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Editas Medicine Senior Director, Program Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Editas Medicine is a transformative gene editing company with a mission to translate its genome editing technology into a novel class of human therapeutics that enable precise and corrective molecular modification to treat a broad range of diseases at the genetic level.

We are seeking an experienced program management professional to serve as Program Leader/Head for one or more of Editas’ pipeline products. The ideal candidate will have a strong scientific background and experience developing drugs in Immunology, Hematology, Oncology or Ophthalmology indications. The candidate is expected to play a strong leadership role and provide strategic oversight of cross functional (matrix) teams and leverage their knowledge and experience to translate scientific ideas into new medicines for patients.

Responsibilities

The pharmaceutical program head is responsible for coordinating the steps required to bring drug candidates forward from discovery through the different stages of the product life cycle. The role will require leading cross functional teams (CMC, regulatory, research, clinical, etc.) and establishing accountability for detailed schedules, project estimates, risk identification and mitigation, spending, resource plans, and status reports and ensuring that goals are met in accordance with timelines, budgets, and other established metrics.

Essential functions of the role include:

  • Establish and lead delivery on company and team goals for drug candidates across the entire product life cycle.

  • Accountable for quality implementation on projects in the following areas:

  • Advanced team skills with the ability to identify and communicate issues proactively to a wide range of stakeholders and across functions.

  • Creates, coordinates, and maintains complex integrated project plans.

  • Ability to identify gaps, potential bottlenecks, or delays.

  • Challenges assumptions and proposes options to close gaps and get projects back on schedule.

  • Guides and manages preparation for project milestone reviews.

  • Manages meetings to include setting agendas, organizing meeting time and meeting minutes.

  • Advanced executes project management processes and may lead improvement initiatives.

  • Project risk management

  • Critical path analysis

  • Resource assignment/assessment

  • Scenario creation and analysis

Requirements

Formal Training/Education:

• BS/BA in science, engineering or business administration required.

• Project Management specific training and/or certification preferred.

• Master’s degree or PhD preferred.

Experience:

• 10+ years project management, product development and/or relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Problem solving skills and ability to coordinate project related activities.

  • Advanced written and oral communication skills.

  • Strong negotiation, stakeholder management and facilitation skills.

  • Advanced knowledge of MS Project and/or Project & Portfolio Management.t

  • Pharmaceutical industry and/or relevant diagnostic area knowledge required, experienced with biologics or cell and gene therapy is a plus.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and track complex projects with ambitious milestones under high pressure.

  • Ability to escalate and drive management decisions in relation to project execution and resource needs.

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