Director of Program Management
Versant Venture Management, LLC
Toronto, Ontario, CA
3d ago


BlueRock is a leading engineered cell therapy company using its unique CELL+GENETM platform to direct cellular differentiation and genetically engineer cells to create a new generation of cellular medicines that address large patient populations suffering from neurological, cardiovascular, and immunology diseases.

The convergence of cell biology and genetic engineering is creating fundamental new ways to impact disease. Founded in 2016 to capitalize on these technological breakthroughs, we are advancing our novel CELL+GENE™ platform to develop, manufacture, and deliver an entirely new generation of authentic and engineered cell therapies across three therapeutic areas : neurology, cardiology, and immunology.


Our foundational science harnesses the ability to create and then direct the differentiation of universal pluripotent stem cells into authentic, functional cells that can be used as allogeneic cellular therapies to treat a broad array of diseases.

We can also further engineer these cells, enabling them to produce enzymes, antibodies, and other proteins for additional therapeutic benefit.

We are passionate about delivering on the promise of cellular and gene therapy, shaping the future of cellular medicine, and delivering new therapies to millions of patients with treatment options.

We are seeking individuals who are collaborative, thrive in a fun and dynamic culture, and are steadfast in the commitment to advance cutting-

edge cellular therapies to impact patients’ lives.


We have a great opportunity for an experienced Director of Program Management who will drive the execution and operations of BlueRock’s portfolio programs.

We currently have two of these openings and they can be located in any of our three locations (Toronto, New York City and Cambridge, MA) In a co-

leadership model, the Program Manager will partner with the Program Leader to ensure program strategy is defined and translated into both an integrated development plan and operational plan that meets BlueRock’s objectives.

This is a highly collaborative, cross functional role requiring command of critical path activities, assumptions, risks and mitigation strategies.

In addition to supporting cutting edge science leveraging BlueRock’s Cell+Gene platform, the Program Director has the opportunity to help create a leading program management function through the development and deployment of processes and tools in a newly defined function.


Partner with the Program Leader to drive the strategy development, creation of an integrated development plan, and ensure execution of the associated operational plan

Drive clarity around goals, milestones, assumptions, risks, timelines, budget and other key program deliverables, while holding team members accountable for their deliverables.

Partner with Program Leader and team members to develop scenarios and contingency plans as options and considerations for review / endorsement

Ensure clarity and strong communication across the core program team, extended team and various internal stakeholders.

Partner with Program Leaders in preparing slide decks, updates, and information for ongoing project team meetings, reviews, board meetings, scientific presentations and other appropriate meetings

Generate minutes to meetings as required, track and influence delivery of action items

Support program team decision making and ensure clear documentation

Build and maintain strong relationships with external partners in academia and industry

Support activities to create a right sized program management function with standards and tools that can be used across the portfolio

Communicate impact and changes to program scope, program schedule(s), and program costs


Bachelors or Master’s degree is required; degree in scientific discipline is preferred

A minimum of 3 years managing projects / programs at a pre-clinical or clinical stage within the biopharmaceutical or healthcare industry is required.

Understanding of the drug development process is required

Proficiency with MS Project, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills

Strong written and oral communication skills

Demonstrated ability to develop strong relationships with key stakeholders

Ability to work independently, prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously

Formal training in program management (e.g. diploma / certificate) and / or Alliance Management considered a strong asset

Ability to travel. Frequency dependent upon position location

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