Head of Program Management

King of Prussia, PA

There is a life sciences revolution occurring being driven by the tremendous demand for cell and gene therapies. This demand coupled with the desire for collaboration, the availability of capital, regulatory mind shifts, technological developments, and bottlenecks in supply chains are creating tremendous opportunities for first movers and service providers. The Discovery Labs platform supports and drives this new environment by creating space for CGT Manufacturing, Research and Discovery and the all supporting services.

Are you looking for a company driven by innovation and passion for saving lives that will inspire you and empower you to challenge yourself every day?

At The Discovery Labs Center for Breakthrough Medicines, we are building an unprecedented enterprise that brings together the necessary capabilities, infrastructure, and world-class leaders to facilitate the development and manufacturing of cell and gene therapies from bench to bedside.

The Discovery Labs Center for Breakthrough Medicines aims to be the leading global provider of world-class cGMP manufacturing, turnkey laboratory solutions, critical materials, and office space that support therapeutic products and services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. Our mission is to help accelerate the delivery and affordability of life-changing therapies to those who so desperately need them. Through seamless access to the development and manufacturing capabilities required to launch innovative cell and gene therapies, The Discovery Labs Center for Breakthrough Medicines can deliver the therapies needed to save countless lives. Our gene therapy resources and manufacturing technologies address the full spectrum of service needs from early-stage innovation through commercial launch.

The Discovery Labs Center for Breakthrough Medicines is looking for a Head of Program Management to lead our highly innovative team and add significant value to the organization.

Job Summary: Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Head of Program Management will ensure the codification and implementation of customer management processes from program approval through program completion and closure. They will recruit and lead a team of highly skilled program managers who are results-driven and reliably meet and exceed customer expectations. This Head of Program Management will effectively lead their team by providing strategic guidance, operational translation of the program strategy, options analysis, and the communication required for the successful and prompt completion of all projects.
Other accountabilities include constructing top tier program management skills, business acumen, and strategic thinking capabilities across the team.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Create and implement the required programs and manage all functions, progress, and program team members in collaboration with corporate leadership.
Plan and drive the execution of all stages of program management on budget and time. Specifically, this includes the introduction of new products into the facility, analytical method development, process development, equipment purchase and qualification, and production suite startup.
Proactively plan, coordinate, and track the progress of programs of substantial complexity and scale.
Responsible for the initiation, planning, performance, monitoring, and conclusion of projects at the Program Team level.
Hire and manage program managers to support the project management needs for internal programs and strategic partners.
Work closely and constructively with designated program leaders in teams to define and manage deliverables, facilitate decision making, and define risk mitigation strategies and contingencies.
In collaboration with organizational leaders, develop and utilize key program management tools and processes to enable appropriate program planning, execution, tracking, and reporting.
Establish and sustain global program plans, inclusive of near and long-term development timelines, finances, resource projections, and project reporting supportive of the development strategy of assets.
Establish department and individual goals and key performance indicators in alignment with the Center for Breakthrough Medicines operational and organizational goals.
Possess and manage program tracking and reporting, including portfolio and program reviews with stakeholders.
Oversee testing, failure cases, documentation, and deployment to facilitate the creation of the best products.
Partner with Regulatory to initiate appropriate discussions supportive of regulatory submissions (e.g., IND.) and drive operational activities.
Ensure efficient and effective communications of program/project related information to all levels of the organization and outside partnerships.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS:
B.S. in Science or Business related major required; MS/MBA or PhD preferred.
10+ years experience in drug development.
5+ years experience in project management.
Knowledge of cGMPs, regulatory environment, and contract manufacturing.
Ability to adapt in a constantly evolving environment.
Excellent communication skills and proficiency with project tracking and communication tools.
Must have exemplary interpersonal skills; should be an effective team leader who can manage and lead in a matrix environment.
Ability to break down complex scenarios and situations into clear and concise points.
Self-motivated with a strong sense of ownership in areas of responsibility.
Planning, problem analysis, and decision-making skills.

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