Senior Manager / Director, Project Management

San Diego, CA Operations - Project Management Full Time
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Element Biosciences is a multi-disciplinary startup focused on innovating genetic analysis tools for the research and clinical markets. The Company's technology will broaden the end user experience through improved data quality and simplified workflows to benefit discoveries and diagnosis in healthcare. We are looking for a driven and experienced professional in project management to support product commercialization.  The Project Manager / Director will establish and apply best practices in the initiation, planning, execution, control and closing of projects, as well as provide support to project management functions to build best practices and standards. They will interact with external stakeholders and internal cross functional groups, including Research and Development, Commercial, and Operations to provide clear direction and set expectations.  Successful candidates will demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills to work across functions, and influence the facilitation and execution of key projects and initiatives aligned with our corporate vision. 


  • Responsible for planning, tracking, and driving timely execution of Development activities and projects
  • Collaborate and deploy project management within internal cross-functional sub-teams, and be instrumental in building project teams
  • Establish technical project management best practices and drive their implementation across the company
  • Develop and manage the execution of high quality, integrated cross-functional technical project plans for product commercialization
  • Coordinate collection of product requirements from internal sources and external partners, translates into specific goals, and ensure the delivered products will meet the expectations of customers, stakeholders, and external collaborators
  • Develop and execute integrated project plans, identify rate limiting factors and key dependencies
  • Maintain project specific timelines and deliverables, including critical program, financial and communication milestones
  • Ensure timely communication of changes or updates on timelines and deliverables
  • Recommend and implement innovative process ideas that impact execution and cost efficiency
  • Collaborate with Finance to manage project budgeting process and monitor project spending
  • Facilitate project team meetings with the project team leads
  • Apply decision analysis tools to analyze complex situations and recommend defensible actions and solutions
  • Exercise good judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • Deploy and utilize project management databases to manage project portfolio, resources, and plans
  • Develop tracking dashboards and alerts to identify any critical issues that can delay or impact program and work with program lead to develop mitigation plans


  • Ph.D. in bioengineering, chemistry, molecular biology, or M.S. in engineering
  • 5 + years experience in biotechnology industry
  • 5 + years technical Project Management experience or alliance management preferred
  • Experience in start-up companies is a plus
  • Engineering background is preferred
  • Proven experience in managing product development and commercialization projects in a multidisciplinary research or commercial environment

Other Knowledge & Skills

  • Ability to hold stakeholders accountable for timelines and deliverables while maintaining strong, constructive interpersonal relationships with team members
  • Working knowledge and experience with project planning software (e.g. MS Project, etc.)
  • Strong problem solving skills, analytical thinking, and visionary skills
  • Ability to collaborate with high level cross functional teams or other external partners
  • Ability to influence teams, both internal and cross-company, in a matrix management environment
  • Solid understanding of timelines, human resources, and budgets necessary for product development
  • Creative and independent thinker with ability to work with teams
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and work independently
  • Ability to find creative solutions to problems are required
We are passionate about our mission to develop high performing products to study genomics in an unprecedented flexibility and to understand biology for the improvement of healthcare. We have built a highly efficient product-driven organization where employees can learn, grow and thrive in a challenging but encouraging environment.  We are committed to scientific integrity, collegiality, honesty, objectivity, and openness.   We offer excellent benefits, which include a 401K plan, competitive health benefits, flexible vacation, and equity incentives.  We foster an environment such that all people are afforded the freedom to pursue their passions without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.