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Senior Director, Program Team Leader

Ultragenyx is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing treatments for rare and ultra-rare diseases. Founded in 2010, the company has rapidly built a diverse portfolio of small molecule, monoclonal antibody, mRNA and gene therapy candidates with the potential to address debilitating genetic diseases for which the unmet medical need is high, the biology for treatment is clear, and for which there are no approved therapies.   Developing new treatments for rare genetic diseases is challenging work. It takes courage, talent, and dedication to look past the easy answers and uncover new solutions that can make a meaningful impact. At Ultragenyx we push each other to perform at our very best, because we never lose sight of our mission - to make a difference in our patients' lives.   Come join our team during this exciting time of growth and opportunities! Position Summary:   Ultragenyx is looking for an experienced Program Team Leader at the Director or Senior level with the leadership, passion and creativity to develop great medicines for rare and ultra-rare diseases. The individual will be a self-starter with excellent leadership, communications and project management skills and the ability to build strong rapport across functions. In addition, the successful candidate will be part of the management to help define various organizational level processes.   The successful candidate will be ready for a career defining experience and have the passion to drive a number of therapeutics for devastating diseases to final approval. This position will report to the Exec Director of Program and Portfolio Management and will be responsible for leading one to two late stage clinical/commercial programs. Experience in late-stage/commercialization would be critical. Responsibilities including, but not limited to:  Drives the process for the elaboration, maintenance and execution of the integrated development and program strategy covering all future indications  Drive decision-making and issues resolution through proactive stakeholder management and effective utilization of governance processes  Leads Team to develop an operational plan together including realistic timelines, budget and resources planning, risk assessment and contingency planning  Ensures cross-functional alignment and organizational support for the execution of the operational plan by engaging with internal and external stakeholders  Driving the team to 'out-of-box" thinking and creative issue resolution  Responsible for ensuring adherence to agreed-upon team objectives and deliverables  Manages prioritization of program team activities to enhance program value  Acts as spokesperson for the program, and represents the program internally and externally  Responsible for comprehensiveness and quality of program dissemination of information, and communication to Senior Management  Expected to identify bottlenecks, surface issues, and proactively drive for their resolution, and to leads contingency planning efforts  Accountable for accurate forecasting, tracking and adherence to program budget (headcount and external costs) by liaising with team members. Challenges assumptions, timelines and expenses on program level  Manages project variance and root cause analysis, develops risk mitigation / issue management plans with the objective to meet the financial targets  Ensures quality, up-to-datedness and accuracy of all program specific planning data (headcount, external costs, timelines)  Ensures effective, proactive and open communications, horizontally and vertically, in order to achieve transparency and clarity of program goals, progress and issues  Responsible for high performing and healthy program team, and to nurture team environment  Identifies and resolves conflicts at functional team level  Embraces and embodies Ultragenyx values and patient-focused culture  ay have supervisor responsibilities Requirements:  Masters or Doctoral degree in biology or chemistry  10+ years in the life-sciences, pharmaceutical industry  At least 5 years equivalent multi-/ cross-functional leadership experience  Advanced program management skills  Excellent cross-functional team and relationship building skills  Clinical development experience preferred  Previous work and leadership experience in international and cross functional drug development programs  Broad operational experience with an understanding of drug development and commercialization processes  Advanced level of basic science. Experience working in genetic, rare diseases preferred  Advanced knowledge of regulatory and business needs  Understands basic financial aspects, including knowledge of resource planning (headcount and budget) and management  Ability to critically and objective interpret and evaluate scientific and competitive, business related information  Expert planning and tracking skills, able to see big picture, well-organized, focused on results, capable of managing multiple projects, excellent time management with respect to priorities and self-management  Advanced leadership skills, and ability to influence to achieve desired outcomes  Strong interpersonal and communication skills for bridging between scientific and business participants, for negotiating timelines and for effective collaboration.
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
11 - 15 years

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