Jobs in life sciences

Senior project manager (product development)

Ref. SPM
Function: You lead, plan, execute and finalize projects within given time, cost and quality constraints. The project manager is a member of the R&D team.
Location: Mechelen

The company:

The company is an innovative commercial stage molecular diagnostics (MDx) company providing next generation diagnostic solutions aimed at improving clinical practice for the benefit of patients, clinicians, payers and industry. The Company’s proprietary platform is a fully automated, real time system which offers accurate, highly-reliable molecular information from any biological sample in virtually any setting. It addresses the growing demand for personalized medicine by allowing fast and effective treatment selection and treatment progress monitoring.

The company is developing and marketing a rapidly expanding test menu addressing key unmet clinical needs in oncology and infectious diseases. These areas represent respectively the fastest and largest growing segments of the US$5 billion MDx market which is expected to grow to approximately US$8 billion in 2018.

Job description:

The role of the senior project manager (product development) is to lead, plan, execute and finalize projects within given time, cost and quality constraints. The project manager is a member of the R&D team. 


  • Facilitate project initiation and scope definition. 
  • Support the project sponsor in preparation of business cases and quote preparation for external partner or CDx projects. 
  • Conduct and lead product development projects and teams.
  • Define and manage the delivery of the project’s objectives, both from an operational and business delivery point of view.
  • Manage the project interfaces & stakeholders (internal & external incl. development and CDx partners).
  • Project budget management. 
  • Draft and submit budget proposals and recommend subsequent budget changes where necessary.
  • Manage project costs within approved budget and report on actuals versus planned
  • Manage resources, coordinating all efforts within the company, including third-party services or consultants in order to deliver projects according to plan.
  • Ensure quality and compliance throughout the project’s life cycle.
  • Develop project plans (scenario based) and associated communications documents.
  • Plan and track schedule project timelines and milestones using appropriate tools
  • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, and presentations to project sponsors, internal and external (partner) stakeholders and appropriate governance bodies.
  • Define and manage project success criteria & risks and disseminate them to involved parties throughout the project life cycle.
  • Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise project team members and contractors, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.
  • Develop best practices and tools for project execution and management in interaction with other project and/or program managers. 
  • 15-20% travel. 

Requested competences and skills:

  • Master’s degree (preferably in a scientific or engineering orientation), or equivalent by experience
  • 5+ years’ experience in project management of product development projects
  • Experience in healthcare industry, preferably management of IVD or medical device projects
  • Knowledge and understanding of national and international (CE, FDA) QA/QC and regulatory requirements)
  • Experience in managing complex, multi-site and or multi-company projects is an asset
  • Strong business acumen
  • Strong people management skills, influencing and interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter
  • Teamplayer
  • Result oriented and able to work under pressure
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Good analytical and decision-making skills
  • Thrives in a fast paced and changing environment
  • Well-developed influencing skills
  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken)
  • MS Office
  • MS-Project is a plus