Director / Senior Director, Program Management

Program Management Hayward, California Brisbane, California Remote, United States



The Director/Senior Director, Program Management will be responsible for providing tactical and strategic leadership of the cross-functional drug development activities of pipeline products at Arcus as well as external collaboration teams and serves as a partner to product team leaders in the generation and execution of the strategic vision of the asset level Product Strategy team. You will be responsible for leading day-to-day activities of the asset life cycle team(s), with the goals of driving cross-functional coordination and communication and supporting the development of comprehensive risk identification & mitigation strategies to ensure the program goals are successfully executed within agreed budgets and timelines. In addition, you may be asked to lead and/or participate in special department, cross-functional, team programs and strategic initiatives.


This role will have accountability for multiple Product Strategy teams with an emphasis on the early development portfolio. This position will also provide umbrella oversight to the early phase development team with an emphasis on FIH/healthy volunteer, phase 1, and clinical pharmacology studies, along with the transition of assets from discovery to development.


The Director/Senior Director, Program Management has managerial responsibilities for direct reports, will provide mentoring across the program management organization and have significant senior and executive management interactions. Expertise in portfolio management and program management organization preferred. Previous experience working in a co-development environment highly valued. 



  • Collaborate with the Program Lead to create and maintain the end-to-end lifecycle strategy and strategic context, product profiles, and overall development plan
  • Partner with Program Lead to provide project management leadership and execution activities between external partners and Arcus teams.
  • Manage direct reports overseeing disease area strategy teams and provide guidance and mentoring to junior colleagues
  • Develop and execute integrated cross-functional project plans with established goals, milestones, timelines, and budget to enable program analysis and planning
  • Direct day-to-day program activities to meet milestones; monitoring critical path activities to ensure delivery of program objectives
  • Drive planning for key drug development stage-gate decision points (e.g., First in Human, Dose selection, End of Phase 2, Filing, and Launch).
  • Champion best practices in Program Management, including the use of agendas, minutes, dashboards, maintain document repository, establish and implement templates, tools, and processes to drive efficiency, alignment, communication, and effective planning.
  • Drive alignment, collaboration, accountability, and goal achievement within project teams.
  • Facilitate decision-making, collaboration, and problem-solving with people at all levels of the organization to accomplish shared program goals.
  • Conduct risk management, contingency and scenario planning using a variety of program management tools.
  • Identify program issues or resource gaps and facilitate resolution.
  • Communicate program information and support development of program presentations to senior leadership, functional heads, and other key stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Facilitate adherence to Arcus’ governance processes; work with the key stakeholders to prepare for those interactions; lead/support as appropriate, depending on the topic. Ensure implementation of governance decisions. 
  • Where applicable, collaborate with Alliance Management for corporate partnership(s) to facilitate product strategic alignment, oversee working groups, and ensure timely delivery of program deliverables




  • 12+ years' experience with BS/BA or 10+ years with graduate degree in the pharmaceutical, life sciences or related industry, preferably in commercial, business development, or project leader/project management role
  • 6+ years in a drug development program management role with asset life cycle oversight
  • Knowledge and experience in oncology and immunology
  • Previous managerial or mentoring experience.
  • Track record of leading development programs through preclinical and clinical phases of development.
  • Thorough understanding of the drug development pipeline including Research, Preclinical, Clinical, Manufacturing, Commercial and Regulatory.
  • A proven record of implementing Program Management tools, methodologies, practices, and infrastructure, as related to the biopharmaceutical Industry.
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project and Visio.
  • Outstanding influencing skills up, down and across the organization including executive/senior management.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and be able to communicate effectively across functions and different levels of leadership.
  • Ability to work independently, be self-motivated, and be able to work as collaboratively a team member in a fast-paced, matrix environment.
  • Expertise to work effectively in a fast-paced, team-based matrix environment as well as the ability to function independently as appropriate.
  • Flexible to accommodate changes in team and project needs.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at a time and have a strong attention to detail while understanding the higher-level strategy.


3928 Point Eden Way I Hayward, CA 94545 – Arcus Biosciences is an equal opportunity employer