Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.

  • Associate Director, Clinical Development Program Management

    Job Locations US-CA
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Associate Director, Clinical Development Program Management is responsible for coordinating an interdisciplinary group from Clinical Development to drive execution of the Clinical Development Plans for the portfolio. The role liaises and integrates with the enterprise Project Leadership and Project Management groups to ensure alignment with the integrated project plan. 


    We launched Atara Biotherapeutics in August 2012 to help patients with serious diseases and few therapeutic options. We’re named after Atara Ciechanover who suffered from cancer before passing away. We are considered a leading off-the-shelf T-cell immunotherapy company (Nasdaq ATRA) developing novel treatments for patients with cancer, autoimmune and viral diseases.

    Position Summary:

    The Associate Director, Clinical Development Program Management is responsible for coordinating an interdisciplinary group from Clinical Development to drive execution of the Clinical Development Plans for the portfolio. The role liaises and integrates with the enterprise Project Leadership and Project Management groups to ensure alignment with the integrated project plan. The role will also be responsible for driving the coordination of deliverables across all functional areas in Clinical Development (Clin Dev) involved within and across product portfolios. 

    Reports to:  Chief Medical Officer

    Location:  Thousand Oaks, CA (open to South San Francisco based position with 50% travel)

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Serves as the Clinical Development key coordination point on major product deliverables and its chief advocate when coordinating with the larger Project Leadership organization.
    • Drives the cross-functional decision-making process for key product milestone management in Clinical Development.
    • Proactively identifies issues and drives for consensus and resolves conflict.
    • Actively helps identify risks/gaps and works with teams and functions on mitigations. As needed appropriately escalates issues to the appropriate Clinical Development Leadership team for action.
    • Coordinates a cross-functional program level plan for Clinical Development deliverables that integrates with the Integrated Project Plans and aligns with the corporate objectives.
    • Ensures team focus and accountability to achieve goals.
    • Actively partners with Clinical Development functional groups to ensure alignment and execution of the clinical development plan.
    • Highlights Clinical Development resource needs to ensure deliverables are prioritized according to Corporate goals.
    • Manages timelines for key Clinical Development activities (eg, clinical studies, regulatory submissions, etc).
    • Regularly interfaces with the Atara Bio Product Teams to provide project updates. 

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Self-organized, self-directed, highly motivated with strong critical thinking and analytical skills.
    • Strong intellectual curiosity and rigor, and well-developed program and project management execution skills.
    • Excellent communication and team management skills. Strong presentation skills.
    • A collaborative team player who works and interacts effectively with senior and junior colleagues.
    • A confident and strategic individual who can think out loud and brainstorm in a collegial manner.
    • Able to rapidly execute on agreed upon strategic and tactical plans.
    • An innovative, data-driven and effective person with a can-do attitude.
    • A person who operates effectively in a small company and can manage across multiple time zones within a matrixed organization.
    • A goal-oriented person who both plans for the long-term and executes for the short term.
    • Demonstrated ability to coordinate across functional teams to develop and implement strategies for meeting key milestones.
    • Demonstrated ability to message up and across an organization.
    • Ability to work successfully in a nimble, fast paced matrixed environment.
    • Role model for Atara’s Values of patients first, innovation teamwork, community and mindset.


    Education and Professional Experience:

    • BS degree in Life Sciences (advanced degree is preferred)
    • 10+ years experience in the biopharma industry and have experience with the lifecycle of a pharmaceutical product
    • Experience in leading broad and complex scientific projects across functions.
    • Advanced knowledge and skill with MS Project, MS Excel and other reporting and tracking tools.
    • Experience in data analysis and ability to draw insights to support projects and business cases.

    Physical Requirements:

    Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office, laboratory, or manufacturing environment. Car and airplane (see above) travel is an essential part of the job.

    Travel:  Some travel is required (<25% if SoCal-based: 50% if SSF-based)

    More About Atara Bio:

    Now in our sixth year, we’re proud of our team of 260+ Atarians co-located by design in South San Francisco (corporate headquarters) and Southern California (R&D and manufacturing headquarters in the northwest Los Angeles area) with a newly-established European headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. Atara also has a R&D site in the Denver, Colorado area and an office in New York City. Our Southern California hub is anchored by a new 90,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Atara T-Cell Operations and Manufacturing (ATOM) facility in Thousand Oaks, California.

    One mission – “Transform the lives of patients with serious medical conditions through pioneering science, teamwork and expertise” – and a singular vision – “Cell therapy treatment for every patient, any time – provide inspiration and direction for all of us.”

    The Company's off-the-shelf, allogeneic T-cells are bioengineered from donors with healthy immune function and allow for rapid delivery from inventory to patients without a requirement for pretreatment. Atara's T-cell immunotherapies are designed to precisely recognize and eliminate cancerous or diseased cells without affecting normal, healthy cells.

    Atara's most advanced T-cell immunotherapy in development, tabelecleucel, or tab-cel™ (formerly known as ATA129), is being developed for the treatment of patients with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (EBV+ PTLD) who have failed rituximab, as well as other EBV-associated hematologic and solid tumors, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Tab-cel™ is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of EBV+ PTLD following an allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (MATCH study) or solid organ transplant (ALLELE study).

    Atara is also developing off-the-shelf, allogeneic ATA188 and autologous ATA190 T-cell immunotherapies using a complementary targeted antigen recognition technology for specific EBV antigens believed to be important for the potential treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). A Phase 1 clinical study of autologous ATA190 in patients with progressive MS is ongoing. Atara is also advancing a Phase 1 clinical study of ATA188 in patients with progressive or relapsing-remitting MS across clinical sites in the United States and Australia. Atara's clinical pipeline also includes ATA520 targeting Wilms Tumor 1 (WT1) and ATA230 directed against cytomegalovirus (CMV).

    Working at Atara Bio:

    People at Atara Bio are high integrity, roll-up-your-sleeves, get-it-done types who are keenly committed to putting patients first, advancing medical care and doing so with demonstrated urgency. At their core Atarians are people who work well with others and are “team-centric”, have purposeful curiosity and can’t wait to save patient lives. And similar to other biotech companies who have so many accomplished people, we expect humility (we are a “low hubris” sort of place), flexibility, respect, teamwork, good judgment and getting the most out of any dollar we spend. We also expect to enjoy the journey (and each other) as we move forward with a shared responsibility to teach and to learn from what we do and from our teammates.

    Atara Bio is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and other lawful factors. In accordance with applicable law, the Company prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, expression or dysphoria, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, transgender status or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or because of the individual’s association with a member of a protected group or connection to an organization or group related to a protected group.

    We comply with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Atara Bio in the United States. 


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