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Seagen is a global, multi-product biotechnology company dedicated to developing and commercializing transformative cancer medicines. As the industry leader in antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technology, we pioneered a new generation in the science of harnessing antibodies to deliver cell-killing agents directly to cancer cells. Seagen’s dedication to improving the lives of cancer patients goes beyond science, and we believe that every employee has a role in contributing to this mission. By working together with a shared dedication and diverse perspectives, we are able to reach our full potential and make a real difference in the world. Seagen is a fast-growing company and has an abundance of opportunities available for you to grow your career. Put your passion to work at Seagen and join us! 

Position Summary:   

Seagen is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual who will be responsible for managing cross-functional planning and execution for early- and late-stage Research programs. The Associate Director, Research Project Management will work with scientific leaders on late Discovery stage projects and clinical stage projects to ensure that Research delivers preclinical dataset that will support INDs and subsequent regulatory submission documents. They will partner closely with cross-functional teams within and outside Research to plan and advance concepts/assets from discovery Research stage through IND submission and onwards. The Associate Director is expected to coach and mentor junior team members in the SOPM (Strategy, Operations and Program Management) department. The Associate Director will report to Director, Research Project Management within SOPM. 

Principal Responsibilities:   

  • Lead cross-functional Research teams through tactical execution of project plans 
  • Work in close partnership with program and functional teams to advance early-stage Research concepts to clinical assets, and late-stage clinical assets to ensure that Research continues to deliver preclinical dataset that will support INDs and subsequent regulatory submission documents 
  • Manage the operations of the Research teams working in close partnership with Research Scientific Leads and functional leaders within and outside Research (Translational Sciences, Tech Dev, Clin Dev, IP, Regulatory) 
  • Drive planning for stage-gate decision points; guide teams through creation, governance approval, and execution of product strategies and integrated project plans appropriate to the phase of development and complexity of the program 
  • Develop, maintain, and manage high-quality, integrated project plans to support effective decision making and improve decision quality, including cross-functional resource planning, financial, due diligence, and capacity assessments 
  • Leverage strong project management and facilitation skills to optimize team meetings and drive effective governance and decision making 
  • Own Research portfolio governance interactions for project check-in, review, and milestone decision, which includes defining goals for governance interactions, deliverables, outlining content preparation, developing presentation materials, and provide ongoing communication and engagement with Research Project Teams 
  • Support development and implementation of stage-appropriate and value-added processes, best practices, and tools (integrated timelines, stage gate processes) 
  • Work collaboratively and cross-functionally to coordinate, influence, and advise on strategic and operational efforts to ensure alignment and seamless execution of the asset strategy 
  • Communicate and present program status, issues and opportunities to senior management and key internal stakeholders 
  • Ensure effective and consistent execution of projects and resolution of issues. Proactively identify and manage critical path issues and challenges, drive program risk management including facilitation of mitigation and contingency planning for key program risks 
  • Build and leverage relationships and networks to improve and enhance team dynamics; proactively identifying opportunities and removing obstacles to drive business results 
  • Establish a close partnering relationship with functional teams to ensure alignment and facilitate efficient program execution 
  • Manage junior project managers and mentor the team members 

Required Qualifications:   

  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific or health related field required. Advanced science degree preferred 
  • Minimum of 10 years of pharmaceutical/biotech industry experience with at least 5 years of experience in Research stage and/or early-stage development project management 
  • Drug Development knowledge with understanding of other functions relevant to the position which may include Translational Sciences, Preclinical, Clinical, Manufacturing, Commercial and Regulatory 
  • Experience leading and facilitating project team meetings, cross-functional communication and decision making, and ensuring ongoing alignment with internal/external stakeholders 
  • A proactive and strategic thinker, with strong facilitation, problem-solving and issue resolution skills 
  • Highly collaborative with outstanding communication and relationship management skills, high emotional intelligence 
  • Experience leading and managing cross-functional program management teams 
  • Adaptive leadership style with ability to influence teams without formal authority 

Preferred Qualifications:   

  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific or health related field required. Advanced science degree preferred (MS, PhD, MBA, PharmD) 
  • Experience in Discovery, early-stage oncology drug development programs. Experience in late-stage oncology drug development preferred 
  • PPM certificate preferred 

As the leading employer in our industry in the Pacific Northwest, Seagen is proud to offer a competitive total compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the whole lives of our employees and their families. Benefits include medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more. To learn more about Seagen, please visit  

The hiring pay range for this position is $162,000 to $209,000 per year based on skills, education and experience relevant to the role. Other components of total compensation include a competitive equity grant at the time of hire (with additional annual grants, and grants upon promotion when applicable), and an annual bonus. 

Seagen is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.  


Seagen is a global biotechnology company that develops and commercializes transformative cancer therapies. We’re driven by a singular mission—to make a difference for people impacted by cancer.

As an industry leader in antibody–drug conjugate (ADC) technology, we pioneered the science of harnessing antibodies designed to deliver cell-killing agents to cancer cells. Three of our four approved medicines are built on this technology.

We also focus our research efforts on novel targeted small molecule therapies. In addition, we are leveraging our expertise in empowered antibodies to build a portfolio of proprietary immuno-oncology agents.

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