Chief Operations Officer

The University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA Scientific / Executive & Management

Job Reference #: 20001893

The Chief Operations Officer (COO) is a leadership position within UI Pharmaceuticals reporting directly to the Managing Director. The COO will be responsible for oversight of the day to day operations of UI Pharmaceuticals via the project management group (PM), growing the business through client relationships and targeted marketing efforts and assisting the Managing Director in implementing strategic initiatives across the enterprise.

Project Management

  • Lead and direct the development and application of project management methodology and culture, by providing leadership, coordination and management of the Project Management (PM) group and oversight of UI Pharmaceuticals day-to-day project controls and operations.
  • Responsible for the overall direction and management of projects through designated project managers and department heads.
  • Collaborate with leadership to determine project and initiative priorities.

Initiation and Planning

  • Appoint or approve the appointment of project managers to projects.
  • Develop, maintain, oversee and manage the project scheduling across departments

Executing, Monitoring & Controlling and Close Out

  • Oversee PM group as the interface between UI Pharmaceuticals and Clients.
  • Cultivate stakeholder relationships internal and external to the organization.

Metrics and Reports

  • Manage program change in accordance with change management plan to control scope, cost and contracts.
  • Audit results in order to align the program/project outcomes with stakeholder expectations and standards.


  • Provide strategic input into the direction of UI Pharmaceutical business and effectiveness.
  • Provide administrative supervision of staff.
  • Develop and implement policies and practices of a culture that supports staff engagement in the workplace.
  • Coordinate formal and informal project manager training.
  • Ensure adherence to and interface with HR policies and procedures and participate in the administration and application of recruitment, rewards, retention and professional development of the PM staff: maintaining appropriate staffing levels and requirements.
  • Develop and maintain project manager competency to ensure project managers are assigned to projects that are commensurate with their traits, skills, knowledge and experience.

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About University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals (UIP):
University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals is a Food and Drug Administration-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, providing expertise in contract pharmaceutical development services to clients around the world. This is an exciting time to join UIP, as the business continues to grow in capabilities, new clients and revenue. In 2020 the College of Pharmacy will be moving into a new $96.3 million College of Pharmacy building. The lower level of this new building will be home to the UIP new sterile products manufacturing area which will be approximately 16,000 square feet and will increase UIP batch size capacity approximately 5-fold to 20,000 vials/batch.
For more informa tion about the College of Pharmacy, please visit


Required Qualifications


  • Master’s Degree in areas such as pharmaceutics, chemistry, engineering, or professional degree in similar fields of study, including pharmacy OR
  • Similar bachelor’s degrees with equivalent combination of education and technical experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired


  • Minimum of 7 years project management, managerial and/or business development experience in a regulated manufacturing environment, such as but not limited to pharmaceutical, chemical processing or personal care products.
  • Experience with managing cross-functional projects, working with internal and external stakeholders/clients and analyzing data
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective teams; proactively handle conflict including difficult people and situations
  • Strong organizational skills and action-orientated problem-solving abilities
  • Knowledge of Pharmaceutical Research and Development regulations, including FDA, EMA. DEA, ICH
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in a diverse environment

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience in biotech or contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMO)
  • In addition to required qualification, Master of Business degree
  • Direct or hands-on manufacturing operations experience
  • Pharmaceutics or Pharm.D. degree

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Job ID: 70787

Posted 14 days ago

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