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Project Management for Pharmaceutical Professionals

The pharmaceutical industry and generics industry faces increasing pressure to research, develop and bring drugs to market in shorter timescales and within tighter budgets. This requires project-based skills outside one’s functional role including a different set of technical and interpersonal skills that can be applied to pharmaceutical projects. The FDA Critical Path initiative is also impacting on the importance of using project management for running pharmaceutical projects. We offer a great opportunity to share experiences and best practice with other pharmaceutical industry professionals.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

This interactive course will build upon the foundations of project management methodology, technical tools and techniques and develop the essential people management and communication skills that are critical for ensuring the success of pharmaceutical projects. This course will enable you to apply practical project management techniques to your own pharmaceutical projects. Our Project Management training will be interactive and applicable to your daily project work. Participants are encouraged to bring a current real project to the programme to which they can apply the concepts and techniques, thus reaping the benefits immediately and enhancing the learning experience.

Who should attend?

This course has been specifically designed to address the needs of pharmaceutical professionals, biopharmaceutical professionals and those working for generic companies and who are, or will be, involved in pharmaceutical projects. The programme will be of benefit to both newly appointed project team leaders/managers as well as project team members aspiring to be project leaders. Participants are encouraged to bring a current real project to the programme to which they can apply the concepts and techniques, thus reaping the benefits immediately and enhancing the learning experience.

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

Project Definition in the Phamaceutical Industry
• Setting clear project objectives and conditions for success
• Discuss the scope of the project management job and role differences in the pharma industry
• Defining the specific challenges the pharmaceutical industry faces in running projects
• The importance of the FDA Critical Path initiative for pharmaceutical projects
• The importance of establishing the project Terms of Reference
• Examining the project life cycle and the phases of the project
• Sharing experiences and lessons learned from previous pharmaceutical projects 

Detailed Project Planning of pharmaceutical projects
• Key project activities using a work breakdown structure for pharmaceutical projects
• Allocating project responsibilities
• Gantt chart and critical path analysis
• Identifying and Managing specific risks in pharmaceutical projects 

Project Management Implementation and Control
• Tracking deliverables and reporting progress in pharmaceutical projects
• Monitoring project activities and performance

Project Closure for pharmaceutical projects
• Review and learning
• Measuring success and project effectiveness in pharmaceutical projects 

Pharmaceutical Project Leadership skills
• How to develop your project management leadership skills applicable for the pharmaceutical industry
• Leading effectively geographically remote/virtual project teams 

Building Pharmaceutical Project Teams
• Building a high performing team
• Modifying your management style to get the best results in a project team environment
• Motivating project team members to ensure project milestones are achieved 

Project Communication Skills
• Preparing a stakeholder list of key project members
• Stakeholder analysis – understanding stakeholder agendas and expectations
• Communicating effectively with the project stakeholders including cross culturally
• Developing influencing skills to gain project buy-in, commitment and support

Benefits to you

• Developing your understanding of technical project management methodologies, tools and techniques to apply to pharmaceutical projects
• Building core competencies to become an even more effective project manager and leader for pharmaceutical projects
• Understanding how to blend together both the technical aspects of project management and the essential interpersonal skills
• Improving your communication skills to manage projects to achieve project objectives
• Building and managing successful project teams for successful pharmaceutical projects
• Sharing experiences and lessons learned from other project managers in the pharmaceutical industry

Companies already benefiting include:

MERCK, ViscoFan, Ipsen, Laboratories Thea, Boehringer Ingelheim, GSK, Sanofi, Teva Pharmaceutical, Basic Pharma Group, Bayer

Duration of Course

2 Day Course

Course details

2019 dates to be announced, London, PT3754

Other relevant courses include:
  3-Day Mini MBA for Pharma
  GCP Update: EU Clinical Trial Regulation 536/2014 and ICH GCP R2


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