Director, Program Management

Employer
Tocagen
Location
San Diego, CA
Posted
Sep 12, 2019
Ref
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Hotbed
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Doctorate/PHD/MD
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.

Function/Scope:

The Director, Program Management will be responsible for ensuring the scope and direction of programs through all stages of the product candidate development process, including preclinical and Phase 1-3 clinical development studies. This position will be able to develop and manage detailed project plans, drive the cross-functional development teams to achievement of key milestones, and facilitate communication throughout all levels of the organization. In addition, the Director, Program Management will play a leadership role in driving the stage-gate process for pipeline and portfolio prioritization and decision-making.

Duties and Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited To:

  • Application of project management expertise, methodologies and standards to assist in building the foundation for a core PM function within the organization
  • Leads and manages day to day oversight for the Toca 511 Core Product Development Team
  • Develops, maintains, tracks and manages a high quality integrated project plan, including clearly identified critical paths and key risks as needed
  • Applies best practices for the development, initiation, planning, execution, control and closing of assigned projects and/or programs
  • Communicates effectively with team members, senior leaders and key stakeholders on program progress, issues, risks, requirements and opportunities
  • Facilitates and coordinates preparation for team meetings and program review meetings, ensuring quality presentation and results-oriented focus
  • Facilitates communication and has demonstrated ability to share complex information with diverse audiences across all levels within the organization
  • Develops and drives continuous improvements and implements best practices in support of the advancement of a portfolio of therapeutic candidates
  • Builds and maintains a positive working relationship with team members, key stakeholders and vendors alike
  • Provides PM expertise and leadership to Research teams for new pipeline assets transitioning from research to the clinic
  • Performs other duties as required

 


Qualifications:

 

 

  • A strong track record of leading teams to evaluate new therapies in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry (oncology or gene therapy experience preferred).
  • Technical experience in a discipline associated with drug development is required
  • Knowledge of issues that drive early and late stage development projects and proven ability to develop and manage complex program plans, timelines and critical path tasks is required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication as well as negotiation and conflict resolution skills are essential
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, mentor and manage others (whether or not a direct reporting structure exists)
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and time management skills with demonstrated ability to effectively multitask and advance multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to hold oneself and others accountable for commitments in a productive and assertive manner
  • Demonstrates strong facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to drive consensus and decision making
  • Innovative and collaborative spirit
  • Must be able to prioritize and work effectively in a constantly changing environment.
  • General understanding of the FDA, EMA, ICH and other guidelines relevant to the pharmaceutical industry
  • Previous experience with preparation of a NDA/BLA is desirable

 


Education and Experience:

 

 

 

  • An Advanced Degree (PhD, MS) or equivalent experience in a relevant scientific and/or Project Management discipline is required
  • PMP certification is highly desirable.
  • Eight to ten years in biotech/pharma industry along with relevant project management experience managing drug development programs
  • Experience with biological products or cancer immune-therapeutics is desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite applications and high-level of proficiency in Microsoft Project