Director, Research Project Manager

Kite Pharma
Emeryville, CA, United States
Oct 09, 2020
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

Director, Research Project Manager

Kite, a Gilead Company, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient's own immune system to selectively target and kill cancer cells. Our core technology involves the genetic engineering of T cells, or white blood cells, to express either chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) or T cell receptors (TCRs) for the treatment of advanced solid and hematological malignancies. We are on a rapid growth trajectory and have a highly energized and accomplished team. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

Do you want to make a real difference in the world? Come help us in our quest to cure cancer! Everyone at Kite is grounded by this common goal. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Join us in our mission!

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as a Director, Research Project Manager in our Research Strategic Operations (RSO) Team. The successful candidate will support one or more Research Teams (RT) through the advancement of our exciting and expansive CAR T and TCR pipelines and next generation adaptive immunotherapy. The successful candidate is responsible for supporting Research Team activities, including but not limited to:

  • Provide Research Teams with project management leadership and insights in research strategy, prioritization and process to guide and organize the Research Teams through research phases.
  • Support team members and empower them to complete deliverables efficiently and effectively.
  • Support the development of Research strategy and plan according to Research Governance, including project planning and necessary scenario development, planning and analysis.
  • Organize and manage research project team meetings, ensuring timely, efficient, and action-oriented operations.
  • Work in partnership with project lead and functional leads, to develop, identify risks and opportunities, implement corrective actions and execute on the project plan and strategy.
  • Support external collaboration project and associated interactions (e.g. meetings, communications etc.) with the partners when necessary.
  • Manage research project communications and ensures that all stakeholders (internally and externally) are fully informed of project activities and their status.
  • Guide research project team through stage gate reviews toward milestone completion.
  • Liaise with cross-functional and functional stakeholders (e.g. Product Team Lead, CMC Program Manager, Alliance Manager, Legal and Regulatory representatives etc.) to execute on cross-functional deliverables and resolve issues.
  • Implement best-in-class project management processes and tools/templates such as project schedules, Gantt charts, action/decision logs, risk registers, SharePoint site etc.
  • Track non-clinical and clinical study report deliverables for IND and BLA filings.
  • Provide inputs on behalf of the RT for the LE process.
  • In addition, the Research Project Manager may also contribute to Research Governance and Portfolio Management activities, including
  • Prepare agenda, minutes, and action items for Research governance meetings
  • Maintain SP site and documents associate with Research governance
  • Provide training and communication of Research governance process
  • Manage Research governance calendars
  • Support Research portfolio reviews
  • Prepare routine and/or ad hoc project status/dashboard reports


  • Ph.D/MD in cellular immunology, immune-oncology, molecular biology, cell biology or related field preferred. 12+ years of relevant experience and a BS in immunology/cell biology or related fields or; 10+ years of relevant experience and a MS in immunology/cell biology or related fields or MBA; 8+ years of relevant experience and a PhD in immunology/cell biology or related field or a PharmD, DVM or MD degree. A solid scientific background is a must. Relevant experience consists of work in a scientific field or equivalent experience in association with Research, Translational Sciences/Medicine, R&D project teams and/or in cross-functional project management activities. (12+ Years with BS/BA, 10+ Years with MS/MA or MBA, 8+ Years with PhD)
  • Relevant experiences include project management experiences in target identification and validation, IND candidate development and optimization, IND filing, BLA filing, translational sciences/medicine and other research related processes in biotech or academic settings.
  • Must have extensive understanding of discovery research, translational sciences/medicine and pre-clinical development and overall drug development process.
  • Must have extensive experience in applying principles, concepts, practices, and standards of pharmaceutical project management in Research and/or Translational Sciences/Medicine.
  • Prior experience in cellular therapy, synthetic biology, oncology research greatly preferred.
  • Exemplify our core value - integrity, accountability, team work, excellence and inclusion.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and verbal communication skills along with ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate progress toward milestones, opportunities, and risks to all stakeholders.
  • Must exhibit high emotional intelligence, with demonstrated ability to successfully negotiate through challenging situations and difficult conversations.
  • Possess a strong ability to build trust, along with demonstrated ability to drive, lead and influence colleagues across the organization to achieve team, department and corporate goals.
  • Must be a team player, focusing on shared goals, being flexible and applying skills where required, respecting others, listening to others' views and value others' contribution, sharing information and good ideas across organizations and celebrating/recognizing accomplishments.
  • Must have strong leadership skills and ability to effectively develop teams and coach others.
  • Must be comfortable and efficient in a fast-paced, dynamic and growing environment.

(The position can be located in either Santa Monica or Emeryville.)

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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