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Associate Director, Program Management, Development Strategy and Operations

Waltham, MA
Expired: May 20, 2023 Applications are no longer accepted.
  • Full-Time
Title: Associate Director, Program Management, Development Strategy and Operations

Location: Waltham, MA

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Development Strategy and Operations

About AlloVir

AlloVir is a publicly held, high-growth biotechnology company pioneering science in the field of virus-specific T cell (VST) therapies.

We embrace a shared mission to prevent and defeat life-threatening viral disease, champion truth, and challenge the status quo in pursuit of constant improvement.

Our innovative spirit lives beyond the lab, in a world where patients fighting viral infection have access to revolutionary allogeneic cell therapies. A world where everyone has access to a healthy immune system.

Success in this role means partnering across the organization to establish an innovative cell therapy manufacturing supply chain, taking a pro-active approach to identifying and overcoming risks and barriers, and challenging in the pursuit of continuous improvement.

At AlloVir, the expectation is that regardless of title, people are both group leaders and individual contributors. Much like medicine, we believe that this person can both do the work and set the work, working across functions seamlessly, sometimes in the lead position sometimes in support.

The Role:

AlloVir is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of Associate Director, Program Management (PM), who will positively influence the direction of AlloVir's PM function to enable effective execution of AlloVir cell therapy programs. The ideal candidate will be a highly skilled program manager assigned to numerous cell therapy programs. Within the cross-functional global project team, the Associate Director, Program Management will assist our global project leaders in the planning and execution of innovative cell therapy programs. This person must have excellent management skills as well as deep experience within PM and a deep knowledge of cross functional drug development. Experience with late-stage clinical development and commercial launch preparation is preferred. A knowledge of cell therapy is preferred but not a prerequisite for the role. A scientific background BS, MS, MPH, PHD, or equivalent is preferred but not required.

The successful candidate will possess expert project management capabilities and a strong track record of delivering global therapeutics development programs from discovery through commercialization. S/he will serve as a subject matter expert for development of project management standards, project risk management, collaborate with project leaders and cross-functional leaders to ensure strategic alignment and operational efficiency, all in support of delivery of AlloVir business objectives. To deliver highly complex and novel therapeutics development programs, s/he will possess strategic leadership skills, see the "big picture" scientifically and work seamlessly with the global project leader and global project team to transform global regulatory, clinical development, and manufacturing strategies into a cohesive worldwide development strategy, integrated development plan, timeline, and budget.

As a highly visible leader within the organization, we seek role model leadership capabilities and a "can do" attitude.


The successful candidate will be responsible for:
  • Partnering with program leadership and functional area experts to design and execute on end-to-end complex cell therapy programs globally by seamlessly integrating cross-functional strategic perspectives of regulatory, clinical, CMC, and commercial through a business effectiveness lens
  • Performing holistic program management to deliver on the overall program strategy through all phases of development by knitting together functional area strategies (such as clinical, clinical operations, technical operations, etc.) to achieve whole program deliverables and objectives on-time and on-budget
  • Operationalizing program strategy by drafting, maintaining, and managing cross-functional integrated development plans, budget rollups, business cases, and risk logs in support of development programs and understanding cross-functional impacts thereof
  • Managing global program team meetings, project team meetings, and ad-hoc meetings by establishing effective agendas, facilitating the meetings, logging decisions and actions, and holding team members accountable for follow-up on their action items
  • Communicating program status to cross-functional team members and AlloVir leadership team through written updates, executive presentations, and real-time dashboards
  • Positively influencing the formation and direction of the PM function, including development of technical capabilities, standards, and best practices that reflect AlloVir's innovative approach to therapeutics development programs
  • Building and managing relationships with business partners (both internal and external)
  • Analyzing and documenting current state business processes, identifying pain points, and leading process improvement efforts (operational excellence)
  • Participating in due diligence activities as needed
  • Leading efforts to support business continuity and continuous improvement efforts across the organization
  • Establishing capability and credibility to lead with minimal direction in key complex cross-department or cross-functional projects and ability to cope with ambiguity and manage senior stakeholders, when necessary


  • BS/BA degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific field
  • 6+ years of direct experience in program and project management, including leadership of cross-functional project teams across all development phases (discovery through commercial) and experience with product launch (in collaboration with partners in commercial, supply chain, regulatory, medical affairs, clinical, and IT organizations)
  • Proven leadership and program management experience. Sees the "big picture" scientifically and helps team to maintain focus on AlloVir's strategic goals and program team goals.
  • Ability to think strategically and critically evaluate and mitigate program and project risks across multiple disciplines
  • Ability to work strategically and influence strategically within a complex, business critical and high-profile development program, driving transparency and collaboration with appropriate issue escalation when needed
  • Skilled at constructing scenarios to analyze timelines, assess risks, and support decision making
  • Working knowledge of life sciences compliance, regulatory guidance, and sponsor quality assurance requirements
  • Ability to quickly understand business cases and opportunities for change, to create corresponding process and business model improvements. Prior leadership supporting cross-functional operational excellence initiatives is a plus
  • Strong leader, and team player who demonstrates initiative, willingness to roll-up his/her sleeves, and problem solve
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, demonstrate resilience, and pivot to prioritize projects and requests with high sense of urgency
  • Strong writing skills is a must, including ability to author documents, as well as experience with project planning and reporting software, remote collaboration software, and MS office software suite

  • Advanced degree preferred (Masters, PhD, MBA)
  • PMP certification preferred
  • Cell and gene therapy experience
  • Infectious disease experience
  • Process engineering/ Lean and/or Six Sigma training

Why join AlloVir?

AlloVir is the global leader in developing novel cell therapies that restore natural immunity against life-threatening viral diseases for immunocompromised patients.

We have an innovative pipeline of allogeneic, off-the-shelf, T-cell therapies that treat and prevent many devastating and life-threatening viral diseases. Our technology and manufacturing process enables the potential for the treatment and/or prevention of up to six devastating viruses with each single allogeneic cell therapy.

As part of the ElevateBio portfolio of companies, you'll have access to award-winning facilities with centralized cell and gene therapy manufacturing capabilities that help advance the development of our revolutionary therapies for immunocompromised patients.

Join a team committed to scientific excellence, focused on passionate engagement, and united in purpose to treat and defeat viral diseases.

At AlloVir, we are committed to fostering and expanding diversity in the workplace. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging and differences are celebrated as strengths. With a company vision of "ImmUnity for all", we place special emphasis on unity, on equality, and on inclusion for all employees, patients, and partners.

AlloVir is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. AlloVir will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.



Waltham, MA
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