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Last Updated: 8/05/21

Job Description

Zoetis, Veterinary Medicine Research & Development

Project Manager

Position Summary

Provide project management expertise to multiple cross-site, cross-functional pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and/or biological development teams to ensure alignment of strategic and operational objectives. Develop robust project plans at the project initiation phase and help drive team execution to plan through effective critical path analysis, risk management, and scenario planning. Apply strategic and tactical project management and decision philosophy to ensure the operational deliverables of the project are achieved on or ahead of schedule and within cost standards such that they meet the desired product profile and/or key decision required. Collaborate with project team leaders and project coordinators for effective 2-way communication of strategy decisions and ongoing project dynamics to result in seamless execution of projects.

Position Responsibilities

  • Co-lead the process for asset valuation, constructing robust project profile scenarios for alternatives with estimates of timing, cost, and resources ultimately resulting in the recommendation of the optimal project progression strategy to the business
  • Lead the project team through work breakdown structure exercises to produce robust and high-quality plans with buy-in from all team members and stakeholders
  • Lead risk assessments with the team and explore risk mitigation options and contingency planning scenarios that balance cost, timing, and product profile
  • With project team leaders, project coordinators, and team members; identify ongoing operational and technical issues, facilitate discussions with team and recommend possible resolutions to leadership to mitigate any execution risks
  • Manage stakeholder awareness and updates on project status with appropriate analysis of downstream impacts on risk, timing and cost
  • Provide guidance and coordination for product development team processes such as full development planning, launch planning, operating plan, prioritization, governance status updates, etc.
  • Share best in practice techniques and process with peers


  • Bachelor’s degree in a science or business field with a minimum of 5-7 years previous project management experience with demonstrated ability to influence project teams and stakeholders in a complex business environment using formal project management methodologies
  • Demonstrated ability to assimilate generalized ideas and concepts into clearly defined strategies, work break down structures, and decision trees
  • Superior application of soft skills to effectively facilitate team and governance interactions
  • Demonstrated ability of using critical path management methodologies to influence team decisions
  • Proven experience in assessing and managing risk by providing recommendations on mitigation strategies through strategic scenario modeling and decision analysis
  • Detailed understanding of effective scheduling and planning of complex global projects
  • High level of competency using Microsoft Office suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Project
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Project
  • Must be able to effectively communicate well with staff at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work independently while fostering good working relationships across physical distance and have flexibility and the capacity to handle multiple tasks at once
  • Attention to detail is important, but the ability to view the larger picture and determine appropriate goals and timing are equally important
  • Ability to facilitate, negotiate, and communicate effectively within a team setting in order to effectively influence key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability in forecasting and managing budgets
  • Modeling and simulation of project progression and scenarios


  • Experience using Enterprise Project Management (EPM)
  • Experience using Chronicle Graphics OnePager Pro
  • Working knowledge of drug and vaccine development process
  • Working knowledge of advanced decision analysis tools and systems; decision quality, decision analysis, probabilistic distributions & analysis

Full time



Zoetis is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status or any other protected classification. Disabled individuals are given an equal opportunity to use our online application system. We offer reasonable accommodations as an alternative if requested by an individual with a disability. Please contact Zoetis Colleague Services at [Register to View] to request an accommodation. Zoetis also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must possess or obtain authorization to work in the US for Zoetis. Zoetis retains sole and exclusive discretion to pursue sponsorship for the acquisition or maintenance of nonimmigrant status and employment eligibility, considering factors such as availability of qualified US workers. Individuals requiring sponsorship must disclose this fact. Please note that Zoetis seeks information related to job applications from candidates for jobs in the U.S. solely via the following: (1) our company website at site, or (2) via email to/from addresses using only the Zoetis domain of [Register to View] In addition, Zoetis does not use Google Hangout for any recruitment related activities. Any solicitation or request for information related to job applications with Zoetis via any other means and/or utilizing email addresses with any other domain should be disregarded. In addition, Zoetis will never ask candidates to make any type of personal financial investment related to gaining employment with Zoetis.

Company Details

Parsippany, New Jersey, United States
Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in more than 100 countries.