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Director, PMO - Platform



Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024
We are seeking a Director, PMO to lead our Platform Project Management Office. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will oversee a group of Lead Project Managers who coordinate and drive alignment in prioritizing and planning our unified product roadmap and priority initiatives. You will also collaborate closely with managers responsible for executing discrete pieces of work across multiple cross-functional and multidisciplinary engineering, product, and science teams to ensure the successful delivery of work that drives value for our users/customers.

You Will:

  • Strategic Leadership: Develop and implement a robust project management framework encompassing methodologies, processes, and standards that optimize efficiency, transparency, and alignment with our strategic goals
  • Team Management: Lead and mentor a team of high-performing Program Managers, providing guidance, support, and development opportunities to maximize their individual and collective impact
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Partner closely with Platform PMO leadership, engineering, product, science, and business stakeholders to ensure seamless project execution and effective communication across all levels of the organization
  • Operational Excellence: Implement and continuously improve project management practices, leveraging data-driven insights and industry best practices to drive value delivery for our end-users
  • Knowledge Management: Develop and maintain a comprehensive project management knowledge base, including templates, tools, and best practices, to empower teams and ensure consistency across all projects
  • Risk and Issue Management: Proactively identify, assess, and mitigate potential risks and issues that could impact project delivery, ensuring timely resolution and effective communication with stakeholders
  • Metrics and Reporting: Establish and maintain a robust system for tracking key project metrics, providing actionable insights and data-driven reporting to inform decision-making at all levels
  • Culture Building: Foster a collaborative and transparent environment that encourages open communication, knowledge sharing, and continuous improvement across all project teams

You Have:

  • 7+ years of experience leading a team of program/project managers in a highly technical, matrixed environment
  • Proven track record of change management focused on building strong interdepartmental relationships and influencing people engagement and expectations management
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing project management methodologies within a complex matrixed agile organization
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills with stakeholders at various levels across multiple functions, including C-suite executives
  • Ability to make and recommend data-driven decisions and leverage project management, workflow, and analytics tools (e.g., Aha!, Monday, Looker Studio, Jira) to create a data-driven culture
  • Experience managing complex software-based projects with cross-functional and multidisciplinary teams, managing dependencies across many concurrent projects
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, results-driven startup environment

Nice to Have:

  • A degree with an educational background or work experience in a life sciences-related discipline (particularly pharmaceutical R+D) or a technical field such as engineering or computer science
  • Experience working with AI/ML teams, and in particular recent experience with Generative AI
Benefits and Perks:
An engaging remote-first culture
A great compensation package that includes BenchSci equity options
A robust vacation policy plus an additional vacation day every year
Company closures for 14 more days throughout the year
Flex time for sick days, personal days, and religious holidays
Comprehensive health and dental benefits.
Annual learning & development budget
A one-time home office set-up budget to use upon joining BenchSci
An annual lifestyle spending account allowance
Generous parental leave benefits with a top-up plan or paid time off options
The ability to save for your retirement coupled with a company match!
About BenchSci:
BenchSci's mission is to exponentially increase the speed and quality of life-saving research and development. We empower scientists to run more successful experiments with the world's most advanced, biomedical artificial intelligence software platform.
Backed by Generation Investment Management, TCV, Inovia, F-Prime, Golden Ventures, and Google's AI fund, Gradient Ventures, we provide an indispensable tool for scientists that accelerates research at 16 top 20 pharmaceutical companies and over 4,300 leading academic centers. We're a certified Great Place to Work®, and top-ranked company on Glassdoor.
Our Culture:
BenchSci relentlessly builds on its strong foundation of culture. We put team members first, knowing that they're the organization's beating heart. We invest as much in our people as our products. Our culture fosters transparency, collaboration, and continuous learning.
We value each other's differences and always look for opportunities to embed equity into the fabric of our work. We foster diversity, autonomy, and personal growth, and provide resources to support motivated self-leaders in continuous improvement.
You will work with high-impact, highly skilled, and intelligent experts motivated to drive impact and fulfill a meaningful mission. We empower you to unleash your full potential, do your best work, and thrive. Here you will be challenged to stretch yourself to achieve the seemingly impossible. Learn more about our culture.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: We're committed to creating an inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds can thrive. We believe that improving diversity, equity and inclusion is our collective responsibility, and this belief guides our DEI journey. Learn more about our DEI initiatives.
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