Staff Project Manager - MRD Business Program

Menlo Park, CA, United States
Jul 07, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. It is supported by leading global investors and pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare companies. For more information, please visit

This position will be responsible for providing Project Management expertise and support to one of GRAIL's Business Programs and prioritized subteams, ensuring all project milestones and deliverables are met and that activities are well executed and managed. This Program will also include work with outside (domestic and international) collaborators through Joint Project Team(s) managing the clinical development plan aspects of the life cycle plan. Project management responsibilities include coordination of the day-to-day cross functional task tracking as well as longer-term planning and strategic oversight to the Program from the project management perspective. The successful candidate will partner seamlessly with the Business Program Team Leader ("BTL") to optimize the team's effectiveness and decision making, facilitate team building and communication, create and drive timelines to keep project(s) on schedule and collaborate with Program Management ("PMO") Leadership and colleagues to define program-related budget assumptions for annual and long-range operating plans.

You Will:

• Establish and maintain functionally integrated project schedules and other tracking tools to enable accurate project management across various functional areas.
• Schedule, organize, and drive internal (cross-functional) and joint project team meeting(s): prepare and distribute agendas/minutes; track action items, and escalate areas of concern to the appropriate management entity.
• Facilitate communication of working group issues & outcomes.
• Manage the interfaces between functional areas and ensure effective handoff and communication between department functions to execute on important project milestones.
• This includes regular interactions with functional heads for resource management.
• Interact with working group leads and/or SMEs to prepare status reports, specific project updates, and scenarios.
• Coordinate resources, timelines, and deliverables with other business program managers.


This job requires a combination of analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Your Background Includes:

• Minimum of a BA/BS in a scientific discipline is required, while an advanced degree (PhD, MS, MBA, MD) is desirable in a discipline related to device, diagnostic, and/or drug development.
• The ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of multidisciplinary experience in the device/diagnostic/biotech industry, with 3-5 years of direct project management experience on interdisciplinary, cross-functional product development teams and outside collaborators including international joint project teams, ideally developing Class II and/or III Companion Diagnostic devices.
• Experienced with the fundamentals of clinical trial management
• .Experienced and comfortable working under design control.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop important relationships with customers and key stakeholders, good conflict management skills.
• Proactive individual with strong leadership, facilitation, teamwork, and influence management/negotiation as well as excellent organizational skills.
• Proven ability to proactively identify risks and drive resolution of issues.
• Ability to work independently for decision-making and resolution of project obstacles and conflicts. Familiarity with developing budgets and forecasting desirable.
• Ability to drive project plans and timelines (across multiple functional areas) is essential.
• Sound communication skills (in person and written word) and ability to interact with a diverse group of individuals including international groups.
• Project Management Certification (PMP or equivalent) is a plus.


• Understanding of CLIA/CAP, FDA regulatory processes and prior experience with regulatory filings with Device/Diagnostics, especially companion diagnostics.
• Participation in an executive steering committee for product development.
• Results and detail-oriented; self-motivated, ability to work with minimal supervision.
• Ability to perform and be adaptive in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines.
• Demonstrated ability to develop, manage, and lead cross-functional teams.
• Proven success in goal setting, prioritization, and time management.
• Analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
• Oncology experience.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

GRAIL, Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries ("GRAIL") does not accept any liability for fees for resumes from recruiters or employment agencies ("Agency"), without a binding, written recruitment agreement between GRAIL and Agency describing the services and specific job openings ("Agreement"). GRAIL may consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume and explicitly reserves the right to hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the Agency, unless an Agreement is in place. Any email or verbal contacts with any person within GRAIL is inadequate to create a binding agreement. Agencies without an Agreement are requested not to contact any hiring managers of GRAIL with recruiting inquiries or resumes. Agencies interested in partnering with GRAIL may contact GRAIL's HR Department through our Customer Service team .