Director, Project Management (Pharmaceutical/Biotech)

CymaBay is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and providing access to innovative therapies for patients with liver and other chronic diseases. 

 

If you are ready to join a team where your work is challenging, rewarding and meaningful; where your efforts are recognized and appreciated; where your career and skills are developed and expanded; AND where you are truly VALUED… then CymaBay is looking for YOU!

 

To help us achieve our mission we are seeking a talented Director, Project Management (Pharmaceutical/Biotech) to join our team. The position will be responsible for managing and driving cross-functional activities required to advance portfolio programs through all stages of development from pre-IND to regulatory submission.

 

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
  • 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
  • Experienced at partnering with team members to determine planning assumptions that drive timelines and budgets
  • Adept at skillfully managing complex and challenging situations