Associate Director / Director, Product Launch
Company: Atara Biotherapeutics
Location: Thousand Oaks
Posted on: May 3, 2021
Atara Biotherapeutics is a pioneer in T-cell immunotherapy
leveraging its novel allogeneic EBV T-cell platform to develop
transformative therapies for patients with severe diseases
including solid tumors, hematologic cancers and autoimmune disease.
With our lead program in Phase 3 clinical development, Atara is the
most advanced allogeneic T-cell immunotherapy company and intends
to rapidly deliver off-the-shelf treatments to patients with high
unmet medical need.
Atara is applying its platform to create a robust pipeline
including: tab-cel (tabelecleucel) in Ph3 development for
Epstein-Barr virus-driven post-transplant lymphoproliferative
disease (EBV+ PTLD); ATA188, a T-cell immunotherapy targeting EBV
antigens as a potential treatment for multiple sclerosis; and
multiple next-generation chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T)
immunotherapies for both solid tumors and hematologic malignancies.
Our investigational off-the-shelf TCells are intended for rapid
delivery from inventory to patients.
Improving patients' lives is our mission, and we will never stop
working to bring transformative therapies to those with serious
The Associate Director/Director, product launch, will play a
critical role in supporting the cross-functional US product launch
team, which is preparing Atara's Phase 3 product tab-cel for
commercialization in the US upon an FDA approval. The role will
report to the Sr. Director, Product Launch, and focus on developing
and tracking detailed US launch activity plans, launch metrics, and
other reporting and initiatives associated with tab-cel's launch.
This person will collaborate closely with leaders in commercial,
medical affairs, supply chain and other functions and must have
excellent project management skills, a cross-functional mindset and
strong interpersonal communication skills. Commercial experience
and product launch experience in biopharma is desirable. The role
is expected to have visibility to the US General Manager, the
Executive Operating Committee, and the Atara Leadership Team.
Reports to: Sr. Director, Product Launch
Location: California-based; South San Francisco or Thousand
Travel: Travel is not frequently required (<10%)
- Work under the direction of the Sr. Director, Product Launch to
develop, organize, manage and execute workstreams and workplans for
- Leverage project management best practices to create, maintain,
and drive detailed plans to ensure clarity of deliverables, timing,
and own project execution/communication.
- Manage assigned cross-functional project/program efforts and
support development of objectives, scopes, budgeting, and resource
planning involving all relevant stakeholders.
- Manage timelines and work within a cross-functional team to
define resource needs, identify potential risks, and implement
- Drive scenario planning and risk identification/mitigation
efforts with teams to escalate issues, if required, to impacted
area leads. Prepare project status summaries and other meeting prep
materials for US GM and Atara senior management teams.
- Facilitate alignment and cross-functional communication to
enable the team to meet launch goals.
- Manage launch team meeting agenda and track key actions,
updates to workplans and dashboards, and follow-up meetings.
- Help define launch metrics and prepare tracking reports.
- Develop and manage relationships with external vendors to
support project needs (such as RFP process, budget alignment,
preparation of SoW and contracts, ongoing review of work
- Bachelor's degree in Business, Science or related field.
Master's degree preferred.
- 7+ years of related experience in the Biotech-Pharma industry
or biopharma industry consulting, including at least 4+ years of
Program/Project Management experience including complex and/or
- Excellent project management skills; highly organized and
detailed oriented. Demonstrated desire/ability to thrive in
unstructured, entrepreneurial environments and experience creating
structure where none exists.
- Strong knowledge/fluency with MS Office applications, project
management tools and other collaboration platforms, including
online tools such as SmartSheets.
- Strong analytical mindset and appreciation for detail in
workplans (ensure all steps are thought through and actions
- Proven ability to work in large cross-functional team
environments and manage complex projects with ambitious milestones
in high pressure circumstances.
- Commercial experience in US biopharma environment preferred
with US product launch experience highly desirable.
- Excellent and persuasive verbal, written, consulting
communication and presentation skills.
- Flexible, with positive "can do/ won't take no" attitude, and
- Strong customer focus and interpersonal skills.
- High bar personal ethics with a "patients first" value
- Experience in cell therapy, rare disease, transplant, and/or
oncology a plus.
- Familiarity with US biopharma compliance requirements and other
legal and regulatory frameworks.
- PMP certification preferred.
- Role model for Atara TRAIT values (Transparency, Respect,
Accountability, Integrity, Trust).
More about Atara Bio
We launched Atara Biotherapeutics in August 2012 to help
patients with serious diseases and few therapeutic options. We are
considered a leading off-the-shelf T-cell immunotherapy company
(Nasdaq ATRA) developing novel treatments for patients with cancer,
autoimmune and viral diseases.
We're proud of our team of 425+ Atarians co-located by design in
4 different locations including South San Francisco (corporate
headquarters), Thousand Oaks (R&D and manufacturing
headquarters), Zug, Switzerland (european headquarters) and a
R&D site in the Denver, Colorado area. Our Southern California
hub is anchored by a new 90,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Atara
T-Cell Operations and Manufacturing (ATOM) facility. Our mission -
"Transform the lives of patients with serious medical conditions
through pioneering science, teamwork, and a commitment to
Our vision - "T-Cell Immunotherapy for every patient, any
Atara offers a competitive benefits packages that includes
medical/dental/vision benefits, life and disability, retirement and
stock program, as well as a generous paid time off and wellness
plan that supports the well-being of our staff. Visit
www.atarabio.com/careers to learn more.
Atara Bio is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment
decisions on the basis of merit and other lawful factors. In
accordance with applicable law, the Company prohibits
discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender
(including pregnancy, childbirth or medical condition related to
pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, expression or dysphoria,
marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or
mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran
status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, transgender status or
any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws
or because of the individual's association with a member of a
protected group or connection to an organization or group related
to a protected group.We comply with all applicable national, state
and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as
employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration
and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work
for Atara Bio in the United States.
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