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Vice President Program Team Leader - Type 1 Diabetes (SC451)

Sana Biotechnology
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Apr 16, 2024

Job Details

About the Role

This position will report directly to the Chief Business Officer. The successful candidate will lead cross-functional drug development teams through preclinical and clinical phases, focused on the development of novel therapeutics across multiple therapeutic areas and modalities, to enable successful global development and commercialization. They will work closely with the program team, developing program strategic plans to achieve corporate goals and be accountable for team deliverables. Candidates should have extensive cross-functional drug development leadership experience, especially in the late preclinical through early clinical phases.

What you’ll do

  • Leading cross-functional drug development teams through preclinical and clinical phases, focused on the development of novel therapeutics across multiple therapeutic areas and modalities, to enable successful global development and commercialization
  • Provide direction and leadership to the program team including scientific oversight of activities, data review based on key milestones, budget, and planning.
  • Partner with stakeholders to develop program vision, strategy, objectives, go/no go decisions, milestones, risk assessment and mitigation strategies, as well as program investment requirements. Program typically include representation from Research, Developmental Sciences, Clinical Development/Operations, Regulatory and Technical Operations (manufacturing).
  • Utilize deep understanding of disease biology and global drug development to effectively lead programs teams and to drive strategic decisions for the program.
  • Working with the project manager, coordinates documentation and archiving of project deliverables and key decisions
  • Communicates effectively across all functional areas so that deliverables and interdependencies are clear
  • Exert influence on program direction and needs with key stakeholders and senior leadership
  • Proactively identifies challenges, risks and prepares team with mitigations to navigate team through technical and program challenges as they arise

What we’re looking for

  • An advanced degree in life sciences or medicine (MD or PhD) and/or an MBA
  • Strong leadership and an innate ability to collaborate with program teams
  • 10+ years of drug development experience with 5+ years of experience leading cross-functional development teams, especially in late preclinical (pre-IND) through early clinical development
  • Able to comfortably dive into any area of the program, understand business needs, and make decisions based on changing priorities
  • Proven leadership and demonstrated ability to engage and influence team members at all levels in a matrixed environment
  • Demonstrate the ability to influence across the senior leaders both internally and externally
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills to represent program to key internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent judgement in making trade-off decisions for program scope, costs and strategy
  • A mentor and leader: all team members deserve an engaged, thoughtful culture and people leader
  • An inclusive individual who thrives in a team-oriented environment
  • High energy and driven to deliver on the program success

 What you should know  

The base pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $280,000 - $365,000/year; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience

How we work together for patients

  • Lead from every seat – we seek to understand, act with honesty, and engage in the crucial conversations
  • Thrive as a team – we hire amazing people, are intensely curious, and cultivate inclusion and personal connectivity
  • Make it happen – we value vigorous debate, alignment around our decisions, and resilient execution 

Get to know us

At Sana, we believe that a diverse workforce strengthens us as a company and helps us to achieve our mission to meaningfully change the outcome of many human diseases. This belief is a pillar of our business and is critical to our success. Our goal is that Sana is the place for talented people to bring their authentic selves to work, to have a great career and to deeply, positively impact patients.

Core to our values, we believe there is nothing more important than the health and wellness of you and your family. For benefit eligible employees, we cover 100% of the cost for employee health coverage and offer generous time-off (various paid time off benefits, such as holidays, vacation, sick time, and parental leave), short- and long-term disability, employer paid basic life insurance, additional voluntary life insurance protection, financial wellness programs including financial planning resources, a 401(k) Plan with an immediately vested employer match, Tuition Reimbursement and Student Loan Repayment, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, commuter subsidy and a variety of wellness offerings to support each person individually.  For more details on our benefits, visit Sana’s Benefits Portal.

We are committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental or sensory disability (including the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability), genetic information, actual or perceived HIV or Hepatitis C infection, medical condition (cancer or a record or history of cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), disability, veteran status, political ideology, social class (including caste/caste identity), taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

To perform this job successfully, you must be able to perform each job responsibility satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions described above.


Sana Biotechnology, Inc. is focused on creating and delivering engineered cells as medicines for patients. We share a vision of repairing and controlling genes, replacing missing or damaged cells, and making our therapies broadly available to patients. We are a passionate group of people working together to create an enduring company that changes how the world treats disease. Sana has operations in Seattle, Cambridge, South San Francisco, and Rochester.

Company info
Sana Biotechnology
188 East Blaine Street, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98102

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