Project Senior Manager

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The Michigan Kidney Translational Medicine Center (MiKTMC) is seeking a experienced Project Manager who will develop, administer, and manage a portfolio of collaborative projects for Dr. Matthias Kretzler, Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Internal Medicine/Nephrology and Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics.  The role will include the supervision and mentorship of 2-3 project managers and business development associates, with related responsibilities of performance management and career development. This position will report to and work closely with the Director of Business Strategy / Administrative Director. 

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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.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


Coordinate with an interdisciplinary team to manage collaborative opportunities across the project life-cycle (from concept identification, through proposal development, presentation and negotiation, project launch, project management, and extension of relationships with sponsors in both the academic and private sectors, including pharmaceutical companies:

  • Collaborate with the Scientific Director and the Director of Business Strategy / Administrative Director to develop innovative approaches for the development and management of collaborative opportunities.

Stakeholder Interaction:

  • Address identified collaborative opportunities, oversee the development of work scopes and budgets, participate in scientific discussions and negotiations with potential collaborators, and oversee effective interface with University of Michigan grant managers and central services.
  • Effectively oversee and manage a portfolio of research projects, involving academic consortia and public-private partnerships. 
  • Occasionally present public-facing posters at select conferences or meetings.

Proposed and Envisioned Direct Reports:

  • Project Manager, Intermediate

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 4 + years in experience in managing complex, and multifaceted projects in a scientific or medical environment.  Familiarity with the general aspects of Project Management and various project management tools
  • Experience in Supervisory role involving training, mentorship, and performance evaluation of direct reports
  • Demonstrated skill in handling highly confidential and sensitive information
  • Strong decision-making skills, organizational skills, workload and time management skills
  • Superior presentation, verbal, written, and electronic communication skills with keen attention to detail and accuracy
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and team player attitude

To be successful in this role

  • The candidate must convey a high level of professionalism, flexibility to respond to a dynamic work environment, be detail oriented and perceptive, with exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • The position requires superior communication skills to convey strategic and sensitive information to colleagues and collaborators, independent judgement, and initiative in day-to-day activities, as well as creative problem-solving skills.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Biological Science Background and Business Management Experience
  • Knowledge of University of Michigan systems, policies, and processes
  • Knowledge of federal grant submission process and award management
  • Reasonable knowledge of medical terminology
  • Familiarity with Industry Drug Development processes is a plus
  • Experience in managing projects and opportunities in both the academic and private sectors
  • Experience working in an international environment with a multicultural team is a plus

Work Schedule

  • Working Conditions: Office environment
  • Standard work week (40 hrs. 8am-5pm) – Hybrid (3 days onsite, 2 days remote)
  • Occasional Travel (2-4 times/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.

Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff working in the following areas: Michigan Medicine including the Medical School, Dental School, University Health Service or the Mary A. Rackham Institute.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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