Executive Director, Research & Development Project Leadership 2019-09-16T20:54:55+00:00

Executive Director, Research & Development Project Leadership

Job Summary

Reporting to CEO, the Executive Director, Research & Development Project Leadership, has responsibility for leading the project leadership function, including project leaders and project managers supporting all research and development teams from discovery through registration. He/she will possess a solid understanding of all aspects of drug development from IND to drug approval, including US and international regulatory guidelines and requirements for the conduct of international clinical trials.

You will provide leadership to Development Project Teams and manage outsourced consultants. You will also be responsible for facilitating the Leadership Team meetings.

The candidate will have deep expertise in the conduct of clinical trials project management, trial forecasting and budgeting. Knowledge of companion diagnostic development is a plus

Job Responsibilities

Key tasks for the Executive Director, Research & Development Project Leadership include:

  • Ensure the comprehensive product strategy and development plan is developed and updated on a regular basis
  • Develop detailed timelines and budgets for R&D projects for the next two years, and long-term plans for the next 5 years, for all development projects
  • Serve as the Project Leader for the CYT-0851 Development Team
  • Provide project management and project leadership support for the discovery biology and biomarker development teams
  • Provide project management support for the Clinical Operations team
  • Serve as the conduit between Development teams and Finance to develop budgets and reconciliation of actual spending against the budget
  • Develop and implement a work-force plan to assure sufficient project management and project leadership support for follow-on development programs. Mentor and manage all members of the Project Leadership team
  • Ensure that the development teams deliver on time and on budget
  • Develop corporate and team goals, and assure that teams meet or exceed all goals on time and on or below budget
  • Communicate corporate performance against corporate goals to the Board of Directors at Board meetings
  • Lead team meetings and manage deliverables against plans
  • Provide alliance management for development and commercialization partnerships. Where appropriate, provide leadership and coordination for joint steering and joint project teams
  • When problems arise, lead the team, sub team or joint team in problem solving and engage relevant stake holders to ensure collaborative resolution. When necessary, escalate to the appropriate higher levels within the company and provide coaching and mentoring to junior team members
  • Work effectively with overall functional leaders across the company to ensure that the Project teams are accurately capturing the input and perspectives from the key stakeholders
  • Liaise with key scientific and medical investigators as appropriate
  • Play a leading role in building Cyteir, including program management, quality systems, clinical operations, software solutions, etc.


  • Strong organizational, analytical, communication, and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize effectively and creatively, exhibit flexibility in a changing environment and communicate effectively with a multi-site team
  • Proficient with project tracking tools, e.g. Smartsheet, Microsoft Project and Excel and presentation tools, e.g. PowerPoint

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in life science
  • At least 8 years of drug development experience
  • Previous experience as a project team leader in the biopharma industry with demonstrated sound leadership in successful management of drug development programs
  • Knowledge of diagnostic development and/or oncology, a plus
  • Demonstrated excellence in the assembly and leadership of multi-functional teams
  • Strong influencing skills, ability to build consensus within multi-functional teams and strong critical thinking and issue resolution skills
  • Understanding of drug manufacturing principles and regulatory practices in major markets
  • Ability to interpret scientific data and understand the implications for clinical and diagnostic drug development
  • Strong communication skills and experience in presenting and developing presentation materials to corporate management and BODs
  • Strong knowledge of project management practices and best business practices for working within a multi-functional pharma environment

Working Conditions

This is a full time, office-based position in Lexington, MA. Travel will be required up to 10%.


Executive Director, Research & Development Project Leadership

Location: Lexington, MA