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Director of Program Management

Cambridge, MA 02139

Post Date: 08/14/2018 Job ID: 2075 Job Category: Clinical: R&D Program Management

The Program Director position is a high impact, hands-on leadership role with responsibility for significant elements of program strategy and cross-functional execution. This role requires a talented individual with proven expertise in leading global cross-functional teams and driving major initiatives. This individual, in partnership with the Program Team members, will drive program strategy and ensure clear and timely communication of program strategy, implementation plans, and progress.

  • Lead cross-functional program team(s) to develop strategic plans for compounds integrating development, commercial, technical and financial considerations
  • Drive program team decision-making and management of early stage compounds to better understand the science and establish clinical development plans
  • Apply oncology drug development knowledge and experience to ensure that product candidates are managed in the efficient and rigorous manner as reflected in the design and conduct of studies with a high degree of technical, regulatory and commercial success
  • Lead scenario planning and organizational readiness for initiatives and/or projects, as required
  • Work closely with Translational Medicine and Research groups on the search for and identification of biomarkers, and coordinate development of biomarkers in parallel with drug development effort
  • Ability to translate cross-functional program issues into functional implications
  • Be responsible for issue identification and development of an action plan for resolution. Escalation to functional leadership and/or R&D Leadership, when needed.
  • Monitor and track program budget; escalate significant budget changes through the functions impacted; advocate for additional resources when needed for program success
  • Drive effective and impactful communication related to program strategy to ensure active management of issues/risks/decisions/opportunities related to all internal and external activities
  • Ensure collaboration across the Program Team to achieve maximum team effectiveness

Qualifications/ Requirements
  • Requires a minimum of 7 years R&D program management experience leading cross-functional teams
  • Experience in early clinical stage drug development in the oncology or imuno-oncology area required, with the understanding of the development process and regulatory requirements for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) highly desirable
  • Lab experience with biomarker assays, particularly pathology/immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, and DNA/RNA sequencing desirable.
  • Understanding of CAP/CLIA/GLP/GCP clinical diagnostics environment desired
  • Life sciences degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving mindset
  • Ability to make or drive decisions rapidly when the situation calls for it.
  • Ability to identify key priorities, align strategic and tactical plans, and motivate cross-functional teams and drive effective partnerships across functions
  • Outstanding relationship building and communication skills, including ability to navigate throughout the organization rapidly and with individuals at all levels
  • Managerial experience and proven effectiveness within matrix structures and within cross functional global teams.
  • Strong holistic perspective of drug development process and life cycle management across different functional areas including familiarity with commercial, medical affairs, clinical and pharmacology, preclinical research, finance, regulatory and compliance groups
  • Strong program management skills required

Demeika Roberts

Demeika is known for her enthusiasm in working closely with hiring managers to assess their needs, creatively solve problems, and passionately help candidates find their “perfect fit” dream jobs.

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