Sr Manager/Assoc Director, Strategic Planning
Thousand Oaks , CA 91360
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We launched Atara Biotherapeutics in August 2012 to help patients with serious diseases and few therapeutic options. We're named after Atara Ciechanover who suffered from cancer before passing away. We are considered a leading off-the-shelf T-cell immunotherapy company (Nasdaq ATRA) developing novel treatments for patients with cancer, autoimmune and viral diseases.Position SummaryThe Operations Strategic Planning Team is focused on optimizing Atara's Operations network and Global Supply Chain. This role will support the team's primary responsibilities to develop robust, cost effective manufacturing and supply chain strategies, as well as lead cross-functional efforts and options analyses to enable commercialization of Atara's allogenic programs. This role is responsible for areas of Allogenic Product Management across Technical Operations, including planning, tracking, resources, metrics, KPIs reporting, and OE facilitation. This position facilitates creation of product development and commercialization plans for allogenic products. This role also works with other functions (Manufacturing, Process Sciences, Finance, Engineering and Quality) to manage project deliverables, process and monitor project spending, and facilitate team meetings with the project leaders.Location Thousand Oaks, CAReports to Director, Strategic PlanningPrimary Responsibilities * Coordinates and oversees execution of Allogenic Product Development strategy through plant licensure and commercialization. * Develops CMC cross-functional strategies incorporating Process Development, Quality, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Regulatory considerations. * Generates analysis and develops business case(s) to support decisions regarding prospective opportunities consistent with the strategic direction of Technical Operations. * Leads cross-functional initiatives that advance Atara's manufacturing and supply chain. * Leads and manages day to day operations of teams for cross functional projects, collaborators, and key suppliers. * Engages stakeholders, ensures cross-functional alignment, and facilitates internal and external communication. * Develops integrated plans, identifies rate limiting factors and key dependencies. * Develops tracking dashboards and alerts to identify any critical issues that can play or impact program. * Responsible for timely identification of critical path risks and for escalating issues to line leaders and project team representative for resolution. * Ensures all team members understand project goals and objectives, current project plan and schedule, critical path activities and risks. * Recommends and implements innovative process ideas that impact execution and cost efficiency. * Acts as cross-functional liaison to ensure project plans remain aligned with current business development strategies. * Partners with Plant Manager, Quality Site Head, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Engineering leaders to assure timely facility qualification and licensure. * Ascertains product requirements from internal sources and external partners, translates into specific goals, and ensures the delivered products will meet the expectations of customers, stakeholders, and external collaborators. * Applies decision analysis tools to analyze complex situations and recommend defensible actions and solutions. * Exercises good judgement within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. * Builds and maintains relationships with key personnel. * Organizes and facilitates team meetings and presentations; generates meeting minutes. * As a key interface between different groups, ensures timely communication of changes or updates on timelines and deliverables. * Leads or participates in other cross-departmental or cross-functional operations development projects as needed. * Effectively interfaces with other line functions (e.g. Regulatory Affairs, Commercial, R&D, Clinical Ops, Finance, etc.) and function autonomously as a Tech Ops Product Development Project LeaderTravel: Domestic and international travel will be required (Physical RequirementsSubject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office environment.Professional Qualifications * Strong communication skills (e.g., clear and concise), team player, and proven negotiation skills. * Strong understanding of pharmaceutical and/or biopharmaceutical manufacturing, supply chain, or CMC product development. * Knowledge of GxP's, FDA guidelines, and other relevant international and domestic relations. * Advanced knowledge and skill with MS Project, MS Excel and other reporting and tracking tools. * Solid experience in facilitation and project team management, with demonstrated excellence in communication, presentation, analytical thinking and problem solving skills and organizational improvement. * Self-motivated, flexible and creative leader, able to prioritize, multi-task, and work in a fast-paced & demanding environment. * Proven success influencing teams in a matrix management environment. * Recent experience with a smaller entrepreneurial environment is an asset. * Good decision making with strong judgment through collaboration and consideration of others point-of-view. * Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to lead, interact with, influence, resolve conflict and drive consensus among individuals from a variety of cultures, and disciplines. * Excellent management skills--hiring, recruiting, training, performance management, planning, prioritization, objective setting, meeting management and plan execution. * Role model for Atara's valuesEducation and Experience* BS minimum in pharmaceutical science or related field from an accredited college or university (MBA or MS preferred)* 8-10 years of related pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical industry (equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered)* Proven success in project management in the pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical industryMore About Atara BioNow in our sixth year, we're proud of our team of 260+ Atarians co-located by design in South San Francisco (corporate headquarters) and Southern California (R&D and manufacturing headquarters in the northwest Los Angeles area) with a newly-established European headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. Atara also has a R&D site in the Denver, Colorado area and office in New York City. Our Southern California hub is anchored by a new 90,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Atara T-Cell Operations and Manufacturing (ATOM) facility in Thousand Oaks, California.One mission - "Transform the lives of patients with serious medical conditions through pioneering science, teamwork and expertise" and a singular vision - "Cell therapy treatment for every patient, any time" provide inspiration and direction for all of us.The Company's off-the-shelf, allogeneic T-cells are bioengineered from donors with healthy immune function and allow for rapid delivery from inventory to patients without a requirement for pretreatment. Atara's T-cell immunotherapies are designed to precisely recognize and eliminate cancerous or diseased cells without affecting normal, healthy cells.Atara's most advanced T-cell immunotherapy in development, tabelecleucel, or tab-cel (formerly known as ATA129), is being developed for the treatment of patients with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (EBV+ PTLD) who have failed rituximab, as well as other EBV-associated hematologic and solid tumors, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Tab-cel is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of EBV+ PTLD following an allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (MATCH study) or solid organ transplant (ALLELE study).Atara is also developing off-the-shelf, allogeneic ATA188 and autologous ATA190 T-cell immunotherapies using a complementary targeted antigen recognition technology for specific EBV antigens believed to be important for the potential treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). A Phase 1 clinical study of autologous ATA190 in patients with progressive MS is ongoing. Atara is also advancing a Phase 1 clinical study of ATA188 in patients with progressive or relapsing-remitting MS across clinical sites in the United States and Australia. Atara's clinical pipeline also includes ATA520 targeting Wilms Tumor 1 (WT1) and ATA230 directed against cytomegalovirus (CMV).Working at Atara BioPeople at Atara Bio are high integrity, roll-up-your-sleeves, get-it-done types who are keenly committed to putting patients first, advancing medical care and doing so with demonstrated urgency. At their core Atarians are people who work well with others and are "team-centric", have purposeful curiosity and can't wait to save patient lives. And similar to other biotech companies who have so many accomplished people, we expect humility (we are a "low hubris" sort of place), flexibility, respect, teamwork, good judgment and getting the most out of any dollar we spend. We also expect to enjoy the journey (and each other) as we move forward with a shared responsibility to teach and to learn from what we do and from our teammates.Atara Bio is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and other lawful factors. In accordance with applicable law, the Company prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, expression or dysphoria, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, transgender status or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or because of the individual's association with a member of a protected group or connection to an organization or group related to a protected group.We comply with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Atara Bio in the United States.