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(Archived) Senior Advisor - Product Development

Last Updated: 12/02/22

Job Description

Interested in joining a cause-driven, customer focused company dedicated to positively impacting the health of animals, people and the planet? Search our job listings below.

The development project leader will be responsible for leading global R&D projects from pipeline entry through approval, using both internal and external resources. Scope may include multiple species, technology types and registration pathways.

Additionally, the incumbent will contribute to new project opportunities consistent with the global innovation strategy, working to evaluate in close collaboration with, both R&D and Commercial Leaders.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the DPL for assigned global projects, proactively managing project plan in accordance with approved timing and budget.
  • Responsible for global animal health vaccine, and/or monoclonal and or Pet health pharmaceutical development from positive proof of concept to registration.
  • Responsible to ensure appropriate development strategy is in place and sufficient milestones identified, monitored, and communicated.
  • Accountable for assembling and revising the project team (SME support) and evolving it as the project progresses. Work with functional leadership to assign best aligned SMEs to project needs.
  • Collaborate effectively and timely communicate with functional SMEs to plan and execute projects
  • Set clear goals and objectives for the project team(s), hold self and others accountable.
  • Positively influence, foster creativity, and motivate project team members.
  • Align with project manager to ensure robust preparation/updates of project plans and timelines for assigned projects. Provide strategic inputs to facilitate accurate and timely project plans, timelines, and budgets.
  • Identify & communicate to executive leadership project specific risks and opportunity including impacts.
  • Identification & communication of project risk mitigation and remediation plans proactively
  • Effectively lead engagements with regulatory agencies, external collaborators/vendors as needed for projects.
  • Motivate project team members to push for creativity, foster culture of innovation and high trust

Basic Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS Degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Veterinary medicine, Chemistry, Biology or related sciences) with >10 years or PhD and/or DVM with >5 years of experience in leading multi-disciplinary vaccine or Pet health therapeutics development project(s) in the animal health industry.
  • Proven history of global project leadership across multiple R&D stages
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and strategic thinking
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Clear written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Preferred Skills/Experience and Education

  • PhD and/or DVM with >5 years of global development project leadership experience in the animal health industry.
  • Proven project leadership history across species and technology types, especially Vaccine, Monoclonal, and Pet Health Pharmaceuticals
  • Proven project leadership at all stages of product development
  • Demonstrated ability to work within regulated product development
  • Good understanding of GLP and GCP regulations as they apply to pet health vaccine/biologics product development study design and regulatory compliance.
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively across functions and provide leadership through influence.

Reporting relationships

  • Reports to: Executive Director, Product Development
  • Direct reports: None


  • Global Travel up to 20%.

Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status

Company Details

Greenfield, Indiana, United States
Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN) is a global leader in animal health dedicated to innovating and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets, creating value for farmers, pet owners, veterinarians, stakeholders, and society as a whole. With nearly 70 years of animal health heritage, we are committed to helping our customers improve the health...