Senior Project Manager. Translational

Emeryville, CA
Mar 15, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
4D Molecular Therapeutics, Inc. (“4DMT”) is a clinical-stage gene therapy company pioneering the development of product candidates using targeted and evolved AAV vectors. 4DMT seeks to unlock the full potential of gene therapy using its platform, Therapeutic Vector Evolution, which combines the power of directed evolution with approximately one billion synthetic capsid sequences to invent evolved vectors for use in targeted gene therapy products. The company is initially focused in three therapeutic areas: ophthalmology, cardiology, and pulmonology. The 4DMT targeted and evolved vectors are invented with the goal of being delivered through clinically routine, well-tolerated and minimally invasive routes of administration, transducing diseased cells in target tissues efficiently, having reduced immunogenicity and, where relevant, having resistance to pre-existing antibodies. 4DMT is currently conducting three clinical trials: 4D-125 is in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for XLRP, 4D-110 is in a Phase 1 clinical trial for choroideremia and 4D-310 is in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for Fabry disease.

4DMT is focused on attracting and retaining the best people in the industry who identify with our mission and innovative results-driven approach. We offer an inspiring and collaborative environment that encourages individual contributions, recognizes performance in multiple ways, offers competitive salary and benefits, and provides challenging opportunities for career development.  4D Molecular Therapeutics is located in Emeryville, CA.

4D is seeking an organized and scientifically minded project manager who wants to pursue a career as a Senior Project Manager in Gene Therapy Product Development.  The position will report directly to the VP, Program Management and work with the CSO, Project Leaders, the Project Management Team, as well as internal and external scientific teams. This career growth opportunity position requires scientific knowledge to learn about and manage new projects and grow them towards IND filing and ultimately to the clinic. 
  • Timeline Project and Team Management: 75%
  • Working with a scientific lead, be a main source of contact with an external CRO to plan, initiate, and monitor in vivo studies.
  • Work with cross-functional leaders to coordinate a plan project needs including CMC, Reg, Clinical, Discovery, as applicable.
  • Establish and maintain project timelines and gantt charts, updating regularly, as project advances towards a key deliverable.
  • Flag timeline risk and offer risk mitigation strategies to manager and scientific leads.
  • Organize meetings by scheduling, preparing agendas, taking minutes, tracking decisions and action items, and ensuring appropriate and timely action items follow up for the project team.
  • Learn, drive, and grow with exciting new projects and be a key part of the development teams to bring new therapies to patients.
  • Contract Procurement & Budget: 15%
  • Manage review and execution of CDAs, Master Service Agreements (MSAs), as well as CRO proposals, contracts, scope changes and amendments by working with the PM team and the legal department.
  • Establish PO’s and work with accounting to track project progress
  • Work closely with the preclinical team, establish and maintain mechanisms to track completion or adherence to all CRO deliverables and obligations
  • Work with PM team to develop program budgets, including work with the VP and Head of Program Management.
  • Other: 10%
  • PM team member- align on trackers, dashboard, and other templates and be part of our fun, dynamic PM team
  • Have the ability to learn and execute new PM tracking software
  • Offer your ideas and flag needs

  • BA or BS degree in a scientific field is required
  • PM training or certifications a plus
  • Experience:
  • 2-5 years of project management experience required
  • Experience in the life sciences/pharmaceutical industry field required
  • Previous interaction or participation in cross-functional teams and work in a scientific or clinical setting supporting drug development is desired
  • Skills:
  • Knowledge of project management principles and techniques
  • Ability to capture scientific discussion in the form of meeting minutes, decision points and action items 
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and follow through on projects in a timely manner
  • Proficient in relevant software: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, MS Project a plus
  • Must have excellent reading comprehension and the ability to understand complex outsourcing contracts and summarize for management
  • Must be able to work independently and within team environments
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail; exceptional organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional demeanor
  • Physical Requirements:
  • Adhere to 4DMT COVID protocols and policy 
  • Until it is deemed safe to return to our Emeryville worksite, this role will be remotely based. 

4DMT provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, status as a covered veteran and any other category protected under applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws.

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