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Reference: 47 12/10/2021 12:24:51

Project Director - Viral Vaccines.

Based on site, some flexibility to work from home on occasion Salary circa €90,000

CM Life Science are working with a Netherlands based client who's viral vaccine capabilities include generation, production, purification and analysis of DNA and RNA viruses manufactured on mammalian cell lines

About the job

We are looking for an experienced Project Director for our clients Headquarters in Leiden, The Netherlands. The Project Director has a key role in the organisation's viral vaccine process development programs. He/she is responsible for writing project proposals and for implementing those in the organization. The Project Director is the point of contact for clients of the business, is responsible for managing the project and reports the project results. Projects can range from production of a research batch of biopharmaceutical product up to a complete trajectory of cell line generation, process and analytical development, and production of clinical batches under cGMP.

Also technology development projects in collaboration with non-for-profit organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are in scope. The Project DIrector interprets the client’s question and collaborates with the Subject Matter Experts to translate this into a project proposal that is scientifically and financially sound, with timelines that are agreed between client and organisation.

To be successful as a Project Director it is important that you are knowledgeable, an excellent communicator, pragmatic and punctual in a hands-on approach. In this challenging and rewarding position you are in the heart of the business, dealing with all layers of the organisation. The Project Director reports to the Head of Project Management.

You should have:

  • A Ph.D. or Master degree in Life Sciences (e.g. pharmacy, biology, medical);
  • At least seven years of relevant biological drug development experience, preferably in viral vaccines;
  • Several years of successful project management experience in the pharmaceutical industry is an advantage;
  • Outstanding command of the English language.

In the interviews, you should show that:
You are analytical and have a high sense of accountability. You can build a good team spirit in which highly educated professionals will work effectively and committed. You overlook the whole project (helicopter view) including the impact of (strategic) decisions and can steer in details if necessary. You use key indicators and management systems to monitor progress and report back and act, if necessary, in a timely fashion. Your communication skills are strong: you give clear instructions, you inform relevant parties with relevant information. Because of your flexible attitude and pragmatic approach, you get things done. You are result driven with a clear sense of business.

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