• Director, Program Management

    Job Locations US-CA-South San Francisco
    Job ID
    Research & Development
  • Overview

    The Director of Program Management will be responsible for driving critical execution objectives for Prothena’s Transthyretin Amyloidosis program and other R&D programs in partnership with the Program Team Leads. The position requires excellent communication and leadership skills, in addition to a strong technical understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of early to late stage drug development.  The position will collaborate closely with all functions across the organization to develop and maintain key objectives and timelines.


    • Maintain a comprehensive integrated program plan in accordance with program goals, and collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify and track critical path components for each functional workstream
    • Provide leadership and support to Research and Development Teams from early and late stage clinical development through registration by driving assigned projects to completion
    • Ensure all program requirements and deliverables are identified, integrated, tracked, and managed successfully from initiation through implementation
    • Facilitate and participate in meetings, including the preparation of meeting agendas, minutes, and follow-up on action items 
    • Proactively identifies resource constraints, program risks, and conflicts that could impact timelines and collaborates with teams to develop appropriate mitigation and contingency plans
    • Establishes and maintains program files according to program management and corporate standards



    Education and/or Experience:

    • BS/MS in biological sciences; Advanced degree preferred
    • 10+ years of industry experience; preference with minimum of 7+ years in program management
    • Certification or professional training in project management preferred
    • Extensive knowledge of the overall drug development process; Experience in and knowledge of the requirements for late stage clinical development and registration activities globally
    • Experience managing drug development program plans, including timelines/Gantt charts
    • Demonstrated competency in planning, program management, and organization with the ability to lead multiple activities
    • Strong experience facilitating meetings, cross-functional communication and decision making, and ensuring alignment with stakeholders 
    • Skilled in developing collaborative relationships, with the ability to foster open communication with the program team, external vendors/consultants, and key stakeholders
    • Able to work independently; effectively handling many conflicting priorities in a changing cross-functional, international environment
    • Strong time management, interpersonal and organizational skills
    • Ability to thrive in a collaborative team environment: strong written and verbal communication skills; Effective communication at all levels and supportive team spirit
    • Exceptional problem solving, analytical and strategic planning skills


    Competencies and Attributes:

    • Demonstrated leadership to drive results that are needed to achieve company objectives in accord with Prothena’s culture and values – courageous, imaginative, selfless and joyful
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office products (Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio/Concept Draw); Experience with OnePager/Chronicle Graphics, Box and VEEVA platforms a plus
    • Knowledge of ICH/GCP and regulatory guidelines


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