Dynavax Technologies

Associate Director, Project Management

Berkeley, CA, US
Dec 04, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

This position is responsible for providing professional project management services to support key programs at Dynavax, including co-lead teams with the Project Team Leaders and will operationally manage R&D development plans for Clinical, Regulatory and for communication with significant independence.
Working with Project Leaders, this position will translate project strategies to project plans and manage project timelines, budgets and ensure adequate resources exist to achieve key milestones.


  • Develop project plans with established goals, milestones, timelines, and budget. Partner with function heads, external partners, the project leader and the project team to ensure project is on track and aligned with corporate goals.
  • Closely monitor and track project schedules toward milestones and issue status reports to Project team members and to stake holders, including assessment of critical path activities. Deliver objective assessment of progress and potential risks.
  • Anticipate, identify, and resolve discrepancies in project priorities, plans, and activities in a timely fashion.
  • Responsible for project meeting management, including set agendas, facilitate and document meetings, and issue meeting minutes.
  • Develop and track project budgets, identify variances, anticipate scope changes, and communicate changes and issues that may impact the current project budget to the head of Project Management, Finance, and other appropriate key stakeholders.
  • Facilitate resolution of issues between departments and across functional lines pertaining to project priorities and team dynamics.
  • Partner with project team leaders to ensure that the development functions perform optimally within the framework of a specific project by preparing and harmonizing the relevant processes, both in terms of content and adherence to timelines.
  • Project Close-out
  • Debrief and lessons learned including a development of best practices and remediation plans
  • Partner with project team members for coordination and development of project presentations to Senior Management and external parties. Prepare and/or present periodic updates at appropriate meetings.
  • Manage the interface with external partners to support and promote communication between companies; coordinate Joint Steering Committee meetings; identify, report, and resolve bottlenecks / difficulties with regard to project issues, resources, and processes.
  • Support the organization in maintaining a work environment focused on quality and that supports learning, respect, open communication, collaboration, integration, and teamwork.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Degree in life sciences, chemistry, business administration, or finance, with 8+ years' successful project management track record in the biopharmaceutical/pharmaceutical industry.
  • Significant experience in biologic product development. Knowledge of drug development functional areas, including preclinical, clinical, regulatory affairs, and manufacturing and demonstrated ability to leverage drug development acumen to enable robust and efficient project plans.
  • Excellent communicator with strong business judgement.
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office Suite, including Excel and Power Point. Demonstrated strong proficiency in the use of MS Project.
  • Proven ability to execute and perform autonomously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven ability to make sound judgments and decisions. Possess the ability to quickly assess problems/situations and provide effective resolution/solutions.
  • A "can do" professional who will work proactively both with internal and external resources to drive results.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain positive work relationships to effectively interface at all levels across the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence teams to consistently meet or exceed project deadlines.
  • Excellent negotiation skills. Flexible, high level of integrity, action- and goal-oriented. Collaborative and team-oriented.
  • Ability to summarize/process essential subject matter as well as outcomes of complex information/problems and to convey this information in the form of a brief working report or meeting minutes.
Additional knowledge and skills desired, but not required:
  • A PM certification is a plus.


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