Manager, Combined Programs & Initiatives

South San Francisco, California
May 23, 2022
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time

About Astellas Gene Therapies

Astellas Gene Therapies is an Astellas Center of Excellence developing genetic medicines for patients with rare, life-threatening diseases. Based on our innovative approach to developing genetic medicines, as well as our industry-leading internal manufacturing capability and expertise, we have become the Astellas Center of Excellence for their newly-created Genetic Regulation Focus Area. We are currently exploring three gene therapy modalities: gene replacement, exon skipping gene therapy, and vectorized RNA knockdown, with plans to expand our focus and geographic reach under Astellas. We are based in San Francisco, with manufacturing and laboratory facilities in South San Francisco and Sanford, North Carolina.

About Astellas

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are promoting the Focus Area Approach that is designed to identify opportunities for the continuous creation of new drugs to address diseases with high unmet medical needs by focusing on Biology and Modality. Furthermore, we are also looking beyond our foundational Rx focus to create Rx+® healthcare solutions that combine our expertise and knowledge with cutting-edge technology in different fields of external partners. Through these efforts, Astellas stands on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients. For more information, please visit our website at

Our Values:

  • Be BOLD (Find a Way)

  • Care Deeply -- for our patients, each other and our work

  • #GSD (Get Stuff Done)

What is the catalyst for you in your professional career? Are you ready to be a part of a bold, innovative company, to make a change and to make a difference? Listed below is a current opening for a smart, driven, experienced, and just plain nice individual who wants to join us and be a part of our journey.

The Role

Reporting to the Senior Director, Research & Technical Operations Strategy, the Manager, Business Operations will lead the Research and Technical Operations (RTO) division's Internship program, Postdoc program, and overall employee onboarding experience. Ideally the incumbent will have operations experience, strong program management experience, and is great with people as well as with building communities and driving culture.

The role will partner with and deliver on all the needs/visions of all stakeholders (e.g. Intern Program experts, Postdoc Program leads, Human Resources Business Partners, Talent Acquisition, and Hiring Managers across RTO) to deliver an engaging business onboarding experience from day 1 to 90 as well as drive end-to-end program management for internship and post-doc programs.


  • Lead the design and programming and execution of initiatives for Internship Programs, Postdoc Programs, and RTO Onboarding.

  • Create and manage project plans and objectives to ensure the successful end-to-end delivery of various programmatic initiatives to support interns and hosts relevant events.

  • Create new hire and new leader tools that focus on accelerated learning/trainings to support integration into the division.

  • Manage expectations and maintain relationships with cross-project stakeholders, to build rapport and credibility, plan, create, deliver content, and to provide and receive input to help achieve project goals.

  • Help extract, transform and build data structures, dashboards and reports to support Programs operational efforts and other internally sensitive and cross-functional asks. Build expertise on how to centralize information in a consistent and qualitative manner.

  • Provide accurate, clean and meaningful data for a variety of communication and reporting purposes (reports, decks, dashboards).

  • Manage financial program budget and forecast spend as needed.

  • Integrate inclusivity into talent development programs and talent practices to foster a sense of belonging and equality for all.

  • Design, implement and manage organization-wide onboarding training/capacity building for all levels of associates.

  • Provide key insights to business leaders and Human Resources on onboarding, engagement and integration ROI outcomes.

  • Research best practices, staying on the cutting edge of talent development initiatives, onboarding and engagement models.

  • Keep all relevant teams and stakeholders up-to-date and aware of project/program launches & opportunities for collaboration.

What you bring:

  • You are a continuous learner, a high achiever and "strategic doer," comfortable working with all levels in a fast-paced, agile environment.

  • You possess grit and organizational savvy to build relationships across the company, understand the business environment, and deliver results on your own through your influential power.

  • You have a high affiliation for teamwork and collaboration, open to other viewpoints with a balanced approach to self-directed work to drive results.

  • You have strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • You embrace change and model change leadership, pro-actively developing and driving effective change management methods to increase the speed of adoption of talent programs.

About you

Must Have/Required

  • Bachelor's Degree with 6+ years of relevant experience in program management, business operations or human resources

  • Experience in program management on cross-functional projects.

  • Experience working with data analytics tools and reporting platforms.

  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities and ability to use data to drive strategy and decision making; process and detail oriented with the ability to think creatively and strategically.

  • High level of interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Models our Core Values: Be Bold, Care Deeply, #GetStuffDone -- is experienced as someone who exemplifies the culture we want to create; operates with transparency; is trusted

May Have/Preferred

  • MBA (or working on one) in applicable discipline


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

Category Finance

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans