Project Director

The Project Director is responsible for oversight of the conduct of a program or portfolio of clinical studies or large global multicentered trials with large study budgets. The portfolio may comprise studies for specific customers, and/or a group of studies within the same therapeutic area or indication for more than one customer. The Project Director oversees Project Managers (PMs) who are managing projects ranging in size and complexity from single service studies to large full scope, multiple protocol projects, global projects and/or portfolio of projects. The Project Director leads the operational contribution to proposal development and business development activities at a project level with minimal oversight directly applying their therapeutic and project management expertise


This role will be perfect for you if:


  • You are looking to contribute your expertise to the growth of a specialized Canadian CRO
  • You are a hands-on leader
  • You want to be involved in program management as well as line management




  • Oversees a portfolio or program of projects and the Project Managers assigned to operationalize the awarded studies.
  • Ensures all studies within a program or portfolio are conducted to reflect the therapeutic or client specific requirements.
  • Represents company to the customer, ensuring satisfaction levels are maintained and program deliverables are communicated effectively.
  • Ensures the study is progressing according to internal and Customer quality standards, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) or appropriate regulatory requirements, and International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines to fulfil all federal and local regulations.
  • Oversees the management of the executed contract and financial aspects of assigned projects, including reviewing study budgets and expenses.
  • Maintains and evaluates project progress by maintaining timelines and other tracking/analysis tools.
  • Ensures and maintains an in depth therapeutic and/or client specific knowledge and expertise for the assigned portfolio.
  • Applies study specific learning across assigned portfolio of studies/clients.
  • Leads and ensures consistency in contingency planning and risk mitigation strategies to ensure successful delivery.
  • May lead operational input to proposal development and pricing including proposed operations strategy
  • Drives performance improvement, operational efficiencies and innovative strategies
  • May provide line management oversight and contribute to leadership of Project Management as an operational and therapeutic area expert





  • Bachelor of Science in a relevant discipline. A Master’s degree is an asset.




  • At least 12 years of experience in a CRO or Pharmaceutical company
  • At least 6 years of clinical project management experience, including management of all projects phases from start up to closure, management of all functional services, vendor management. Experience with mid-size and large studies (>10-15 countries) in multiple regions (NA, SA, APAC, MENA, Europe) is desirable.
  • Substantial experience in project supervision, mentoring and coaching project managers
  • Substantial experience with business development tasks, such as development of proposals, client presentations, bid defense meetings, and the like
  • Participation in mentoring and coaching of a representative number of project managers
  • Line management experience is desirable
  • Dermatology experience is an asset


Knowledge and skills


  • PMP Certification is an asset
  • Good knowledge of good clinical practices, and applicable Health Canada and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations/guidelines



The work environment


At Innovaderm, you will work with brilliant and driven colleagues. Our values are collaboration, innovation, reliability and responsiveness. We offer a stimulating work environment and attractive advancement opportunities. 


In this position, you will be eligible for the following perks: 

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Permanent full-time position
  • Complete benefits (medical, dental, vision, RRSP, vacation, personal days, virtual medical clinic, public transportation rebates, social activities)
  • Ongoing learning and development


Work location


This position is opened to candidates across Canada.

Candidates in the Greater Montreal area may be office-based in our headquarters once conditions related to the Covid-19 pandemic allow a safe return to the office. Note that hybrid teleworking arrangements are possible.  


Recruitment process: what to expect


  • As part of the recruitment process for this position you will meet various team members at Innovaderm
  • The first interview will be conducted by phone (20 minutes) and the second via video conference (1 hour)
  • The second interview includes a short presentation for which reasonable advance preparation is required (preparation is not timed and can be completed over a few days). You may think of it as one interview question for which you have the opportunity to develop a strong structured response that goes beyond the surface.


About Innovaderm


Innovaderm is a contract research organization (CRO) specialized in dermatology. Since its beginnings in 2000, our organization has benefited from a solid reputation for the quality of its research and services exceeding the expectations of its clients. Based in Montreal, Innovaderm continues to grow and expand in North America and Europe.


Innovaderm is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals. As such, Innovaderm will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities, upon request.

Innovaderm only accepts applicants who can legally work in Canada.

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