Program Manager: R&D Pharmaceutical Product Development

Company Profile

Inovio is taking immunotherapy to the next level in the fight against cancer and infectious diseases. We are the only immunotherapy company that is generating T cells, in vivo, in high quantity that are fully functional whose killing capacity correlates with relevant clinical outcomes with a favorable safety profile. With an expanding portfolio of immune therapies, the company is advancing a growing preclinical and clinical stage product pipeline. Partners and collaborators include MedImmune, University of Pennsylvania, DARPA, GeneOne Life Science, Drexel University, NIH, HIV Vaccines Trial Network, National Cancer Institute, U.S. Military HIV Research Program, and University of Manitoba.

Working with the company’s product development leadership team, this position will support the development and life cycle management of candidate immunotherapy products.  This position will provide program management support for R&D and clinical product development activities, partnering with external collaborators as well as internal functional area groups.  The candidate will be responsible for the facilitation of team meetings, management of timelines, and periodic written and oral communications.  The position will support execution of program plans and serve as a key interface between a number of cross-functional areas including research, manufacturing, engineering, clinical, regulatory, business, and commercialization, as such prior project management experience with the process and stages of vaccine and therapeutic product development from discovery/pre-clinical to late stage development is essential.  This role will also work with functional area leaders to prioritize work and ensure appropriate resourcing to deliver on project plans.  

Essential job functions and duties

Provide support and coordination across functional areas to enable integrated delivery of immunotherapy development programs and associated projects

Create and monitor project plans and timelines, and update work plans as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements

Partner with the team to proactively Identify and highlight risks and issues within the project; work with the team to devise and implement effective risk mitigation strategies

Support development of tools and processes to increase efficiencies of program management and program execution

Facilitate communications between team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion

Facilitate and manage team meetings

Partner with functional area leaders on resource planning requirements for timely completion of projects

Minimum requirements

Required education: Bachelor/Masters degree.
Area(s) of expertise desired: Biology, Immunology, Bioengineering, Cell or Molecular Biology. Experience with vaccines is preferred.
Background in drug/ vaccine/ immunotherapy/ oncology product development

Essential requirements

Strong relationship building, communications and stakeholder management skills
Experience in industrial drug and vaccine product development
Experience managing government/non-government contract and working with multi-institution teams (Academics, Public and Private sector organizations)
Experience in development of medical injection devices is desired
Strong oral and technical/medical writing capability
Demonstrated attention to detail
4-8 years of pharmaceutical industry experience is preferred
Project management professional certification is desired but not essential
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines
Ability to assess the inherent risks of a situation and their potential impact


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. Inovio offers an attractive benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer.  

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