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Associate Director, Digital Projects

Company: Tessera Therapeutics, Inc.
Location: Somerville
Posted on: May 19, 2023

Job Description:

Company Summary:
Tessera Therapeutics is pioneering Gene Writing---- a new biotechnology designed to offer scientists and clinicians the ability to write small and large therapeutic messages into the genome, thereby curing diseases at their source. Gene Writing holds the potential to become a new category in genetic medicine, building upon recent breakthroughs in gene therapy and gene editing while eliminating important limitations in their reach, utilization, and efficacy. Tessera Therapeutics was founded by Flagship Pioneering, a life sciences innovation enterprise that conceives, resources, and develops first-in-category companies to transform human health and sustainability.
Position Summary:
As part of the Portfolio, Program, and Alliance Management (PPAM) team, the Associate Director, Digital (Automation, Informatics, IT) Projects will partner with Digital Leaders and Business/System Owners to develop and drive project plans and timelines to ensure on-time delivery of new digital capabilities according to design requirements, on time, and with high quality.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Support high impact, cross functional digital projects from in-take to implementation, including change management and alignment on hand-over criteria and maintenance plan.

    • Assist in the articulation of problem statement and business requirements and translation to system and organizational requirements and project concept
    • Support collection of input for criticality/business case score to assist in prioritization
    • Closely track milestones and timelines and ensure on time delivery

    • Serve as the "glue" to high impact project teams. Ensure close collaboration, communication, and engagement within the project teams and with key stakeholders.

      • Set the agenda and facilitate project team meetings. Capture and distribute minutes to project team and key stakeholders
      • Partner with Digital Leader and System/Business Owner to ensure clarity on scope, success criteria, and timing of team deliverables including robust system and user acceptance testing, training, and change management
      • Follow-up with team members to track progress or identify issues, as needed
      • Maintain appropriate project documentation

      • Operational owner of plans for high impact projects including timelines, assumptions, and scenarios

        • Track major deliverables, milestones and risks related to project plan
        • Proactively identify risks and gaps and work with SMEs to develop and implement mitigation plans

        • Portfolio, Program and Alliance Management (PPAM)

          • Leverage tools and best practices from PPAM to provide project management support to high impact digital projects.
          • Drive implementation of the DACI model
          • Be an actively engaged Digital SME within the PPAM team. Contribute to standardization and continuous improvement of PPAM tools and best practices, ensuring applicability to Digital project management.

          • Resource Management for high impact projects
          • Support System Owners

            • Oversight of vendors through meeting coordination and collection of status updates
            • Support P2P activities: generation of contracts, open POs, manage invoices and payments
            • Generate and manage budgets for projects

            • Inform Portfolio Operations of approved projects that require a project code
            • Escalate gaps in resources (internal FTEs, external spend, etc.) to relevant leaders

              Basic Qualifications:

              • Bachelor's degree plus minimum of 7 years of professional experience, preferably Project Management in the biotech or high tech industries. Demonstrated track record managing projects to build and implement new capabilities, preferably success with software integration
              • PMP and/or Agile certified with experience in various project management methodologies (e.g., scrum, Kanban, waterfall)
              • Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications, Jira, and Smartsheet
              • Energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate about bringing people from different areas of expertise together towards a common goal
              • High level of accountability for his/her/their projects. Proactive in identifying project risks/challenges and steering teams towards resolution.
              • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to influence without authority and adapt style to different audiences
              • Intellectual curiosity and desire to learn and grow

                More About Flagship Pioneering
                Flagship Pioneering has conceived of and created companies such as Moderna Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MRNA), Editas Medicine (NASDAQ: EDIT), Omega Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OMGA), Seres Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MCRB), and Indigo Agriculture. Since its launch in 2000, Flagship has applied its unique hypothesis-driven innovation process to originate and foster more than 100 scientific ventures. In 2021, Flagship Pioneering was ranked 12th globally on Fortune's "Change the World" list, an annual ranking of companies that have made a positive social and environmental impact through activities that are part of their core business strategies.
                Flagship Pioneering and our ecosystem companies are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.
                Recruitment & Staffing Agencies: Flagship Pioneering and its affiliated Flagship Lab companies (collectively, "FSP") do not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates. The submission of unsolicited resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to FSP or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Flagship Pioneering's internal Talent Acquisition team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of FSP, and FSP will not owe any referral or other fees with respect thereto.

Keywords: Tessera Therapeutics, Inc., Somerville , Associate Director, Digital Projects, Executive , Somerville, Massachusetts

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