Manager, Project Management


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.   

Aquinox is publicly traded on NASDAQ and has offices in Vancouver, BC and in the San Francisco, CA area.

Reporting to the Senior Director, Clinical Development and Product Planning, the Project Manager will use established project management methodologies to plan and execute corporate and product development projects across departments, for example, Pharmaceutical Development, Product Development, Research & Development, Clinical Development, Business Development, Finance, and other departments, as required. In addition, the Project Manager will facilitate the use of project management concepts and tools through coaching and 'hands-on' support to departmental project managers.  Specifically, the Project Manager will:

  • Work with 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
  • Ensure accurate and timely communication to project sponsor 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.
  • Plan and lead issues based project team meetings; issue minutes and action items; create weekly project summary reports for project team, project sponsor and senior management
  • Ensure project management methodology and best practices are used throughout all phases of the project life cycle
  • Coach, train, and support other staff members who are acting as project managers, as required
  • Ensure project team relationships and dynamics are healthy and productive; ensure team celebrates achievements; proactively surface conflicts that may impact team morale


  • BSc degree and PMP certification or a combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience managing multi-disciplinary biotech/pharmaceutical projects
  • 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 Project Manager role at Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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