R&D Global Project Leader - Rare Diseases

Date:  26 Mar 2024
Department:  GRD Pipeline & Portfolio
Team:  R&D, Pharmacovigilance & Regulatory Affairs
Job Type:  Direct Employee
Contract Type:  Permanent

Global - Remote, IT

About us

Based in Parma, Italy, Chiesi is an international research-focused pharmaceutical and healthcare group with over 85 years’ experience, operating in 30 countries with more than 6,000 employees (Chiesi Group). To achieve its mission of improving people’s quality of life by acting responsibly towards society and the environment, the Group researches, develops and markets innovative drugs in its main therapeutic areas: Discover more here

We are proud to have been awarded with B Corp Certification, a recognition of high social and environmental standards. We are a reliable company that adopts and promotes a transparent and ethical behavior at all levels.

We believe that the success of Chiesi is built and shaped by our people and our strong set of shared Values and Behaviors. Our people make a critical difference to our success, which is why it is vital that we attract and retain the right talent who will continue to enrich our culture by living and breathing our values and behaviors.

We are committed to embrace diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities. In fact, we are a global family made up of different cultures, different genders, generations, ethnicities, abilities, sexual identities and many other enriching diversities. 


Chiesi Global Rare Diseases

Chiesi Global Rare Diseases is a Chiesi Group’s business unit established in February 2020 and focused on research, development and commercialization of treatments and patient support services for rare and ultra-rare disorders, many of whom have limited or no treatments available.

The unit is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and has an initial focus on research and product development for lysosomal storage diseases, rare hematology and ophthalmology disorders. The unit is also a dedicated partner with global leaders in scientific research, patient advocacy and care.


What we are looking for


The Global Project Leader leads the Core Project Team, is responsible for creating the vision, the strategy, the Integrated Project Plan and the way of working for projects in Pipeline. He/She establishes the values of the team, ensuring that the team drives the project according to the Integrated Project Plan. He/She is responsible for communication and strategic decision making with internal governance bodies.

Main Responsibilities


  • Between Stage-Gates, authorise project activities within agreed budget, time and quality parameters


  • Lead the Core Project Team in order that the project objectives are delivered within scope, including agreed time, budget & appropriate quality constraints

Key project documents

  • Ensure TCP, TPP, Integrated Project Plan (PDP and Gantt), Project Card and Risk Log are updated at each Stage-Gate and where there is a significant change in project scope, timelines, budget or quality

Teamwork/ Leadership of core team

  • Lead & develop the Core Project Team to provide an environment of collective responsibility, courage, trust and creativity
  • Coach Extended Team Leaders to help foster the ability and desire of Extended Functional Teams to act in an empowered way 
  • Support the team in key project activities, including meetings with Regulatory authorities and with investigators and clinical/scientific experts

Risk Management

  • Ensure risk (threats and opportunities) management and mitigation plans are available in a timely manner and are updated at regular intervals, no less than once per annum and at each Stage-Gate


  • Be accountable and ensure the development of an integrated and updated project communication plan aligning scientific, IP, commercial and reputational considerations for both internal and external audiences
  • Report on the project and data in Scientific conferences
  • Represent the Core Project Team at governance bodies and other meetings when significant decisions relating to the scope (time, budget, quality parameters) of the project are required
  • Ensure senior management and the governance bodies are kept informed  of any changes to the scope of the project as related to time, budget and quality

Stakeholders management

  • Ensure a proper internal and external stakeholder management process 

Experience Required

At least 10 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical or Biotech Industry, preferably in Research and Development, including significant project and/or people management responsibility


Master degree in relevant scientific subject (Biology, Biotechnology and Medicine are preferred). PhD in a scientific discipline and/or MBA would be considered an advantage 


English fluent

Technical Skills

  • A strong degree of scientific, regulatory and business knowledge. 
  • Evidence of a deep understanding of gate-phase drug development, preferably in the rare disease area
  • Evidence of strategic thinking
  • Understanding of working in a matrix organization and project management and planning tools

Soft Skills

  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and social influence
  • Negotiation skills
  • Creative/innovative mindset

What we offer

You would join a dynamic, fast-growing, challenging and friendly environment.
In Chiesi we firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, that is why we invest in continuous training, learning and development. Therefore, we strive to continuously promote and satisfy development needs, paying particular attention to the quality of our working environment and collective well-being.
We want our people to come to work happy every day, and we know how important it is to find the right work-life balance in order to be able to give our best. That is why we offer flexible working approach, remote working, support in the relocation process, tax assistance service for foreign colleagues and many other people-care services.