Novavax
  • 14-May-2021 to 14-Jun-2021 (EST)
  • Global Program Management
  • Gaithersburg, MD, USA
  • Full Time - Exempt

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Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) is a biotechnology company that promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases.  Novavax is currently conducting multiple late-stage clinical trials for NVX-CoV2373, our vaccine candidate against the virus that causes COVID-19, and has recently reported exciting and highly encouraging initial efficacy results. NanoFlu, our quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, met all primary objectives in its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial in older adults. Both candidate vaccines incorporate Novavax' proprietary saponin-based Matrix-M adjuvant to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies. Novavax is a leading innovator of recombinant vaccines. Our proprietary technology platform leverages the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce highly immunogenic nanoparticles in order to address urgent global health needs.

Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic.

The Novavax Global Program Management (GPM) department contributes to the company's strategic business objectives by driving the company's vaccine product development and commercialization programs. This is done through managing end to end program and project quality, scope, schedules, and budgets, facilitating idea exchange, and identifying/escalating project risks, all within an established governance model.

The Portfolio Program Management team (PPM) within GPM focuses on driving productive cross-functional management of our vaccine development programs to achieve corporate objectives. With a growing number of programs to manage, we are building the PPM team.

We are seek a full-time Associate Director, who would like the opportunity to thrive, learn, and grow in a fast-paced, dynamic organization. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in vaccine or biologics development and experience in managing all aspects of the development process.

The overarching scope of responsibility will include planning and programming activities within a matrixed organizational structure, including:

  • Building and maintaining integrated plans that encompass vaccine development from preclinical and discovery through regulatory approvals and product launch
  • Establishing consistent and effective cross-functional program management structures
  • Managing high-functioning teams in a dynamic environment
  • Defining a user-friendly system for rapid risk management, escalation, and resolution

The Associate Director may also serve as the lead senior program manager for a priority company program, as well as mentoring and potentially managing other program management staff.

Success in this role depends on strong leadership and interpersonal skills, a keen attention to detail, and a passion for project execution, with the most successful candidates exhibiting strong knowledge and expertise in the areas of vaccine development and commercialization or functional program management in Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC), Regulatory Affairs, Quality, Preclinical or Clinical Development.

Work location is flexible, with preference to transition to in-office availability following Novavax return to in-person working.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee program operations to include delivery of integrated program plans and schematics, risk registers, and contractual reporting deliverables to meet program goals; and recommend revisions as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Work with cross-functional project and program teams to identify and address constraints to achieve project and program deliverables, timelines, and budgets in fulfillment of corporate objectives.
  • Monitor and manage the contractual, technical, and financial requirements and deliverables for each project/program, working closely with the Contracts, Finance, and technical leads.
  • Establish program management best practices and assist in the implementation of infrastructure necessary for successful program management.
  • Drive and facilitate team meetings effectively ensuring that clear agendas are set, and actions and decisions are documented, communicated and commitments made.
  • Proactively drive program teams and sub teams, establish appropriate level of urgency, and maintain focus on deliverables.
  • Identify, assess, and actively resolve or escalate where necessary any risks or issues that could impact the successful completion of program.
  • Actively manage timelines including a clear understanding of dependencies and critical path.
  • Maintain frequent communications with enterprise-wide program teams and key internal stakeholders so that all parties are aware of current strategies, plans and business needs, interdependencies, critical path activities, issues, contingencies, and milestones.
  • Drive timely decisions and facilitate active communication and information flow among teams, development and commercialization functions and governance bodies.
  • Proactively work across Global Program Management to align program or functional activities with overall product development and commercialization plans, implement administrative and organizational processes for timely knowledge and information transfer, and onboard PM tools for efficient tracking and reporting.
  • Build strong working relationships across departments, with key stakeholders and senior management to ensure transparency and to facilitate communication.
  • Establish program management best practices and assist in the implementation of infrastructure necessary for successful program management. Leverage best practices to foster a team culture of transparency, accountability, high cross-functional communication, and timely execution.
  • Some travel may be required (5-10%).

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's (M.S./M.A. preferred) degree, preferably in a scientific field; graduate degree preferred.
  • PMP certification is required.
  • A minimum of 8 years in the biotechnology industry or related field, program management (vaccines experience preferred).
  • At least 5 years of experience facilitating high-performing project team meetings and negotiating to successful outcomes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the requirements for each stage of the biologics development process and stage gated project management techniques.
  • Track record of successfully driving and managing programs, overcoming challenges, and managing risks.
  • Strong project management skills, including proficient use of MS Project and other tools.
  • Excellent people management skills with the ability to develop effective relationships, motivate others and influence in a cross-functional environment.
  • Collaborative team player who fosters open communication and facilitates mutual understanding and cooperation amongst all stakeholders.
  • Outstanding communication skills (oral, written, and interpersonal)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; able to troubleshoot critical issues or problems, determine causes and identify and implement solutions.
  • Innovative, driven, highly organized self-starter with ability to handle multiple activities and comfortable interacting with all levels of management within the company.

Novavax is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic. Novavax is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol NVAX and is dedicated to developing novel vaccines to address infectious disease.

Novavax offers a base salary, annual bonus, equity grants, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Novavax is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment and advancement opportunities are available to all individuals on an at-will basis, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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