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Director, Project Management

Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

South San Francisco, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Assoc. Dir., Proj. Management
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:
Cardiology, Clinical Project Manager, Clinical Research, Project Management, Regulatory Affairs,

Job Description

Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, Calif. We completed an initial public offering in May 2013 and are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol PTLA. We have approximately 80 employees. At Portola, our goal is to build an enduring biopharmaceutical company with compounds from our own research efforts that advance the care of patients in the areas of thrombosis (blood clots), other hematologic disorders and inflammation. Our current development-stage portfolio includes wholly-owned and partnered products. Our two lead programs, betrixaban and andexanet alfa (PRT4445) each address significant unmet medical needs in the area of thrombosis. Our two other product candidates, PRT2070 and PRT2607, are orally available kinase inhibitors with unique pharmacologic properties targeting hematologic (blood) cancers and inflammatory disorders.

Role Profile:
The Director, Project Management will guide specific aspects of Portola’s lead development candidate currently in a global Phase 3 clinical trial and other development program efforts. This person will ensure alignment and execution of plans in support of the integrated development program activities with a focus on support to the Clinical Development department and NDA preparations. Key responsibilities include establishing and maintaining project plans, organizing and leading project team meetings, tracking and ensuring execution of action items, fostering communication and coordination between functional groups, ensuring adequate resourcing to meet goals, identifying risks and risk mitigation strategies, and providing updates on project status to executive management.

Essential/Primary Duties, Functions and Responsibilities:

• Partner with Project Team Leader to manage the development and execution of project team strategy and to optimize team effectiveness in achieving project objectives in alignment with budget and timelines
• Establish and maintain functionally integrated project schedules to enable accurate project, financial and portfolio analyses including detailed timelines and budgets (working closely with Finance)
• Work closely with the Clinical Operations, Clinical Development and Data Management groups to publish and track clinical metrics
• Manage the interfaces between functional areas and ensure effective handoff and communication between department functions to execute on important project milestones; Gain consensus quickly to mitigate problems and issues
• Ensure communication between sub-team members to effectively plan, evaluate project operations, track project performance, identify risks, make recommendations for improvement and facilitate resolution of issues. Efficiently identify and mitigate problems that may impact project progress (scope, timeline and budget)
• Drive scheduling, organizing and managing project team meeting(s): prepare and distribute agendas and minutes and aggressively track action items; Facilitate communication of sub-team issues & outcomes to the Core Team/Project team leader
• Work closely with the CMC/Drug Supply group to ensure adequate execution and proactive planning
• Work closely with the Regulatory group to prepare for Regulatory submissions
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• Prepare Project Team presentations for internal and external use and communicate regular project status reports via the company Intranet Project site
• Work and coordinate with outside vendors as needed


• Degree in a life science or commensurate experience
• 10 or more years drug development Project Management experience. Experience managing and coordinating all aspects of drug Global Phase III clinical experience strongly preferred
• Experience with the filing of multiple NDAs/BLAs required
• Proven experience using Project Management software to manage complex project timelines and resources
• Strong team management and team building skills
• Ability to effectively manage meetings (agenda, actions, presentations, status reports)
• Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop important relationships with customers and key stakeholders, good conflict resolution skills
• Extremely detailed organizational skills and established ability to create, prioritize and execute on complex task lists
• Ability to perform in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines
• Razor-sharp skills with the Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Word. Ability to create presentations for internal and external use
• Up to 5% travel may be required

Additional Information:

• Please include a cover letter that highlights your individual qualifications and how they match to our requirements and send resumes to
• Learn more about Portola’s staffing process:
• Our company overview and history:

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