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8 Sep 2020

Full-Time Program Manager (Rare Disease – Launch and Commercial)

UCB Biosciences – Posted by UCBdenise Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Job Description

Help us transform patients’ lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with significant unmet needs. Working together, we blend the best of our talents to deliver thoughtful solutions that patients value. Will you join us in this pioneering adventure?

To strengthen our Rare Disease unit, based in Brussels or Atlanta offices, we are looking for a talented individual to fill the position of:  Global Program Manager.


The primary purpose of a Global Program Manager (GPM) is to drive differentiated patient solutions by transforming UCB’s strategy into program and project delivery.  A GPM’s role is to initiate, plan, execute, monitor/control and ultimately close a program to successfully realize the intended benefits. This includes overseeing any sub-projects and programs.

GPMs will partner with the project sponsor (typically a Development Leader), who has overall accountability and team leadership for the program. GPMs are a standing member of the development team.

As part of the development team, GPMs are responsible for proactively ensuring program goals and strategies are appropriately framed, scoped and delivered in line with UCB’s standards and processes, including oversight of the sub-projects, so that UCB’s governance bodies and stakeholders can make the most informed and timely decisions.

GPMs need to ensure there is strong communication amongst team members and with multiple stakeholders in different regions including external partners, ideally managed through a comprehensive communications plan. Effective program communication and managing the culture in line with UCB’s values is an essential leadership component of the GPM’s role in working with cross-functional, diverse teams.

GPM assignments can vary in terms of program scope, size and complexity and may also include project management of specific deliverables within the program. GPMs act as champions for Program and Project Management techniques and processes, educating colleagues in these areas and sharing best practice across the organization.


You will contribute by:


  • Framing Program Goals and Objectives

Drive the development of differentiated patient solutions through framing the strategies using Program and Project Management standards and processes. GPMs will determine the program requirements based on the Target Patient Value Profile (TPVP) and other inputs with the sponsor and in line with UCB’s 10 Year Strategic Plans, to ensure clear objectives, scope and prioritization in a project charter or similar.


  • Setting Program Planning Baseline

Ensure appropriate program strategies are in place to meet the overall goals including a baseline plan, clear Team work/organization breakdown structure as per scope, scheduling, requirements prioritization and benefits in a measurable business case with trade-off analysis where appropriate.


  • Program Budgeting and Resourcing

Partner with Finance to set, oversee and monitor the program budget, with appropriate change controls and probabilization for key program and project milestones. This includes negotiating and driving the partnership agreement and financial cycle process.


  • Executing Programs and Projects

Responsible for program execution through the team and overseeing sub-projects. This includes managing program performance against UCB’s end to end lifecycle process, stage gates and messaging with governance bodies. For all programs this includes proactively identifying, troubleshooting and escalating risks and issues as well as realizing the benefits of project-related opportunities. It also includes use of UCB’s project processes, reporting and technology such as INTEGRATE, Sharepoint, SAP and SOURCE.


  • Measuring Program and Project Performance
  • Setting and monitoring program and project quality and performance including KPIs, feedback-based project reviews and transition management in line with UCB processes and standards.
  • Communicating Program Information

Managing the project communication plan to identify the key messages, audiences, interfaces, timings and mechanisms for effective communication at all levels including externally to the organization.

Act as delegate for Development Lead as needed.



Interested? For this position you’ll need the following education, experience and skills: 


  • Post Graduate Qualification in Relevant Discipline Preferred e.g. MSc, PhD, MBA.
  • Project Management Certification or Qualification Preferred (e.g. PMP, APM, Prince 2, Agile etc)
  •  At least 3 years of experience in a Project Management Role, or related function, ideally within Pharmaceutical Industry, in Research and Development Setting. 5+ years of experience and postgraduate qualification preferred.
  • Experience working with global, multi-cultural, diverse teams, with demanding timelines and complex deliverables.
  • experience working in cross-functional teams focused on the research, development and commercialization of a product, including Regulatory Affairs, Safety, Medical Affairs, Manufacturing and Access.




About Us

At UCB, we come together every day to work, laser-focused, on a simple question: How will this create value for people living with severe diseases? By putting patients at the heart of everything we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees worldwide operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases. We are looking for people with passion and empathy who develop a real understanding of patient’s needs and can deliver thoughtful solutions to decisionmakers across the heath care ecosystem.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: pharma, pharmaceutical, program launch, Program Manager, and rare disease. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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