Associate Director of Program Management

Program Management Waltham, Massachusetts


Position Summary:

We are seeking a talented, motivated, and goal-oriented individual to join our Program Management team. As an Associate Director of Program Management at Apellis, the successful candidate play an important role in supporting efforts to develop new products and maximize the value of the pipeline.  The individual in this role will serve as Program Manager for one or more development programs. The ideal candidate will have a strong scientific background and experience developing drugs in orphan disease and leverage that experience to play a key leadership role on cross-functional drug development program teams, helping to translate scientific ideas into new medicines for patients.  This role is highly cross-functional and will report to the Vice President, Program Management.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as Program Manager for one or more complex, global cross-functional drug development program teams that include representatives from clinical, nonclinical, regulatory, CMC, and commercial
  • Leverage input from all critical functions to create integrated strategic development plans that define goals, milestones, decision points, critical path, timeline, risks, assumptions, alternative scenarios, and budgets
  • Mobilize and align the organization, including driving decision-making in governance settings, to implement the development strategy
  • Foster strong relationships with team members and functional line managers and serve as key point person for program team members on project-related communication, issue identification, and management
  • Foster a team culture of ownership, continuous evaluation and improvement; ensure recognition of team achievements
  • Effectively communicate with and present or report to senior management on program strategy, operational plans, and progress
  • Contribute expertise to the development and implementation of program management best practices to help further the needs of the business

Experience and Background:

  • Degree in life sciences; advanced degree or MBA preferred
  • Eight-plus years of biopharmaceutical industry experience, including at least three years in a program management role
  • A thorough understanding of the drug development process and working knowledge of the essential activities for all key functional areas
  • In-depth knowledge of principles and practices of Program and Project Management
  • Experience in rare diseases or ophthalmology is preferred
  • Significant experience across drug development stages from development candidate evaluation to late-stage development; phase III experience preferred
  • Strong leadership skills, including demonstrated ability to lead a cross-functional team, and influence at all levels of an organization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and facilitation
  • Ability to work independently and with flexibility to handle workflow in a fast-paced environment
  • Some travel will be required, up to 25%

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary

This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines

Benefits and Perks:

Apellis offers a great benefit package which includes: health insurance with full premium coverage, 401K with company match, paid time off (PTO), long- term disability insurance, life insurance and more!  Visit to learn more. 

Company Background:

We are a clinical-stage bio-pharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, which is an integral component of the immune system, at the level of C3, the central protein in the complement cascade. We believe that this approach can result in broad inhibition of the principal pathways of the complement system and has the potential to effectively control a broad array of complement-dependent autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

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EEO Statement: Apellis is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Apellis strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumocononiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.