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 accomplished 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 seeking highly motivated full-time Program Managers and Senior Program Managers who would like the opportunity to thrive, learn, and grow in a fast-paced, high-growth 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.

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:

  • Build working relationships with members of the Project or alliance teams and functional subteams to plan, schedule, monitor and control the execution of program and project activities.
  • Independently address key program risks by managing ad hoc teams to develop solutions for decision by senior management.
  • Implement project management best practices to ensure on-time completion of milestones in fulfillment of corporate objectives.
  • Apply advanced project and program management tools and techniques for issue and risk management: identification, mitigation, and escalation through the established project governance model.
  • Own and manage the project plan and schedule, interact regularly with the project leads to status project activities, and facilitate meetings and project team discussions.
  • Prepare project reports to internal and external stakeholders using established templates and processes; in particular, ensure submission of key deliverables to external funding organizations.
  • Help promote a culture of project and program excellence by applying best practices and standards in project and program management, and serve as a program management resource to functional areas.
  • Execute other duties as assigned to ensure programmatic success.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree required; Master's Degree preferred; degree in biological or chemical sciences preferred.
  • PMP certification highly desirable.
  • A minimum of 5 years of project management experience in the biotech and pharma or related industries; experience managing vaccine development programs is strongly preferred.
  • Substantial experience in building and maintaining project plans using Microsoft Project is required.
  • Candidate must be comfortable working with high-performing cross-functional teams, and have an ability to engage and motivate teams to address mission-critical problems.
  • Ability to establish collaborative working relationships across organizational disciplines, and throughout the organizational hierarchy.
  • Must enjoy a dynamic, fast-paced environment, operating independently and as part of a team.
  • Solid written and oral communication skills, and the ability to distill complicated issues into concise communications for senior leadership and external stakeholders.
  • Eager to be a member of a positive and high-energy team of program managers.

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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