DIRECTOR, ALLIANCE & PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

Duties: Reporting to the Executive Director, Research Administration (EDRA), the Director, Alliance & Program Management (DAPM) has overall responsibility for managing strategic alliances with corporate partners for the Penn Gene Therapy Program (GTP) as well as a leading team of Project Managers who together effectively manage across the multi-functional units of the entire GTP.

GTP is a complex R&D organization consisting of research laboratories supported by multiple core functions which provide the internal capacity to perform gene transfer studies from basic research through Phase 1 proof-of-concept human trials. We currently employ 175 FTEs with an annual operating budget of $60M based on a broad array of funding sources. We expect to have initiated/continuing Product Teams in 20 different disease indications ranging from infectious diseases to rare diseases. The range of public and private sponsors who support these programs is equally diverse. It is a challenge to manage the integration of the science, business, financial and operational aspects of the organization while navigating our ongoing growth.

The PM Team is the central core resource to manage 20 Product Teams, via integration with 12 contributing program units (Alliance Management, Contract Management, and Intellectual Property) as well as the Executive Deputy Director (Vector Services, Animal Models Core, Histology Core, Immunology Core, Regulatory, Laboratory Operations, QA, Clinical Operations, and Finance). Each Project Manager has responsibility for approximately 5 Product Teams for which he/she serves as the lead (i.e., establish meeting agendas, direct deliberations of team meetings, distribute and follow-up on action items).

The DAPM is responsible for developing the strategy for GTP-related to research and product portfolio. DAPM has primary responsibility for implementing these initiatives through the Project Managers by defining strategy, establishing program goals, and achieving program milestones. Assures that staff of Project Managers facilitate Product Team meetings using meeting management best practices to drive cross-functional communication, timely and efficient decision making, and successful execution of program objectives. DPM develops and maintains an integrated, cross-functional program timeline (master GTP timeline) to identify and communicate interdependencies and critical path activities, across the 20 Product Teams. DPM proactively identifies and prioritizes program opportunities and risks; develops and monitors action and mitigation plans across all Product Teams; works with EDRA to effectively communicate analysis and recommendations with Executive Team. DAPM will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of GTP and ODC's corporate relationships. These will include broad strategic partnerships with multiple research and translational programs, and significant financial responsibilities (individual partnerships include >$60M research funding, $2B in total potential milestone payments). The DAPM will have responsibility for managing complex tasks including being a key liaison between GTP/ODC, PCI and the alliance partner for compliance with all aspects of the alliance agreement, and for supporting and coordinating relevant intellectual property and contractual management matters between GTP/ODC, PCI and the partner, as well as other research groups at Penn working in the agreement field.

Qualifications: The minimum of a Master's Degree and 5 years to 7 years of progressively responsible experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. PhD (life sciences) preferred
* MBA or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a plus
* Pharmaceutical development (can include experience with bench science, CMC, clinical study, etc.) with at least 5 years program management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry strongly preferred.
* Thorough understanding of pharmaceutical development processes
* Proven ability to manage scientifically and operationally complex programs. Experience in rare diseases is preferred.
* Proven ability to balance the strategic needs of the program with tactical day-to-day activities
* Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate others, influence without authority, and negotiate conflict situations
* Outstanding communication, analytical, and organizational skills
* Highly collaborative team player who fosters open communication and facilitates mutual understanding and cooperation between all stakeholders
* Proven ability to balance conflicting priorities across multiple programs, and to make sound recommendations for trade-offs between resources to achieve organizational objectives
* Self-directed individual who is able to work with limited direction in a fast-paced environment
* Proven track record of success in Project Management
* Experience creating and managing integrated timelines and budgets
* Ability to perform in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities under tight deadlines
* Ability to effectively manage multiple diverse cross-functional teams in a matrix organizational structure
* Strong written and verbal communication skills
* Proficient with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Project)

Reference Number: 40-26372

Salary Grade: 030

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: DM-Gene Therapy Program

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Job Family: B-Executive/Managerial Administration