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Head of Formulation and Delivery-Cambridge, MA (USA) - Seqirus

Cambridge, MA - Massachusetts, United States

Posted: 7-Jul-2016

Ref#: 12345696744

Are you looking for a rewarding career in a market-leading and innovative company?

Seqirus is the new global company created from the combined strength and expertise of bioCSL and the influenza vaccines business formerly owned by Novartis. In July 2015, bioCSL and the influenza vaccines of Novartis joined forces to create Seqirus, now the second largest influenza vaccine company in the world.  With extensive research and production expertise and manufacturing plants in the US, UK, Germany and Australia, Seqirus is a transcontinental partner in pandemic preparedness and a major contributor to the prevention and control of influenza globally. Seqirus has a workforce of over 2,000 employees, significant manufacturing capacity and a commercial presence in 20 countries.

Currently for our office in Cambridge (USA),  we are looking for a  Head of Formulation and Delivery

Role Overview:
This Head of Formulation and Delivery is responsible for developing global strategy, planning, and evaluating projects in the field of Formulation and Delivery research and evaluate projects within Seqirus and external opportunities.   The F&D Head will manage the F&D group and be a member of the Research Leadership Team with control of the F&D budget. This position will serve on cross-functional teams (e.g. CPTs) to provide scientific input on core projects both pre- and post-Stage Gate 2. The Head will directly manage external research formulation and delivery studies.
Principal Accountabilities: 

1. Develop detailed scientific strategy for research activities applying to both global cross-functional projects and local activities
          Present plan at relevant forums to receive cross-functional approval where needed
          Contribute to the RRC to scientifically evaluate all pre-Stage Gate 2 approved projects
          Contribute to TRB through scientific evaluation of projects under TRB purview
          Within Research contribute to Research Leadership Team group planning
2. Build and manage a world class Formulation and Delivery group and oversee F and D budget
           Oversee day to day activities
           Plan experiments with team and analyze results in context of overall project
           Assure organization is compliant with policies and group continues development
           Generate and support generation of IP for core projects
           Provide support for TD Drug Product and Formulation as needed

3. Evaluate external opportunities and design experimental plan as needed to demonstrate value
          Identify opportunities by being an active member of the external scientific community
           Review opportunities as provided to Research by other functions or external groups
           Foster external partnerships through academic and industrial networks

4. Lead scientific interactions with external stakeholders to ensure world class scientific recognition and scientific support of internal programs
             Support pandemic activities for BARDA and CDC with scientific input and leadership
             Actively publish high quality publications

5. Global involvement in setting strategy in cross-functional teams with local management responsibility for the Immunology group. Responsibility for Immunology budget.
6. Decision making and ability to prioritize staging of projects in the global context both in policy and science is essential for this position.
7. Essential role in innovating in Research projects and technical/strategic aspects of core projects.  Critical thinking and identification of complex situations and information is key.
Scope of the Role:
This role will have a direct impact on pre-stage gate 2 projects and evaluation/incorporation of external opportunities. This role will have global cross-functional influence on core projects in different functions (e.g. TD, Clinical, etc.).

Internal – CPT Project Managers, Head of IP, Head of Research, Head of Technical Development, Manufacturing Leads, CSL Behring colleagues, Head of Project Management 

External –NIBSC, CBER, NIAID, companies with new technologies.


Educational Requirements:
PhD or equivalent in Medical Field

Essential Experience:
Minimum 7 years of experience in Formulation and Delivery field post Doctoral degree with minimum 3 years in industry.
Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:

  • In-depth knowledge, experience and a track record in formulation and delivery of vaccine candidates
  • Formulation experience with both lipid delivery systems and oil-in-water based adjuvants
  • Excellent reputation within targeted focus areas of research
  • Well established relationships into scientific and medical communities and the ability to sustain and develop professional networks
  • Strong leadership and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to develop constructive and effective relationships with direct reports, colleagues and senior management. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate research projects and targets to management, customers staff and external stakeholders
  • Experienced people leader with proven ability to develop talent and achieve results through teamwork and leadership of others, streamlined execution and innovation in a matrix business


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