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Senior Project Manager/ AD Project Management

Position Summary:

We are seeking a seasoned, high-energy Project Manager to support project teams and to expand the PMO’s capabilities and services. In supporting project work, the PM will partner with a Project Team Lead (PTL) to plan and execute exciting new programs in Achaogen’s portfolio. As a member of the PMO, the PM will identify and address pain points throughout the company in areas of change management, knowledge management, process improvement, resource management, etc. The ideal candidate is self-motivated and operates autonomously with little manager supervision. Title is flexible based on experience, knowledge, skills, and behaviors.

Essential Project Responsibilities:

  • Together with the PTL, plan, track, and manage project deliverables, metrics, and milestones to meet project- and corporate-level goals
  • Develop and maintain a product development plan (PDP), including scope, timeline, resource plan, and budget
  • Collaborate with core team members and sub-team leads to ensure successful execution of the PDP by communicating clear expectations and goals, tracking progress toward those goals, and managing risks to and deviations from the PDP
  • Drive efficient decision making by maintaining and sharing accurate project information and holding to a clear decision-making process (eg, RAPID framework)
  • Enable a consistent flow of information across the project team system, upper management, and across other programs by maintaining and sharing accurate project information
  • Identify and articulate critical risks and issues that may affect project goals and help the project team triage and implement responses to these risks
  • Use your soft skills to influence and encourage cross-functional team members to meet project deadlines and milestones
  • Run efficient meetings (Core Team and Sub-Team meetings, as needed)

Essential PMO Responsibilities:

  • Keep the company informed of project progress by updating a portfolio report every month
  • Develop and maintain highly effective systems and processes for managing project information, including risk register, issue log, decision log, action item tracker, and lessons learned library
  • Identify opportunities to improve the PM function and develop creative solutions to address these opportunities
  • Support additional business processes and task forces as needed

Preferred Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years (Sr. PM) or 7 years (AD) of industry experience in large or small molecule drug development
  • Minimum of 4 years (Sr. PM) or 6 years (AD) of project management experience in drug development
  • Experience managing cross-functional drug development projects required
  • Experience with government grants and reporting requirements (such as EVMS) a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree in science or related field required; advanced degree (PhD, MBA, PharmD) a plus
  • PMP certification a plus

Preferred Skills and Behaviors:

  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Effective project and process management skills
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including presentation effectiveness
  • Independent, innovative, and creative thinker
  • MS Project, SharePoint, Powerpoint, Word, Excel, or equivalent experience required
  • Ability to multi-task as needed in a start-up environment
  • Self-motivated, high energy, and collaborative demeanor
  • Committed to the company’s values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor, and driveCurrent US work authorization required
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