Allergan R&D Project Planning Specialist III in Madison, New Jersey

R&D Project Planning Specialist III

Madison, New Jersey, United States at

Jun 04, 2018Post Date

180416Requisition #

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model - Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories. With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives every day.

Allergan is a company that will inspire you to aim high with your ambition. Where you can build bridges all over the world. Where you can power ideas that drive change. And where you will act fast and drive results for customers and patients. Power your future & join our bold team.

Position Overview

The R&D Planning Specialist III, is responsible for supporting Clinical Trial by strategically developing and maintaining clinical study timelines, providing evaluations of potential risks and conflicts, supporting the team on proactively resolving potential deviations, and presenting clear timeline reports. This person will work in a team orientated environment and is empowered to drive clinical study activities with minimal deviations, accelerating timelines and providing metrics to implement future enhancements.

Main Areas of Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain high quality, realistic, cross functional clinical trial plans from study concept through completed clinical study reports. R&D Planning Specialist III will develop the study timeline when the synopsis/draft protocol is available.

  • Partner with Project Management and Regulatory Affairs to implement project strategies and improve efficiency by identifying and implementing new business processes.

  • Develop and maintain NA/ROW clinical study timelines to meet all Allergan and CRO deliverables.

  • Partner with the Clinical Development lead, Global Operations department and the study team to ensure timely delivery of all clinical study milestones. R&D Planning Specialist III will be expected to identify gaps and risks in the study plans and work with the team and Management to proactively develop solutions which will increase efficiency and minimize timelines.

  • Define baselines and provide metrics to identify areas and trends that can be used by the teams for future enhancements.

  • Responsible for arranging and leading discussions on the clinical study plans.

  • Present clear clinical study reports to stakeholders within Allergan.

  • Partner with study team leaders to tactically drive critical path elements within the study.

  • Work collaboratively with Feasibility Analytics for Clinical Trials, Global Site Start Up Operations and Global Site Management Operations to advantageously reduce timelines for study start up activities.

  • Operate within the Allergan Governance Board model for communication and accountability.

  • Provide continuous improvement on individual clinical study plans and standard Planisware templates.

  • Assist in developing the department portfolio based schedules and resource planning methodologies.

  • Identify state of the art planning tools to minimize deviations from established timelines.


  • At least 5-10 years of experience. Strong knowledge of and experience with clinical study processes or At least 3-5 years of Project Management experience required.

  • Strong MS Project and/or Planisware experience required.

Preferred Skills/Qualification

  • Excellent written, communication and organizational skills.

  • Ability to multi-task and perform under demanding and aggressive timelines while remaining focused on the study goals.

  • Proven ability to interact with different functional groups.


Bachelor’s degree required (Life science and/or business). MS degree and PMP certification desirable.


Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Allergan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other protected status.