Job Title:  Senior Director, Technical Program Management

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Valo Health is a technology company applying human and machine intelligence to accelerate the creation of life-changing medical treatments. At the core of this vision is Valo’s computational platform: an end-to-end, integrated drug discovery and development engine that is being built from the ground up.

Valo hires the best and gives them first-class training and support. If you’re driven to perform, you’ll fit right in! We approach our work fearlessly, learn quickly, improve constantly, and celebrate our wins. A centerpiece of our culture is our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience. Diversity fuels the Valo experience and drives us every day. We strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

About the Role...

Valo is looking for an experienced Senior Director of Technical Program Management to oversee programmatic aspects of our Data Science & Engineering organization. You will drive the development and adoption of engineering processes, mechanisms, and tools that add efficiency, transparency, and scale to our operations. 

In doing so, you'll drive how we develop our drug-discovery platform, Opal; an AI-based platform that leverages human-centric data to enable researchers to discover and develop new drugs. Opal is a fully integrated, AI-powered, cloud-native platform that leverages human-centric data to create new approaches to drug discovery and development enabling researchers to minimize the cost and time associated with discovery, development, and delivery of novel therapeutics. The predictive insights produced by Opal rely on high-quality, high-density human-centric data that is sourced from multiple data sets, processed both remotely and on site through a highly complex process. 

As an owner of these engineering processes, you will work with stakeholders from across the organization to ensure they meet strategic needs, provide the proper telemetry to the business, and drive our priorities to consensus. In addition to these core areas of focus, you will be called upon to dive deep into specific project areas to help formulate strategy, plan and organize work efforts, and oversee project execution. You will lead by example with a passion for operational rigor, engineering discipline, and execution at scale. This role will begin as an individual contributor with opportunities to manage and grow a team of program managers over time. The position will report to the Vice President of Portfolio and Program Management.  

Successful candidates will exhibit the following leadership traits: 

  • Builder Mentality: Eager to get their hands dirty and dig into the details. Passionate about understanding operations at the root level and building from the ground up. 
  • Think Big: Innovative and creative, with a vision that transcends what is visible today. 
  • Earn Trust: Ability to build credibility and rapport with the executive team to drive collaboration and coordination with key stakeholders. High Emotional Quotient (EQ) with strong communication and influencing skills, to create corporate-wide alignment around both vision and execution. 
  • Deal with Ambiguity: Comfortable with charting new territories and operating with imperfect information while navigating trade-offs. 
  • Bias for Action: High energy, low ego, and focus on finding data-driven solutions.

What You’ll Do…

  • Design operational processes to bring rigor, repeatability, and transparency to engineering activities 
  • Implement operational governance across the team while ensuring continued adoption 
  • Partner with team and executive leaders to plan resource allocation and work assignments / roadmaps 
  • Act as a project lead for key strategic initiatives ensuring proper planning and execution 
  • Develop, track, and act on KPIs that speak to operational and organizational efficiency 

What You Bring…

  • 10-15 years of experience in program management with software engineering concentration 
  • Experience in program management of commercial platform applications and their supporting teams 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with and influence business and technical teams 
  • Evidence of strong writing and project planning skills 
  • Technical expertise or graduate-level degree(s) in Computer Science or a related field 
  • One or more Program Management certifications 
  • Experience using Agile methods and tools, including Jira, Confluence, smartsheets, etc. 
  • Experience managing people and/or managing managers 
  • A background in drug development or another healthcare or biotechnology industry 

More on Valo

Valo Health, LLC (“Valo”) is a technology company built to transform the drug discovery and development process using human-centric data and artificial intelligence-driven computation. As a digitally native company, Valo aims to fully integrate human-centric data across the entire drug development life cycle into a single unified architecture, thereby accelerating the discovery and development of life-changing drugs while simultaneously reducing costs, time, and failure rates. The company’s Opal Computational Platform™ is an integrated set of capabilities designed to transform data into valuable insights that may accelerate discoveries and enable Valo to advance a robust pipeline of programs across cardiovascular metabolic renal, oncology, and neurodegenerative disease. Founded by Flagship Pioneering and headquartered in Boston, MA, Valo also has offices in Lexington, MA, San Francisco, CA, Princeton, NJ, and Branford, CT. To learn more, visit www​.val​o​health​.com.

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