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Job Summary

The Project Manager will oversee the planning, implementation, and tracking of activities for a Research Consortium and several Bilateral Research Collaborations with internal partners and external sponsors from the public and private business sectors.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


Project Planning:

  • Define the scope of the project in collaboration with business development, sponsors and management
  • Create a detailed work plan which identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the project
  • Determine the resources (time, money, equipment, etc) required to complete the project
  • Develop a schedule for project completion that effectively allocates the resources to the activities
  • Review the project schedule with sponsors, management and all other staff that will be affected by the project activities; revise the schedule as required
  • Determine the objectives and measures upon which the project will be evaluated at its completion

Project Implementation:

  • Execute the project according to the project plan
  • Appropriately manage the project team, task allocation and time commitments
  • Develop records and appropriate project documentation using appropriate tools
  • Set up files to ensure that all project information is appropriately documented, secured and accessible
  • Monitor the progress of the project and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project
  • Establish a communication schedule to update sponsors, management and the project team on the progress of the project
  • Review the quality of the work completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards

 Project Oversight:

  • Create regular progress reports in collaboration with the project teams at sponsors to review with management and stakeholders
  • Communicate with sponsors and sponsor teams as outlined/specified in contract
  • Work with management and department finance to monitor and approve all budgeted project expenditures
  • Monitor project funds according to established accounting policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all financial records for the project are up to date

 Project Evaluation:

  • Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of quality
  • Evaluate the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase

Required Qualifications*


  • Bachelor’s Degree at minimum but a Master’s Degree is preferred
  • Biological Science Background  and Business Management Experience


  • 5-10 years  planning and/or management experience including direct interface with Pharmaceutical Industry Partners/Sponsors.  Experience with Federal Grant funding practices is a plus

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge of Project Management processes within a scientific environment
  • Knowledge of Project Management tools and systems

Desired Qualifications*

Demonstrate competence in many or all of the following:

  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities.
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

Additional Information

Working Conditions:

  • Office environment
  • Standard work week (40 hrs.  8am-5pm)
  • Occasional Travel (2x/year)

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.