R&D Program Manager

R&D | Santa Ana, CA

Job Function:

We are hiring a Program Manager in our Research and Development group. The Program Manager will plan, manage and coordinate R&D projects in a new product development program to ensure that overall program goals are met. The person in this role will 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), regenerative medicine therapies (including stem cell therapy), and assisted reproductive technologies (ART). The Program Manager will be responsible for all new product development activities from Concept through Product Launch, as well as tracking and reporting on post-launch activities.

Job Duties:

  • Coordinate and report on all project activities according to project scope, timelines and budget
  • Coordinate and manage routine new product development team meetings
  • Report project status to the new product development committee (NPC) consisting of a senior level management team that manages the product portfolio
  • Maintain knowledge of technologies appropriate for managing the development process for new products
  • Work across departments (cross-functionally) with key team members to gather customer requirements for design input
  • Work 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
  • Work with the operations team to efficiently and effectively transfer products from R&D to manufacturing
  • Communicate effectively with R&D management, commercial (sales and marketing), quality, regulatory, manufacturing, finance, and legal
  • Work to ensure that the project teams stay on track to deliver on objectives, meet timelines and stay within budget
  • Provide needed administration support to all R&D new product development projects
  • Communicate externally with regulatory agencies, notified bodies, competent authorities, collaborators, vendors, beta-site testers, and customers on an as needed basis


  • Bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry or equivalent; Master’s degree in a technical discipline or an MBA preferred
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in industry or academic environment
  • 6+ years in Program 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
  • Experience in a regulated industry such as medical devices is highly preferred
  • 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
  • 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
  • Experience in technology licensing and contract negotiation is preferred
  • 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
  • A Program Management certification such as a PMP certification is desired
  • Experience in hiring and directly managing employees is desirable
  • Ability to influence across departments without direct authority
  • Position requires substantial independent judgment, creativity and self-motivation



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