ITS Senior Project Manager Research - Mechelen,BE

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), Basel (Switzerland) and in Boston (US).

We are in the business of changing lives. In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before.  In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters.  Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you.


We are looking for an ITS Senior Project Manager Research – Mechelen,BE

Scope of the job

You will play a key role in leading the implementation of ITS projects. The scope of the projects is broad. Due to rapid expansion of Galapagos’, activities, there is an increased need for new computer systems throughout the company to support the different business areas of Research, Clinical Development, Commercial and Shared Services. As an ITS Senior Project Manager, you will focus mainly on a specific business area, which in this case will be Research, and will report to the applicable ITS Business Partner.


You will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating internal resources and third parties/vendors for the flawless execution of projects
  • Ensuring that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget
  • Managing changes to the project scope, project schedule and project costs using appropriate verification techniques
  • Measuring project performance using appropriate tools and techniques
  • Leading and be a member of the ITS Steering Committees to report on project status, identified risks and timelines
  • Providing input into the ITS project portfolio planning and resource management
  • Attending conferences and training as required to maintain proficiency
  • Assisting in the definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility
  • Developing a detailed project plan to monitor and track progress


Who are you?

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Information Management or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least 5 years relevant experience in a biotech/pharma environment
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills
  • The ability to translate project objectives into actionable team goals and motivate teams in the successful execution
  • Familiar with ITIL and/or Prince2 Methodology
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills,  in English (must) and in Dutch (preferred) or in  French (a plus).
  • Proven working experience in project management
  • Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills


What’s in it for you?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful.  At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.


We are Galapagos : together we can make it happen…!