At Goldfinch, we are pioneering a new approach to discover and develop precision medicines for kidney disease. Where others see risk, we see opportunity to make an impact and redefine the standard of care for patients with kidney disease. We recognize the importance of collaboration, and strive to work alongside people with kidney diseases, their families and clinicians to develop innovative treatments for conditions where no approved therapies exist.
We’re looking for teammates who relish the challenge, and are compelled to leave a positive mark on the lives of colleagues and the patients we serve alike. If this sounds like the community you want to grow with, we invite you to explore our current career opportunities below.
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Goldfinch Bio seeks a highly motivated individual for the position of Senior Director, Program Team Leader for the GFB-024 program. This position will report to the Head of Program and Portfolio Management and will drive strategic management of program development activities for the company’s programs. This role is expected to be the spokesperson for the program and accountable for team deliverables. S/he will lead the program team to develop and recommend the program strategy, timing, budget, and milestones as well as to identify challenges and risks and to develop plans and actions to mitigate the identified risks. This individual will play an integral role in building efficient and collaborative cross-functional planning with functional line stakeholders to achieve effective execution of program goals. S/he will also have the opportunity to help shape the Program and Portfolio strategy for the company and mentor emerging program team leaders. This is a critical and highly visible role, making a substantial contribution to the company.
Serves as a spokesperson for the program and remains accountable for team deliverables
Collaborates with core team members to develop and drive recommend program strategies, model scenario plans, and build presentations to support recommended courses of action
Regularly and proactively considers challenge points and opportunities for program acceleration
Effectively communicates-functional strategies associated with the program and fosters strong relationships with team members and functional lines
Builds operational plans for agreed program strategy, including alternative and backup scenarios. Plan will identify all critical path activities and inter-linkages between activities. Proactively works with core team and functional line members to effectively integrate the activities cross-functionally. Ensures appropriate progress is being made against defined strategies; proactively raises issues and recommendations for resolutions.
Drives annual operating budget planning for the program. Together with Finance, supports the tracking of actuals to budget and communicates deviations to budget and prospectively identifies variations throughout the year.
Creates and manages content for key program documentation including, but not limited to, a Program Development Plan (PDP), monthly program reports and budget summaries.
Required Skills & Qualifications
5-8 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry
PhD (preferred), BS/MS in a scientific discipline
2-4+ years of experience leading multi-disciplinary Development Teams preferred; prior involvement on biologics development programs required
Project management and leadership training
Demonstrated effective leadership skills, has an easily recognized executive presence, and is a proven relationship builder who is effective via influence
Proven track record of effective interpersonal and communication skills with ability to develop strong positive relationship with senior management as well as all levels of the organization.
Ability to operate effectively within an entrepreneurial and science-driven company environment; self-motivated, assertive, able to inspire others, driven and hands-on with unquestionable integrity and the highest ethical standards.
Good corporate and matrix management skills to meet Goldfinch Bio organizational needs and to leverage resources as required to drive assigned programs forward
Requires a strong understanding of overall drug development strategies, spanning across all critical product development disciplines (nonclinical, clinical, CMC, RA/QA, commercial strategy and development)
Working knowledge of GXPs and other applicable compliance requirements.
Core competency for the application of traditional program management principles and practices
Company Overview: Goldfinch Bio is a biotechnology company solely focused on pioneering precision-based kidney medicines. Building on recent breakthroughs in genetics and human biology to generate an unparalleled understanding of the biological pathways that drive kidney disease, we are uniquely positioned to translate these discoveries into new therapies that target the molecular causes for diseases of the kidney and bring new therapeutics to a severely underserved patient population. Goldfinch Bio was launched in 2016 by Third Rock Ventures, and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit https://www.goldfinchbio.com.
The Role: The Chief Scientific Officer for Goldfinch Bio will be responsible for all aspects of research, including drug discovery, biology, biomarkers and discovery DMPK, in addition to the Kidney Genome Atlas (KGA). Reporting directly to the President & Chief Executive Officer, this individual will build and lead a cross-functional team of scientists in drug discovery including discovery DMPK, biology, biomarkers and genomics. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the CSO will be the internal and external face of science and technology representing the company in public speaking engagements and with the Scientific Advisory Board, Board of Directors, and investors.
Serve as a strategic business partner to the CEO; act as a key member of the executive team and participate in corporate business initiatives including financial and strategic campaigns, key collaborations, and partnerships.
Provide world class scientific input into the company’s R&D programs to support overall corporate strategy; define research strategy that clearly connects with business value; step outside of core research ideas and circles to contribute more broadly to company direction.
Design and implement the company’s strategic research roadmap, including the oversight of intellectual property initiatives, filing of patents, and development of grant applications; speak effectively about research pipeline and progress with platforms.
Build, lead, manage and develop top-performing research teams in drug discovery, discovery DMPK, biology, biomarkers and genomics.
Drive research towards clinical development, executing on aggressive timelines and effectively utilizing resources; advance multiple candidates from research to clinical development in industry-leading timelines.
Inspire cross-functional connectivity and collaboration across research teams and between research and development teams.
Provide peers and staff with continuous scientific input in the areas of business development, product development, financial planning, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, and other initiatives.
Demonstrate organizational leadership and show the ability to drive results by tracking and reporting on project initiatives, chairing weekly meetings, and issuing meeting summaries as appropriate.
Build an elite research team that will set a new standard and develop the skills of the team.
Ensure that the research organization is producing the highest quality science in all aspects.
Ensure that intellectual property generated in R&D is captured, documented, and appropriately filed to maximize value for Goldfinch Bio.
Present our science effectively at critical external meetings and fora.
Work collaboratively within the organization; develop areas of expertise needed to pursue the company’s scientific & product goals.
Meet deadlines consistently including reporting and preparation of scientific presentations for the BOD, investors, journal editorial boards and conference scientific editors.
Attend relevant BOD, investor, scientific and other meetings as appropriate and present summaries of the company’s scientific achievements and technology roadmap; serve as chief spokesperson for science strategy, translating the company science into understandable concepts for diverse audiences including the BOD, investors, clinical partners, industry, advisors, etc.
Nurture and develop scientific talent into world class drug discovery leaders.
Help develop a broad set of strategic partnerships with leading experts.
Build and manage research budgets and allocation for scientific programs.
Required Skills & Qualifications
PhD or MD/PhD
Strong technical biology experience
Kidney research experience
Deep scientific expertise in the critical disciplines required to discover and develop new therapies
Established track record of scientific and product development achievements from discovery to clinical development; small molecule experience
Ability to take complicated scientific concepts and effectively communicate them to a broad range of audiences
Ability to help drive and lead company from research point of view and contribute to broader company strategy
Experience using innovative technologies, platforms, and modalities to advance novel drug candidates
Appreciation for the design, organization, and execution of a successful scientific and clinical approach and working knowledge of regulatory, commercial, and business aspects of biotech industry
Expertise in leading research organizations and scaling to meet company needs
Experience in developing & delivering life science products and/or services
Demonstrated ability to work closely and successfully with strategic partners
Experience in effectively managing budgets
Prior involvement in technology and product licensing
Excellent leadership skills
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to collaborate with a team and think creatively as an individual
Ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate high degree of integrity, excellent organizational skills and superior reliability and responsibility
Qualified and interested executives should contact our search partner, Kim Wilson, VP Executive Search with Slone Partners, at the following email address: Kimd@slonepartners.com
Note to Recruitment Agencies: Please do not forward any agency resumes. Goldfinch Bio is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited.