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Program Manager

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CompanyKumquat Biosciences
LocationSan Diego
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Program Manager 

Location: San Diego, CA 92121
Position type: Full time
Job Code: KB-DMPK
Required education: Ph.D. Degree /Master’s Degree
Area(s) of expertise desired: life science or chemistry, 


Description:  Kumquat Biosciences is committed to the discovery and development of innovative drugs to transform cancer treatments. Kumquat brings together an accomplished management team and distinguished scientific founder to translate innovative research to novel therapeutics.  Our team has a proven track record of drug discovery and development, having played pivotal roles in the discovery of multiple clinical-stage compounds as well as approved drug for the treatment of cancer and immune-mediated inflammatory diseases.


We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated program manager to join our experienced drug discovery and development team in San Diego. This candidate will report to the Sr. Director of preclinical R&D, and work closely with members within DMPK, biology and chemistry team to drive early discovery research programs into early clinical development while providing scientific and technical expertise.  

This program manager is hands-on role that requires close collaboration with all levels of Exact Sciences. He or she will be responsible for overseeing the development of programs that support an organization’s main objective, and lead meetings with project team to track deliverables and timelines for all programs. The successful candidate will be responsible for project management for late discovery and early development teams through continuously driving cross-functional coordination and communication to ensure programs and projects are successfully executed within agreed budgets and timelines. 


Role responsibilities:

  • Manage the timeline for IND or other regulatory filing. Monitors status and drives actions items to completion of all the requirement for IND or other regulatory submissions.
  • Work with internal cross function teams to ensure operational capabilities within the company and manage CRO relationships to enable effective execution of program goals and objectives.
  • Schedules project team meetings, develops and distributes agendas, facilitates meetings, publishes meeting summaries containing key discussion/decisions/action items.
  • Partners with project team members to develop schedule and budget and to identify resource requirements.
  • Identifies, understands, and analyzes the critical path in the project schedule and develops contingency and mitigation plans to maintain milestone dates.
  • Develops, maintains, and monitors a comprehensive project plan to enable accurate reporting and decision making.
  • Good scientific expertise in subject area/discipline; familiar with other disciplines inside and/or outside of department (e.g., toxicology, pharmacology, drug metabolism)


  • Bachelor/Master/ Ph.D. degree required, preferably in a scientific discipline.
  • 5+ years of experience in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company required.
  • 3+ years of relevant, progressive, and cross-functional project management experience associated with IND/regulatory filing.
  • Proficiency with MS Project, as well as other MS Office programs.
  • Exceptional organizational abilities and initiative to drive results required.
  • Experience with formulation or toxicology work in pharmaceutical industrial is a plus.
  • Experience and/or exposure to pharmaceutical product development up to IND application preferred.

Kumquat Biosciences offers an attractive salary and benefits package, including equity incentives. 

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