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The Sr. Program Manager position is a key transitional role to becoming a leader in the organization.  A Sr. PM is an excellent communicator and advanced problem solver and decision maker, rigorous in applying a logical approach and focused on solutions.  A Sr. PM can be relied on to lead PM activities on a number of more complicated projects and studies by demonstrating an advanced level of mastery of program management skills and a deep understanding of clinical drug development and study design.   The Sr. PM is also a capable manager and developer of people in the organization.

The Sr. Program Manager will be responsible for independently executing on program management activities supporting key Therapeutic Areas within Research and external partners (i.e.- academic collaborators, key vendors, and universities) to ensure efficient team function and the achievement of key deliverables such as research project plan timelines, resources. budget, risk and issue management in collaboration with the respective Therapeutic Area Heads.

Following demonstrated success in the role, the Sr. PM may have the opportunity to take on projects with increasing complexity and/or scope.


Strategy and Planning:

  1. Collaborate with Therapeutic Areas Heads to enable team development and follow-through of the Therapeutic Portfolio (e.g., partnering with, and gaining cross-functional alignment on, Research deliverables).
  2. Facilitate team development and management of Program Risk Mitigation Plan ensuring execution and alignment of risk mitigation efforts.
  3. Build, maintain and control the research timeline for the execution of a Research plan - highlight dependencies, milestones, deliverables, and critical path; create timeline scenarios as needed and facilitate Therapeutic Area reviews.
  4. Identify and leverage interdependencies in short-, mid-, and long-term program and study plans.

Operational execution

  1. Ensure Research Project Leads are tracking to key deliverable and milestone timelines.
  2. Advocate and drive for overall project execution quality – Propose, facilitate and implement plans to resolve issues and execute corrective actions.
  3. Organize and facilitate team meetings in collaboration with the Therapeutic Area Head - develop meeting agendas, issue meeting minutes, and track action items to completion with Research Project Leads.
  4. In collaboration with Therapeutic Area Head, identify, communicate, and escalate program-wide interdependencies, issues, perspectives, and key decisions
  5. Communicate objectives, plans and timelines to the Research Team
  6. Ensure execution of actions based on metrics and vendor issues.
  7. Contribute to and facilitate the development of appropriate metrics for the Research Team

Cross-functional Influence

  1. Lead ad-hoc working groups that result from Therapeutic Area needs.
  2. Develop and manage Thereapeutic Area Review meetings or early advisory boards in collaboration with Therapeutic Area Head
  3. May collaborate with EDT, in driving Research inputs into program Project Portfolio Management Tools and Systems and ensure timelines and data expectations are communicated to to the Research Organization.
  4. Work with Research Project Leader to coordinate cross-functional activities from data generation through Research report development in collaboration with EDT and other functions.          




  • BA/BS in a scientific or technical field. Experience in lieu of education accepted.
  • Minimum of 8 years total relevant experience (pre-clinical research, project management, or academia), with at least 5 years in a project management role. PMP certification a plus.
  • 0-2 years of experience in people management.
  • Some travel may be required.


Location: San Rafael


Post Date: 9/16/2021 8:32:55 AM
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