Project Manager, Nonclinical Development

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Department: R&D: Nonclinical
Reports To: Vice President of Nonclinical Development
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: San Diego or Remote


The Project Manager, Nonclinical Development will coordinate internal resources and external vendors to enable efficient and timely execution of projects, ensure resource allocation and availability, and manage and proactively communicate changes to project scope, timing, and costs.  The Project Manager will maintain comprehensive project documentation using appropriate tools and systems and foster clear and open communication among stakeholders.


  • Collaborate closely with program teams, CROs, and external partners to actively manage and monitor the progress of multiple research projects towards timely milestone achievements.
  • Work closely with internal teams (Toxicology, Pharmacology, Translational Sciences, Clinical Development, and others) to understand, plan, assign, monitor, and manage the necessary studies for each project.
  • Obtain cost estimates and Statements of Work for individual studies or programs from CROs, and schedule studies to meet and adhere to program timelines.
  • Negotiate study contracts and develop and review budget forecasts for each study.
  • Work closely with relevant internal teams and external vendors to coordinate and track all study-related documentation, specimen shipment, and reporting timelines.
  • Support implementation and management of projects through file management and document control.
  • Provide project timelines and updates to senior management.
  • Assist in the development of new department processes and oversee system implementation.


  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences required.
  • PMP certification a plus.
  • 5+ years’ industry experience, including a required minimum of 2 years of experience as a project manager.
  • Previous experience with central nervous system drug development preferred.
  • Experience working with multiple national and international CROs.
  • High degree of organizational ability required.
  • Ability to manage multiple work streams and projects concurrently.
  • Ability to problem-solve, research issues, and propose solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to communicate complex information succinctly.
  • Effective and constructive collaborator.
  • Ability to function independently in fast-paced, virtual environment.

Travel up to 5% (US and International)