Head of Project ManagementKaloBios Pharmaceuticals
Job Location: South San Francisco, CA
Reports to CEO
This position is critical to drive the overall product development objectives of the company through project management. The position requires a seasoned hands-on professional to ensure that timelines are met, issues anticipated, resources are allocated and product development planning is maximized through an interdisciplinary team. In the near term, the position will act as the Project Director and Project Management lead for key programs, and then eventually will create a project management organization to oversee multiple programs.
The position will also be responsible for product portfolio and project planning process for the organization. This includes implementing portfolio management strategies and technology assessment processes and overseeing project planning methods for preclinical through clinical programs to launch or partnering milestones. The project management and planning includes return on capital analysis, risk profile and resource requirements, and is integral for the corporation?s annual operating and budget plan. The position is key to determine and oversee timeline management and risk analysis in order to meet corporate objectives. This position will lead the effort for continuous improvement of project operations, direct the operational aspects of the organization?s pharmaceutical partnerships, and direct programs and maximize resources through project management best practices.
The Head of Project Management will work closely with the executive team, functional leaders and program team representatives to achieve results in a matrix environment, and will be responsible for managing and influencing internally and externally to achieve project objectives on time and on budget.
Implement project management infrastructure, in addition to initially managing the day-to-day operations of the project teams and driving the deliverables.
Develop timelines, performance objectives, deliverables and meeting protocols for all project teams.
Participate in senior management and executive committee meetings to align corporate objectives with project team activities and deliverables.
Identify and solve resource allocation, product development risk areas and financial budget responsibilities and variances.
Anticipate potential issues and roadblocks to achievement of objectives; strategize and implement solutions.
Create dashboard and project team timeline snapshots for senior management updates.
Be a spokesperson for product development, portfolio planning and project management teams.
Be the senior operational contact for all partnered programs.
Responsible for making decisions regarding the appropriate risk when there is substantial program impact.
Recommends, implements, and manages the appropriate program structure and standard performance metrics.
Contributes to the creation and maintenance of historical databases for the purpose of tracking, trending, learning, and improving decisions regarding program performance and continuance.
Maximizes business results through continuous improvement in organization's ability to execute programs from initiation to completion and production scale.
Leads development team in defining program strategies and developing goals for the budget process.
Background and Experience:
Background, Experience, and Qualifications
BS/MS or PhD in relevant scientific field, or MBA.
15+ years experience in pharmaceutical/biotech industry, with proven track record of success.
Experience as a VP or Head of project management, or a candidate who has clearly demonstrated those skills.
Extensive product development expertise and understanding of all stages of drug development; biologics drug development experience preferred.
Functional expertise outside of Project Management (i.e. Clinical, Finance, R&D, Operations).
Outstanding analytical abilities to review financial and project data and resolve project issues.
Excellent written and oral communication.
Strong interpersonal skills, conflict management skills, and influencing skills.
Facilitation, presentation, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.
The ability to interact with, and influence senior internal and external stakeholders.
Senior leadership experience with strategic planning, relationship management, and change management skills to collaborate and influence at all levels within the organization.