Assistant Project Manager – Biosafety & Biosecurity
Merrick is seeking an experienced Assistant Project Manager with a background in Biosafety and Biosecurity programs to administer projects, provide organizational leadership support, and to assist in general management for projects in the Washington, DC area.
As an Assistant Project Manager, the successful candidate will:
- Assist in management of multi-discipline academic, industrial, and government biosafety, biosecurity, and related projects to be executed primarily out of the Washington, DC area, but also Merrick’s Denver and Kanata offices.
- Assist in business development (BD) activities including presentations to potential clients, preparation of proposals and estimating work (i.e. seller-doer), attending conferences, and supporting proposal development efforts.
- Assist with business strategy efforts related to international and government (DHS, DoD, DoS, etc.) opportunities.
- Required to work in tandem with multiple project stakeholders and clients to integrate schedules, travel logistics, and package (scopes) of work.
- Become familiar and comply with Merrick’s project management systems, procedures and reporting protocols, and report regularly to Merrick senior management on project performance.
- Monitor scope, schedule, budget, deliverables and client expectations throughout initiation, execution, and closeout phases of projects.
- Communicate and coordinate with all project and client stakeholders as required for successful project execution, involving multiple lines of effort over sustained periods of project period of performance.
- Maintain and develop positive client relationships.
- Be available to travel, including internationally for project and BD work.
- Have or be able to obtain low-level security clearance for work with the US Federal Government.
- Assist in monitoring and directing the day-to-day work of project technical staff, consultants, contractors, and meet expectations for attendance and punctuality.
- Apply analytical skills to project approaches, standards, and solutions, throughout project lifecycle.
- Support QA/QC reviews of BD and project deliverables.
- Support the Director of Biosafety and Biosecurity with industry analyses to develop strategic solutions to issues of project sustainability.
General Management skills and responsibilities may include:
- In all areas, demonstrate project management best practices
- Flexibility and experience to receive and disposition a variety of technical and administrative inquiries and issues on a daily basis.
- Ability to manage and report on multiple tasks and projects at various stages of completion and complexity.
- May be tasked to participate in a variety of professional and/or social societies or programs designed to elevate Merrick’s professional and community standing.
- High degree of professionalism, integrity, and business ethics required.
- Maintain high level of relationship and client satisfaction through strong communication, organizational, and coordination skills.
Required Experience and Qualifications
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multidisciplinary projects, experience in planning and executing project management and coordination activities, evaluate and improve project management/coordination processes. Project management professional (PMP) certification strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to provide grant and financial management support on USG funded projects.
- International project coordination and execution experience required.
- The successful candidate will utilize strong interpersonal skills to interface successfully with clients.
- Must have a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a project management capacity within biosafety and biosecurity field supporting government contracts.
- Past performance supporting strategic business development and proposal efforts strongly preferred.
- Client projects for this position require United States Citizenship (or capability to obtain within 6 months).
- B.S./B.A. degree or equivalent, from accredited University or Higher Education Institution.
- M.S./M.A. in biological sciences, international relations, or equivalent preferred.
- Good working knowledge of the biosafety and biosecurity field, emerging technologies, government/academic/industrial programs.
- Past performance working in or for U.S. federal agencies (i.e., DoD, DHS, HHS) strongly preferred.
- Local candidates preferred. Relocation will be considered.
- The job requires the ability to sit for extended periods at a computer workstation.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as but not limited to: computers, phones, copiers, scanners and plotters.
Apply on line only. No e-mail, hard copy or third party resumes accepted.
Merrick, an employee owned company, offers a competitive compensation and benefits package which includes; health insurance, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), unique work-life benefits, continuing education and training through the Merrick Learning Institute.
Merrick & Company is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.
We recognize the importance of developing top talent from within, our employees have access to a wide range of internal and external training and coaching programs and are rewarded for their achievements through excellent benefits and competitive salaries.
We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.