Project Manager, Clinical Development – Boston, MA

Boston, MA

JOB TITLE: Project Manager, Clinical Development
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 28, 2019
CLASSIFICATION: Full time Employee
SUPERVISOR: VP, Portfolio Strategy and Program Management


  • Establish strong partnership with the Development Team Leader to shape the overall strategy, goal setting & successful execution assigned program(s).
  • Lead the operational activities of cross functional development teams and deliverables in a matrix organization in order to execute the development strategy for the assigned program(s).
  • Drives the program(s) evolution through completion within timeline, quality and budgetary constraints.
  • Develops and maintains an integrated program plan to identify and track key program milestones, deliverables and ensures alignment across functional areas.
  • Facilitate Development Team meetings using meeting management best practices to drive cross-functional communication, timely and effective decision making, and successful execution of program objectives.
  • Provide guidance to teams and line function members in negotiating challenges and driving to key decisions and milestones for programs.
  • Develop & deliver impactful presentations that effectively distill complex issues to the critical points, and lead to increased understanding and optimized strategic planning & decision-making.
  • Proactively identify risks, gaps, and resource bottlenecks, and work with impacted teams and function leadership to develop and implement mitigation plans.
  • Supports and oversees the standardization of processes and communication in order to build efficiencies within the department and across development teams.
  • Proactively seek out opportunities for organizational improvement (e.g. team structure, processes, communication, etc.).


  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • PMP or a Project Management certification
  • Previous experience with regulatory filings (INDs, NDAs, etc.) with various health authorities (FDA, EMA, etc.)
  • Experience with alliance management and/or external collaboration management
  • Familiarity with oncology, CMC and companion diagnostic development is ideal
  • Master’s degree or MBA or other advanced degree preferred


  • 12+ years overall experience in drug development with at least 3 years of program management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry.


  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate others, influence without authority, and negotiate conflict situations.
  • Highly collaborative team player who fosters open communication and facilitates mutual understanding and cooperation between all stakeholders.
  • Ability to work in a highly complex, multi-cultural, often stressful environment.
  • Highly effective communications skills – written and verbal.
  • Management of multiple tasks of varied complexity simultaneously.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a virtual setting/across time-zones, i.e., making effective use of communication tools (WebEx, telephone and video conferencing, etc.).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, and working knowledge of project management software such as Microsoft Project, Office Timeline, One Pager, etc.
  • Fluent in English.


  • May travel between US offices and other meeting locations internationally.
  • Approximately 25% travel is required.


While performing the duties the employee is:

  1. Constantly required to sit, and to reach to use computers and other office equipment.
  2. Occasionally stand for extended periods of time, up to four (4) hours/time.
  3. Occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds.
  4. Constantly required to view objects at close and distant ranges.
  5. Frequently required to communicate with others.

Note: For the purpose of this summary, occasionally is used to represent up to 1/3 of the time given to the work day, frequently represents 1/3 to 2/3 of the time and constantly represents 2/3 or more of the time.


Employee frequently works in a professional office environment and lab with lots of computer/lab equipment, tools, and moderate amounts of noise and activity.  Employee may occasionally be required to travel.  The work environment is fast-paced and demanding. Off-shift, weekend and overtime duties may be required as assigned by the manager.

Kura Oncology is an Equal Opportunity Employer that offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefits package. To apply, please submit your resume to