Open Position:  Sr. Program Manager

STATUS:               Full-time, Regular


TARGET START:    Immediately

Job Description


Lumen is seeking a highly motivated, innovative Senior Program Manager.

This position requires a strong background in project management, federal grant management, and facilitation. Responsible for engaging with internal teammates as well as Lumen’s many external research collaborators to ensure projects are thoughtfully planned and appropriately resourced, and then efficiently proceed to a successful conclusion. This will include coordinating functional areas of Lumen including research, lab operations, informatics, production, business development, finance, and clinical development.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


The major tasks for this position are as follows:


  • Quickly come up to speed on Lumen’s various pre-clinical development programs, grants, and academic collaborations, then:

    • bring those programs into harmonious alignment with each other

    • identify opportunities to improve programs by encouraging cross-fertilization between teams

    • continuously improve alignment between our lab and clinical projects, on the one hand, and Lumen’s overall company goals on the other, particularly as the latter evolve over time

    • improve our ability to hit milestones and exceed expectation through good planning and thoughtful foresight

  • Assist in a similar manner with other business- and production-related projects periodically

  • Monitor primary sources for new funding opportunities, participate in drafting and budgeting for new projects and programs, and measure ongoing performance against proposal milestones

  • Teach, mentor, and influence other team members in developing program management best practices

  • Help set clear direction by establishing “SMART” goals, and establishing timely and efficient ways to measure and report progress against agreed goals

  • Identify and address any issues or conflicts arising in collaborations and involve others as necessary to resolve

  • Influence without direct authority in a facilitative rather than authoritative manner

  • Working with the CSO’s Chief of Staff and the VP, Controller, work to continuously improve Lumen’s recordkeeping, compliance, and financial controls over grant-funded research

Desired Qualifications & Requirements


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, ideally in organizational development or related field

  • 5+ years relevant work experience in a regulated research field such as biotechnology or cGMP food product manufacturing, or clinical research[, including 2+ years supervising others?]

  • Experience with federal  grant administration (a portion of our work is SBA grant-funded under these limited paperwork grant programs; we do not seek federal research support with ‘heavier’ reporting burdens)

  • Additional desirable education and experience:

    • Project Management Professional (PMP) or PRINCE2 certification

    • Experience with Lean Methodology to assess, design and implement organizational improvements

    • Experience with biologics development under FDA quality systems regulations

Desirable skills:

  • Familiarity with proposal writing and federal grant management

  • Tech savvy, proficient in MS Office

  • Strong working knowledge of Smartsheets

The successful candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills

  • Ability to coordinate and balance many conflicting requirements and demands

  • Self-starter, able to contribute effectively in a fast-changing environment

  • The ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented environment

  • High integrity and ethics

  • Commitment to quality and timely delivery of results

Physical Requirements:

  • Sit for extended periods of time (2 or more hours)

  • Occasionally lift or carry up to 20 kg

Application Instructions

​Please submit a resume and cover letter to with the position title in the subject title.


This position is available immediately. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

About Lumen

Lumen Bioscience was founded in early 2017 to make and commercialize ultra-low-cost biologics, such as antibodies, in our proprietary spirulina expression platform. We design and manufacture therapeutics against disease targets that have been inaccessible to the pharmaceutical industry because of the astonishingly high cost of using traditional methods to make and deliver biologic drugs. Now, for the first time, Lumen can make antibodies and other biologics at a cost that allows for daily, high-dose, oral delivery.

Our current programs focus on diseases that can be prevented or treated by an orally delivered therapeutic; the target markets are enormous, the treatment modes of action are well-researched, and the unmet medical need is obvious. We have been fortunate to have earned financial support for these programs from groups like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the NIH.  In the longer term, we believe that our unique technology–––the ability to safely deliver frequent, large doses of a wide range of biologic compounds–––will become commonplace in biopharma as the science continues to advance and uncover new opportunities in the fields of microbiome signaling, metabolism, inflammation, and oral delivery of systemic biologics.

The Lumen team works out of a beautiful lab and office facility in Fremont, a picturesque neighborhood on the north shore of Lake Union in the heart of Seattle. At Lumen, you'll be challenged, you'll be inspired, and you'll be proud to be part of an innovative organization making a real impact on improving the quality of life globally.

Lumen is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against based on disability.

NOTE TO EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES: Lumen values its relationships with recruitment partners and will only accept resumes from those partners that have been contracted by a member of the human resources team. Lumen is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited or are received by any employee of Lumen who is not a member of the human resources team.

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