Pfenex Inc.
  • 04-Oct-2017 to 16-Jan-2018 (PST)
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Pfenex is a clinical-stage biotechnology company engaged in the development of biosimiliar therapeutics and high-value, difficult to manufacture proteins. We are committed to providing innovative solutions for global health. Our team is made up of driven, talented, motivated individuals making an immediate impact within our fast-paced dynamic organization. 

Postion Summary: 

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Product Development Leader (PDL) has overall accountability the product development programs for Pfenex's key pharmaceutical collaboration. Partnering closely with the R&D, Clinical Development, Commercial, Project Management, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate functions, the PDL oversees team execution of product development. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining compliance with the collaboration's governance and contractual guidelines, leading the team strategy to ensure timely completion of milestones, driving the identification of program risks and their mitigation, , budget accountability, providing status updates to both Pfenex and pharmaceutical stakeholders, monitoring the activities of collaboration sub-teams to ensure strategic alignment and escalating issues as they arise to the collaboration's Joint Development Committee.


Job Responsibilities

  • Leads product development teams, consisting of cross-functional team members to execute the product development plans
  • Leads and manages the pharmaceutical relationship to ensure strategic alignment, efficient communication and sufficient support of product development;
  • Acts as the project champion by driving project meetings in partnership with the project manager
  • Monitors progress against the product development plans and work/resource allocation plans
  • Provides leadership and mentorship to team members with support from project management
  • Participates in the identification and selection of third-party service providers, including drafting of proposal requests, scopes of work and contractual agreements for development, consulting, manufacturing, analytical, regulatory and clinical services


  • 10+ years of relevant, progressive and broad-based scientific product development experience required
    • 10+ years of relevant experience w/a bachelor's degree; or
    • 8+ years of experience w/a master's degree; or
    • 7+ years of experience w/a PhD or MD;
  • Demonstrated experience and/or exposure to the full life cycle of a large-molecule biopharmaceutical product from development through commercial launch
  • Background in managing, developing and mentoring team members
  • Proven success in leading cross-functional teams in a matrixed environment
  • Experience developing and managing budgets


Additional Information

  • Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
  • No agencies or phone calls please
  • Pfenex celebrates the diversity of life and welcomes all individuals to apply
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship
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