VP, Program Management at TrialSpark

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About TrialSpark

TrialSpark is a technology-driven drug development company that runs end-to-end clinical trials, focused on bringing new treatments to patients faster and more efficiently.

The biggest bottleneck in bringing new treatments to patients is the clinical trial. On average, getting a drug through the trial process takes nearly a decade and frequently costs $1B+. To combat this industry problem, TrialSpark has built a technology platform that optimizes all aspects of a clinical trial, enabling more efficient trial design, faster trial completion, and higher trial data quality.

TrialSpark recently raised their Series C, and is putting the capital to work by in-licensing and co-developing drug programs through in-house development, joint ventures, and NewCos. Together with doctors, patients, and communities, TrialSpark is working to develop the treatments of tomorrow.

About the position

We are looking for the first Vice President of Program Management. This critical leadership role will ensure successful advancement of the company’s programs from late-stage research, through CMC, non-clinical and clinical development, regulatory submission, manufacturing and commercialization. A strong desire to build innovative team structures and processes to speed up development will be a key success factor for this position, utilizing the deep experience of the industry that they should possess.  The successful candidate will have a track record of building and managing high performing teams of program and project managers who will drive strong cross functional collaboration to meet timelines and look for ways to accelerate development.  In addition, the VP Program management will oversee project governance, resource planning and portfolio analytics.

Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer/Head of Development, the Vice President, Program Management, will lead the Program Management function and be the single point of accountability for selected development programs. 


  • Build out processes and staffing to support and scale the Program/Project Management function
  • Accountable for cross functional global development team leadership to develop and execute successfully comprehensive product development and lifecycle management plans (non-Clinical, Clinical, CMC, Regulatory, Commercial) that optimize: value, time, resources, risk, and alignment with business objectives.
  • Supports cross-functional due diligence efforts
  • Oversees the cross-functional process of bringing newly acquired assets into the company, and externalizing project management for "new co" programs
  • May serve as the program lead for selected assets
  • Assure project are meeting timeline and budgets expectations
  • Ensures strategic alignment of the development effort with corporate executive leadership.
  • Manages stakeholder relationships across the company to ensure the development team has the support needed to operate effectively.
  • Single point of contact for partner company interactions and alliance management during the development programs. 

About you

  • You have an Advanced life sciences degree (e.g., MD, PhD,) an MBA is highly desirable
  • You have 15+ years of biopharmaceutical development experience with at least 10 years of relevant work experiences in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.  Experience with biologics highly desirable as well as a wide range of therapeutic areas.
  • You must demonstrate deep knowledge of the overall drug development process; early drug development experience is highly desirable.
  • You will have the ability to show a focus on first principles and to challenge the status quo.
  • You must have demonstrated experience shepherding a development program from research through to commercialization (early and late-stage development experience) and are comfortable with “hands on” and “roll up your sleeves” when needed.
  • You are able to communicate clearly and effectively with clinical scientists, biologists, manufacturing experts, regulatory and commercial colleagues at all levels both within and external to the organization (including industry experts / key opinion leaders and FDA).
  • You have a high degree of organizational awareness and understanding of change management and leading innovation with outstanding relationship-building skills
  • You have a proven ability to lead and influence data-driven strategy development, planning and implementation.
  • You have outstanding business acumen and scientific insight with ability to align teams to corporate strategy.
  • You have a track record of creating a positive environment for employees that instills trust, encourages diversity of thought, ensures clear and transparent communication and drives the organization to align around the overall corporate goals and vision.

You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases


Our office is located in Manhattan, near the Empire State Building. The area is lively and has great food and transportation options!

An Insider's view of TrialSpark

What are some social events your company does?

We believe in healthy living! We organize regular team exercise classes as a company!

Frank Wu

Product Manager

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We believe in presenting problems, not solutions, to the team. Our job is to align the team on company goals and issues, and allow the team to work creatively to solve them. We believe team autonomy fosters creativity and a healthier culture.

Linhao Zhang


What are TrialSpark Perks + Benefits

TrialSpark Benefits Overview

Trialspark is nothing without its employees, so they are well taken care of! We offer comprehensive benefits that span from insurance to 401ks, with added perks like a pet-friendly office. Come meet our office dog, Rosie!

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
We have a monthly transportation subsidy!
Company Outings
Yearly retreat and holiday party, regular team events and outings!
Game Room
Super Smash Club every Friday!
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Come meet our office dog, Rosie!
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

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