Program Manager

About Ikena
Ikena Oncology is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that discovers and develops patient-directed, biomarker-driven therapies for cancer patients who need life-saving treatment, by understanding what drives their disease. Ikena is advancing five clinical, preclinical, and discovery programs. Ikena has entered a global strategic collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb and raised capital from top tier investors OrbiMed Advisors and Atlas Venture.

Role Description
Ikena is seeking a highly creative, diversely experienced, and self-motivated Program Manager to join an innovative, scientifically driven, and fast paced team focused on developing breakthrough cancer therapies. The successful candidate will work closely with cross-functional teams to manage specific programs, ensure clarity of strategy, and facilitate communication across all parties. The ideal candidate will have a scientific background and experience with clinical-stage drug development.


  • Serve as program manager for one or more drug development programs, providing coordination and cross-functional communication to enable teams to meet their goals
  • Work with team members to compile high-quality, detailed, integrated cross-functional program plans, manage program activities, timelines, and resources
  • Work with the program lead to facilitate decision making and resolve conflicts; proactively identify key risks, timeline and resource constraints, and develop mitigation plans
  • Effectively communicate program strategy, status, critical path activity timing, resource requirements, and related issues and/or risks as appropriate
  • Effectively lead and manage team meetings by developing agendas, defining and communicating meeting objectives, capturing and disseminating meeting outcomes/information/minutes/action items, and following up on action items
  • Work closely with finance team to support program budget tracking and facilitate approval of changes that arise throughout the year due to changing conditions/plans within the program


  • BS/MS with strong scientific background
  • 2+ years of relevant biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry program management experience, with broad knowledge across all facets of drug development
  • Self-directed, accomplishment-driven individual with a strong sense of passion and urgency who can work both independently and in a cross-functional team environment
  • Strong scientific background and knowledge of the drug development process
  • Proven success working in cross-functional teams and fostering open communication, mutual understanding and cooperation
  • Close attention to details, innovative problem solving and excellent organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate others, to influence without authority, to negotiate for conflict resolution, and to forge consensus between competing points of view
  • Demonstrated success with handling multiple projects and able to handle complexity and prioritize effectively
  • Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc.)

Personal attributes: team oriented, goal-driven, organized, highly collaborative, open-minded, data-driven, creative, persistent in the face of obstacles and uncertainty, flexible, self-aware of strengths and weaknesses, objective in the evaluation of data and strongly optimistic about overcoming obstacles.

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