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Loxo@Lilly Associate Director, Program Management, Biologics in Topeka, Kansas

Loxo@Lilly conducts discovery research, clinical development and regulatory affairs for oncology, with the goal of creating a pipeline of therapies that have the potential to make a meaningful difference for patients. Loxo@Lilly was created in December 2019, combining the Lilly Research Laboratories oncology organization and Loxo Oncology, which was acquired by Lilly in early 2019. The unit has team members in Louisville, CO, Indianapolis, IN, New York City, NY, South San Francisco, CA, San Diego, CA, Stamford, CT, and Madrid, Spain.

The Associate Director, Program Management will lead and support development of Oncology Biologics program portfolio encompassing research, preclinical, and early development programs under the umbrella of Loxo@Lilly.

The role will be the lead facilitator in outlining program strategies for the Oncology Biologics programs and will be responsible for translating and them into actionable project plans. The role will be accountable for leading the Biologics project management team ensuring that the program deliverables and milestones are met outlined in the Oncology Biologics program portfolio.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Position:

  • Lead Biologics project management group ensuring leadership, coaching, and mentoring (with direct oversight and hands on implementation) adapted to Loxo’s dynamic, start-up, discovery-tuned environment

  • Liaise between Biologics’ leadership management and cross functional project teams ensuring continuous alignment between program strategies and implementation of the strategies

  • Direct oversight in managing project management resources and accountable for ensuring that the existing project management structure (PMO framework) is implemented and extended to support the needs for the expanded program portfolio

  • Actively involved (hands on leadership with project managers) in project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closing of all programs in the portfolio

  • Actively manage Biologics’ portfolio budget

  • Proficient in managing resource allocation and application of risk management across the portfolio

  • Actively manage communication plans for all programs outlining clearly determined escalation path aligning with stakeholder management requirements. Maintain transparency with strategic partners and stakeholders in all communications

  • Actively facilitate in creating progress reports, PowerPoint slide presentations, and present them to Biologics’ and extended Loxo leadership for Biologics programs

  • Provide support in due diligence efforts for in-license and out-license evaluation

  • Lead in overseeing and actively engage in day-to-day operational activities involving with other functional groups (Business Operations – procurement, finance, accounting etc.). Ensure all external collaborations (suppliers, CRO’s and vendors) and alliances with strategic partners within and outside the company are appropriately managed

  • Coordinate with CMC and other relevant functional groups to successfully transition programs from preclinical to clinical stage.

  • Adaptive to change in priorities and able to drive program outcomes ensuring re-alignment with program strategies in changing landscape

  • Proficient in strategic and adaptive communications. Able to effectively communicate and navigate through technical and non-technical audiences across cross-functional departments within the company and external collaborators

  • Adept in seeing high-level overview and granular details of a program and able to steer between both sides

  • Demonstrate “team spirit” through day to day actions and actively contributes to team development

  • Foster “growth mindset” and “can do” attitude

  • Demonstrate exceptional problem-solving skills

Required Qualifications and Preferred Background:

  • 8+ years of project management experience in leading project management roles in Biotech and pharmaceutical research and discovery set up

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant scientific field (e.g., Biology) required; advanced degree strongly preferred

  • PMP certification required

Additional Preferences:

  • Proven success in building, managing, and mentoring cross-functional teams in a dynamic environment from ground up to meet end goals of business

  • Possess sound knowledge in Biologics drug discovery and development process starting with target identification, early-stage antibody discovery through preclinical stage, and apply them effectively in managing discovery research projects

  • Demonstrate business acumen and demonstrate excellence in facilitating key strategic decisions in support of broader business goals and objectives

  • Navigate clearly between strategies and day-today operations

  • Manage and balance both laterally and horizontally

  • Proven success in managing suppliers, vendors, and strategic alliances

  • Excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Expert in building positive, collaborative teams across various scientific disciplines and encouraging sharing of new ideas, and creative ways to solve problems often needed in discovery research

  • Seasoned facilitator aligning people of diverse mindset to achieve common goals and objectives

  • Mentor and coach Project Managers and team members to function optimally in a dynamic, cross-functional environment while maintaining alignment with strategic assets

  • Excellent organizational skills adaptive to program requirements

  • Proficient in identifying gaps in the existing processes and facilitate in creating framework and processes (including applying tools e.g., MS Office suite, MS Project. SmartSheet) aligning with the needs for effective project management

Loxo Oncology, Inc. (Loxo) currently anticipates that the base salary for the Associate Director level position could range from between $135,300 to $198,516 and will depend, in part, on the successful candidate’s qualifications for the role, including education and experience. This position will also be eligible for a company bonus (depending, in part, on company and individual performance). In addition, Loxo provides a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees, including vacation, medical, dental and vision benefits; participation in a 401(k) plan; life and accidental death and disability coverage; parental leave benefits and employee discounts for certain items. The compensation described above is subject to change and could be higher or lower than the range described.

Additional Locations for this role:

  • Remote

  • South San Francisco, CA

  • New York City, NY

Physical Demands/ Travel:

The physical demands of this job are consistent with light office duties. Travel (post-COVID) TBD.

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Work Environment:

This position’s work environment is in an office or remote based

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

*To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the role and responsibilities satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Loxo Oncology, Inc. is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company (subject to applicable law).

Loxo Oncology, Inc. (“Loxo”) is committed to help individuals with disabilities participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process for positions at Loxo, please email loxoaccommodation@loxooncology.com for further assistance. Please note, this email address is intended for use to request an accommodation as a part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

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