Director, Project Management, Portfolio & Product Leadership

Summary: 
Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Portfolio and Product Leadership, this position is responsible for managing and driving cross-functional activities required to advance portfolio programs through all stages of development from pre-IND to regulatory submission. As a key member of cross functional teams, this includes working effectively and efficiently with functional groups including pre-clinical, manufacturing, regulatory, medical affairs, commercial and finance. In partnership with Project Leaders, this position will develop and manage integrated project plans, project risks, and communication of project status to multiple stakeholders, including executive management. In addition, this position will be a key contributor in establishing Project Management best practices and standards at CymaBay, and will create and maintain consistent project documentation including dashboards, project plans, timelines, and risk logs.


Essential Functions and Job Responsibilities:
•    Plan and facilitate efficient and effective meetings, including setting clear agendas, managing discussions, documenting minutes, decisions, and action items
•    In partnership with the Project Leader and cross-functional team, develops and maintains integrated product development and lifecycle plans
•    Create and maintain integrated project timelines tracking progress against goals; close, transparently manages critical path activities
•    Plan and facilitate efficient and effective meetings, including setting clear agendas, managing discussions, documenting minutes, decisions, and action items
•    Proactively identify critical milestones, interdependencies, risks and resource constraints that could impact project timelines and collaborates with teams to develop appropriate solutions
•    Ensure that all team members are fully informed and knowledgeable of project activities and status; optimize communication within and between teams, including management, in and outside of meetings
•    Partner with Project Leader(s) to proactively address acute program issues and challenges that arise
•    Collaborate with manager and PM team to build and progress a solid foundation for project and portfolio management and decision making, utilizing relevant business process, best practices and tools
•    Responsibilities may include management of PM staff and/or contractors, additional PM assignments as necessary based on business priorities


Minimum Qualifications: 
•    Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or related field. Advanced degree preferred. PMI certification a plus
•    10+ years project management experience in biopharma industry in a product development environment 
•    In depth knowledge of program management methodologies, concepts and techniques 
•    Solid understanding of activities critical to early and late-stage drug development projects, including regulatory and commercial planning
•    Proven ability to manage complex, cross-functional development projects through Go/No Go decisions
•    Well-versed at scenario planning and capable of rapidly integrating new information into existing plans
•    Excellent meeting planning and facilitation skills
•    Highly proficient at both building and maintaining Gantt charts, tracking systems, spreadsheets and tools that support a systematic and scalable approach to managing projects
•    Highly organized, excellent writing and oral communication skills, motivated and analytically rigorous
•    Experienced at partnering with team members to determine planning assumptions that drive timelines and budgets
•    Adept at skillfully managing complex and challenging situations
•    Team-oriented, with excellent interpersonal skills (i.e., collaboration, conflict management and negotiation)