Senior Manager/Associate Director, Development Program Management

Boston, MA
Nov 26, 2021
Req #54
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Xenon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:XENE) – a biopharmaceutical company with operations in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Boston, MA, USA – is committed to delivering innovative medicines to provide a brighter future for patients suffering from neurological disorders. 

At Xenon, we are advancing an exciting pipeline of neurology-focused therapies, with a particular emphasis on novel treatments for both adult and pediatric patients with epilepsy. XEN496 is currently being evaluated in the Phase 3 “EPIK” clinical trial in young patients with KCNQ2-DEE, a rare and severe form of childhood epilepsy. Late-stage development plans are also underway for our XEN1101 program, building upon the compelling data from the Phase 2b “X-TOLE” study in adult patients with focal epilepsy. We are also proud of the leading-edge science coming out of our discovery labs, with many early-stage research programs underway. In addition to Xenon’s proprietary programs, we have ongoing collaborations with our valued pharmaceutical partners. With a healthy balance sheet to support our growth plans, we continue to build a fully-integrated, premier neuroscience company with strong discovery, development, and commercial operations.

Our employees are smart, passionate, dedicated, and driven by their incredibly important work to discover, develop, and deliver new medicines for patients in need. Building and maintaining a respectful, collaborative, inclusive, and productive culture is a priority for us.  We are looking for great people who thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment to join our team during this transformative time for Xenon.

We are seeking an experienced Senior Manager/Associate Director, Development Program Management to coordinate cross-functional planning of Xenon’s clinical-stage small-molecule drug development projects/programs. This role involves close coordination with stakeholders within development (e.g., Clinical Operations, Clinical Science, CMC, Non-Clinical, Regulatory Affairs) and outside of development (e.g., Finance, Legal).

This position reports to the Senior Director, Development Program Management and will be located in either the Vancouver, BC, Canada or Boston, MA, USA location.


  • Responsible for the development, creation and implementation of high quality cross-functional plans for projects/program.
  • Ensure cross-functional alignment and accountability and proactively monitoring timelines, critical path activities and resources for assigned projects/program.
  • Support and facilitate resources and financial planning and assessments for projects/program.
  • Conduct the risk management and scenario planning and develops contingency and/or risk mitigation plans for projects/program.
  • Chair, facilitate and coordinate project/program meetings.
  • Identify cross-functional projects/program issues to Sr. Director Development Program Management or cross-functional Team Leads, as appropriate.
  • Ensure regular and meaningful project communications, including dashboards, reports and metrics, to enable timely information and analyses for senior leaders.
  • Act in accordance with Company policies, including, for example, the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 8+ years of experience in small molecule drug development, including 5+ years of progressive and relevant project/program management experience through to registration.
  • Strong familiarity with the component drug development functions (clinical operations, CMC, Non-Clinical, regulatory) and industry best practices for drug development.
  • University degree in a relevant field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to interact comfortably with all functions in the organization.
  • Project, Program, or Portfolio Management certification is preferred but not required.
  • Proficiency with MS-Project, Microsoft Office and shared work environments.