Public-Private Project Manager



Georges Van Dammeplein 57 Temse Belgium

Function type

Public-Private Project Manager


General Job Description

The Public-Private Project Manager facilitates the creation and management of multi-stakeholder partnerships and/or projects in Life Sciences. Such initiatives typically require international collaboration between different partners, including pharmaceutical industry, SMEs, academia, hospitals and other public organizations. Moreover, they are often externally funded (e.g., via H2020, IMI, AIO, NIH, BARDA, …), raising additional specific requirements in terms of management and reporting

The Public-Private Project Manager helps aligning and engaging the different stakeholders, and drive the project together in close cooperation with the customer Project Leader/Consortium Leader using effective communication and processes.

Core responsibilities and tasks

In initiation/creation phase:

  • Develop partnership and building of trust relationships amongst consortium partners

  • Prepare work plan: define work packages and tasks, deliverables and milestones, project governance, roles and responsibilities, and budget allocation

  • Ensure alignment between all stakeholders regarding the overall project vision, expected outcomes and approach to be taken

  • Coordinate the project proposal development

  • Organize team meetings and interactions as needed (e.g., kick-off meetings, workshops, …)

In execution phase:

  • Ensure alignment between the various stakeholders in the consortium

  • Support the leadership team in day-to-day management, mediate conflicts and consensus building

  • Setup and organize project governance meetings / workshops to facilitate multi stakeholder communication

  • Act as primary contact for the scientific, finance, procurement, legal and intellectual property teams of all partners and funding bodies as applicable

  • Assure timely delivery and approval of project deliverables and achievement of milestones

  • Report on project progress to the responsible sponsors / authorities


  • PhD/Postdoc Degree in Science (Bio Engineering, Biomedical, Chemical, Biology…) or Master complemented by relevant work experience

  • Demonstrated experience working in collaborative and international environments

  • Interest to understand the bigger scientific picture and keep the helicopter view

  • Planning, analytical, prioritizing and organizing abilities

  • Able to work international and with virtual teams

  • Proactive and stress resistant team player

  • Extra skills: meeting and workshop facilitation, mediation, conflict management, diplomacy

  • Excellent English communication (verbal and written) skills is a must

  • Previous experience in life science industry is a strong plus

  • Demonstrated project Management experience – a certification is a plus

  • Grant Management experience is a plus

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