Project Management Leader, Development – Mechelen,BE/Leiden,NL

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 US, (Boston).


We’re 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 a Project Management Leader, Development – Mechelen,BE/Leiden,NL



Your role


You will take the Project Management Leader role for one or more drug development projects (projects can be part of the early or of the late development portfolio) and collaborate with the project leader(s) to develop and manage execution of project strategy. You will support the project leader(s) in operationalizing the project team and managing the relationship between the project team and functional teams.


As a Project Management Leader you facilitate and document project team meetings as well as interactions between the project team and internal/external partners. Act as the champion of the team culture; align project team members and other stakeholders creating team spirit enabling project delivery. Be ahead of potential issues or escalate as appropriate.


You create and manage the integrated project plan (IPP) and collaborate with the functional project planners and functional leads to ensure the functional project plans are created and continuously maintained and aligned with the IPP.


You take the lead in budget and forecast exercises for the assigned projects and build scenarios as required to evaluate strategic options and lead the project risk management exercises for assigned projects and ensure the documentation thereof.


You will provide administrative support to several development project teams in a pro-active way (mainly steered by the Project Manager). Furthermore, you will perform a back-up role for the Project Assistant colleagues.


Who are you?

  • Master of Science (MSc) or PhD in Science or Business related field Experience
  • Fluent in English, both in speaking a in writing
  • 5+ yrs experience in project management for drug development with relevant experience in cross-functional aspects thereof
  • Advanced knowledge of information systems and business processes for project management and reporting
  • Builds strong relationships with project leader, the project team members and with other project stakeholders across the R&D matrix and the shared services organisation.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, proven track record of consensus building and conflict management in challenging situations.
  • Contributes to a sound project environment allowing the team to focus on project delivery.
  • Nurtures innovation and supports the team to bring innovation to reality
  • Strong written and verbal 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…!