Chief Technologist – Vaccine Development

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Job Details

Location
Sedgefield, England Hybrid
Salary
£60,000 - £76,000 per annum
Employment
Full-time - Permanent Flexible
Team
Science and Engineering
Deadline
27 Sep 2021 - 00:00
Reference
CPI-3262-21
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About CPI

At CPI we work with our partners to translate inventions into products and processes that enhance health and well-being, protect and improve our environment and increase productivity across industries.

With a deep understanding of innovation processes and funding, outstanding technical expertise and industry relevant assets, we enable products and processes to be quickly and cost-effectively brought to market. This supports the development of next-generation manufacturing, highly-skilled jobs and economic growth for the UK.

Our partners operate across many diverse markets including pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals, food and drink, electronics and transportation.

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Why this role is important for CPI’s work

To support the growing UK vision to develop capability in vaccine product development and manufacturing to ensure future pandemic preparedness and enhance the UK’s global leadership role in vaccine innovation, CPI is recruiting a Chief Technologist to join a multidisciplinary team reporting to the Business Unit Director within CPI’s National Formulation Centre.

For this exciting role, the ideal candidate will have a broad skill set in relation to vaccine development, ideally through extensive experience working in this field in industry. You will possess a proven ability to take a lead role in advanced vaccine formulation to support a range of projects, primarily looking at developing alternative technologies for needle-free vaccination. Through a clear understanding of the cascade of activities required for pre-clinical & clinical vaccine development, including activities relating to non-clinical safety and chemistry manufacturing and controls (CMC), you will help to shape, develop, and deliver strategic programmes to accelerate vaccine formulations in the UK. This will require technical skills to support the development and optimisation of new vaccine formulations, providing line of sight to the steps required to obtain regulatory approval for undertaking all phases of clinical trials and for commercialisation.

The person we are seeking

Employment Type: Permanent, 37 hours per week (flexible hours can be considered)

The Chief Technologist appointed to this role will be comfortable working collaboratively with Business Development, Bid Development and technical colleagues, providing support relating to proposal/​project development and direct customer engagement, seeking out and engaging in business development opportunities where appropriate. 

It is essential that the Chief Technologist has:

Significant technical expertise and experience across a broad range of pharmaceutical products, with deep scientific knowledge in vaccine development and manufacturing

An excellent reputation and credibility within vaccine development and manufacturing and proven gravitas in the wider pharma community.

Evidence of strong leadership skills and experience of working on and managing multidisciplinary pharmaceutical and/​or drug development teams 

An interest in and experience in shaping and developing technology strategy and translating this into deliverable plans to achieve business objectives

A thorough understanding of the drug development pathway to enable the development of work programs to support the clinical and commercial development of emerging technologies

An understanding of manufacturing supply chain requirements and the establishment of manufacturing processes and analytical testing to support clinical and commercial product supply

Demonstrated evidence of building cross-industry and organisational knowledge sharing and network building. 

Proven track record in delivering the CMC aspects of regulatory submissions to achieve approval for undertaking clinical trials and marketing authorisation

Has knowledge of the current state of the art laboratory equipment used for drug product development and can advise on and interpret data generated using such techniques

Compelling evidence of highly complex technical problem solving

It would be advantageous if the Chief Technologist has:

Significant experience and knowledge of technologies used in needle-free vaccine formulation

An understanding of the required biological and physicochemical characterisation of vaccines, including techniques important in defining critical quality attributes for products

Will be an active member of a professional body, engaging with peers beyond the organisation.


What does CPI offer you?

At CPI, we offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, this includes:

  • Up to 33 days holiday, including bank holidays – Plus a holiday purchasing scheme
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Life assurance and accident insurance schemes
  • Flexible working
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Free parking

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Additional information

Employment Type: Permanent, 37 hours per week (flexible hours can be considered)

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