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Associate Director / Director, Program Management

Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc.

Newark, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:
Product Manager, Program Manager, Project Management, Project Manager,

Job Description

Associate Director / Director, Program Management


The Associate Director/Director, Program Management is a critical function and will be responsible for leading and coordinating all activities associated with advancing a program through early to late stage development, programs. The individual will be a key member of project teams, working closely with the stakeholders and contribute to the definition of project strategy and guide the project and functional teams to deliver on program and corporate objectives. This position will be accountable for steering core teams through internal processes and manage the integration of preclinical, clinical, cmc, and regulatory execution. Develop and ensure timely execution of complex project plans, as well as manage project timelines, budget to achieve key milestones and timely decision points.

Specific Responsibilities:

Create timelines and utilize planning tools such as creation of project dashboards and Gantt charts.  Ensure team objectives are clearly established and communicated.  Ensure that responsibilities are understood, risks are identified, progress is measured and plans are updated and adapted as necessary.

Organize and conduct project team meetings.  Provide concise meeting minutes in a timely fashion, including key decisions and actions.
Work with respective functional leaders to drive the creativity of innovative product target profiles and product development plans that optimize value, time, resources and risk while ensuring that Program strategy is aligned with business objectives.

Accountability for ensuring adherence of project planning and activities to agreed time, resources, budget and scope.

Accountability for project team documentation and for identifying issues and risks and leading contingency planning. Identify and track the project's critical path, formulate and monitor corrective courses of action

Ensures conflict resolution at project team or higher level.

Presenting strategic issues, project updates and options, and recommendations to Senior Management team.

About us:

Protagonist Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a proprietary technology platform which it uses to discover and develop novel peptide-based drugs to address significant unmet medical needs. Its primary focus is on developing first-in-class oral targeted therapy based peptide drugs that work by blocking biological pathways that are currently targeted by marketed injectable antibody drugs. Protagonist's initial lead peptide product candidates, PTG-100 and PTG-200, are based on this approach, and the company believes they have the potential to transform the existing treatment paradigm for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a set of gastrointestinal diseases consisting primarily of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

PTG-100, a potential first-in-class oral peptide alpha4beta7 integrin antagonist, is currently in Phase 2b clinical trials for moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis.  PTG-200, a first-in-class oral Interleukin-23 receptor antagonist for potential treatment of Crohn’s disease, is currently in pre-clinical development and is expected to enter Phase 1 clinical studies in 2H 2017.
In addition to PTG-100 and PTG-200, the company is developing an injectable hepcidin mimetic PTG-300 for potential development as an orphan drug to treat iron overload related rare diseases such as beta-thalassemia.  PTG-300 is currently in pre-clinical development and is expected to enter Phase 1 clinical studies in 2H 2017.

Protagonist is headquartered in Newark, California with its pre-clinical and clinical staff in California, and discovery operations both in California and in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. For further information, please visit


Position Qualifications:

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific or business discipline and 10+ years of relevant Program Management / Project Leadership in the biopharmaceutical industry or equivalent. PMPP certification a plus.

Must have drug development, IND, Phase I/II experience

Strong organizational, facilitation and presentation skills

Advanced Microsoft Project, PowerPoint, Excel capabilities

Prior experience working in a fast-paced entrepreneurial development stage company is highly desirable.

In depth knowledge and experience of the global drug development and commercialization to enable robust and efficient project plans

Experience in more than one therapeutic area would be a plus.

An ability to take hands-on, “roll up your sleeves” approach toward achieving business results.

An ability to achieve results with colleagues of diverse functional expertise, skills and priorities.

This would include the ability to challenge the status quo where relevant, and resolve conflict within the team while maintaining clear focus on business objectives. It also requires the ability to lead by influence rather than by command.

Highly motivated, proactive and organized with an ability to operate independently

Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to develop collaborative relationships internally and externally

Excellent communication and analytical skills, with an ability to navigate, synthesize and convey complex issues

Financial acumen to develop and provide oversight of project budgets and product valuations, with an understanding of portfolio management concepts

Ability to translate strategy into action, requiring strong influencing, negotiation, and presentation skills

Ability to travel, about 15%