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VP, Program Leadership, CMV Vaccines

Vir Biotechnology

This is a Full-time position in San Francisco, CA posted May 3, 2021.

Vir Biotechnology is seeking a Program Executive (PE) to serve as the development team leader and single point of accountability for Vir’s CMV-vectored vaccine development program.

In collaboration with partners at Oregon Health and Science University and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Vir CMV vaccine program involves development of multiple assets based on a unique immunomodulatory vaccine vector that can target and prevent multiple infectious diseases including HIV and TB.

The PE is responsible that a clear overarching program strategy is defined and that short and mid-term executional plans are carried out to meet critical Vir business objectives.

The PE will partner closely with executive leadership to ensure strategic alignment on objectives and to secure resources and budget to accomplish program goals.

The PE will lead a cross-functional team to develop and achieve planned milestones and will report into the Head of Product Development

RESPONSIBILITIES AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:

The CMV PE is the owner of the program’s strategic plan and timeline and is the single accountable decision maker on behalf of the program.The PE ensures the program is adequately resourced has active input/oversight of major budget -impacting decisions.The PE leads a team of cross-functional experts to align on key objectives and milestones and develop appropriate risk management strategies.The PE is responsible that team members understand their accountability for team performance goals.The PE will routinely interact with Vir Senior Leadership and work closely with Alliance Management and external development partners to ensure alignment of program goals, strategy and status.The PE will have a strong ability to cultivate excellent cross-functional relationships and develop and motivate team performance

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

The CMV PE will have demonstrated understanding of the drug development process as well as demonstrated cross-functional leadership skills in a matrix environment.

Although previous experience as a Product Development Team Leader is not required, you should have demonstrated strategic leadership in the context of a cross-functional drug development team. Familiarity with product development in infectious disease indications and/or development of immunology-based approaches is preferred.

However, the PE role is open to individuals with diverse technical backgrounds in pharmaceutical development; the ability to quickly learn and assimilate key elements of new areas into a strategic plan is key.He/she will have at least 12 years of industry experience in drug development, an advanced degree in life sciences or medical field or demonstrated accomplishment at a similar levelStrong decision-making and analytical skills are required.Excellent oral and written communication and influencing skills with a proven ability to work with executive management and external stakeholders are critical to the success of the role.Experience working in a global environment and with partnered assets is desirable

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