Title: Global Project Leader

Location: Menlo Park, CA

Forty Seven Inc. is committed to helping patients defeat their cancer. We are advancing immune-oncology through the engagement of new and complementary phagocytic pathways that enhance anti-tumor efficacy and selectivity.



Forty Seven is seeking a highly motivated individual with a proven track record of success and strategic team leadership to fill a key Global project leader role (internalled called a Core Team Leader (“CTL”)) for our lead clinical program, magrolimab, currently in phase 2.  This position will lead and manage a matrix team of people and resources to achieve high levels of performance and ensure the overall success of the program. Program activities include planning milestones, defining clear go/no go decision points, defining alternative scenarios, managing critical path activities, proactively identifying issues while resolving conflicts and communicating project-related issues to senior executive management. The CTL establishes long-range plans and goals for global programs and provides leadership and vision for the global regulatory submissions and approvals to achieve successful commercialization and maximize value for new products.   The CTL for magrolimab will report to the SVP Corporate Planning and Operations and be jointly responsible with the executive committee (EC) for all phases related to the advancement of magrolimab and for maximizing the value of the project.


Essential Functions:

These may include, but are not limited to, the following; other duties may be assigned

Strategic Planning and Execution

  • Leads the Core Team in setting project/product strategies, goals, priorities and long-term plans and schedules. Aligns cross-functional project goals with Forty Seven business needs and strategies.
  • Provides strategic, process, and operational leadership to the Core Team and sub-team functions to ensure the successful delivery of projects from discovery to commercialization.
  • With help of a project manager, coordinates sub-teams, such as the clinical operations, CMC, marketing, etc. with the Core Team to align activities and ensure transparency of all project/product-related activities.
  • Reports on progress of project, issues/plans, and critical path schedules to the EC through periodic program reviews.

Fiscal Responsibility

  • With support from finance and a dedicated Project Manager, the CTL is responsible for the project budget including monitoring of current budget-to-actual and projecting future cost.  The CTL will monitor and control expenditures; manage variance between budgeted and actual expenditures of time, dollars, and personnel to meet overall project objectives.

Resource and Issue Management

  • Management of internal and external resources; allocates project resources (information, time and capital) appropriately.  Ensures project and department goals align with business imperatives.
  • Proactively identifies project issues before they arise and develops contingency plans; communicates project-related issues to senior executive management and manages issues to resolution.
  •  Consults with executive team and project management functions to deliver accurate and timely project status and deliverable information to enable the organization to focus on key priorities and enhance its ability to deliver work (e.g., studies/projects) on-time and on-budget.
  • Conducts ongoing project risk assessments and implementing appropriate mitigation.
  • Ensures that deviations from the approved project strategy, timelines or resource allocations are assessed and mitigation strategies are enabled. This includes planning mitigations due to changes in internal (e.g., clinical) or external data (e.g., competition) leading to new or altered project risks.

Matrix Team Management

  • Provides matrix management, strategic and tactical leadership to Core Team members who are responsible for leading the key deliverables within the magrolimab project.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Oncology/hematology/transplant drug development experience preferred
  • Phase I-III experience is required
  • Proven line management or cross-functional team management in the pharmaceutical industry required
  • Business planning skills – knowledge/experience with project planning tools and processes
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively develop, communicate and gain support for strategic plans with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills – experience with either top level academic or management presentations and fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to lead by example and to create high performance teams, building on people’s strengths and facilitating the development of team direction promoting open dialogue, collaboration and cross-pollination amongst team members enabling them to rely upon and work well with each other
  • Ability to share a project vision while maintaining operational targets
  • Ability to support individuals to improve their current performance and future potential by providing coaching and development opportunities; capable of encouraging business improvement and growth by ensuring staff are positive about change and continuously looking to improve themselves and their work methods
  • Appreciation and understanding of the business benefit of individual differences; ability to deal effectively with people from diverse professional, cultural and geographical background
  • Have a good awareness of own strengths, limitations and development needs and applies this to optimize performance and relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively analyze business problems/issues in order to reach innovative, cost-effective and timely decisions

Education & Experience:

  • Advanced degree (M.D., Ph.D.) is preferred; BA/MA considered with appropriate background
  • Substantial (10+ years) medical, scientific and business experience with a focus on leadership roles in the pharmaceutical industry including 3-5 years of experience leading cross-functional projects

Other Information

  • Position may require occasional evening and/or weekend commitment
  • Position may require working with biological and/or chemical hazards
  • Position may require occasional travel (<25%), domestic and international.

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