Sr. Manager/Associate Director of Discovery & Development Project Manager

San Francisco Bay Area
Jun 07, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


BioSpace has been engaged to help our client, a Bay-Area pre-clinical stage biopharmaceutical company whose lead programs are focused on the elimination or modulation of senescent cells in diseased tissues as a means of providing transformative therapeutics for patients with ophthalmological or neurological diseases.


  • Leadership position for the discovery and early development teams
  • Experience in leading multidisciplinary teams and settings
  • Work in close collaboration with product / project team leaders, team members and functional / executive leadership to develop and execute product strategies from discovery through clinical development
  • Design, implement, and monitor integrated multidisciplinary project plans that enable the strategy and allow for data driven decision making
  • Develop timelines (Gantt charts) for the tracking of deliverables and task interdependencies
  • Identify and communicate program risks and resource limitations allowing for the development of mitigation and contingency planning
  • Manage team meetings with a focus on agendas, meeting minutes and actionable next steps
  • Champion and facilitate cross functional communication to align priorities for optimal project execution
  • Construct and track project budgets to align with organizational financial planning
  • Responsible for the Portfolio & Project Management processes including project and portfolio reviews, annual project team goal setting & quarterly reviews and commercialization processes


  • The ideal candidate will have a background in science with prior experience in discovery or early clinical development organizations and project management
  • Bachelors degree required
  • 7+ years industry experience, including minimum of 2 years with direct project management experience in biotechnology or pharma industries
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead teams in drug discovery / development projects
  • Familiarity with the overall drug discovery and development process up to initial clinical trial initiation and execution (Phase 1), including CMC, Regulatory, Safety and Clinical Operations
  • Advanced PowerPoint, SmartSheet, MS Project skills
  • Evidence of advanced problem-solving, innovative thinking, strategic planning to deliver creative solutions
  • Ability to work collaboratively on multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent organizational, communication and analytical skills with a keen attention to detail
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills to form and maintain strong relationships
  • Willingness and dedication to go above and beyond in pursuit of team goals
  • Experience with large and small molecule therapeutics approaches beneficial