Director, Program and Portfolio Management

San Francisco, CA, United States
Sep 14, 2020
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Director of Program Management, provides project management expertise to cross functional Early Development Teams (EDT) through the oversight and facilitation of team interactions related to project operations and delivering on key program milestones. This includes, but is not limited to, the development and management of project plans/timeline, issue and risk management, EDT coordination, facilitation and documentation of EDT meetings. The initial focus of this position will be to support the planning and execution of early development oncology projects, including adoptive cell therapy projects.


  • Proactively plans, coordinates and tracks the progress of IND stage and clinical stage cross-functional programs. Responsible for the initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closure of activities at the EDT level, including identification of risks and mitigation strategies/recommendations
  • Ensures effective, accurate, and timely communication across functional areas within the program, serves as a point of contact across multiple functions for program-related issues, including escalation of programs issues to ensure resolution
  • Partners with Program Team Leads to drive appropriate clinical development discussions at the cross-functional Early Development Team (EDT) level; responsible for agendas, minutes, action items tracking, and timelines to support productive EDT discussions
  • Partners with Clinical development lead to drive appropriate discussions at the Clinical Subteam level; responsible for agendas, minutes, and action item tracking
  • Partners with Regulatory lead to drive appropriate discussions supportive of regulatory submissions (e.g., IND, CTA, EOPX meetings, etc.); drives operational activities in support of regulatory submissions, including timeline creation and management
  • Serves as thought-partner to Program Team Leads and VP Program Management and Asset Strategy to drive creative thinking, formulate scenario-based development planning and strategy, and proactively identify and address programmatic gaps in thinking, process, or efficiency with a solution-based mindset
  • Creates and maintains global program plans, including near-term and long-term development timelines, budgets, resource projections, and project reporting supportive of the development strategy of clinical-stage assets (e.g. Product Development Plans, Target Product Profile)
  • Contributes to discussions or materials supportive of Executive Management Team (EMT) meetings, and/or Board of Directors (BoD) meetings
  • Demonstrates an empathic approach to problem-solving, with a willingness to work across all levels of leadership and functional areas in a growing, changing, and fast-moving environment
  • Demonstrates an ability to influence without authority in a grounded manner that results in productive discussions and effective decision-making
  • Leads Program Management efforts for multiple assets for one or more disease areas


Qualifications and Experience:



  • 10+ years experience in drug development; at least 6 years experience in project management
  • Depth of project management and drug development knowledge sufficient to allow her/him/them to drive activities with a high degree of independence; previous work and leadership experience across early to mid-stage clinical development preferred
  • Given start-up nature of organization, must be willing and able to perform both tactical, operational work (agendas, minutes, timelines) as well as engage and drive strategic dialogue across all stages of development and all levels of leadership
  • Demonstrated experience leading cross-functional teams; possesses a refined understanding of team dynamics, influencing without authority, motivating teams
  • Comfortable with change, readily adaptable and the ability to professionally navigate success and failure


Education and Experience:



  • BS in a scientific discipline; advanced degree (MS, PhD, MBA) preferred
  • PMP or advanced project management training/certificate preferred
  • Proficient in relevant software, including but not limited to: MS Project, MS Office Suite, Smartsheets
  • Experience in oncology, cell-based therapies in particular, and autoimmune diseases preferred


Fit with Nurix Culture and Values



  • Strong team orientation; highly collaborative
  • Solutions and results-oriented focus
  • Hands-on approach; resourceful and open to diverse points of view