Director, Vector Project Management

Pennsylvania (US)
06 Jun 2019
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05 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

The Gene Therapy Program (GTP) is entering a new era of unprecedented opportunity with the great potential to reshape the face of medicine as we know it. Our discoveries have set the stage for successful treatments and possibly even cures for devastating genetic diseases.
The laboratory of Dr. James Wilson, at GTP of the University of Pennsylvania, has been a leader in the development of innovative vector technology for close to three decades. We have emerged as the ‘go-to’ organization for public and private partners, who want to participate in the gene therapy space. Currently, we are positioned to lead another round of vector innovation and establish pre-clinical and clinical proof-of-concept in therapeutic applications of in-vivo genome editing.
Our Vector Core is a state-of-the-art facility which provides vector-related materials and services in support of basic and translational research worldwide.
The Vector Core is on the hunt for a Director, Vector Project Manager to oversee the management of the critical path of vector activities in GTP from research and development to clinical manufacturing.
As the Director, Vector Project management, you will lead and enable the vector project management and external manufacturing team to generate and implement the overall development strategy and plan for projects to meet aggressive, forward-looking goals. You will have overall command of strategy and supporting critical path/activities, risks, contingencies and alternatives for CMC activities and oversight of a high-performing team and their activities including development of milestones, budgets, communication plans, reporting, and resource plan development. You will set clear and accountable goals for direct reports and ensure alignment with GTP’s mission. You will promote team cohesiveness to optimize the performance of project management activities. In addition, you may lead projects of your own, serving as the chair of CMC Research Projects with a high level of complexity & visibility. This will require generating meeting agendas and notes, distributing actionable items in a timely fashion, and following up with the Project Leaders and Directors to ensure progress/completion.
This role is highly cross-functional and will involve collaboration with external partners, along with senior leadership, core leadership and study directors within GTP.
The successful candidate should possess a background in process development or other CMC function and demonstrate an understanding of or experience with drug development and the regulatory requirements to plan, execute, and deliver IND’s to global regulatory authorities. An emphasis will be placed on superior leadership, execution, and transparency across the organization and to senior leadership.

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