Program Director – Plasma Products Procurement

April 23 2021
Industries Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology
Categories Transport, Logistics, Supply Chain, Purchasing, Management, Consulting, Pharma, Biotech, Sciences, R&D, Transportation, Logistics, Supply chain, Pharma, Biotech, R&D, Scientific, Supply chain, Purchasing, Project management, Production and planning management, Engineering
Saint-Laurent, QC

Reporting to the Vice-President of Supply Chain, the incumbent is responsible for managing deployment of the Plasma Self-sufficiency Growth Strategy to ensure the medium and long-term security of the plasma products supply, while mitigating the financial and shortage risks associated with dependence on plasma from the United States. He/she ensures seamlessness in the program's deliverables with the portfolio of current projects and change management.

One of Héma-Québec's organizational objectives is to improve the adequacy of plasma intended for manufacturing pharmaceuticals. "Proteins derived from plasma are widely used to manufacture drugs, which are referred to as stable products. Thousands of Quebecers need these products to treat immune deficiencies or other diseases, such as hemophilia. For this reason, collecting plasma for the manufacture of medications is a key issue." (Excerpt from Héma-Québec's 2017–2018 Annual Report)

The plasma self-sufficiency director is also responsible for developing, in synergy with the various vice-presidents involved, the different strategies required for achieving the self-sufficiency target established. To do so, he/she must develop, create, conceptualizing and operationalize strategies based on a combination of known and innovative concepts.

He/she has tight control over costs and ensures that the program's deadlines are met. Lastly, he/she works with and develops strong collaboration with his/her partners in the project office, the process office, change management, quality assurance, validation, the regulatory sector, and other areas of the organization.

Specifically, you:

  • Act as the person in charge of the governance and monitoring of the progress of the program as a whole within the governance and steering committees;
  • Lead the planning and operationalizing of the strategies chosen, including approvals by the required authorities pertaining to the human and budget resources required; you also produce progress reports based on performance indicators; 
  • Ensure the availability of financial and human resources, and ensure consistency among the program's various projects in order to deliver them in keeping with the established deadlines;  
  • Coordinate and manage interdependencies with direct and indirect collaborators within the organization; 
  • Plan, structure and track the activities, costs and adherence to schedules for the individual projects;
  • Ensure relationships and follow-up among the various stakeholders regarding the program's efficiency, and you also anticipate issues and trends;
  • Maintain effective control of change requests, the handling of them, and cost-review estimates;
  • Define the human resource requirements for deploying and assigning projects, and manage the team by providing mobilizing leadership.


  • A Bachelor's degree in business administration, engineering or a related discipline deemed relevant and/or any combination of education and experience deemed equivalent and relevant will be considered;
  • At least fifteen (15) years of experience in managing large-scale projects or programs;
  • A Bachelor's degree in management (MBA) is considered a major asset;
  • Experience in a highly regulated environment such the pharmaceutical or hospital field and/or a field associated with the health care sector is considered a major asset;
  • Strong financial management skills (calculating ratios, profitability, budget management, cash flow, etc.);
  • Fully fluent in French and English, both oral and written;
  • Proficient with computer tools (Microsoft Office suite including MS Project) and project management methodologies (UML type, Rational Rose) and with organizational collaboration tools (SharePoint, Team Planner, PMO, etc.);
  • Be available for occasional travel within Quebec.       


  • Excellent customer service and a concern for satisfaction;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to make concepts easy to understand, as part of an approach that hinges on cooperation, communication and teamwork;
  • Ability to facilitate team meetings and coordinate the work involved;
  • Good skills in managing multiple large-scale projects simultaneously and in "project management" mode in a changing environment;
  • Ability to develop, refine, explain and operationalize complex strategies;
  • Strong organizational skills, good decision-making power, and the ability to make difficult decisions as part of projects;
  • Be comfortable working in a matrix environment in leadership mode involving influence, diplomacy and engagement with various stakeholders and also with your work team;  
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and priority-management skills;
  • A capacity for synthesizing in order to have a comprehensive view of a program/project;
  • Be goal and results-oriented;
  • Exhibit thoroughness, independence and a strong ability to work under pressure.

Leadership skills:

  • Driving towards results;
  • Seeking creative solutions;
  • Managing talent; 
  • Working in partnership;
  • Navigating change;
  • Acting with principle.

In addition to the competitive working conditions offered by Héma-Québec, this position includes the following benefits:

• Four (4) weeks of vacation per year;
• Variable and flexible schedule;
• Group insurance;
• Defined benefit pension plan.

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