At Elanco (NYSE: ELAN) – it all starts with animals!


As a global leader in animal health, we are dedicated to innovation and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets. We’re driven by our vision of ‘Food and Companionship Enriching Life’ and our approach to sustainability – the Elanco Healthy Purpose™ – to advance the health of animals, people, the planet and our enterprise.


At Elanco, we pride ourselves on fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. We believe that diversity is the driving force behind innovation, creativity, and overall business success. Here, you’ll be part of a company that values and champions new ways of thinking, work with dynamic individuals, and acquire new skills and experiences that will propel your career to new heights.


Making animals’ lives better makes life better – join our team today!


Your Role: Functional Planner – Early Discovery Research


As the Functional Planner – Early Discovery Research, you will join our dynamic team to drive the acceleration and optimization of early research discovery projects. Your primary focus will be on facilitating seamless progression between decision points, ensuring efficient coordination across the functional matrix.


Your Responsibilities: 

  • Establish relationships with research and discovery project leads, coordinating project progression and enabling scientists to focus on execution.
  • Identify key functions within the matrix and essential process sequences for project advancement.
  • Cultivate relationships with stakeholders responsible for project interactions, understanding their timeline constraints.
  • Maintain external collaborator relationships to ensure milestone adherence.
  • Strategize opportunities for parallel processing and timeline acceleration while maintaining rapid project progression.
  • Create and manage integrated timelines with cross-functional teams, emphasizing Discovery, and identifying critical path items.
  • Map out activities such as shipping and study schedules, utilizing existing project management tools proficiently.
  • Assist in creating and tracking risk registry and develop project management tools for progress monitoring, leveraging Discovery experience.


What You Need to Succeed: 

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in a science or health-related field and/or 5+ years of applicable experience, or a Master’s degree with 3+ years of experience.
  • Required Experience: Prior project management experience.
  • Top 2 skills: Comfortable with ambiguity; adept at leadership through influence and clear communication.


What will give you a competitive edge: 

  • Demonstrated skill in stakeholder engagement and clear communication.
  • Experience in alliance and contract management.
  • Proven ability to work outside core competency areas.
  • Experience in Discovery projects.


Additional Information: 

  • Travel: Minimal travel required annually.
  • Location: Global Elanco Headquarters – Greenfield, IN – Hybrid Work Environment. New HQ Coming Q1 2025 Indianapolis, IN.


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Elanco, we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive work environment. If you think you might be a good fit for a role but don’t necessarily meet every requirement, we encourage you to apply. You may be the right candidate for this role or other roles!


Elanco Benefits and Perks: 

We offer a comprehensive benefits package focusing on financial, physical, and mental well-being while encouraging our employees to pursue our purpose! Some highlights include:

  • Multiple relocation packages
  • Two weeklong shutdowns (mid-summer and year-end) in the US (in addition to PTO)
  • 8-week parental leave
  • 9 Employee Resource Groups
  • Annual bonus offering
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Up to 6% 401K matching


Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status

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