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Abbott Associate Director Project & Portfolio Management in Basel, Switzerland

Abbott Established Pharmaceutical Division is looking for

Associate Director Project & Portfolio Management

to be based in Basel - Switzerland

The Associate Director Project & Portfolio Management (PPM) is the lead of one or more project teams;

Generally, leads major, complex projects and several medium complex Development projects, and is member of one or several Brand/Therapeutic Area (TA) teams.

The project portfolio can span drugs, devices and/or digital health projects. Takes responsibility for End- to-end project management from ideation through to product launch.


  • Develops Brand/TA strategy and development plans in project team and Therapeutic Area (TA) teams

  • Secures alignment, transparency and endorsement of Brand / Project strategy from Development, Regulatory, PV, Operations, IP, Finance, Legal and other functions as needed

  • Drives and oversees operational brand activities (e.g. development projects, link to existing work streams, management of external costs and internal resources – Monthly Resource Allocation)

  • Is the initiator of, and organizes and chairs project / brand team meetings

  • Ensures that input from functional/ regional expertise has been adequately incorporated; is the knowledge manager for the brand team and stakeholders

  • Presents at stakeholder and Governance Body meetings

  • Brings in additional functional and external expertise to Brand/Project-Team if needed

  • Is a guardian of quality and consistency within and across Brands/portfolio

  • Regularly collects / monitors/validates progress and performance information from Teams

  • Raises issues / decisions to Stakeholders or Development Governance Bodies;

  • Ensures definition of clear team deliverables and follows-up/ secures them; drives creation and owns execution of Development project plans (incl. appropriate risk management)

  • Ensures that available standards are used for presentations, monthly project progress reports and (scientific/commercial) assessments

  • Creates transparency regarding status and performance of brand project activities (key milestones, budget and monthly progress/performance reports)

  • Drives resolution of technical issues/resource constraints through line management, or raises to Governance Bodies, TA/Brand/Project-Team

  • Identifies value add initiatives / projects for the PPM team and develops / implements them.

  • Supports leadership team to drive the implementation of the TA Development strategy in Brand / Project Teams and promotes innovation and continuous improvement within the PPM function.

  • Data Steward who builds and maintains scientific and development knowledge, and organizational memory within PPM. Keeps the team updated and informed about PM industry / environment as applicable

  • Contributes actively to the development of the function, including consistent application of structures, systems, processes, tools and techniques


  • Advanced education (PhD, PharmD, BSC, MSC etc.) in science or business-related field (or equivalent)

  • Expert knowledge of multidisciplinary management and operations, and demonstrated management experience of 4-8 years in pharma or health care industry (drugs, devices)

  • Knowledge in project management of digital health projects / products is beneficial

  • Proficient knowledge of project management practices, portfolio review, finance and budgeting

  • PMI certification preferred

  • Excellent cross-functional negotiation skills with multi-faceted, broad-based experience across several functions. In-depth knowledge of business needs, issues, mitigation plans, etc.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills with broad business orientation

  • Excellent experience in communicating/ presenting key information to executive management

  • Advanced ability to perform appropriate people and stakeholder management

Do you like the sound of this job and think you’ve got what it takes?

Then send us your CV today. We look forward to receiving your application online in pdf format.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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