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Sr. Manager/Associate Director - Program Management

Cambridge, MA

Posted: 04/19/2019 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Clinical: R&D Program Management Job Number: 2258

Our client is seeking a motivated Program Manager (PM) to join as a key member of its R&D teams.  The candidate, together with the Program Leader (PL), will be responsible for planning and managing the execution of oncology drug discovery programs from target discovery through to First in Human studies and late phase clinical development. The PM will be responsible for building high performing global multi-disciplinary teams with our pharmaceutical partner to deliver on corporate strategy and goals. Critical to success is a thorough understanding of the drug development process and a strong ability to anticipate and navigate through challenges. This position will report into the Head of Portfolio and Program Management.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
  • Provide operational leadership and establish processes to execute on overall program strategy
  • Ensure effective communication within the team and to key internal and external stakeholders/ governance
  • Create and maintain web-based program team pages and broader communication tools to executive leadership
  • Identify project challenges, develop options, scenarios, recommendations, risk mitigation strategies and integrated operational plans to achieve program objectives
  • Facilitate team meetings and provide regular timeline update, create agendas/minutes and ensure critical actions items are addressed in a timely manner
  • Drive document generation in preparation for governance approvals. Proactively identify and drive project and resource priorities that align with program objectives
  • Maintain program-related documentation (including the program Gantt, decision log, and risk register) and ensure appropriate archiving and access to shared information and critical program documents
  • Facilitate alignment and cross-functional communication between discovery, late phase research, CMC, clinical and regulatory to enable the team to meet program goals
  • Lead project planning efforts to IND submission and execution of early clinical studies
  • Identify and manage subteams necessary for program success (including, but not limited to - translational, clinical subteams, etc.) and ensure consistent alignment of all team members with asset strategy set by the global program team
  • Support optimization of development plans by evaluating assumptions and incorporation of new inputs as the projects progress through development

QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:
  • Relevant Scientific Degree (BS, MS or PhD)
  • 5-10 years prior Biotech/Pharmaceutical experience as a program manager preferred
  • Solid understanding of the principles, concepts, practices and standards of pharmaceutical project management
  • Prior participation in successful IND submissions is a plus
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to organize/prioritize tasks in a timely and accurate manner
  • Some late phase (Phase 2-3) experience preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communication skills
  • Thrives in a collaborative and dynamic team environment
  • Computer programs systems:  Highly Proficient with the following MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), familiarity with Project Management software, SharePoint and WebEx (or other similar systems)

Aaron Goldman
Clinical Recruitment Team Lead

Aaron is a spirited guy who likes to make things happen. He has been a Clinical Recruiter for the past five years, and says his greatest reward comes when a candidate accepts an offer and he hears the excitement in their voice - You know you have helped someone change their life!
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