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Project Management & Strategic Operations Senior Project Manager (Type 1 Diabetes)

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Administration, Operations
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Job Description

This Project Management & Strategic Operations Senior Project Manager, Type 1 Diabetes will be responsible for supporting the cross-functional project teams executing our CMC and manufacturing strategies within the cell therapy Type 1 Diabetes program. The position will work with the CMSC and CMC leads and interface directly with CDMOs and internal cross-functional teams. The position will track and report project scope/timeline/milestone status associated with technical transfer (analytical/process), regulatory strategies and commitments, product manufacturing, process validation, product testing, capacity planning, and external partner strategy. This is an exciting and visible role for a highly qualified and motivated individual.

The successful candidate will be detail-driven and have a proven track record in managing and driving project success within the biotech industry. We are seeking an individual with a technical background, solid working knowledge of GMPs, understanding of the drug development pathway through commercialization, experience interacting with external manufacturers/service providers, and willingness to pivot as priorities change. A strong understanding of risk management will be an asset. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, written and verbal, high attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively in cross-functional, matrixed teams.


  • Partner closely with area leads to develop and maintain integrated project plans. Identify and communicate interdependencies and critical path activities for the project(s).
  • Track and monitor key milestones and decision points and work with project team members to meet commitments and drive delivery of project objectives
  • Effectively communicate with team members, and key stakeholders on the status, objectives, risks, and mitigation plans associated with projects
  • Organize and maintain team communications including meeting agendas, minutes, decision logs, tasks lists, and risk analyses/mitigation strategies using preferred technologies
  • Update and maintain project status tools, such as a project action log, risk register and dashboards
  • Assist in the creation and deployment of templates to manage team activities
  • Consistently perform duties within established SOPs, and in accordance with GxP requirements, where applicable


  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, life sciences or related field. Advanced degree (MS, PhD, or MBA) and/or PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification preferred.
  • A minimum of 6 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with cell and gene therapy experience preferred.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in project management of pharmaceutical products
  • Experience interacting with and/or managing CMOs/service providers.
  • Working knowledge of biotechnology, GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices), and drug development lifecycle.
  • Ability to work effectively in cross-functional, matrixed environment, prioritizing and managing multiple tasks simultaneously, integrating cross-functional issues and balancing competing priorities effectively.
  • Expertise in Microsoft suite (Project, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Word, Excel, Outlook). Experience with other PM tools a plus (e.g., Smartsheet, Primavera, One Pager, Kidasa, etc.).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and facilitation skills, to effectively inform key updates & issues across all levels of the organization.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills, including an ability to combine attention to detail with a big picture perspective.
  • Experience with regulatory submissions, manufacturing, or QC/QA experience a plus.



Company Information

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

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