Director, Program Management

San Francisco, CA, United States
Sep 10, 2020
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Position Summary:

This critical position will be responsible for providing program management leadership and expertise to support GBT's development programs. As a Director of Program Management, this role will focus primarily on enabling the success of the cross-functional Program Teams and functional sub-teams.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Partners with the Product Development Team Lead (PDTL) and the Clinical Sub-Team Lead (CSTL) to define priorities and keep the teams focused and aligned, ensuring that critical project goals are understood by the sub-team representatives, and are implemented appropriately
  • Ensures effective project communications across all functions at PDT and with its sub-teams. Drives information flow and communicates project status to all stakeholders in collaboration with the PDTL/CSTL, and sub-teams via oral and written communications
  • In partnership with the PDTL and sub team leads, proactively identifies potential issues and risks and work with the team to develop mitigation strategies
  • Facilitates effective meetings, develops and distributes meeting agendas and, minutes, drives appropriate follow up on action items
  • Helps the PDT, CST and other sub-teams work effectively within the GBT governance structure
  • Maintains program-level project plan
  • Acts as PM lead on program initiatives and sub-teams as needed, including regulatory submission readiness submission team training, etc.
  • Serves as a resource and mentors other Program Managers as appropriate
  • Leads/supports program management functional initiatives and supports cross-functional initiatives as needed
  • Spearheads additional projects as necessary to fulfill departmental objectives
  • Support PM department vision, resource and budget planning
  • Develops knowledge of current therapeutic environment and drug development trends


  • Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or relevant field
  • PMP certification a plus
  • Advanced degree (PharmD, PhD, MS, MBA, MD) preferred or strong demonstration of equivalent combination of relevant educational and professional training
  • Minimum of 10 years in project and/or program management roles of increasing responsibilities
  • Regulatory submission experience and global clinical program experience with all phases of drug development preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of project management principles and practices, including application of project management tools, methodologies, and practices
  • Experienced user and thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Project, One Pager or similar tools to support project planning and pictorial representations
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to drive project plan and timelines (across multiple functional areas)
  • Proven success in goal setting, driving and operationalization of program strategy, prioritization and time management
  • Experience working with external partners
  • Hematology experience desirable but not required
  • There is the potential for this role to manage other Program Managers

Fit with GBT culture:
  • Ability to build strong relationships with co-workers of various backgrounds and expertise
  • Ability to function at a high level in a team setting whether leading the group or acting as an individual contributor
  • Values-based leadership consistent with GBT's Core Values
  • Excitement about the vision and mission of GBT
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity

NOTE: This position summary is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Global Blood Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.