Director, Program Management

Director, Program Management
Durham, North Carolina

Our client is a cell and gene therapy technology company built to power the development of transformative cell and gene therapies today and for many decades to come.

The Role 

The Director, Program Management has responsibility for ensuring that the operational objectives for internal projects are reached in line with the developed project plan and ensuring that a close collaborative relationship?is developed and maintained with cross-functional stakeholders. This position will work closely with scientific leads, subject matter experts and business development to develop and implement organizational practices that lead to common decisions and processes internally.

Here’s What You’ll Do 

  • Establish strong partnership with the scientific lead to shape the overall strategy, objectives and work plan for assigned program(s)  
  • Develop and maintain an integrated program plan (e.g., detailed Gannt, budget, resources, etc.) to ensure operational objectives are being met
  • For intracompany and third-party relationships ensure a good understanding of the contractual obligations,  
  • Identify conflicts and facilitate resolution, circumventing escalation to senior leadership 
  • When working with external partners, consider the partners strategy, internal organization, processes and norms to facilitate joint decision making, joint project planning and delivery of agreed upon milestones 
  • Proactively identify risks, gaps, and resource bottlenecks, and work with impacted teams and functional leadership to develop and implement mitigation plans 
  • Support the standardization of processes and communication(s) in order to build efficiencies
  • Proactively seek out opportunities for organizational improvement (e.g. team structure, processes, communication, etc.)  
  • Facilitate program and R&D team meetings using meeting management best practices to drive cross-functional communication, timely and effective decision-making, and successful execution of program activities


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences required.  Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in Life Sciences or MBA preferred 
  • 8+ years of Program Management experience in pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry.  Cell/gene therapy preferred 
  • Strong understanding of drug discovery and development, preferably in cell or gene therapy 
  • Experience working with MS Project, MS Excel, CorasWorks (SharePoint Database or equivalent) and MS Word 
  • Strong communication skills with ability to build professional relationships with external and internal stakeholders 
  • Attention to detail and accuracy with respect to internal and external reporting 
  • Strong business acumen 
  • PMP® certification preferred