National Occupational Standard for Project Manager

Definition of Occupation

The Project Manager works with other teams internally in an organization and collaborates with external stakeholders and partners to help develop or improve of products in line with project and organizational goals. This is achieved through interactions with marketing, regulatory affairs, government relations, and other internal or external stakeholders. They may manage multiple projects to successful and timely decision points from research through scale-up and commercialization. This may include contract administration. They manage relationships with stakeholders such as partners, research scientists, clients, vendors, and suppliers. Their role is to plan appropriately and oversee project execution to meet objectives and minimize problems, delays in development, unforeseen events, and cost overruns. The project manager works with teams assigned to the project, guiding them through the project while paying strict attention to alignment with project requirements , such as business objectives, communications, and reporting.

Project managers work for Canadian life sciences companies of different sizes and/or business models in various areas such as:

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

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