Director, Project Management


About Aquinox:

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a late clinical-stage pharmaceutical company discovering and developing targeted therapeutics in disease areas of inflammation and immuno-oncology. Our primary focus is anti-inflammatory product candidates targeting SH2-containing inositol-5'-phosphatase 1, or SHIP1, which is a key regulator of an important cellular signaling pathway in immune cells, known as the PI3K pathway. Our lead product candidate, rosiptor (AQX-1125), is a small molecule activator of SHIP1 suitable for oral, once daily dosing. Having successfully completed multiple preclinical studies and seven clinical trials with rosiptor (AQX-1125), we are now in a Phase 3 program with our lead indication of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS). Other indications are under consideration for future investigation. Aquinox has a broad intellectual property portfolio and pipeline of preclinical drug candidates that activate SHIP1.  

We are a focused team, achieving our goals through our values based culture. Our people are highly results-oriented, proactive and collaborative.  

Aquinox is publicly traded on NASDAQ (“AQXP”) and has offices in Vancouver, BC, Canada and in San Bruno, CA, USA.

The Oppurtunity:

Reporting to the Senior Director, Clinical Development and Product Planning, the Director, Project Management directs and manages established project management methodologies to plan and execute corporate and product development projects across departments, including for example, Pharmaceutical Development, Product Development, Clinical Development, and other departments, as required. In addition, the Director will facilitate the use of project management concepts and tools through coaching and “hands-on” support to project sponsors, leads and managers. 

Specifically, the Director, Project Management will:  

·       Act as the project management ‘champion’ for Aquinox and provide oversight of the function.  Develop and promote the project management framework methodology and principles to ensure adoption and application throughout the company.  Ensures risks and issues are escalated to appropriate key stakeholders

·       On highly complex product development projects &/or corporate projects, act as the Project Manager by working with the project sponsor and project teams to define project scope and deliverables; lead project planning sessions using `backwards` planning to document milestones, interdependencies, budgets, resource requirements, timelines, and critical path; with team, identify risks and mitigation strategies

·       Support the Project Management Committee by preparing agendas and meeting materials for review by the Chair; participate in meetings as a key Committee member; draft minutes for review and approval by Chair; distribute minutes.

·       Manage the company-wide project management training program and support on-going adoption of the methodology by preparing and posting templates, tools and guidelines on a shared intranet site.  Teach the material and provide on-going coaching and support

·       Review and recommend updates to improve company-wide processes to reflect project management principles.

·       Manage the project management function by ensuring project managers provide accurate and timely communication to project sponsors, and others as needed, of any issues impacting project scope, milestones, budgets, resource requirements, timelines; closely manage and report on the critical path and risks of assigned projects; build and maintain detailed project Gantts and timelines using MS Project and appropriate tools

·       Coach, train, and support other staff members in project management principles as required 



         Minimum BSc degree and PMP certification or a combination of education and experience

         Minimum of 8-10 years’ experience managing multi-disciplinary biotech/pharmaceutical projects.  Background in CMC and clinical drug development is required.

         Understanding of regulatory requirements, GCP and ICH

         Experience with managing a project management team is preferred.

         Experience working within the framework of a public company and understanding the requirements from a project management perspective

         Track record of managing multiple projects and consistently meeting timelines

         Ability to plan, schedule, track and monitor project progress – in depth knowledge of Microsoft products including Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio is required

         Experience building strong working relationships with colleagues and third-party vendors

         Well organized with excellent written and oral communication skills

         Highly flexible, good tolerance for ambiguity and able to quickly adapt to changing priorities

         Proven ability to lead, influence and build motivation

         Lead by example and demonstrates a ‘can do’ attitude

         Confident, results-oriented


Our current clinical trials, exceptional team, and strong track record make it an excellent time to seize this exciting opportunity.

Interested candidates are invited to forward their resume and cover letter to, indicating why you feel you are a fit for the Director, Project Management role at Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.