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Client Project Manager

Forge Biologics

Forge Biologics

Columbus, OH, USA
Posted on Friday, March 8, 2024

About Forge

Our mission at Forge Biologics, is to enable access to life changing gene therapies and help bring them from idea into reality. We partner with innovators in the gene therapy community: scientists, physicians, biotech/pharma companies, and patient groups. We bring expertise in gene therapy manufacturing and therapeutics development to the table, helping to champion teams that are navigating the long road from the lab bench to the bedside. Our goal is simple but vital to patients living with disease, and we take it seriously. With a patient-first approach, we are forging new models for working together to better accelerate these transformative medicines to reach those who need them the most.

Forge is based in Columbus, Ohio, in a 200,000 square foot facility known affectionately by team members as, the Hearth. The Hearth, is a custom-designed cGMP facility dedicated to AAV manufacturing and hosts scalable, end-to-end manufacturing services.

About The Role

We are currently seeking a Client Project Manager to join the Forge Biologics team. This role will manage a portfolio of client projects in all stages of development and manufacturing gene therapy programs. You will assist the Program Management Office in generating and implementing successful development and manufacturing campaigns for clients from early phases to Commercial. The ideal candidate thrives in a multifaceted environment, excels in cross-functional collaboration with both client stakeholders and internal teams, and is committed to upholding the utmost quality standards while adhering to project timelines and budgets.

What You’ll Do

  • Plan and deliver all stages of the project, supporting biologics process development, analytical development, technology transfer of new client programs for cGMP manufacturing.
  • Lead project planning efforts, defining project scope, objectives, and deliverables in collaboration with clients.
  • Communicate regularly with development and manufacturing leadership, as well as planning and client teams, serving as the internal program sponsor alongside Client Relations to deliver contractual commitments.
  • Monitor and report on critical program milestones, offering insights and forecasts on progress and risks.
  • Track the financial aspects of the project including milestone payments, pass-through costs, and internal resource estimates/allocation, ensuring adherence to timelines and budgets.
  • Identify project risks and develop mitigation strategies to navigate potential challenges during project execution.
  • Utilize project management tools and templates to streamline program operations.
  • Capture and record all action items and critical activities from internal and client meetings.
  • Document and catalogue all action items and critical activities that arise from internal and client meetings.

What You’ll Bring

  • 5+ years of experience managing complex cross-functional programs/projects tied to contracted services or product delivery.
  • Proven track record of effectively managing projects with external clients, consistently delivering on time and within budget.
  • Ability to draft, and review contracts, including Service Agreements, Statements of Work, and Change Orders.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance the project's strategic project needs with tactical activities, coupled with a keen ability to maintain focus on both macro and micro-level tasks.
  • Experience utilizing project management tools and software (e.g., Microsoft Project, Smartsheet).
  • Able to comprehend and interpret technical documents and business processes, with the ability to apply appropriate actions to drive outcomes.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage and influence stakeholders at all levels.

Preferred Skills

  • Relevant project management certifications such as PMP, CSM, CAPM, is a plus.
  • Previous experience within pharmaceutical, biotechnology, CDMO, or other highly regulated industry is preferred.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

This position works in a typical office environment where the physical work demands will vary depending on the specific tasks and duties required of the job. This is largely a sedentary role; persons holding office positions are generally subject to inside environmental conditions having the lighting, temperature, and noise of an open floor-plan office environment. Regularly operate a computer and other office equipment. Regularly communicate with others in person, over the phone, and electronically. Must be able to move and/or carry objects weighing up to 10 lbs.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned.

Forge Biologics is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workforce. Forge Biologics, provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Life at Forge

We are a team of diverse, driven and passionate people working together to trailblaze a new model for how we make medicines to treat patients with genetic diseases. Our team members use their creativity and talent to invent new solutions, meet new demands, and offer the most effective services in the industry. Forge’s core values lay the foundation for H.O.P.E. It provides us a common purpose that we all understand, work towards and live by.

HARDWORKING - We work hard and smart, making a persistent and determined effort toward success. Working hard, with focus and desire is the key.

OPEN - We strive to be approachable, actively listen and encourage others to contribute and speak up. We positively offer and receive constructive feedback.

PURPOSE DRIVEN - We are passionate about working towards and delivering on our mission to manufacture gene therapies.

ENGAGED - We are fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about our work and take positive action to further Forge’s vision, mission and goals.

We’ve Got You Covered

We take the health and happiness of our employees seriously and are consistently evaluating new ways to make our benefits truly UnFORGEttable.

  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance that starts on your first day at Forge, with 90% of premiums covered for team members as well as dependents
  • Flexible PTO (plus 14 paid company holidays)
  • Annual bonus for all full-time employees
  • 401(K) company match
  • Fully-stocked kitchen with free food/drinks
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave - additional discount programs include childcare support & dependent care
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness benefits (financial planning services, mental health counseling, employer paid disability)
  • Professional & Personal development resources - LinkedIn Learning, a dedicate training staff in-house, mentoring opportunities & access to leadership development coaches