Consultant-Companion Animal Project Management

Eli Lilly - Greenfield, IN4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $98,000 - $140,000 a year
This team role is responsible for conducting, leading and overseeing project management activities and strategy for Global Companion Animal R&D projects. The individual in this role interfaces with global CA R&D staff and works closely with team members in Regulatory, Manufacturing, Quality, Research & Development, Finance, New Product Planning, Innovation Strategy and Marketing to ensure that robust project plans are designed/ developed and risks are proactively identified and monitored to provide our customers with timely high quality products.


Independently manages project management activities for either a) a substantive development program (e.g., a high cost and/or a high complexity development plan; or parallel development of multiple and/or novel indications) with substantive business impact (e.g., registration program for a high priority PLE), or b) a subset of an early phase therapeutic area portfolio.
Provides input on strategy for implementing the development plan, developing realistic project milestones and deliverables, and linking development plan to the intended label
Leads a team to develop and maintain appropriate development scope documentation; update development plan at least annually, or after major modifications in scope, resources or timeline and secure team/leadership alignment around the new development plan
Utilizes external inputs and ideas, leveraging business process knowledge to drive transformation within the function and cross-functionally
Develops and maintains up-to-date development plan timelines (using Microsoft Project) and process maps (if appropriate)
Identifies, communicates and manages the critical path and leading indicators of the team’s progress to major development milestones
Monitors and reports performance to plan and works with Director to drive team action when plan is not being achieved
Manages upcoming team-related activities, key milestones, and decisions as well as to proactively identify updates to development schedule; initiate development schedule updates on a regular basis and revise schedule as appropriate.
Drives data completeness and accuracy within business systems by team, functions, and geographies

Partners with Financial, functions and geographies, to manage the overall development budget for the team
Consults with development team to understand variances to the plan/forecast and reasons for the discrepancies. Drives re-forecasts
Provides the team and leadership an understanding of the cost of development options

Leads assessment of development risks, mitigation/contingency planning and assignment of ownership. Independently identifies and triggers when those plans should be implemented
Proactively identifies and communicates to the team the risks that may affect the development critical path and impact portfolio milestones, and proactively takes action to mitigate or avoid those risks.

Applies “quality mindset” to completion of all study and project tasks. Liaises with Director to escalate of issues.
Communication & Team Management

Influences and works with quality mindset across the development team by documenting key decisions, actions and key modifications in development scope, resources and timeline; ensuring accurate collection and communication of development metrics
Ensures coordination of development meeting logistics and provision of timely meeting agendas and meeting minutes
Submission Planning and Execution
Works with the development team to create the overall development submission plan and timeline including critical path management, track progress against timeline, and drive resolution of issues to meet submission milestones
Capacity Planning/Management
Through conducting risk assessment and creating contingency plans for development projects, will immediately understand the impact of any resource “roadblocks” that may affect timelines
Assesses impact of clinical scope changes and provides recommendations to the team regarding the resource/budget implications of these changes
Application/Improvement of Processes (Shared Learning)
Generates ideas for new processes and drives process improvement within Companion Animal to enhance function of team.
Ensures the utilization and consistency of documented business processes
Identifies and shares learning opportunities and process improvements with the team and function in order to streamline the effectiveness/efficiency of conducting development trials; identify methods to decrease development cycle times
Liaises across Project Management R&D groups to identify, share, and incorporate best practices into future iterations of processes, tools, training, or guidance.
Independently represents CA R&D on cross-functional teams (e.g., Six Sigma) and represents output from those teams to leadership.
Solution-oriented, seeking input from people with first-hand knowledge of issues, along with gathering data on past projects, etc. to help resolve issues and determine best future options for the project
Leads and participates in retrospective project/process review meetings (i.e. after action reviews) to identify issues and strengths and help capture and implement learning. Assure that shared learning is made available

Company Overview

Elanco is a global research-based company that develops and delivers product and services to enhance animal health and production. We value innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strive to cultivate a collaborative work environment for more than 7,000 employees worldwide. Founded in 1954, Elanco is a division of Lilly. Our worldwide headquarters and research facilities are in Greenfield, Indiana

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor degree with 10 years or master degree with 5 years experience in project management.
Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position

Additional Information

Lilly 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

Additional Skills/Preferences

Must understand veterinary drug development processes and the interdependencies of various tasks that require coordination among teams, functional groups and third parties
Ability to work across functional and geographical boundaries in order to develop strategies and plans, and deliver results.
Strong communication skills; able to communicate clearly and succinctly with team members and leadership
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with project management tools and processes (e.g. management of integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk and procurement as defined by Project Management Body of Knowledge)
Operations experience
Experience in research and development and regulatory submission process/requirements
Good understanding of GCP/GLP/GMP and quality principles
Strong self-management and organizational skills; able to manage workload, set personal and team priorities and adjust as needed
Effective interpersonal and team building skills; proven ability to develop effective teams with diverse interpersonal styles; able to deliver effective coaching and feedback
Able to anticipate change, shows flexibility, adjusts quickly and effectively to frequent change and altered priorities
Strong computer skills; skilled at using Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Microsoft Project
Strong problem-solving skills; able to anticipate and recognize systemic problems, diagnose root causes and take corrective actions to prevent recurrence within the team
Ability to influence others without direct authority

RegionNorth America


Workplace Arrangement


Job Expires28-May-2019