R&D Project Manager II

Research & Development | Santa Ana, CA

Job Description:

We are hiring a R&D Project Manager II who can execute with calculated risks and overcome challenges with the Can-Do attitude. This position will plan, manage and coordinate R&D projects in a new product development Project to ensure that overall Project goals are met. This position will also lead large, complex product development efforts for multiple projects aimed at developing and manufacturing GMP-grade cell culture media, reagents and devices used for the production of biotherapeutics (e.g. monoclonal antibody therapies and vaccines), and regenerative medicine therapies (including stem cell therapy). This position is responsible for all new product development activities from Concept through Product Launch, as well as tracking and reporting on post-launch activities.  This position will manage any other projects assigned by Supervisor.


  • Coordinating and reporting on all project activities according to project scope, timelines and budget.
  • Coordinating and managing routine new product development team meetings.
  • Reporting project status of the Project to new product development committee (NPC) consisting of a senior level management team that manages the product portfolio.
  • Maintaining knowledge of technologies appropriate for managing the development process for new products.
  • Working across departments (cross-functionally) with key team members to complete projects.
  • Working with the finance and marketing core team members to develop the financial analysis for projects, and to gather information justifying each product’s potential for commercial success.
  • Working with cross-functional teams to efficiently and effectively complete projects on schedule and within approved budgets.
  • Working with the operations team to efficiently and effectively transfer products from R&D to manufacturing.
  • Communicating effectively with R&D management, commercial (sales and marketing), quality, regulatory, manufacturing, finance, and legal.
  • Working to ensure that the project teams stays on track to deliver on objectives, meet timelines and stay within budget.
  • Managing all stakeholders’ expectations.
  • Ability to influence across departments without direct authority
  • Providing needed administration support to all R&D new product development projects.
  • Communicating externally with regulatory agencies, notified bodies, competent authorities, collaborators, vendors, beta-site testers, and customers on an as needed basis.
  • Position requires substantial independent judgment, creativity and self-motivation.


  • BS. in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry or equivalent.
  • 5+ years relevant experience in industry or academic environment.
  • 5+ years in Project Management in New Product Development utilizing a formal phase-gate process with demonstrated success
  • Strong understanding and practical knowledge of Design Control including, but not limited to, design input, design output, verification and validation process, drug master files, risk assessments, technology transfer from R&D into manufacturing, and producing quality products that meet customers’ needs.
  • Strong understanding of GMP and GLP is highly preferred.
  • Understanding of cell culture media business environment is preferred.
  • Understanding of cell culture techniques, technologies, concepts, practices and procedures is desirable.
  • Strong problem-solving ability with can-do attitude.
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships and facilitate a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to work with team to address challenges, trouble-shoot and deliver on action items.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Microsoft Project (or equivalent software).
  • Excellent verbal, written, electronic communication, and oral presentation skills are required.
  • Ability to communicate and interact at all levels from senior management to staff level.
  • Experience in a regulated industry such as medical devices.
  • Experience in technology licensing and contract negotiation.
  • A Project Management certification such as a PMP certification.
  • Experience in hiring and directly managing employees is desirable.
  • Ability to speak, read, and write in English.
  • Good oral and written communication skills and good presentation skills.



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