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  • Posted: Sep 14, 2020
    Deadline: Sep 24, 2020
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    The Biovac Institute (Biovac) is a Public Private Partnership between the South African government and the Biovac Consortium. The Biovac Institutes’ vision is to be a Centre of Excellence rooted in Africa for the development and manufacture of affordable quality vaccines for Africa and the developing world’s needs. Biovac’s focus is on ensu...
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    Head Of Program Management

    Job Purpose

    • Ensure that the Biovac project portfolio is successfully scoped, executed, and documented in line with the organisation’s strategic and operational objectives.

    Key Duties & Responsibilities

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Managing the Project Management Office and provide support to individual project managers.
    • Direct Project Management of some of the major projects
    • Development and presentation of project business cases
    • Prioritisation of projects in conjunction with Executive Management
    • Custodian of the Project Management methodology and standards.
    • Stakeholder relationship management between Biovac and partners including tech transfer partners and technical and project consultants and partners.
    • Manage the operational excellence function to achieve agreed outputs.
    • Balance and manage inter-dependencies between projects.
    • Negotiating with operational heads for required resources once a project has been approved.
    • Ensuring resource allocation is driven by the relative project priorities.
    • Provide strategic support to ensure inter-departmental synergies and behaviour within a comprehensive programme management governance framework.
    • Implementing and managing changes and interventions to ensure project goals are achieved.
    • Procure contingency resource(s) as and when required for large infrastructure or specific technical projects.
    • Continually strive to deliver solutions through teamwork that ensures continuous improvement through innovative solutions.
    • Active guidance, coaching, and mentoring of departmental staff.
    • Ensure compliance in accordance with the Medicines and Related Substances Act 101 of 1965 and the Pharmacy Act 53 of 1974, and the organization’s policies, procedures, and other applicable laws.
    • Continuously build and support a sound quality assurance culture aligned to cGMP within Biovac.

    Technical Competencies required to perform this aspect of the role:

    • Project Management
    • Technical Manufacturing Management
    • Resource & Capacity Planning & Management
    • South African Labour Legislation
    • Coaching & Mentoring of peers & staff
    • Processes Development and Review
    • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point and Project.
    • Technical Report Writing
    • Operational Costing & Budgeting
    • Coaching & Mentoring of peers & staff
    • cGMP vaccine manufacturing- quality and regulatory compliance knowledge, i.e. SAHPRA and WHO
    • Total Quality Management & Quality Management Systems
    • Data development, trending & reporting

    Experience & industry accreditation/ knowledge


    • At least 10 years’ experience in vaccine / biotech /pharma industry or equivalent.
    • At least 10 years’ project management experience.
    • At least 5 years’ experience at middle to senior management level.
    • Demonstrated experience is scoping and executing multiple technical projects.
    • Experience in quality and regulatory compliance within a cGMP facility.
    • Experience in business and operational planning.
    • Knowledge and proven implementation of change management principles.
    • Participation in developing a departmental budget and monitoring expenditures for multiple projects & funding sources.


    • Experience in managing a Programme management office would be preferable including experience with the following aspects.
    • Experience in develop project management strategy and framework
    • Develop PM processes & procedures based on proven methodology
    • Develop PM norms and standards in line with pharmaceutical industry
    • Establish, implement PM tools and techniques (systems)
    • Working knowledge of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing related legislation
    • Experience in aseptic (sterile) manufacturing
    • Experience in having faced successfully local and/ or international quality audits.
    • Experience in general business management within a commercial environment.



    • University Graduate in appropriate applied technical area, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering.


    • Engineering graduate
    • Internationally recognized Project management qualification such as PMI or Prince 2
    • Recognition is given to Prior Learning and practical experience.

    Other Requirements

    • Own reliable transport

    Method of Application

    • Interested persons to kindly submit their CV’s to by 24 September 2020.

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