Project Manager / Sr. Project Manager - Virtual

About Imago

Imago BioSciences is a publicly traded (IMGO) clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing novel small molecule product candidates that target lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1), an enzyme that plays a central role in the production of blood cells in the bone marrow. Imago is focused on improving the quality and length of life for patients with cancer and bone marrow diseases.  Over the past 10 years, we have we discovered a molecule, shepherded it into the clinic and are embarking on the final stages of clinical testing.  Imago has been successful because we are innovative, rooted in science, and supremely focused on improving the way bone marrow diseases are managed.

Developing drugs is hugely challenging.  One has to be optimistic, always practical, and totally data-driven, which can mean ignoring conventional wisdom.  Every drug development process has been successful because of persistence, insight, and the ability to take on problems fearlessly.

Position Summary

This role joins a growing, well-funded virtual biotech public company helping project manage both the lead product’s timelines and deliverables (in Phase 2, heading into Phase 3) as well as related programs and activities.

Reports to             Chief Operating Officer

Location                Virtual / Remote  

 

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in life science and/or science.
  • 7-10 years’ industry experience in a biotech or pharma organization; 3-5 years minimal project management experience, including for Phase 2 and 3 drug clinical trials strongly preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills to effectively communicate and build relationships with a broad spectrum of teammates throughout the organization.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; ability to present clearly and succinctly is essential.
  • Attention to detail, ability to take good notes and the ability to set and meet timelines are important skill sets to succeed in this job.
  • Broad understanding of the drug development process strongly preferred.
  • Project Management specific training and/or certification such as PMP highly desirable.
  • Excellent understanding / utilization of MS Project, Smartsheet or equivalent Gantt software.
  • While this role is virtual – as are all Imago Bio roles – the ability to travel occasionally for team meet ups and planning sessions.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develops and maintains project plans, timelines, longer term development plans in collaboration with team leads and lead cross-functional members of teams
  • Facilitates team meetings, cross-functional communication, and decision-making; ensures alignment with internal and external stakeholders, project sub-teams and cross functional team members. Helps set agendas, organizes meeting times and publishes meeting minutes.
  • Executes project management processes, and follows best practices in project teams to foster continuous improvement by sharing of knowledge.
  • Guides and manages preparation of project milestone reviews.
  • Ensures uniform / consistent processes/documentation between projects.
  • Provides as appropriate decision-making methodologies, identifies bottleneck and inconsistencies within interdependencies and facilitates brainstorming with the teams to help identify project issues and resolutions.
  • Oversees development of project budgets in collaboration with Finance and functional departments.
  • Communicates, documents, and archives team activities and decisions; acts as a primary contact for project team-related information.
  • Identifies critical project risk factors and mitigating actions.

 

What’s it like to work at ImagoBio?

Imago is headquartered in South San Francisco, California and we’ve been a virtual company before being a virtual company was something people talked about. Along with a teammate in the UK, our team stretches across the US from the Atlantic to the Pacific and places in between.

That virtual mindset, the fact that several on the team have worked together or knew each other even before Imago was created, and people with a range of backgrounds and places we call “home,” informs how we think and go about our work.

We are still small and nimble (less than 50 people), and as such a team of doers, not simply managers who delegate. That mindset drives a hands-on approach to our work from our CEO to the most junior team member. And while we work independently – remember we’re virtual – we expect team members to help whenever and wherever there’s a need.

At our best, we focus on priorities and solutions, novel or proven. We are problem solvers, not paralyzed by challenges. We trust people to do their jobs and like many teams – think of the Blue Angels flying jet squadron – that trust is earned through dependability, competence, and reliability.

What else is it like to work at Imago?

People are motivated and expected to learn and deliver results. Relevant information is shared broadly; there are few “secrets” to be found and it’s OK to ask questions – again a function of our virtual nature.

Imago people are totally ready to dive into the work without a lot of handholding, have two ears and one mouth (to listen better). It helps if you have considered being a stand-up comic… because you understand the intimacy that humor engenders and the requirement of reading an audience and thinking on your feet. Because we’re a pure virtual company, you need to be able to work remote very effectively.

We expect people to focus on solutions, not blame and that those opinions and differences are handled respectfully. People at Imago are direct (it’s the voice of the New Englanders in some of us) and polite (a certain Midwest influence). Voices aren’t raised, disrespectful language (attacking a person rather than the idea) is unwelcomed.

What are we working on honing? Getting better at welcoming new ideas and avoiding, narrow mindedness (“we tried that before”). People proactively asking for feedback. And Iterations that are more thoughtful and routine including premortems, postmortems, etc., and not ad hoc.

It is very much an all for one, one for all company; the proverbial “dump and run” on a teammate is verboten unless mutually agreed. Expectations are high, important milestones are celebrated, and heads down time is built into company operations (e.g., “quiet Fridays” – no reoccurring meetings).

Interested and qualified? Please apply online at https://imagobio.com/about-us/#careers

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