R&D Project Manager

SoseiHeptares Cambridge United Kingdom Biotech

Company Description

Sosei Heptares (the corporate brand of Sosei Group Corporation) is a research-focused biotechnology group, publicly listed in Japan (TSE: 4565) and with sites in Tokyo, London and Cambridge (UK).

Our mission is to make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life and health of people around the world. To achieve this, we will discover, design and develop the most innovative and effective medicines for patients worldwide, through our world-leading patent-protected technology and platform.

Our primary focus is the discovery and early development of new medicines originating from our proprietary G Protein-Coupled Receptor (GPCR)-targeted StaR® technology and Structure-Based Drug Design (SBDD) platform capabilities. We are advancing a broad and deep pipeline of novel medicines across multiple therapeutic areas, including CNS, immuno-oncology, gastroenterology, inflammation and other rare/specialty indications.

We have established partnerships with some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, including AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Biohaven, Genentech (Roche), GSK, Novartis, Pfizer and Takeda and additionally with multiple emerging technology companies. Sosei Heptares is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan with corporate and R&D facilities in Cambridge, UK.

Sosei Heptares has approximately 161 employees based at its new R&D research facility at Granta Park. The size of the company ensures a transparent linkage between all activities from early discovery through to clinical development.


Reporting to the Director of Portfolio Management, you will be supporting R&D projects in a fast-paced Biotech environment, contributing to the management of the company’s extensive portfolio of discovery and development programmes as well as working closely with Project Leaders to support projects transition through our portfolio in line with the company’s core business objectives.

Based on portfolio requirements you will be deployed to partner with a project leadership team and as the Project Management expert, you will be expected to provide professional in-depth knowledge of your discipline. You will thrive from working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment supporting multiple projects in unison and operating with broad latitude in a complex environment.


  • Prepare and manage well-structured, clear project plans
  • Identify critical path activities and advise on priorities and dependencies, whilst supporting PLs in determining project risks, constraints, and mitigation plans
  • Provide scenario planning to aid robust decision making through in-depth analysis of project activities.
  • Support portfolio management to provide an overview of milestone timings, forecasts, and portfolio level resource management.
  • Distil complex information into clear, succinct messages and tailor communication to the relevant stakeholder group, Manage and resolve conflicts within the project environment and ensure that the outcome is communicated to all those affected
  • Work with project leaders to help prepare project budgets and ensure consistent and accurate financial reporting and budget management
  • Support project leaders in the organisation of project team meetings, preparation of minutes and follow-up when required, according to the project and portfolio best practices
  • Liaise with Business Development and help coordinate/support requests to the project team
  • Ensure full compliance with all Company policies, key industry standards and relevant accreditations. Act as project assurance and as a champion of quality
  • Take a broad perspective to identify new ways of working and potential opportunities to share best practices
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Greater than 3 years’ experience as the lead Project Manager on complex R&D projects
  • Professional project management qualification (e.g. PRINCE2, PMP)
  • Science related degree and either MSc or PhD (preferable)
  • Good knowledge of the Drug Discovery and Development process
  • High proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint and effective presentation style
  • Excellent general IT skills (particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, MS Project, SharePoint etc.)
  • High attention to detail
  • Proficient stakeholder management - building and maintaining strong collaborative relationships across organisational boundaries.
  • Ability to influence individuals without having direct authority over them.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multitask and work independently to demanding and changing schedules and priorities.
  • Highly organised with good time management stills.
  • Ability to follow directions, SOP's and processes

Other information

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Heptares is an equal opportunities employer.

Applications should include a covering letter, providing a short description of the background to their interest in the role, with curriculum vitae including the names and contact details for two referees. Please apply through our on-line jobs’ portal with your application in pdf format, quoting reference number 2021-R&D-PM. The closing date for applications is 31-10-2021.

Sosei Heptares does not accept speculative or unsolicited CVs from agencies. All speculative or unsolicited CVs submitted without an agreement in place will be considered Sosei Heptares' property and will not obligate us to pay a referral fee.


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