Sr. Program Manager, Drug Discovery & Collaborations

Location:  San Rafael, California Category: Product Development

Description

BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

Sr. Program Manager, Drug Discovery & Collaborations

(Level of role commensurate with experience)

Overview

Global Program Management (GPM) is responsible for providing best-in-class program management practices to optimize Global Core Teams, Clinical Development Teams, Study Teams, Research, and other key partner teams, the development and execution of robust strategic and operational plans, teamwork, decision-making and communication. GPM is committed to driving innovative program and portfolio management to expedite the advancement of drugs for rare disease.

Summary Description:

The Sr. Program Manager position is a key transitional role to becoming a leader in the organization.  A Sr. PM is an excellent communicator, skilled in guiding teams through problem solving and coming to decisions, applying a logical, solution focused approached.  A Sr. PM is able to balance leading PM activities on a number of more complicated projects and studies through efficient utilization of program management skills and a good understanding of clinical drug development and study design

The Sr. Program Manager will be responsible for independently executing on program management activities supporting key cross functional teams and external partners (i.e.- Deep Genomics, key vendors, and Universities) to ensure efficient team function and the achievement of key deliverables such as operational plans timelines, budget, risk, and issue management in collaboration with the respective Team Leader.  This role will be a key interface between the Research Teams and overall Early-Stage Portfolio Management, collaborating with Early Development Portfolio & Strategy Manger and ensuring that accurate, complete Therapeutic Area portfolio information is provided to support the Early-Stage Portfolio management and governance efforts.

Following demonstrated success in the role, the Sr. PM may have the opportunity to take on projects with increasing complexity and/or scope.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategy and Planning

  • Collaborate with Team Leaders to enable team development and follow-through of the Research Portfolio (e.g., partnering with, and gaining cross-functional alignment on, Research deliverables) and/or Protocol execution plans.
  • Facilitate team development and management of Program Risk Mitigation Plan ensuring execution and alignment of risk mitigation efforts.
  • Build, maintain and control the cross functional timeline for the execution of a Research plan and/or protocol execution - highlight dependencies, milestones, deliverables, and critical path; create timeline scenarios as needed and facilitate cross-functional reviews.
  • Identify and leverage interdependencies in short-, mid-, and long-term program and study plans.

Operational Execution

  • Ensure functions are tracking to key deliverable and milestone timelines.
  • Advocate and drive for overall project execution quality – Propose, facilitate, and implement plans to resolve issues and execute corrective actions.
  • Organize and facilitate team meetings in collaboration with the Research Leader - develop meeting agendas, issue meeting minutes, and track action items to completion with cross-functional Leads.
  • In collaboration with team leads, identify, communicate, and escalate program-wide interdependencies, issues, perspectives, and key decisions
  • Communicate objectives, plans and timelines to the Research Team
  • Ensure execution of actions based on metrics and vendor issues.
  • Contribute to and facilitate the development of appropriate metrics for the Research Team

Cross Functional Influence

  • Lead ad-hoc working groups that result from Research Teams’ needs.
  • Develop and manage steering committee meetings or advisory boards in collaboration with Research
  • May collaborate with Clinical Science and EDT, in driving Research inputs into program publication plans and ensure timelines and data expectations are communicated to Publication Lead.
  • Work with Team Leaders to coordinate cross-functional activities from data generation through Research report development in collaboration with EDT and other functions.
  • In conjunction with Center of Operational Excellence/Process Improvement (COE), coordinate conducting Lessons Learned initiatives for the Research or ad-hoc cross-functional teams.

People Management

This role may have up to 2 direct reports but may depend upon experience.

Education and Experience

  • BA/BS in a scientific or technical field. Experience in lieu of education accepted.
  • Minimum of 8 years total relevant experience (including industry, project management, or academia), 5 years in a project management role and PMP certification a plus.
  • 0-2 years of experience in people management.

Overall Competencies:

The Senior Program Manager should demonstrate advanced skills in communication, problem solving and decision making as well as proactivity, influencing and persuasion. An ability to successfully mediate conflict, develop rapport with decision makers, and solve problems in a big-picture and stakeholder-supported way will be essential.

Individuals in this role are also expected to have solid strategic planning skills and advanced program management, drug development and franchise/therapeutic area knowledge, which enables advocacy for study and program team alignment to corporate goals.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The employee may frequently be required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Some travel may be required.

Equipment

Computer work, utilizing common business software programs.

Contacts

Internal: All Development Sciences functional areas, Finance, certain Tech Ops and Commercial functions, Human Resources

External: CRO personnel, other vendor personnel, Investigators, other collaborators

PLEASE NOTE: Absent a Medical or Religious reason that prohibits vaccinations, all our incoming employees must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.