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Project Manager - Scientific and Manufacturing Facilities

Date: Jun 29, 2022

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.



Primary Duties:

The Project Manager is responsible for managing all local capital requests, approvals, and execution of projects under $10MM. The PM, who will manage multiple projects simultaneously, is responsible for forming teams, developing project plans that align with project objectives, communicating & reporting (costs, cash spend, forecasts, schedules, scopes of work, performance, startup and CQV) according to good project management practices. The PM will interact with end users in R&D/Tech Dev/Manufacturing Operations, the Capital Project Mgmt. Team, the Facilities Teams, Procurement/Finance and 3rd Party Vendors. The role is responsible for ensuring projects are executed safely, on time, and on budget.



  • Manage cross-functional teams (local team, external vendors, and contractors) and activities leading to the successful execution of project
  • Develop standard metrics and dashboards to track project scope, schedule, and budget relative to the established baseline
  • Develop and implement project plans, justification, budgets, and schedules
  • Develop a standard approach for Lab based projects in R&D/Tech Dev/QC
  • Provide guidance during planning and execution phases of the entire project lifecycle.
  • Coordinates recruitment or assignment of project personnel including assignment of duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority.
  • Identify, analyze, prioritize, communicate and mitigate project risks
  • Coordinates and responds to requests for changes from original specifications.
  • Regularly studies the budget and costing of the project to ensure that costs are controlled. Analyzes and reports project performance metrics as requested
  • Reports actual to budgets
  • Coordinate project team activities with internal teams, report progress and close out the project.
  • Communicate across functional and leadership teams to inform them of project status, communicate risks, elevate issues, present recommendations, and implement modifications to project plans where necessary.
  • Where appropriate ensure GMP compliance throughout all project phases
  • Responsible for maintaining current and complete project management data and documents in enterprise systems
  • Other duties as requested or assigned by management.


Education & Experience:

  • BS degree in a relevant engineering discipline or equivalent work experience is required. 
  • 8+ years’ experience in project management. Experience in a cGMP environment is essential.
  • Previous experience working in R&D/Mfg facilities
  • Knowledge of OSHA requirements regarding safety, hazardous chemicals, etc.
  • Working knowledge of GXP compliance as well as ICH and FDA guidelines.


Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies:

  • Attention to detail, effectiveness and efficiency when performing work.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask effectively and work independently or in a team environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and guidance
  • Good knowledge of building, mechanical and industrial principles
  • Good communications, organizational and planning skills
  • Good interpersonal and strong written/verbal communication skill


Complexity and Problem Solving:

  • Ability to understand general problems associated with buildings, utilities, systems and equipment.
  • Works on problems in which analysis of situations or data requires and evaluation of various factors. 
  • Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. 
  • Ensures budgets, schedules, and performance requirements are met.


Internal and External Contacts:

Frequent contact with internal personnel, building personnel and vendors that includes, but it is not limited to participation in briefings, technical & brainstorming sessions, projects meetings, etc. In particular, the PM will interact with end users in R&D/Tech Dev/Manufacturing Operations, the Capital Project Mgmt. Team, the Facilities Teams, Procurement/Finance and 3rd Party Vendors. The PM will have one direct report for Planning/Scheduling project and site activities. In Spark, vendor relationship is managed through Procurement & Legal. The PM will partner with these groups and manage the technical relationship with the vendors.


Other Job Requirements:

  • Infrequent travel maybe required for 3rd party vendor meetings and also assume travel between all local Spark Facilities, 3737 Market St, 3025 Market St and 3000 Market St(when complete).
  • Availability to respond to project and facility emergencies during weekends, Spark half-day Fridays (as applicable), and/or company holidays.





Please be aware that Spark mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location.  Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia