Executive Director, Vaccines Technical Product Leader

| New York, NY, USA | Remote
Employer Provided Salary: 220,700-347,500 Annually
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Job Description
The Vaccine Technical Product Leader role is responsible for technical leadership and oversight for all vaccine molecules end to end including both pipeline and in line products. For pipeline, this includes d evelopment and implementation of pipeline commercialization strategy to ensure on-time launch with the best science and most robust processes working closely with Development and Commercialization Review Committee (DCRC). For in-line, this includes development and implementation of technology roadmaps that proactively ensure reliable supply in alignment with the franchise objectives as developed by the value chain team for each product. This role ensures ownership for the products' technical processes and associated technical challenges.
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Managing the portfolio of technical projects associated with the Vaccines. Using standard tools and processes to enable prioritization, resource allocation and ensure project outcome realization.
  • Working collaboratively with the GVO OpU and associated Value Chain Management Team (VCMT) to align on prioritization and strategies for the delivery of the business needs, in particular for the in-line products. Ensuring that the team works with urgency to support the E2E supply chain when issues arise to ensure minimal risk to supply or compliance.
  • Developing tools and processes to ensure we are holistically looking at our products and their performance, using data to inform us of stability or potential risks to our compliance posture or continuity of supply.
  • Provide deep technical oversight of vaccine projects within the technical portfolio of products in partnership with the broader Large Molecule Science & Technology (LMS&T) organization.
  • Direct the necessary technical reviews, and ensure robust solutions and approaches are developed by teams supporting in-line and pipeline products.
  • Expectation is that this leader will provide a structured approach to technical leadership that enables clear prioritization of the work aligned with the business needs, working with key stakeholders and decision makers.
  • Coaching and developing the technical leaders so they are able to support organization and all the complexity that exists today. Ensuring teams are continuing developing their knowledge and skills.
  • Required to compl y with our company's global and regulatory requirements and execute current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in the performance of day to day activities and all applicable job functions.
  • W o r k collaborativel y to driv e a sa f e an d compliant culture i n GSEC and within the teams that they interact with .
  • M a y be required to per f orm other dutie s as assigned.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor's Degree in one of the relevant Engineering or Science fields.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 15 years experience in biopharmaceutical/ vaccine manufacturing, preferably the majority spent in science and technical role.
  • Demonstrated technical excellence and in depth understanding of vaccines, manufacturing processes and commercialization principles
  • Strong cross divisional networking skills and capabilities
  • Experience in Technical product stewardship an advantage
  • Demonstrated functional and enterprise leadership, ability to influence at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong collaborative and talent-building skills and the ability to work strategically and in a detail-oriented framework with all levels of management.
  • Must have strong understanding of product management systems and tools, strong business and financial skills, ability to manage multiple programs and create a high-performance work environment.

Core Competences:

  • Deep knowledge and experience of working in a leadership role in the manufacture of vaccine drug substance and/or drug product is required
  • Proven record in technical problem solving in a complex manufacturing environment
  • Proven record in project/portfolio management
  • Experience in on time delivery of E2E Pipeline programs


  • Manage a budget for the team of approximately 20 - 30 people
  • Maintain a focus on COGs and work with the OpU's to continuously see where improvements can be made year on year
  • Ensure alignment of the teams portfolio of projects with the business strategy and associated priorities


  • Focus on Customers and Patients
  • Collaborate
  • Act with Candor and Courage
  • Make Rapid, Disciplined Decisions
  • Drive Results
  • Build Talent
  • Demonstrate Ethics and Integrity

In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.
If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.
Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.
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Expected salary range:
$220,700.00 - $347,500.00
Available benefits include bonus eligibility, long term incentive if applicable, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. A summary of benefits is listed here .
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Job Posting End Date:06/27/2024
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Requisition ID:R282769

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