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Associate Director Program Management

ID: 1631
Department: Program Management
Location: Cambridge Headquarters
# of Openings: 1


Associate Director, Program Management


It’s an exciting time for our business. After more than two decades of growth and innovation, in 2019 we plan to create two focused, independent companies: Ironwood and Cyclerion This new way of doing business will enhance our agility and innovation and empower our employees to make a bigger impact on our patients and on our industry than ever before.  Cyclerion will harness our pioneering work in cGMP pharmacology to advance an innovative sGC pipeline focusing on serious and orphan diseases. Following completion of the separation, the Associate Director, Program Management will be a key contributor at Cyclerion.

As one of our team members, you will bring to Cyclerion the skills, experience and passion to partner with program leaders, cross-functional program teams, finance and other key stakeholders to ensure seamless planning and execution of program strategies.  You must be able to effectively manage a cross-functional team in a matrixed, fast-paced environment, proactively identify and communicate program risks/opportunities and possess exceptional program management, group facilitation and problem-solving skills.  The ideal candidate will have significant experience managing clinical stage development programs.  This position will report to the Head of Strategic Operations and Program Management. 


  • Serve as Program Manager for one or more drug development teams
    • Develop and maintain high quality, integrated, global development plan; serve as subject matter expert on program activity interdependencies with significant focus on the critical path
    • Monitor progress on program activities to meet key milestones, goals, and long-term strategic vision; proactively identify issues and facilitate resolution
    • Ensure streamlined communication and alignment between program team and sub-teams
    • Work with program lead and program team to identify key risks, timeline and resource constraints, and develop mitigation plans
    • Facilitate scenario planning, group problem solving and decision making
    • Liaise with finance to develop and manage program budgets, including inputs for long range financial planning; identify and communicate deviations from planned timing, budget, and/or scope that could impact short and long-term program success and value creation potential of the program
    • Able to express ideas and present information effectively at all levels of the organization; develop communications and presentations relating to program strategy, status, critical path activity timing, resource requirements, and related issues and/or risks
    • Manage ongoing program team operations (program team meetings, collaboration tools, diligence rooms (as needed), etc)
  • Contribute to the continuing development of the Strategic Operations and Program Management function in accordance with ongoing organizational needs; seek and offer new program management tools and best practices

Minimum Qualifications

  • A highly motivated and collaborative individual with a 4-year degree and a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience, including at least 5 years managing clinical stage drug development programs
  • Advanced understanding of program management principles and the essential activities of all disciplines involved in clinical-stage drug development
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively manage teams in a highly cross-functional, fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; must be able to partner effectively with program leaders, team members, and key stakeholders across the organization
  • Proven analytical and technology skills, including proficiency in project planning tools, content management tools, and the Microsoft Office Suite; ability to critically interrogate program plans
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in rare/orphan diseases
  • PMP certification a plus but not required


Ironwood Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity employer welcoming diversity in our workforce.

Ironwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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