Senior Manager Research Strategy Operations and Project Management

Research Bothell, United States


Position at Seagen

Seagen is a global, multi-product biotechnology company dedicated to developing and commercializing transformative cancer medicines. As the industry leader in antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technology, we pioneered a new generation in the science of harnessing antibodies to deliver cell-killing agents directly to cancer cells. Seagen’s dedication to improving the lives of cancer patients goes beyond science, and we believe that every employee has a role in contributing to this mission. By working together with a shared dedication and diverse perspectives, we are able to reach our full potential and make a real difference in the world. Seagen is a fast-growing company and has an abundance of opportunities available for you to grow your career. Put your passion to work at Seagen and join us!  


Seagen is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual who will be responsible for managing cross-functional planning and execution for early- and late-stage Research programs. This position will partner closely with cross-functional teams within and outside Research to plan and advance concepts/assets from discovery Research stage through IND submission. This position will also play a critical role in facilitating and guiding business planning, Research portfolio governance and portfolio decision-making in partnership with the RLT. The Sr. Manager will report to the Executive Director, Research Strategy, Operations, and Program Management (SOPM) within Research function.  


  • Work in close partnership with program and functional teams to advance early-stage Research concepts to IND ready assets, and serve as a key resource to Program Leads 
  • Manage the operations of the Research teams working in close partnership with Program Lead and functional leaders within and outside Research (Translational Sciences, TOPS, Legal, BD/AM)   
  • Drive planning for stage-gate decision points; guide teams through creation, governance approval, and execution of product strategies and integrated project plans appropriate to the phase of development and complexity of the program 
  • Support development and implementation of stage-appropriate and value-added processes, best practices, and tools (integrated timelines, stage gate processes) 
  • Develop, maintain, and manage high-quality, integrated project plans to support effective decision making and improve decision quality, including cross-functional resource planning, financial, due diligence, and capacity assessments 
  • Assist with Research portfolio governance meeting planning and discussions for project reviews, including defining deliverables, developing template materials, outlining content preparation and review process, and provide ongoing communication and engagement with Research Project/Program teams  
  • Leverage strong project management and facilitation skills to optimize team meetings and drive effective governance and decision making 
  • Work collaboratively and cross-functionally to coordinate, influence, and advise on strategic and operational efforts to ensure alignment and seamless execution of the asset strategy 
  • Communicate and present program status, issues and opportunities to senior management and key internal stakeholders 
  • Ensure effective and consistent execution of projects and resolution of issues. Proactively identify and manage critical path issues and challenges, drive program risk management including facilitation of mitigation and contingency planning for key program risks 
  • Build and leverage relationships and networks to improve and enhance team dynamics; proactively identifying opportunities and removing obstacles to drive business results 
  • Establish a close partnering relationship with functional teams to ensure alignment and facilitate efficient program execution  

Required Qualifications:  

  • Minimum 5+ years of pharmaceutical/biotech industry experience, with good understanding and experience in Research stage and/or early-stage development program management 
  • Drug Development knowledge with understanding of other functions relevant to the position which may include Translational Sciences, Preclinical, Clinical, Manufacturing, Commercial and Regulatory preferred 
  • Excellent business acumen, demonstrated ability to align teams to strategy to achieve business and project objectives 
  • Experience leading and facilitating project team meetings, cross-functional communication and decision making, and ensuring ongoing alignment with internal/external stakeholders 
  • A proactive and strategic thinker, with strong facilitation, problem-solving and issue resolution skills 
  • Highly collaborative with outstanding communication and relationship management skills, high emotional intelligence 
  • Experience leading and managing cross-functional program management teams 
  • Adaptive leadership style with ability to influence teams without formal authority 
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams in a highly matrixed global organization 
  • Experience in biologics and oncology, experience working with corporate partners and alliances is desirable  

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Drug Development knowledge with understanding of other functions relevant to the position which may include Translational Sciences, Preclinical, Clinical, Manufacturing, Commercial and Regulatory preferred 
  • PPM certificate preferred 
  • Advanced degree (MS, MBA, Ph.D.) in biomedical sciences, business or other discipline related to drug development highly preferred  


As the leading employer in our industry in the Pacific Northwest, Seagen is proud to offer a competitive total compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the whole lives of our employees and their families. Benefits include medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more. To learn more about Seagen, please visit 

Seagen is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, Seagen requires that all newly-hired employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before commencing employment, subject to reasonable accommodation and other requirements of applicable federal, state, and local law.