relational databases (Oracle, MS SQL) is desired.

Additional information:

  • Currently this position has the flexibility to work from home and in the office.
  • This position is based in Leiden The Netherlands.
  • Full time.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.