221 - Associate Director/Director, Project Management

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Posted: 30/05/2022 16:48
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: Competitive
Location: Cambridge, UK
Level: Professional
Deadline: 28/08/2022 23:59
Hours: 37.50
Benefits: Excellent Range
Job Type: Permanent

We have an exciting opportunity for an Associate Director / Director, Project Management to join our Development team, reporting into the VP, Project and Portfolio Management. We’re looking for an individual with significant experience in project/strategical management of clinical projects including budget forecasting and active tracking. You will ideally have worked within biologics drug development, if not, a solid understanding of biologic/pharmaceutical drug development is essential.  You will have demonstrated successful translation of complex pre-clinical and clinical activities and strategy into project plans and key deliverables for future clinical development stages.


  • Cross functional support of Project Leader and Project Team to ensure the successful delivery of project objectives.
  • Project managing the delivery of robust clinical and translational data packages for F-star’s bispecific antibodies in close collaboration with cross functional team members and in particular clinical project managers.
  • Working with key stakeholders to contract and project manage activities for Phase I and II clinical studies.
  • Work with the project team to set and translate project strategy into operational plans and budget that meets internal and external stakeholder requirements.
  • Manage project team interaction with key collaborators and ensure effective communication to maximise value of collaboration.
  • Management of project budgets (forecast and active tracking) and maintaining active project plans (using MS Project), management of risk registers and gap analysis.
  • Collaborate with Project Leadership to generate scenario plans based on corporate strategy


You’ll have an entrepreneurial, self-driven mindset with the ability to bring creative solutions to challenges. You’ll be flexible, innovative, and comfortable in dealing with changing and ambiguous situations. With strong personal values and the highest level of integrity and ethics, you’ll also demonstrate maturity and sound judgment. You’ll be a swift action taker who’s decisive and makes informed decisions.

Being hands-on, pragmatic, and able to multitask and prioritize is essential. You’ll also have strong listening, communication, and interpersonal skills with an ability to work off your own initiative or as part of a diverse, hybrid team. You’ll possesses vision, global awareness, and sensitivity, and work effectively across cultures.


Education and Experience:

  • BSc in life science or equivalent experience, an advanced degree in life sciences is advantageous.
  • Experience of project/strategical management of clinical projects including budget forecasting and active tracking.
  • Experience in biologics drug development preferred, but a solid understanding of biologic/pharmaceutical drug development is essential.
  • Experience in oncology drug development preferred.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated successful translation of complex pre-clinical and clinical activities and strategy into project plans and key deliverables for future clinical development stages.
  • Proven track record in facilitating multi-functional matrix teams to deliver high quality decisions and packages on-time and on-budget.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use MS Project or similar to generate integrated project plans and other PM tools to report project progress, budgets tracking and risks.
  • Demonstrated excellence in stakeholder management.  This role requires solution-finding attitude, and agility as evidenced by flexibility, adaptability to change, curiosity, and ability to drive change.  


  • Strong organisational skills and independent, proactive approach is a must.
  • Excellent verbal and written clear communication skills and ability to work flexibly and collaboratively to drive effective global and virtual project team working.
  • Demonstrated skills in project delivery, networking internally and externally and in global cross functional settings with stakeholders at all levels. 
  • Demonstrated scientific credibility, and ability to input and influence projects through scientific and operational expertise; proven ability to interpret complex data.


We get things done, we keep things simple and we’re driven by the science. We’re ambitious so we work hard to create an environment where we can take smart risks. We want to be innovative so encourage debate and collaboration to challenge the usual way of doing things. We love our celebrations, socialising and perks, which make F-star a fun and diverse place to work.  And most of all, everyone has the opportunity to make a difference.


  • Pension (8% Employer contribution)
  • Long Term Incentives
  • Private Medical Insurance and Health Cash Plan
  • Life assurance
  • 25 days paid holiday, plus the option to buy 5 days
  • Travel insurance
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity, Adoption pay
  • Agile working opportunities

OTHER DETAILS:                              

Our Laboratories and office space are based on the Babraham Research Campus, South Cambridgeshire. This role will require some travel to our offices.

This is a full time position working 37.5 hours per week. F-star is proud to fully embrace agile working which gives you options in how, where and when you get your work done, including flexible working hours and home working.


If you feel this role is right for you, we’d love to hear from you.

To apply, please visit our website: https://www.f-star.com/about/careers/ and upload your CV for us to view. Those that shine brightest will be contacted to discuss the role further, however, we aim to get back to everyone with a response either way.

We may choose to close the role sooner than the application closing date depending on volume of candidates and so we encourage early applications.

If, along the way, you experience any difficulties with applying via our website, please email HR@f-star.com.

We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

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