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Sr. Mgr./Assoc. Dir., Biotech/Pharma Program Management

Cambridge, MA

Posted: 08/24/2020 Employment Type: Contract Job Category: Clinical: R&D Program Management Job Number: 2621

Job Description

Our client is seeking a motivated Program Manager (PM) to join as a key member of their 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 client’ s 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 is a contract position and will report into the Head of Portfolio and Program Management.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead project planning efforts to IND submission and execution of early clinical studies
  • Provide operational leadership and establish processes to execute on overall program strategy
  • 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
  • Ensure effective communication within the team and to key internal and external stakeholders/governance
  • Facilitate alignment and cross-functional communication between discovery, late phase research, CMC, clinical and regulatory to enable the team to meet program goals
  • 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

  • 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)

Meet Your Recruiter

Kelley Cole
Clinical Recruiter

Kelley brings 5 years of experience in full life-cycle recruitment and talent acquisition management, along with a strong client services background, to her role as Clinical Recruiter for The Steely Group. A desire to make a difference and add positivity to this world are two factors that influenced Kelley’s decision to become a recruiter. “Connecting a candidate with a better opportunity that could have a huge impact on them and their family is very fulfilling,” she says.

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