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Associate Director, Preclinical Operations

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Job Description

General Summary:

The Preclinical Operations Associate Director will have overall responsibility and accountability for overseeing the execution of specific operational activities across Preclinical Sciences (PCS). The Associate Director Preclinical Operations will also drive operational alignment efforts and facilitate and advance functional and cross-functional strategic initiatives across the Preclinical Sciences organization. By partnering closely with PCS Senior leaders as well as external partners, the Associate Director proposes strategic direction, gains endorsement, builds teams, and executes upon aligned goals and objectives. They are also responsible for clear and comprehensive communication, including status reporting and alignment with Preclinical Sciences Leadership.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • As operational line lead, oversee the execution of operational activities including quality control review, documentation management, contracting and invoice management, regulatory submissions logistics, in vitro assay ordering, vendor management, SOP management, etc.
  • Assist in managing and monitoring aspects of the PCS department budget
  • Work to align processes and standards across PCS disciplines
  • Proactively identify areas of potential improvement, propose solutions, and independently lead initiatives to execute on those solutions
  • Lead and manage high-priority initiatives that span multiple Preclinical Sciences functions by defining goals, key milestones and reporting or implementation plans
  • Lead interactions with key partner lines to advance the goals of Preclinical Sciences and report progress to Preclinical Sciences leadership and other stakeholders on high-priority initiatives
  • Lead change management and implementation activities across the organization for cross-functional initiatives
  • Contribute to development of high-impact communications and presentations for leadership forums, town halls, PCS global communications, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal, collaboration and demonstrated leadership skills. Ability to quickly establish credibility, rapport, and trust at all levels in order to influence across teams.
  • Pro-active self-starter; results-oriented and ability to work independently as well as on teams
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a cross-functional team
  • Ability to effectively set project goals and facilitate team meetings to the desired outcome in a timely manner
  • In depth understanding of Preclinical Sciences functional areas
  • Ability to effectively set project goals, facilitate team meetings, communicate progress, build consensus and alignment, and complete projects in a timely manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Required Education and Experience:

  • B.S./B.A. in biological sciences with 8 years of relevant biotech/pharmaceutical development, operational, and/or project management work experience or other relevant experience


Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

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