National Occupational Standard for Development Project Manager

Definition of Occupation

The Development Project Manager works in the bioeconomy across many different organizations and with a diverse portfolio of projects. They collaborate with other departments within an organization and collaborate with external stakeholders and partners to help develop or improve products axcording to market requirements and corporate strategies. This is achieved through interactions with marketing, regulatory affairs, operations, government relations, and other internal or external stakeholders. They understand the business and bring realism into the viability of project execution regarding complexity, cost, and schedule.

The Development Project Manager commonly manages the front-end loading phase of projects through successful and timely decision points. This may include project management support from idea generation, concept selection, research and design, proof of concept, commercialization, and production.

They are involved with setting up and managing projects in clinical/field trials, drug/medical device design and build, finding toll producers, building pilot facilities, and managing larger scale expansions of current facilities.

Their role is to plan appropriately and oversee project execution to meet objectives and minimize problems, delays in development, unforeseen events, and cost and implementation schedule overruns. The Development Project Manager works with teams assigned for the project’s duration, guiding them through the project while paying strict attention to alignment with the business objectives, communications, and reporting. They work for Canadian biotechnology companies of different sizes (small, medium, large) and in various biotechnology areas, such as:

  • Agriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Bioenergy
  • Bioproducts
  • Biosciences
  • Environment
  • Food Processing
  • Human and Animal Health
  • Industrial
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical Devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Pharmaceutical

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