Sr. Manager, Commercial Planning / Operations

San Diego, CA, United States
Jan 10, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Tocagen is a clinical-stage, cancer-selective gene therapy company focused on developing first-in-class, broadly applicable product candidates designed to activate a patient's immune system against their own cancer from within. Every member of our team plays a significant role in our success. Tocagen hires individuals who share our passion for ending cancer mortality and have exceptional talent that will contribute to this goal.

The company is preparing to launch Toca 511 & Toca FC in recurrent high grade gliomas in next 2 years.

Sr. Manager, Commercial Planning / Operations R esponsibilities:

  • Managing day to day operational activities for the commercial and medical affairs group. He/she will be a point person to work with the functional heads (market access, sales, marketing, business operations and medical affairs) to set the agenda and reviews for the department on regular basis.
  • Managing and running the MLR process in conjunction with external vendor to review all promotional materials and all medical affairs scientific communications. He/she will also be a point person with regulatory to fulfill all regulatory submissions in accordance with the FDA guidelines.
  • Manage the group review cycle meetings, annual business planning process, oversight on the department budget. Design the agenda and participate in key planning meetings throughout the process.
  • Chief of staff for the department and manage any special projects.

Skills and Experience:
  • BA or BS degree required with a preference in the Life Sciences.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in industry (pharma preferred). Strong understanding of pharmaceutical industry. Working in oncology or specialty a plus.
  • Previous experience in business planning and managing functional budgets.
  • Strong ability to work in cross-functional team environments and to collaboratively build agreement on vision / approach.
  • Strong Project Management skills.
  • Working for an executive as a chief of staff a plus.
  • High level of proficiency with spreadsheet and/or database applications (Excel/Access)
  • Uses a disciplined problem-solving approach.
  • Resourceful; able to quickly define and implement a change in approach to meet business needs, and still address stated priorities.
  • Enjoys working hard and looks for challenges.
  • Able to act and react with speed even if limited information is available. Not afraid to take charge of a situation when trouble comes; can overcome resistance and influence others when necessary.
  • Express ideas clearly, concisely and effectively; listens to and responds appropriately to others.

Management of Staff :
  • Individual Contributor role initially.