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Senior Director (VP) of Product Management



Product, Sales & Business Development
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2024

The Opportunity

Insitro is seeking a Senior Director / VP of Product Management to lead a team of Product Managers that drive the development of our lab and data platforms which enable our drug discovery work at insitro. These platforms are used by our lab biologists, chemists, and therapeutic area leads to orchestrate lab work, visualize and QC data across a growing array of modalities (imaging, RNA sequencing, proteomics, chemistry, etc), ingest and analyze in vivo and clinical datasets (sequencing, MRI, Histopath) from patient cohorts, and ultimately deliver data packages from our screening campaigns to inform our targets and therapeutics.

As Senior Director / VP of Product Management you will work with science and business leadership to define the overarching vision and strategy for our Lab and Computational Platforms. You will also lead and mentor a team of Product Managers that support the various platform products through the life cycle of R&D exploration, chartering, build, validation, operation, and scaling. As part of an early PM organization, you will be defining the work and collaboration norms of the team, such as approaches to collaboration in cross-functional projects, defining team vision, goals, and roadmap.

You will be joining a biotech startup that has long-term stability due to significant funding, providing many opportunities for meaningful impact. You will work closely with a very talented team, learn a broad range of skills, and help shape insitro's culture, strategic direction, and outcomes. Join us, and help make a difference to patients!

The role

  • Lead and manage a team of product managers, defining product management expectations, while identifying opportunities for individual mentorship and establishing team norms.
  • Work with the executive team as well as engineering and science to define insitro's product development approach (vision, strategy, and execution plans) and build trust in cross functional collaborations.
  • Lead company-wide processes such as annual/quarterly planning, product portfolio reviews, communication on company-level goals.
  • Ability to be "bi-lingual" in both science and engineering concepts. Use that understanding to promote effective cross-functional collaborations.
  • Set an expectation for excellence and driving results.
  • You will foster a company-wide culture of analytical decision-making, ensuring all platforms, drug discovery pipelines, and cross-functional teams use metrics to track progress, make decisions, and drive company-level decisions and tradeoffs.

About you

  • 8-15 years of relevant experience, with >5 years in a management role, experience working cross functionally in the biotech field.
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering or life science related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Successful track record of setting product strategy and vision, exhibiting product sense, overseeing product development, aligning stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with modern software development practices and track record of collaborating with engineering leaders. Experience with project management tools.
  • Familiarity with relevant scientific advancements, such as cell engineering, microscopy, genomics, clinical data, or lab automation.
  • You consistently up-level company processes that meaningfully improve the company's overall execution.
  • Strong interpersonal communication (written and verbal), and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with regulated environments is a plus. FDA Regulations (21 CFR Part 11) or ISO 27001.

Compensation & Benefits at insitro

Our target starting salary for successful US-based applicants for this role is $275,000 - $335,000. To determine starting pay, we consider multiple job-related factors including a candidate's skills, education and experience, market demand, business needs, and internal parity. We may also adjust this range in the future based on market data.

This role is eligible for participation in our Annual Performance Bonus Plan (based on company targets by role level and annual company performance) and our Equity Incentive Plan, subject to the terms of those plans and associated policies.

In addition, insitro also provides our employees:

  • 401(k) plan with employer matching for contributions
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage (insitro pays 100% of premiums for employees on our base plans), as well as mental health and well-being support
  • Open, flexible vacation policy
  • Paid parental leave
  • Quarterly budget for books and online courses for self-development
  • Support to occasionally attend professional conferences that are meaningful to your career growth and development
  • New hire stipend for home office setup
  • Monthly cell phone & internet stipend
  • Access to free onsite baristas and cafe with daily lunch and breakfast
  • Access to free onsite fitness center
  • Commuter benefits

insitro is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

We believe diversity, equity, and inclusion need to be at the foundation of our culture. We work hard to bring together diverse teams–grounded in a wide range of expertise and life experiences–and work even harder to ensure those teams thrive in inclusive, growth-oriented environments supported by equitable company and team practices. All candidates can expect equitable treatment, respect, and fairness throughout the interview process.

About insitro
insitro is a drug discovery and development company using machine learning (ML) and data at scale to decode biology for transformative medicines. At the core of insitro’s approach is the convergence of in-house generated multi-modal cellular data and high-content phenotypic human cohort data. We rely on these data to develop ML-driven, predictive disease models that uncover underlying biologic state and elucidate critical drivers of disease. These powerful models rely on extensive biological and computational infrastructure and allow insitro to advance novel targets and patient biomarkers, design therapeutics and inform clinical strategy. insitro is advancing a wholly owned and partnered pipeline of insights and therapeutics in neuroscience, oncology and metabolism. Since launching in 2018, insitro has raised over $700 million from top tech, biotech and crossover investors, and from collaborations with pharmaceutical partners. For more information on insitro, please visit www.insitro.com.