Who We Are

Kinnate is a rapidly growing, clinical stage precision oncology company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule kinase inhibitors for difficult-to-treat, genomically defined cancers. Kinnate’s mission is to expand the reach of targeted therapeutics by developing products for underserved populations.  With our lead program currently conducting a Phase 1 clinical trial and another program expected to initiate a Phase 1 clinical trial in the first half of 2022 (subject to FDA clearance), it is a very exciting time to join Kinnate!   In addition to the promising developments in our pipeline, Kinnate is financially strong with approximately $324.9 million of cash, cash equivalents and investments as of December 31, 2021, which is expected to fund current operations, including initiation of multiple registrational studies, into the second half of 2023. Based in San Francisco and San Diego, California, the Kinnate team is composed of drug discovery experts supported by a distinguished group of scientific advisors.

Kinnate is an employee-focused company providing a best-in-class benefits package which includes:  cash salaries and bonuses and equity awards for all employees; employee stock purchase program; unlimited paid time off; annual paid “refresher” days for all employees; annual massage days for all employees; highly subsidized health benefits packages with a wide variety of provider options and minimal to no out of pocket expenses for employees; monthly stipend for employees who elect no health coverage through Kinnate; life and accidental death and disability insurance; company contribution to 401k plan; flexible office and remote work options; free local gym memberships; healthy lifestyle reimbursement program; home office reimbursement program; and commuter and walking/biking benefits.     

Your Impact at Kinnate

We are seeking an experienced Program Manager (at the Associate Director / Sr. Manager level) to support expansion of the company’s operations. Reporting to the Development Lead, the Project Manager will provide operational leadership for our oncology development team, preclinical through clinical development.  You will work in a highly collaborative environment to develop and manage project plans and implement project management tools and best practices to improve operational efficiency. In this pivotal role, you will proactively help to define cross-functional project operational plans, manage timelines and project risks, to ensure timely completion of deliverables per plans and strategy agreed upon with development team and Management.


·        Provide project management leadership in a fast-paced, cross-functional program team

·        Lead the creation, execution, and ongoing maintenance of high-quality integrated development plans, including timelines, communication plans and risk assessments

·        Collaborate with development team, clinical sub-team and other key sub-teams and working groups to drive alignment and seamless execution of program’s business-critical deliverables

·        Partner with the Development Lead to identify challenges and opportunities, and provide scenario planning and solution to increase probability of program success

·        Implement and continue to refine project management tools, best practices, and processes to improve efficiency, consistency, and management of project deliverables

·        Lead team meetings in collaboration with the Development Lead and functional leads, to ensure results-oriented meetings and provide appropriate meeting logistic support

·        Collaborate with Development Lead and team to help foster positive and productive team dynamics

·        Facilitate the flow of communication as appropriate and ensure key stakeholders are engaged in key decisions and actions

·        Proactively provide input and help to ensure program budget and resources appropriately planned and allocated accordingly

·        Listed responsibilities are an essential and expected initial duties, but not exhaustive, the role will evolve over time and changes to individual responsibilities may occur due to business needs.


·        Master’s degree preferred or a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field with strong demonstration of equivalent combination of relevant educational and professional training.

·        Proven track record in portfolio & project management with a minimum 3+ years of experience in bio tech/life sciences project management or equivalent discipline. 

·        PMP certification preferred

·        Minimum 6+ years of industry experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or other healthcare related fields

·        Demonstrated experience managing and guiding cross-functional team

·        Strong knowledge of the drug development process, with oncology experience a plus

·        Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills

·        Highly competent in MS Office and SmartSheet and/or MS Project

·        Level will be commensurate with the final candidate’s experience.



·        Ability to build strong relationships with co-workers of various backgrounds and expertise

·        Ability to function at a high level in a team setting whether leading the group or acting as an individual contributor

·         Ability to identify problems and come up with solutions

·        Values-based leadership consistent with Kinnate Biopharma’s Core Values

·        Engaged in the mission of Kinnate Biopharma and acting with Flexibility and Integrity. 


NOTE: This position summary is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Kinnate is a science-driven company and we are proud to be responsible members of our communities. Subject to applicable law, we require all of our employees to be fully vaccinated and boosted against the COVID19 virus.


EEO & Employment Eligibility

Kinnate Biopharma Inc. is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company. We provide equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Kinnate Biopharma Inc. also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of applicable law.


Recruitment & Staffing Agencies: Kinnate Biopharma Inc. does not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates. The submission of unsolicited resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to Kinnate or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Kinnate’s internal HR Team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of Kinnate, and Kinnate will not owe any referral or other fees with respect thereto.



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