Vice President, IT

Emeryville, CA
Apr 24, 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.

This 4D Molecular Therapeutics Vice President of IT Infrastructure & Operations position has strategic oversight and accountability for the successful operations, compliance and security adherence for all of 4D’s technology solutions. The Vice President reports directly to the CTO, and leads the IT team including external IT service providers.  The Vice President of IT is also responsible for physical infrastructure strategy, including, but not limited to: data center operations, network LAN/WAN, storage, server and end user computing/Mobility, cloud utilization, telecommunication & collaboration, disaster recovery, information/data security solutions, ERP solutions, and function-specifica applications integration. This role will be 4DMT’s first Information Technology in-house hire and we are looking for a solid hands-on IT leader with a penchant for building IT infrastructure. Our ideal candidate is an innovative, operationally savvy, thoughtful, and results-driven leader
  • IT System Leadership: 60%
  • Leads changes and enhancements to business processes, policies, and IT systems.
  • Manages IT projects, people, user expectations, and business priorities to achieve 4D’s business objectives.
  • Directs the development of tactical and strategic plans to satisfy technical business needs.
  • Directs the development of project cost estimates, benefits and assessment of potential project risks.
  • Manage budgets, plans and expenses; will have cost center responsibilities.
  • Manages the selection, evaluation, contracting, and integration of hardware and software solutions
  • Selects and manages vendor relationships including external IT service providers
  • Shares best practices throughout the organization.
  • Designs and is responsible for information and data security for 4D including creating and maintaining a multi-layer security system
  • Responsible for IT infrastructure and systems in support of 4D’s Sarbanes-Oxley financial systems compliance and internal controls
  • Responsible for all of IT operations including design, development, and implementation of IT solutions in support of 4D’s technical and business operations
  • Department Leadership: 40%
  • Directs and manages technical staff through software application life-cycle management including: analysis, planning, testing, installation, and maintenance of support systems for business areas.
  • Selects and builds strong teams through formal training, diverse assignments, and coaching, mentoring, and other development techniques.
  • Demonstrates high standards and devotion to quality and excellent customer service.
  • Responsible for establishing and leading an internal IT function including budgeting, operating model, and growth strategy.
  • Other duties as assigned.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time

  • BS or BA Degree or higher in Computer Science or related field required
  • Experience:
  • 15+ years experience in IT with 5+ years in leadership roles
  • 3+ years experience in pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry in IT leadership role
  • Experience with information/data security solutions
  • Experience with data warehousing and business intelligence solutions
  • Extensive experience working as a liaison between technical and non-technical groups.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strategic visionary, ability to see the big picture of 4D’s IT business applications and infrastructure
  • 5+ years experience in managing IT solutions enabling compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
  • Skills:
  • Experience in deploying private, public and hybrid cloud strategies with a focus on virtualization and remote networking
  • Familiar leading a global infrastructure, data storage solutions, large data environments and security
  • Experience with Windows Server, Azure and Active Directory
  • Understanding of related legal and regulatory requirements
  • Excellent management, leadership, organizational, interpersonal, communication and customer service skills with active-listening skills and the ability to effectively interact with all levels of management.
  • Proven adaptability to shifting project schedules, priorities and assignments; Ability to manage multiple projects, activities and tasks simultaneously.
  • Proven track record of success in driving operational excellence, including coordinating and driving issues to resolution autonomously utilizing excellent judgment skills
  • Recognized as subject matter expert in areas of enterprise and business applications.
  • Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time using a computer
  • During COVID-19,  this role will be working most of the time remotely, but once it is safe to return to the office, it will be required to be onsite regularly. While onsite, you must adhere to 4DMT Covid protocols and policy

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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