Innovation Project Assistant - #366285

MNA Recruitment

Date: 6 days ago
City: Vereeniging, Gauteng
Contract type: Full time
Reference: CPT000388-CH-1

A global pharmaceutical company is seeking an Innovation Project Assistant. The role will be assisting the Project Manager in defining, planning, tracking, and managing the project in respect of Portfolio Development and Launch Readiness. This role will be responsible for ensuring appropriate management, customer and supplier involvement throughout the life of the project.

  • Assistance in uncovering business needs across a range of product portfolio, including competitive intelligence, product marketing, market research
  • Assistance in the Management of the new business sales process
  • Work with sales and/or marketing departments 
  • Packaging design
  • Marketing strategy of new launch
  • The Innovation Project Assistant also must be able to manage project schedule and task details and utilize project management tools such as reports, tracking charts, checklists, and project scheduling mechanisms and to delegate appropriately.
  • He/she must be able to manage change and take active Leadership in timely decision making.
  • Day-to-day operation is a varied mix of business analysis activities interacting with both external and internal stakeholders with a high degree of cross functional activities

  • Assist in the definition of the project management process to be applied to the project.
  • Assist in the preparation of the  project plan  
  • Assist in the generation of content for presentations to the Executive Committee
  • Assure that all team members understand their roles and accept their responsibilities
  • Apply project resources according to the approved project plan.
  • Analyze risk and instigate avoidance activities.
  • Establish contingency plans and identify trigger events and responsibility for initiating corrective action.
  • Track and report on progress to plan.
  • Analyze the actual performance against the plan and make adjustments consistent with plan objectives.
  • Keep all stakeholders informed of progress and issues.
  • Involve functional expertise in design reviews and key decisions as well as risk strategies.
  • Assure timely adaptive action is taken.
  • Manage change to preserve business plan commitments.
  • Negotiate the performance of activities with team members and their managers.
  • Establish and publish clear priorities among project activities.
  • Coordinate management and technical decisions.
  • Arbitrate and resolve conflict and interface problems within the project.
  • Provide input on the performance of affected team members to their supervisors
  • Tertiary qualification in Marketing is an advantage
  • At least 3 years' Proven Project Management experience
  • Have expert knowledge on regulatory and code of conduct issues which impact marketing. 
  • An ability to negotiate with internal contacts to ensure “Best Practice” programmes are implemented on time and with minimum disruption to the organisation.
  • Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills.  An ability to negotiate win/win outcomes with business partners, academics and KOLs, professional societies as well as internal contacts.
  • A proven ability to create relationships within Government Agencies and other stake holders within the Health Care environment.  A track record of influencing people.
  • Sound understanding of Health Care delivery system and data sources within the system.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in pharmaceutical industry with Proven Project and Launch capability experience.
  • Experience in industry and commerce will be a recommendation.
  • Strong positive relationships with Key Accounts (Dischem, Clicks, Alphapharm, etc...)

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