Associate Director, R&D Project Management Oncology Cellular Therapies

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Sep 04, 2019
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Associate Director, R&D Project Management Oncology Cellular Therapies

Specific Responsibilities and skills for Position:

The Associate Director, Project Management is responsible for managing one or more complex projects.
  • Works in partnership with project leaders to develop, gain approval, and execute on the project strategy.
  • Co-chairs timely, efficient, and action-oriented Project Team meetings and is responsible for coordinating highly complex team operations and communications.
  • Participates in working groups within the Project Management department to resolve operational issues or improve department processes.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:
  • Organizes the formation of Project Teams in conjunction with functional leadership and guides transition of projects from research through commercialization
  • Works with project lead, functional reps and cell therapy research leadership to define project scope and strategy; leads preparation of development plan
  • Provides leadership to the team and functional areas to anticipate and identify program risks; proposes and implements corrective action
  • Directs project communications and ensures that all project customers are fully informed and knowledgeable of project activities and their status
  • Co-ordinates preparation of, reviews and edits governance documents, periodic project reports, budget reforecasts etc.
  • Along with the project lead, represents the Project Team at governance meetings for major strategic decisions
  • Manages project team meetings and ensures compliance with governance

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

A PhD in a scientific field or a PharmD, DVM or MD degree and 5-8 years of relevant experience is preferred.

Alternatively requires a BA or BS degree and minimum 8-10 years of relevant experience, including 5 years as a project manager and/or pharmaceutical line manager and/or pharmaceutical functional area scientist.

  • Experience should include participation in cross-functional project management activities.
  • Prior experience in cellular therapy, synthetic biology, oncology research greatly preferred
  • Must have extensive understanding of research and drug development process.
  • Must be able to understand and communicate scientific and business data and have excellent scientific writing skills
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and verbal communication skills along with ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Must have extensive experience applying principles, concepts, practices, and standards of pharmaceutical project management
  • Must be able to support highly complex multiple activities simultaneously
  • Must possess advanced knowledge and skill with Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel and other reporting and tracking tools
  • Must be able to work under minimal and at times no supervision, determine personal work plan, and schedule tasks and activities
  • Line management supervisory experience is desirable



Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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