Calico (Calico Life Sciences LLC) is an Alphabet-founded research and development company whose mission is to harness advanced technologies and model systems to increase our understanding of the biology that controls human aging. Calico will use that knowledge to devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives. Calico’s highly innovative technology labs, its commitment to curiosity-driven discovery science and, with academic and industry partners, its vibrant drug-development pipeline, together create an inspiring and exciting place to catalyze and enable medical breakthroughs.
Calico seeks Principal Program Managers to closely collaborate with Scientists and Principal Investigators across the Research organization and facilitate our innovative programs. The Principal Program Manager will be involved in the planning of upcoming projects, track ongoing activities, and develop processes and systems for forecasting, prioritization, and execution of research programs. Projects may include internal cross-functional collaborations, external collaborations, or method/technology development. The Principal Project Manager will be expected to develop an understanding of existing and upcoming projects and will be responsible for identifying dependencies between projects and individuals involved to ensure alignment on expectations, deadlines, resourcing, and budgeting; and to facilitate clear communication among the relevant stakeholders. The successful candidate will be able to effectively balance a high level strategic view across Research programs with meticulous attention to detail of individual projects.
Independently lead multiple large scope Research projects and/or programs that may include external collaborators. Develop and manage project plans and integrated timelines for projects including but not limited to strategic initiatives, corporate goals, sponsored research collaborations, method/technology development, and other internal and external research efforts as needed
Play a critical role in management of sponsored research collaboration and CRO engagements, including planning, execution, and follow-up
Facilitate and document team meetings to enable cross-functional communication, decision-making, and alignment with internal and external stakeholders
Meet regularly with stakeholders to assess the state of ongoing projects, identify current or projected problems, and proactively suggest solutions
Lead and/or contribute to the development of processes and tools to enable planning, prioritization, and execution of projects across the Research organization
Accountable for the tracking and budgetary oversight of shared research resource models, such as genetically engineered mouse strains
May act as alliance Manager for external partnerships of various complexities
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a life science discipline. MS or PhD preferred.
5-7 years of project management experience in a biotech/pharma and/or academic research environment
Understanding of basic cellular and organismal physiology and a broad understanding of experimental and computational aspects of high-dimensional biology (e.g. genomics, proteomics). In vivo experience is a plus.
A broad interest and excitement about fundamental and applied research at the intersection of aging, drug development, computation, and experimental methods
Proficiency with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practices. Experience with Smartsheet and Google applications is preferred.
Experience facilitating and documenting team meetings to enable cross-functional communication, decision-making, and alignment with internal and external stakeholders while managing project scope, deliverables, risks, and resources
Outstanding organization and planning skills to effectively manage competing priorities, resources, and activities within and across a diverse portfolio of projects and programs
Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain positive working relationships with cross-functional stakeholders
Ability to effectively communicate complex information, issues and potential solutions across the organization, including leadership and external collaborators
Ability to foster partnerships and effective collaboration within and across teams
Ability to design and implement medium-to-large-scale process improvements
Detail-oriented mindset with excellent verbal and written communication skills
Must be willing to work onsite at least three days per week
Calico requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Calico will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.