Alliance Manager

South San Francisco, CA
Program Management – Program Management /
Full Time /
Position Summary

Cellares is seeking an Alliance Manager who will be responsible for ensuring client satisfaction and successful program coordination and communication, both internally and externally. The successful candidate will be well versed in cell and gene therapy manufacturing, as well as experienced in client relations and alliance management. 

This is a multidisciplinary role & this individual will interface across many parts of the company (with commercial teams, process, analytical, and operational groups)to develop the best solutions possible. Effective communication, creative problem solving, and acting with a sense of urgency are essential for this role. 

Candidates should enjoy working in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment, and be prepared to tackle a broad selection of challenges as the company grows.


    • Interface directly with partners and clients from program initiation to closeout 
    • Provide periodic updates via email, in-person and/or zoom with regards to project milestones, schedule, budget, and deliverables
    • Investigate and resolve problems, identifying root cause, and propose process improvements through clear communication with internal teams
    • Capture and document requirements from external and internal stakeholders
    • Generate program related documentation, including but not limited to timelines, communication templates, status dashboards, tracking tools, presentation decks, and final reports
    • Work with internal subject matter experts to assist in and respond to any partner or client questions and ad hoc requests during the duration of the program 
    • Continually work to streamline processes by creating more efficient methods of gathering, sorting and accessing data
    • Interface and develop strong working relationships with all internal subject matter experts across the organization
    • Drive overall customer satisfaction and participation in future partnerships or adoption of Cellares’ Technology Solutions
    • Lead cross functional meetings and facilitate discussions internally and with external partners


    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
    • 5+ years of relevant professional experience
    • Experience with project/program managing in a manufacturing environment and interfacing directly with external partners 
    • Experience in a regulated biotech or pharmaceutical setting with proven competency and expertise in the GMP manufacturing of cell-based therapies
    • 1+ year of experience in client services directly interfacing with partners and/or clients
    • Excellent verbal and written communication, time management, attention to detail, problem solving, acting with a sense of urgency, and enthusiasm
    • High level of customer empathy with active listening skills
    • Enjoys problem-solving in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment
    • Experience using Google Apps, Project Management Tools (ie SmartSheet or TeamGantt) and CRM applications such as Salesforce
$90,000 - $210,000 a year
Cellares total compensation package contains competitive base salaries, highly subsidized Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans, 401(k) Matching, Free EV Charging, Onsite lunches, and Stock options. All displayed pay ranges are approximate, negotiable, and location dependent.
This is Cellares

Cellares is the first Integrated Development and Manufacturing Organization (IDMO) and takes an Industry 4.0 approach to mass manufacturing the living drugs of the 21st century. The company is both developing and operating integrated technologies for cell therapy manufacturing to accelerate access to life-saving cell therapies. The company’s Cell Shuttle integrates all the technologies required for the entire manufacturing process in a flexible and high-throughput platform that delivers true walk-away, end-to-end automation. Cell Shuttles will be deployed in Cellares’ Smart Factories around the world to meet total patient demand for cell therapies at global scale. Partnering with Cellares enables academics, biotechs, and pharma companies to accelerate drug development and scale out manufacturing, lower process failure rates, lower manufacturing costs, and meet global patient demand.
The company is headquartered in South San Francisco, California with its commercial-scale IDMO Smart Factory in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The company is backed by world-class investors and has raised over $355 million in financing.

Leveling will be based on overall experience, education, and demonstration of knowledge throughout the interview process.