1+ months

Project Manager

Ligand Pharmaceuticals
San Diego, California 92121
  • Payrate
    $100,000 To $120,000 Yearly
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

Reporting directly to the VP, Development Operations, the Project Manager (PM) drives team development and execution of project plans. Primary areas of responsibility may include: project initiation, planning, budgeting, resources management, execution, monitoring, communication with key stakeholders, risk management, and project closure.

Pelican Expression TechnologyTM (a wholly owned subsidiary of Ligand Pharmaceuticals) utilizes a proprietary protein production platform to help our partners develop protein therapeutics which meaningfully improve existing treatment paradigms and create novel therapies for biological targets linked to critical diseases still waiting to successfully be addressed.

Essentials for Working at Ligand

Ligand is a dynamic, fast-paced organization committed to creating shareholder value and addressing unmet medical needs through developing and acquiring cutting-edge, royalty-bearing technologies and establishing research collaborations that make major life-saving global drugs possible. To be successful at Ligand, employees must be innovative, efficient, versatile, self-starters who take great pride in their work and want to contribute to something significant.

Essential Role Responsibilities

  • Schedules project team meetings, develops and distributes agendas, facilitates meetings, publishes meeting summaries containing key discussion/decisions/action items
  • Partners with project team members to develop schedule and budget and to identify resource requirements
  • In collaboration with project teams identifies and manages risks
  • Identifies, understands, and analyzes the critical path in the project schedule and develops contingency and mitigation plans to maintain milestone dates
  • Practices transparent communication to raise observed issues/challenges and remove ambiguity from objectives or accountability
  • Prepares project status summaries to communicate key schedule, risk, and budget information to management; proactively escalates issues
  • Develops, maintains, and monitors a comprehensive project plan to enable accurate reporting and decision making
  • Evaluates project performance and recommends improvements to the project scope as needed
  • Utilizes standardized project management work processes and tools, across the different projects they manage; recommends improvements to processes and tools
  • Monitors status and drives actions items to completion
  • Point of contact for project managers at external organizations participating in the project
  • Manages projects in alignment with contractual obligations, business strategy and goals
  • Other skills and abilities as required



Experience and Skills

  • BA/BS degree required, preferably in a scientific discipline
  • 4+ years of experience in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company required
  • 2+ years of relevant, progressive, and cross-functional project management experience required
  • Proficiency with MS Project, as well as other MS Office programs
  • Exceptional organizational abilities and initiative to drive results required
  • Experience and/or exposure to pharmaceutical product development up to IND application preferred


  • The company offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, Short/Long term disability and life insurance, as well as 401(k) match, Stock Options, Bonus, and paid time leave.

Additional Information

  • All new hires are required to go through a background and reference check
  • Ligand is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets employer
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship
  • Ligand celebrates the diversity of life and welcomes all individuals to apply

Salary Details

The company offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, Short/Long term disability and life insurance, as well as 401(k) match, Stock Options, Bonus, and paid time leave.



  • Biotechnology
Posted: 2021-10-19 Expires: 2021-12-04

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