Celgene Senior Project Manager, CMC Cell Therapy in Seattle, Washington


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health. We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

The Senior Project Manager is responsible for the direction, coordination, implementation, control, and completion of projects while remaining aligned with company strategy, commitments, and goals. This person will oversee initiating, planning and executing Cell Therapy Development and Operations (CTDO) projects. The primary focus of the CTDO Sr. PM will be to manage critical projects in support of specific product programs and/or building CTDO infrastructure. This includes partnering with the project leads to identify scope, work and project strategy. The Sr. PM is responsible for developing detailed project plans in support of the project scope and cross-functional stakeholders. This position works closely with the Program Leads, as well as the drug product CMC Project Leads and PMs in order to coordinate and organize the deliverables associated with the CTDO product programs. This position will also work closely with functional leadership and representatives to ensure alignment and coordination across CTDO priorities.

The Sr. PM will be responsible for using CTDO PMO best practices, tools and templates. Sr. PMs may be called upon to provide training and coaching for functional project managers. The successful candidate will support the development of a robust CTDO PMO: share ideas, tools, best practices, training, lessons learned, establish core competencies, conduct peer reviews of project management deliverables, etc. Key business processes include, but not limited to, leading strategic project planning and goal setting, project prioritization and portfolio alignment, project execution, project documentation and archival, and process improvement, standards development, resource modeling, and metrics.

The successful candidate will be a demonstrated leader with the breadth of professional experience and the drive to work with both internal and external partners to define and implement effective project management plans. Must have the ability to work in a highly matrixed and cross-functional organization, against tight deadlines, and with world-class partners, suppliers and business leaders alike.


  • Partner with project lead to successfully achieve project objectives

  • Provide strong team leadership and drive to ensure projects are executed on time and within budget

  • Facilitate the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables

  • Create project plans; scope, work, resources, scheduling, etc.

  • Maintain project objectives through the project lifecycle

  • Monitor execution and quality to customer/stakeholder/sponsor standards

  • Identify and resolve issues and risks

  • Report on project progress, offer viable solutions and opportunities as they arise

  • Implement appropriate project change control

  • Manage resources to make sure schedule is on track

  • Facilitate all project team meetings; attend related project team meetings as necessary to ensure alignment

  • Evaluates and assess results of projects

  • Provide structure and leadership across departments to ensure team meets project objectives

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to manage project deliverables, e.g. CMO’s, Supply Chain, etc.

  • Develop and communicate status to PMO, Project and CTDO Leadership


  • 10+ years’ experience in biotech/life sciences project management

  • Experience in cellular therapy is preferred

  • PMP certification required; PMO experience preferred

  • Proficiency with related software tools, including MS Project, OnePager, SmartSheets, MS PPT, MS Excel, etc.

  • Experience in Agile teams

  • Strong knowledge of biopharma industry

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills

  • Ability to work cross-functionally, with matrixed teams; maintaining strong business partner relationships

  • Strong leadership and communication skills

  • Expertise in conflict resolution

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

  • Willingness to do what needs to be done in a dynamic environment

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences-related discipline

  • Advanced degree in Life Sciences-related discipline and/or an MBA strongly preferred

  • Project management qualification; PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent



At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients. Our vision as a company is to build a major global biopharmaceutical corporation while focusing on the discovery, the development, and the commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions.

“At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients.”

There are more than 300 clinical trials at major medical centers using compounds from Celgene. Investigational compounds are being studied for patients with incurable hematological and solid tumor cancers, including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), triple-negative breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. As committed as we are to clinical accomplishment, we are equally committed to patient support, which is a guiding principle at Celgene. We believe all who can benefit from our discoveries should have the opportunity to do so. Celgene puts patients first with industry-leading programs that provide information, support and access to our innovative therapies.

Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies 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 Celgene in the U.S.COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PATIENTS WORLDWIDE