Sr/Manager R&D Systems

San Diego, California
Jun 17, 2022
Science/R&D, Research
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Company Overview

Avidity Biosciences is pioneering a new class of oligonucleotide-based therapies called AOCs designed to overcome the current limitations of oligonucleotide therapies in order to treat a wide range of serious diseases. We utilize our proprietary AOC platform to design, engineer and develop therapeutics that combine the tissue selectivity of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and the precision of oligonucleotide-based therapies in order to access previously undruggable tissue and cell types and more effectively target underlying genetic drivers of diseases. We are passionate about the impact of every employee in bringing these potentially transformative therapeutics to patients in need. Make a difference with us.

 Job Summary

 The Sr./Manager of R&D Systems will serve as a technology partner to Avidity’s R&D teams and supporting functions. Avidity is an exciting growth organization where a robust digital strategy and execution are key to the success of the R&D pipeline and ongoing excellence of operations. The Sr./Manager of R&D Systems will build out the processes and solutions in partnership with the business functions to support R&D groups leveraging internal solutions (e.g., Benchling, eClinical, etc.) and external relationships, to secure Avidity’s ownership of critical data assets.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with the business partners to bring technology solutions to bear on their business challenges and to support their strategic objectives.
  • Manage the R&D digital portfolio.
  • Maintains a pulse on industry trends/initiatives and communicates to appropriate business and IT teams.
  • Performs administrative and management tasks required to establish and maintain compliance with various regulatory standards established by governing Regulatory agencies (e.g., FDA).
  • A key member of the IT Team, representing R&D in Avidity’s broader Digital Roadmap.
  • Applies knowledge and trends of the biotech/pharmaceutical industry while embedding IT best practices such as architecture, security, and integrations.
  • Direct supervision of consultants, partners, and vendors.
  • Perform other duties as required.





To perform this role successfully, an incumbent must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The preferred requirements listed below are representative of the skills, knowledge, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s in Information Technology or Business a plus.
  • Prior experience working in the Life Sciences industry required. 10+ year progressive IT experience with 3+ years supporting R&D functions.
  • 3+ years’ experience in a management and leadership role of people and/or function.
  • Prior experience serving in a business relationship capacity or consultancy to R&D functions with a proven track record of delivering technical solutions.
  • Project management/delivery experience highly preferred.
  • Professional demeanor, excellent oral, and written communication skills to all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to multi-task and shift priorities rapidly to meet tight deadlines.
  • Detail oriented and well organized and self-motivated.

Physical Requirements/Demands

  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one station to another, or from one worksite to another.
  • Adjusting or moving objects up to 10, 25, 50 pounds.
  • Communicating with others to exchange information.
  • Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or legs.
  • Repeating motions of fingers (typing and/or writing).
  • Operating machinery or equipment. [HPLC, pill press, pipettes, copiers, etc.]
  • Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
  • Ability to use a computer.

Environmental Conditions

  • Low temperatures.
  • High temperatures.
  • Noisy environments.
  • No adverse environmental conditions expected.
  • Exposure to general laboratory environment conditions.
  • Exposure to general office environment conditions.