Director, Research and Development Program Management

Exact Sciences Corporation
Portola Valley, CA
Closing date
Jan 23, 2022

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Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Director, R&D Program Management oversees a portfolio of projects and programs that support the product development pipeline. This includes responsibility for multiple large, high risk, high visibility, and complex, cross-functional programs. This position ensures successful integration and communication between multiple programs to ensure strategic business objectives are met. The Director drives visibility to leaders at all levels of the organization into a portfolio of projects, including status, risks, benefits, resources and budgets. This role acts as a lead change agent to drive adoption of project management and design control best practices throughout the organization. This role provides strategic leadership to cross-functional teams by working to define clear and realistic goals, clearing barriers to success, developing a clear management view of assigned projects and how they fit into the strategic landscape, and understanding of all the skills and tasks associated with successful project execution. This position is also responsible for supporting a collaborative environment that promotes positive teamwork where all members are working for the good of Exact Sciences.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Manage a portfolio of related complex new product development programs as well as programs and projects that support continuous improvement of on market products.

• Act as a program manager for complex product development initiatives.

• Manage and coach a team of program and project managers, ensuring consistent practices and coordination across the program portfolio.

• Act as a mentor for team leaders in project management processes, tools, and techniques.

• Coordinate and drive visibility and understanding of the corporate product development programs to executive leadership.

• Create and maintain detailed portfolio and program metrics around initiative goals and communicate progress, issues, and risks to key stakeholders.

• Build and execute program roadmaps based on pipeline strategy and stakeholder input; including formulating, organizing, and monitoring inter-connected projects.

• Resolve problems associated with coordination, development, or design of projects; communicate with team leaders and senior leadership when critical risks arise.

• Help clear barriers to team progress and resolve conflicts within teams and outside teams.

• Work with project sponsors and business leaders to determine portfolio and program goals, and timelines, funding, allotment of resources, and procedures for accomplishing the program goals.

• Partner with cross-functional leads in R&D, Marketing, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, and Operations, among others, to develop and maintain program plans.

• Communicate frequently and clearly with all levels of the organization; including project team members (core and extended), functional managers, senior leaders, stakeholders, and partners.

• Organize, present, and convey complex problems or issues within and across functions.

• Motivate and lead teams of cross-functional resources in a matrixed organization with competing priorities, with or without direct authority or reporting relationships.

• Mentor and support the development of more junior level team members.

• Supervise staff; including, but not limited to, organize and prioritize work, write/conduct performance reviews, train/develop, and manage work performance.

• Communicate goals clearly to employees to ensure understanding and success in achieving them.

• Motivate and inspire employees to do their best work through coaching.

• Maintain morale and support employee engagement initiatives.

• Promote an open, collaborative environment built on trust to foster positive teamwork.

• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

• Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.

• Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.

• Support and comply with the company's Quality Management System policies and procedures.

• Maintain regular and reliable attendance.

• Ability to act with an inclusion mindset and model these behaviors for the organization.

• Ability to work nights and/or weekends, as necessary.

• Ability to work on a mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 90% of a typical working day.

• Ability to work on a computer and phone simultaneously.

• Ability and means to travel between Exact Sciences locations.

• Ability to travel 10% of working time away from work location, may include overnight/weekend travel.


Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelors degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Engineering, or related discipline.

• 14+ years relevant business experience building skills to support deadline driven work, tracking milestones and timelines, managing budgets, delegating and directing work, and communicating to cross functional stakeholders.

• 9+ years of project and/or program management experience with increasing responsibility of scope and leadership.

• 5+ years managing design control process, compliant with ISO 13485 standards and 21 CFR 820 regulations.

• 2+ years of direct people leadership and management experience.

• Proven ability to manage in vitro diagnostic product development process.

• Demonstrated success with strategic planning.

• Demonstrated success with influence and persuasion, results orientation, facilitation, and teamwork skills.

• Demonstrated ability to manage projects that include integration of biological systems with automation and software applications.

• Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without accommodation.

• Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree (Masters or PhD).

• PMI certification.

• 12+ years of relevant experience in life sciences, biotechnology, diagnostics, pharmaceutical, or medical device field.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state or federal law. Applicable portions of the Company's affirmative action program are available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.

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