Director, Program Management

San Francisco, CA, United States
Mar 06, 2019
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

Defines the direction for program management process and policy in conjunction with corporate objectives.

Leads the effort for continuous improvement of project operations. Directs the scientific collaborative relationship for the projects in the discovery portfolio to efficiently deliver on corporate goals. Responsible for directing projects and maximizing resources through the application of project management best practices. Facilitates information flow between team members, the project leader, and senior management. Responsible for establishing and developing cross-functional teams to support research and development process and may identify optimal opportunities for projects. Organizes interdepartmental activities ensuring completion of the project on the schedule and within budget constraints. This job contributes to and supports the company's research pipeline efforts to create high value therapeutics to address unmet medical needs.

Works on abstract problems across functional areas of the business. Identifies and evaluates issues for major functional areas through assessment of intangible variables. Interacts internally and externally with senior management requiring complex negotiation to influence the discovery pipeline management. Participates in corporate development of methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for projects, programs and people. Has the ultimate responsibility for meeting defined expectations and commitments on a program. Ensures that programs continue to meet expectations and make scientific and business sense. Provides leadership, guidance, development, organization and mentoring of the Project Team. Provides oversight and technical management of the product development plan. Directs the entire program budget planning process and work plan preparation. Ensures the client understands program risks and provides written approval of the program budget. Responsible for working with team to document program risks, and development of contingency plans to manage those risks. Makes recommendations as to whether program activities should be outsourced for greater resource efficiency. Responsible for development of a high-performance team and effective team members through appropriate team building, mentoring and coaching activities. In conjunction with Business Development, gain understanding of partner company structure, hierarchy, project selection, project priority and politics. Organize monthly project reviews to ensure efficient communication of issues and project data. Negotiates complex contracts/deals with vendors and other external bodies. Participates in work related professional organizations and represents the Company in appropriate professional public forums.

A minimum of a Bachelors degree in a scientific discipline is required. An advanced degree is highly preferred. Equivalent experience may be accepted. Certification in Project Management is preferred. A minimum of 13 years experience in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Products or other related industry is required. A minimum of 10 years management experience is preferred. A minimum 6 years participation in a cross-functional pharmaceutical team is required. A minimum of 4 years participation in an executive steering committee for pharmaceutical or medical device product development may be required. A thorough understanding of the drug discovery process starting from target ideation to lead generation, development candidate nomination, and IND submission is essential. Should have demonstrable experience in managing projects and portfolio in discovery settings for small molecules and large molecule projects. Must be able to demonstrate a successful track-record of delivering projects/programs on schedule and within budget. Must have a demonstrated ability to deal effectively with all functional departments, including Research Biology, DMPK, Safety assessment, Medicinal chemistry and Protein therapeutics. A working knowledge of basic financial accounting is required. Good computer skills are required. Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint budgeting tools and Project is required. Must be able to demonstrate strong analytical and problem solving capabilities. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Previous experience working with corporate partners or acting as a liaison is required. Must be able to demonstrate strong organizational skills. Participation and leadership in national/international Program Management forums and meetings is preferred. Must have be able to demonstrate success in managing and building strong, professional, high-performing teams.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Nektar Therapeutics will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner proscribed by the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.