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Job: Project Manager, Locus Biosciences, Research Triangle Park, NC

General Information

Job title:
Project Manager
Job location:
Research Triangle Park, NC  27560 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted:
Job category:
Project Management
Employment type:
Full time

Job Description

Locus Biosciences is seeking a highly motivated and entrepreneurial applicant to join our team as a full-time R&D Project Manager responsible for developing, maintaining and executing research plans across Locus Biosciences. The incumbent will be able organize and drive projects across Locus Biosciences to completion, including cross-departmental projects spanning the drug development pipeline. This role requires an ability to interact with technical staff and consistently translate drug development activities across our teams into visible project plans. This person will be responsible for managing detailed project plans across multiple programs, including developing and updating Project Gantt charts, leading status update meetings, and ensuring good cross-team communication. This position is well suited for those that have demonstrated leadership, interpersonal, technical aptitude and problem-solving skills. Experience with agile projection management, as well as experience working in a start-up environment is preferred.

Responsibilities will include:

Lead development of the activities and timelines and ensure proper integration and alignment of managed projects across the company. Projects will include those within and across our R&D, GMP Manufacturing and Clinical Operations units.
Perform project management functions for assigned projects, ensuring project goals, timeframe, accountability and budget are achieved.
Plan, coordinate, and administer activities of assigned projects to include developing and implementing procedures, processes, and systems; coordinating training employees to ensure project continuity and quality.
Provide direction and oversight to cross-functional project teams, including internal and third-party vendors.
Plan, lead, and facilitate regular cross-functional project team meetings.
Develop detailed task lists and work effort assessment and short and long-term resource allocation plans based on input from all key players and team members.
Creative problem-solving to resolve programmatic issues and mitigate risks, leveraging SME to resolve new challenges.
Collaborate with functional representatives to anticipate and identify project risks and develop action and resolution plans. Communicate issues and risks, develop plans to remove or mitigate them, and escalate as warranted.
Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives working closely with relevant project stakeholders. Manage project scope, including identifying and negotiating changes in scope with project stakeholders
Establish and maintain effective communication channels to provide accurate information to the leadership team.
Prepare weekly status reports, internal team documents, and other project governance documents.
Assist with the development and administration of project-specific budgets.
Preferred Qualifications:

A BS or MS degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics or a related field; a PhD is preferred
Experience in project management, including cost control, vendor management, schedule development and adherence is preferred. Experience with Microsoft Project is a plus.
Experience with agile project management techniques, including Scrum, preferred
A self-starter with the ability to make sound decisions about scheduling, managing priorities and to work independently with minimal supervision
Flexible during times of change with the ability to navigate and resolve ambiguity
Must be results driven and goal oriented with the ability to anticipate potential problems and resolve before cost and schedule are impacted.
Hands-on active management style while maintaining awareness of team activities
Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate within cross-functional teams and to upper management
Ability to organize and present technical overviews to cross functional departments, and upper management
Ability to comprehend the Company and Discovery’s overarching strategic approach to understand and addresses inter-dependencies within Discovery projects
Thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial and collaborative environment. Openly shares knowledge/information needed to accomplish a task or solve a problem
About Locus Biosciences

Locus Biosciences is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing CRISPR-enhanced precision antibacterial products (crPhage™) to address critical unmet medical needs in bacterial infections and microbiome indications in oncology, immunology and neurology therapeutic areas. The Locus platform combines CRISPR-Cas3, which permanently degrades target DNA within a bacterial cell, with bacterial viruses called bacteriophage to specifically kill target pathogens while leaving non-target bacteria (i.e., the rest of the patient’s microbiome) unharmed. Locus completed its first human clinical trial in early 2021, with a crPhage product targeting Escherichia coli bacteria in the urinary tract. Locus also recently announced strategic collaborations with Johnson & Johnson, BARDA, and CARB-X to develop crPhage products targeting respiratory infections, E. coli urinary tract infections, and Klebsiella pneumoniae infections, respectively. For more information about Locus visit

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

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