Associate Director, Project Management

Vertex Pharmaceuticals - San Diego, CA3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $140,000 - $180,000 a year
Job Description:
Vertex Pharmaceuticals is seeking an Associate Director to manage research and drug discovery projects from the research phase through to early clinical development. Preference will be given to candidates who have extensive experience with small molecule therapeutics.

The ideal candidate will be an innovative, highly motivated project manager with a strong scientific background in preclinical drug discovery and early development project management. The candidate has a proven ability to manage internal research and drug discovery/early development project teams and drive results forward. Responsibilities include the use of best practices for planning and tracking early to late stage research and early development projects, setting priorities, and managing the team to deliver results. The candidate will be a team player with well-developed skills for gaining the cooperation of others and ensuring effective communication among team members.

Position Summary: The Project Manager is responsible for overall coordination and planning for projects of large scope, budget and strategic importance. This typically includes drug discovery projects in the hit to lead or lead optimization stage through to POC. The Project Manager will work with the scientific program leader to oversee, organize and shape research and early development programs to ensure that all goals and milestones are met per agreed upon project specifications. Effective coordination of numerous disciplines is required for successful execution. In this role, the Project Manager will work with the team to develop the program plan, execution of the program plan to timelines and budget and ensure appropriate and timely decision-making and progress. The Project Manager sets agenda and chairs recurring project team meetings, and ensures effective cross functional communications are achieved with all team members. The Project Manager will also highlight risks, timeline delays and other issues to Senior Management. Previous drug discovery and global project team experience is required.

Key Responsibilities include:
Coordinates the design and execution of cross-functional project plans for late stage drug discovery and early clinical development of small molecule therapeutics. This will involve the mapping of preclinical, early development and all other relevant team information, with a variety of project management tools.
Maintains frequent communication with the cross-functional project team members and key internal stakeholders so that all parties are aware of current project status, issues, contingencies, and milestones.
Prepares summary information on program progress, timeline updates and risk assessment for periodic presentations to Vertex oversight committees.
With team members and in accordance with corporate objectives, facilitates the setting of program strategy and objectives, key milestones and scope.
Leads team meetings and ensures that clear actions and decisions are documented, communicated and committed to, enabling timeline achievement.
Builds strong working relationships across departments, with key stakeholders, and Senior Management to ensure transparency and to facilitate communication.

Minimum Qualifications

Must be an innovative, driven, highly organized self-starter with the ability to handle multiple activities and comfortable interacting with all levels of management within the company.
Demonstrated in depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and the drug development and regulatory submission/approval process required.
Extensive intermediate to advanced computer skills (Power Point, Excel, Word, MS Project, SharePoint).
Proven drug development program management experience in the Research to Early Development stage and ability to develop detailed integrated program plans.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
Excellent interpersonal skills including people management, time management, organizational, and prioritization skills.
Proven ability in negotiating/influencing and collaboration skills.
Willing and able to learn new skills to meet changing needs of the organization.
Master’s degree in Biology, Chemistry or other related scientific area
Level will be determined based on experience. Requires at least 10 years’ post-graduate experience in the Pharma/Biotechnology industry with 6 to 8 years of formal Pharmaceutical/Drug Discovery program management experience.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD degree in Biology, Chemistry or other related scientific area, with at least 10 years of post-graduate experience in Pharm/Biotech industry with a minimum of 8 to 10 years of formal Pharmaceutical/Drug Discovery program management experience.
A desire to be part of a highly innovative company aimed at transforming the lives of people with serious diseases, their families and society