Program Director, Program Management

Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. Boston , MA 02298

Posted 10 months ago

Akcea Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing drugs to treat patients with serious rare diseases. Our priority is to bring important new therapeutics to patients in need. In order to do so, we must drive clinical program execution, understand patient and physician needs and work with regulators to gain global approval and market access to these new therapeutics. Akcea has a portfolio of development-stage drugs covering multiple targets and disease states using advanced antisense therapeutics.

Akcea was established by Ionis Pharmaceuticals in late 2014 and was listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange in July 2017 under the symbol "AKCA." Akcea is a global company headquartered in Boston, MA with offices in Carlsbad, CA and across the EU and Canada.

Program Director, Program Management

Reporting to the Head of Program Management, the Director of Program Management will be responsible for leading one or more programs through all aspects of late-stage development and pre- and post-commercialization. This position will be responsible for driving the program to ensure on time and on budget delivery, including but not limited to clinical, manufacturing and supply chain, regulatory, quality, and commercialization activities. The successful candidate will focus on the development and execution of program plans by ensuring a highly collaborative and communicative environment within the project team(s) and with partners. Most importantly, this position will proactively raise and solve cross functional issues during development and commercialization and ensure that all regulatory and other external and internal commitments are met. A successful individual in this position will need to focus on interfaces within teams, developing an understanding of the key challenges and opportunities for the programs, and building and executing detailed plans.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring effective and timely communication to team members and senior management regarding project status, key milestones, achievement of external and internal commitments, timelines, budgets and key events

  • Managing the execution of the overall program plans which involves cross-department management and coordination of resources, activities, project schedules and the identification of critical path activities

  • Driving cross-functional alignment and team recommendations to facilitate decision-making, both internally and externally with partners

  • Identifying potential strategic or operational issues impacting or hindering execution of the program plans, escalating these to the team and management, and ensuring that mitigation and resolution plans are put in place and acted upon

  • Exerting broad influence by establishing trust and effective relationships among key team members

  • Ensuring effective communication, including clear expectations for deliverables, across the teams and throughout the organization by:

  • leading regular cross-functional team meetings

  • operational planning and issue resolution

  • risk identification and mitigation

  • ensuring disciplined financial management of the project

  • delivering on key project milestones and commitments

  • supporting resolution of any partner issues

  • managing and communicating changes to program plans based on information gathered above

  • Generating, circulating, and maintaining meeting minutes and other appropriate project tracking documents

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree required; advanced degree preferred

  • A minimum of 10 years pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry experience, including at least 5 years of progressively increasing responsibilities in project management and demonstrated capability to lead cross functional teams

  • Demonstrated technical and interpersonal skills required to develop and maintain relationships with senior executives internally and externally

  • At least 10 years of experience in various aspects of drug development. Commercialization experience is a plus.

  • Exceptional interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to initiate, plan, and execute multiple projects and sub-projects with ease

  • Expertise in use of project management tools and software solutions

Excellent salary and benefits package offered.

For more information on Akcea and to apply for this position, please visit our website:


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