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Staff/Senior Program Manager, NPI



South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2023
Position Summary
Cellares is seeking a Senior to Staff level Program Manager who will be responsible for driving new product introductions (NPI) and commercialization of products and services. This person will need to be detail oriented, proactive, efficient, technically minded, and highly motivated to be the driving force to help facilitate between groups and maintain focus on program timelines.
This is a primarily internal-facing and multidisciplinary role; this individual will interface across many parts of the company (with scientists, researchers, and engineers) to develop the best solutions possible. The successful candidate will be well versed in process development and have demonstrated experience leading a product or service through launch.
Candidates should enjoy working in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment, and be prepared to tackle a broad selection of challenges as the company grows.


  • Develop a New Product Introduction (NPI) framework and guidance to support the development and launch of Cellares’s Cell Therapy Manufacturing Platform
  • Own and drive product and program roadmaps and timelines; define critical paths and own risks and decisions associated with the programs
  • Develop and execute communications management plans for the program team, key stakeholders, and business leaders
  • Work closely with R&D, Operations, Product Management, Marketing, and Stakeholders to analyze and make appropriate tradeoffs between product features, customer needs/requirements, manufacturability, and cost
  • Work closely with NPI counterparts to ensure prototypes, supplier and manufacturing activities are scheduled and tracked appropriately, ensuring adherence to timelines
  • Work closely with all internal teams to ensure Design Control and Quality Systems processes are followed per relevant procedures
  • Collaborate with the key stakeholders and leadership team to define, manage and own program scope
  • Coordinate internally with Engineering, PLM, Finance, and Operations to assure new products COGS are released, report on costs of developmental builds and mass production regularly


  • B.S. in engineering or life sciences field
  • 5+ years of project management experience in the new product development environment
  • 2+ years of experience in the new product development environment in medical devices or related fields
  • Proven ability to lead, influence and work well at all levels of an organization and in a cross functional team environment
  • Comfortable with all phases of the product development lifecycle including concept development, testing, design, implementation, verification, validation and manufacturing transfer
  • Thrives in a fast-paced startup environment: comfortable with ambiguity and excited to to both create and implement a vision for NPI at Cellares
  • Experience with Smartsheets preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, time management, attention to detail, problem solving, acting with a sense of urgency, and enthusiasm
  • Should be skilled at working on multiple simultaneous projects
  • Knowledge of the cell and gene therapy landscape preferred
  • Self-awareness, integrity, authenticity, and a growth mindset
This is Cellares
Cellares is creating the future of cell therapy manufacturing. The company is developing an innovative cell therapy manufacturing solution that is robust, cost-effective and scalable so that cell therapies are more affordable and widely available to patients in need. Our multidisciplinary team comes together from diverse backgrounds with a shared passion for accelerating access to life-saving cell therapies. We value integrity, curiosity, the courage to grow and embrace change. At Cellares, you will collaborate with a world class team of engineers, scientists, and business leaders who are as excited about improving the world as you are.
Leveling will be based on overall experience, education, and demonstration of knowledge throughout the interview process.