• Alliance Project Manager

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Project Management
  • Overview

    Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


    Working under the direction of the Senior Alliance and Project Manager in the Immunotherapy Integrated Research Center (IIRC) and partnering with cross-functional Center teams such as the Therapeutic Products Program, Clinical Operations, Program in Immunology, Shared Resources, and Clinical Research Support, the IIRC Project Manager will drive successful execution of translational research partnerships across these programs. An experienced Project Manager with an understanding of translational research and clinical studies will drive project planning and delivery of a portfolio of high priority clinical discovery initiatives. The IIRC conducts innovative phase I trials and the project manager will work in a complex environment to manage external collaborations across multiple departments and workgroups to ensure project milestones and deliverables are met in an efficient manner. This position requires flexibility in a rapidly changing environment, a strong understanding of the drug development process, and the needs of biotech and pharmaceutical company partners. The manager can expect to manage a portfolio of active trials, anticipated to grow in the next few years. This position will report to the Sr. Alliance and Project Manager.


    The successful candidate will execute the project management process for the successful transition of partnered technologies and applications, from early partnership to successful transition to the clinical implementation team in the IIRC.

    • Use project management tools and methodology for the overall transition of early stage therapeutics from laboratory to clinic
    • In support of the Principal Investigators, manage the processes and activities needed to move projects with aggressive timelines through development phases to clinical implementation
    • Collaboration with project management in the Therapeutic Products Program, Clinical Operations, Regulatory and Finance teams. Responsible for planning and implementing projects using project management best practices
    • Collaborate with project sponsors to ensure rapid and adequate response to sponsors
    • The Project Manager is responsible for the implementation of this plan, including coordinating efforts to facilitate cooperative group efforts across internal and external stakeholders and identification of critical path activities
    • The Project Manager will select the appropriate project management tools to achieve strategic goals, hold team members accountable to commitments, and will lead project teams in evaluation of progress and accomplishments
    • In consultation with Senior Alliance and Project Manager and project team; lead established project teams, plan meeting agendas and record meeting notes,. Track and manage meeting action items and deliverables. Identify agenda items/issues that need to be discussed
    • Coordinate meeting logistics and distribution of meeting materials with Alliance Coordinator
    • Partner with IIRC Finance Team to track, report, and invoice total Alliance Management expenditures per project
    • Partner with the IIRC Finance Team to track revenue into the IIRC by project and partner
    • Distribute presented materials, as appropriate, to industry partners
    • Maintain productive, positive relationships with industry partners in all communications
    • Directly manage a portfolio of partners and act as primary Fred Hutch resource. Serve as a liaison for the Senior Alliance and Project Manager and PIs
    • Using Project Management best practices, create and track project timelines
      • Identify critical path activities and coordinate with responsible parties to ensure deliverables are achieved
      • Identify/suggest areas where programs can be run more efficiently
      • Recommend how to prioritize competing activities and facilitate buy-off by both internal and external stakeholders
      • Track action items, deliverables, and key decisions with technical understanding


    • 3-5 years of experience in Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical Development Project Management. Industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical trials expertise is highly desired, especial in IND submissions and Phase 1-2 studies
    • Graduate degree in a science-related field preferred
    • A sound knowledge of FDA, GCP, GMP, and NIH requirements relating to research involving human subjects is required
    • Highly effective team player and excellent communicator with an ability to interact with and influence internal and external stakeholders and work with scientists and executives with diverse information needs and communications preferences
    • Experience with managing a multiple project portfolio, including dashboard development and maintenance
    • Experience facilitating portfolio level governance teams and leveraging these structures to establish priorities, review project health, and escalate/resolve blocking issues
    • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with Project Management methodologies and tools
    • Advanced experience with key project artifacts, such as charters, project plans, risk matrices, dashboards, and roles and responsibilities documents (e.g., RACIs)
    • Advanced computer skills and deep experience with at least one Project Management software tool (e.g., Microsoft Project, Basecamp, SharePoint etc.)
    • Advanced organizational and planning skills
    • Advanced meeting organization and facilitation skills

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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