Manager, Project Planner- Oncology Program Leadership and Alliance Management

Project Leadership & Alliance Management · San Diego, California
Department Project Leadership & Alliance Management
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Xencor is an innovative, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company located in the Los Angeles area (near Pasadena) and in San Diego. We use our pioneering XmAb® technology to discover and develop better biotherapeutics – antibodies and other proteins with improved function – with the goal of improving patient outcomes and quality of life, and we have an excellent opportunity for a

Manager, Project Planner, Oncology Program Leadership and Alliance Management to join our team.


Our capabilities and the modular nature of XmAb technology allows us to quickly identify and create new platforms and drug candidates for potential development. We are developing a deep pipeline of novel drug candidates enabled by the rapid expansion of our bispecific antibody and cytokine technologies. Nine XmAb bispecific antibody programs are in clinical testing, and more are expected to start clinical testing in 2021. We also leverage our many XmAb technologies by engaging in multiple collaborations with leading global biopharmaceutical companies, including Novartis, Amgen and Genentech, among others. We and our partners are advancing 18 XmAb drug candidates through clinical development, and two medicines that incorporate XmAb technology are approved for commercial marketing.


We seek a Manager/Associate Director, Project Plannerwith at least 3 years of experience in project planning/project management and applicable pharmaceutical industry experience. The incumbent will be responsible for the generation, management, and maintenance of high quality project schedules associated with programs in research and in clinical development. The Manager, Project Planner possesses a comprehensive knowledge/understanding of drug development, resource management concepts, associated business processes, and project planning software. The Manager, Project Planner typically works within a cross-functional team environment, contributes or may lead/co-lead moderately complex sub-team initiatives, and plays an essential role in supporting the management of evolving priorities within the portfolio. 


Job Duties include:

  • Responsible for coordinating, monitoring and reporting project schedule and resource management information to enable alignment of functional schedules and FTE/dollar resources into the project macro view.
  • Supports delivery of pre-IND programs by constructing scoped investment modules for emerging programs then supporting their management as priorities evolve
  • Produces what-if scenario analyses (base, optimistic and pessimistic development) based on context obtained from project team members
  • Monitors progress of project activities towards next project milestone, anticipates and highlights potential variances, supports line/team in critical path analyses and understanding the impact, and partners with the program PM, Clinical Operations, and the project team to support issue mitigation.
  • Performs scenario planning of project timelines within and across protocols and across therapeutic area/portfolio to enable optimum use of local, global, and outsourced resources to ensure efficient delivery of project milestones.
  • Contributes to risk management through the identification of operational and project/program risks for discussion with appropriate team leadership. Participates in team discussions to de-risk projects and develop new options to resolve moderately complex issues.
  • Provides appropriate support to enable effective portfolio management activities.
  • Utilizes available reporting and visualization tools to support governance and team reporting needs 
  • Contributes to continuous improvement of project plans, plan generation, plan utilization, and/or report creation/development processes.
  • Depending on level of experience/career interests, may be asked to support team documents (e.g., minutes) and other PM activities
  • Willingness to travel between Monrovia and San Diego if needed


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • At least 3 years experience in project planning and/or project management in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry.
  • Pre-IND to Phase 1/2 experience required
  • Preferred areas of knowledge include oncology or autoimmune disease expertise, monoclonal antibody expertise, global IND/BLA requirements.
  • Experienced with planning tools (e.g., Smartsheet, MS Project) and office software (e.g., MS Office, Business Objects, Spotfire).
  • Ability to partner/negotiate with cross-functional teammates from research, pre-clinical development, manufacturing, quality, regulatory clinical operations and clinical development.
  • Detail oriented, but also values that details serve the higher level strategy


We strive to create an environment that will challenge, motivate, and reward our employees for meeting the changing demands of creating breakthrough therapeutics. Xencor has a highly collaborative structure that integrates co-workers with different skill sets into teams for product and technology development.  With an emphasis on attaining the best and most highly qualified candidates in their respective fields, we offer a competitive salary & benefits package. Please submit a cover letter & resume.  For further information about Xencor, please visit our website   EOE



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  • Location
    San Diego, California
  • Department
    Project Leadership & Alliance Management
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience