Loyal is a Series-A stage company developing drugs to help companion dogs live longer, healthier lives. We apply innovative approaches to tackling aging as a disease that can be slowed and improved with medicines. Loyal is an early stage start-up and is well funded by top venture capitalists and angels.
Loyal is hiring a Program Manager, Preclinical Development. You’ll join to oversee project progression and status of preclinical development pipeline projects to ensure timely execution of research projects. Your reporting and feedback to internal stakeholders will ensure that our preclinical research programs are executed efficiently, rapidly, and to the highest quality. This role is for someone who has 99th-percentile organizational skills, is familiar with coordinating across complex technical teams, has excellent ability for scientific and logistical and problem solving, and who possesses high attention to detail.
Loyal is an early-stage company, which means there are no stringent hierarchies, silos or bureaucracy. While you will be ultimately responsible for overseeing the status, progress and coordination of Loyal pipeline research projects, you will have ample opportunity to work with, learn from, and influence other sides of the company.
Loyal is founded and led by a first-gen, female CEO – we encourage and look forward to diverse applicants.
Education & Qualifications:
2+ years experience managing preclinical drug development programs or projects
M.S. or Ph.D in a STEM field (biology, metabolism, neuroscience, analytical sciences, etc.) is a plus
In-depth understanding and experience managing a highly effective teams
Adaptability, creativity and high-performer in risk-assessment and strategic thinking
Detailed eye for logistics, timelines and strategic planning
Comfortable in a fast-paced startup environment with a dynamic team
Clear and respectful communication skills
Previous experience working with and/or managing external vendors and contract research organizations
Your daily work will include:
Oversee and support the Loyal Preclinical Development Team and the execution of several development pipeline and early stage research projects
Assist the team in troubleshooting & creative problem solving in order to achieve company goals and timelines
Maintain and scale company communications to ensure operational excellence of the preclinical drug development team
Work closely with team to ensure scientific research plans abide by key company timelines
Work cross-functionally with the Computational Biology, Consumer, Clinical Development/Operations and Drug Development teams to prioritize and synergize timelines
Persistent and respectful management of internal teams and external partners
Clearly communicate status, challenges and progress to the leadership team and internal stakeholders
While not necessary, we’d be especially excited if you have:
At least 3-4 years industry experience in drug development and 2 years managing scientific programs and/or projects
Demonstrable interest or previous work in program management
How You Work & Think
Gladly participate in a team-oriented culture
Ability to navigate cross functional teams and triage issues and roadblocks respectfully
Good understanding of how to motivate the team towards ambitious goals and deadlines while also promoting realistic expectation of timelines
You need minimal supervision and are able to adapt to the dynamic of a startup environment
Detail oriented, disciplined, naturally seek ownership and responsibility, and happy working on a mix of the fascinating and the mundane
Professional and clear communicator with the ability to distill out the important information for the relevant stakeholders no matter how complex the scenario
Diligent communicator of scientific and logistical topics and challenges
Loves to learn and is excited to self-teach topics as relevant to the company and projects
Ability to meet or beat rapid deadlines and work well under pressure
Concise, logical thinker who can communicate complicated topics with ease
Growth mindset, value transparency, seek out feedback and iteration cycles
Reasons You Might Not Like this Role:
Fast-paced, rapidly scaling startup environment
Multitasking/cross-functional coordination across multiple teams
Build and troubleshoot processes from scratch
Health | Good health is critical to every other human (and animal!) experience. We believe health is a fundamental right and are dedicating our lives to maximizing health and developing better medicines for the worst diseases.
Seeking & Feedback Loops | Uniquely in biology, there is a predetermined truth of whether a specific drug will work or not — we just have to catch up with biology! We seek out this truth and do not shy away from inconvenient truths. This holds for personal development too: we are always searching for feedback loops and embody a perpetual growth mindset.
Transparency | We believe full transparency in thoughts, opinions, intentions, and actions (both good ones and mistakes) is a better way to build a business and work together.
Morality & Empathy | We are developing medicines that may one day be given to a living animal, medicines that if designed badly could hurt that animal instead of help. This is a huge responsibility and should be respected as such. Our work needs to adhere to the strictest moral code and always integrate empathy for the patient.
Kindness | Great business(wo)men do not need to be ruthless — you can execute excellently with kindness.