Commerical PM

Pharmica Consulting - Remote/San Deigo, CA

Position Summary:

The Director, Program Management is responsible for supporting the sparsentan development program, currently in Phase 3 development in rare kidney disease indications (FSGS and IgAN) and preparing for product registration, commercialization, and launch. In addition, this position may support other programs, corporate initiatives, or additional products that may be added to the development portfolio.

The ideal candidate will have experience developing and commercializing drugs in the rare disease space and will be responsible for supporting the efforts in facilitating the transitions through the development life cycle. This position will report to the Exec. Director, Program Management.



  • Ability to develop, direct and lead cross functional project teams through the execution of program development plans to product launch and beyond.
  • Excellence in applying project management best practices in the development, initiation, planning, execution, control, and closing of projects.
  • Perform project management activities including creation and maintenance of project plan documents, meeting scheduling and facilitation, including agenda creation and action item tracking, and communicating strategy and key decisions.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to manage relationships with all functional areas and cross-functional team members to promote understanding, ownership, and support of the project and facilitate key interdependencies while keeping all stakeholders informed and up to date on project details.
  • Responsibility for project performance, risk management, administration, financial management, and issue resolution for the project teams.
  • Working closely with all relevant functions for optimal commercialization to ensure that the program is on track for successful product launch, including coordination with other key functions of the commercialization process, e.g., Market Access, Patient Services, and global brand team.
  • Management of launch roadmaps and associated dashboards to track milestone progress and completion, functional interdependencies, and critical risk factors.
  • Partner with the Finance team in driving budget planning and forecasts, review budgets, challenge assumptions, and ensure endorsement of budget forecasts by Executive Management. Proven ability in developing and working with program-based budgets.
  • Support departmental and corporate initiatives to drive process improvements.


Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in related Life Sciences or Biological Sciences discipline. Masters preferred. Equivalent combination of education and applicable job experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Biotech or Pharmaceutical industry including proficiency in life cycle management, budget management, late-stage development, commercialization, label expansion, and post-marketing commitments.
  • Understanding of regulatory requirements for NDAs and MAAs, and experience in supporting regulatory submissions.


Additional Skills/Experience:

  • The ideal candidate will embody the core values: Courage, Community Spirit, Patient Focus and Teamwork.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, including proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Project.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage to complex project plans, timelines, budgets, and critical path is required.
  • Must have demonstrated successful ability in managing and driving cross functional working teams for successful life cycle management and commercialization. Proven ability in negotiating and gaining consensus in a matrixed and global organization.
  • Possess excellent prioritization, resource planning, and communication skills, as well as the ability to share complex information with a diverse audience at all levels across the organization.
  • Demonstrated flexibility in approaching process changes, new technology, and new responsibilities with an open and curious mind.
  • Experience in rare disease/orphan drug development is desired.
  • Successful record of creating and managing complex project plans, timelines, budgets, and critical paths.
  • Ability to adapt to modification and changes to project plans, demonstrating flexibility to implement new strategies and tactics to accommodate these changes.
  • Ability to travel 10 % domestic and internationally.


Posted On: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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