Director - Head Immunology Platform

Your Responsibilities:
Job Purpose:
The Clinical Immunology Platform team is part of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) unit within R&D.

As the Head of the Immunology Platform, based in Belgium, you will be responsible for the Management and Scientific/Technical leadership of a clinical laboratory platform, supporting a portfolio of projects. You will be accountable for development and validation of Clinical Assays, to generate data from clinical study samples, serving as basis for vaccine efficacy assessments for a GSK Vaccines clinical development portfolio.

A the future incumbent, you will play a key role in the overall management of the Platform and will be responsible for the team consisting of 35 to 40 persons with 3 to 4 direct reports.

Key Responsibilities:
• Leadership. Lead a team of Expert Scientists, Scientists and Laboratory Managers, in charge of defining the assay strategy, developing and validating clinical assays, planning and executing clinical testing and delivering results in agreement with the Company's strategy and quality requirements. Prior experience in leading large teams, developing clinical assays and being fluent in French is key to be successful in this position.

• Resource Planning and Allocation. Effectively and constantly prioritize between activities in order to achieve Company's vaccine development key milestones within agreed timing in a cost effective manner through:
o Prioritization of laboratory operations (assay development / validation and clinical testing and testing support activities) within the CLS platform under responsibility.
o Development of in/out resourcing strategy and the prioritization and management of the outsourced activities (Testing and assay development).
o Cost center and asset management where applicable, including OpEx, CapEx planning for area under responsibility.

• Scientific and Technical Leadership. Develop, maintain and improve platform consisting of a broad portfolio of clinical assays designed to assess vaccine immunogenicity and efficacy.
o Contribute to the clinical assay strategy definition for vaccine projects.
o Maintain and implement state-of-the-art methodologies, by constant technology and scientific surveillance of the competition and other key leaders in their field of expertise.
o Liaise/initiate collaborations with other teams/experts to share/gain scientific and technical expertise and for technology transfer within (i.e. Preclinical, QC) and outside GSK Vaccine (i.e. Academic, KOL,...).
o Develop, coach and lead platform members to ensure appropriate technical and scientific output.
o Lead ad-hoc scientific discussions of high complexity to support the resolution of specific project challenge escalated at Clinical Read-Out Team (CRT) meetings.

• Compliance. Ensure all activities under responsibility are performed in compliance with Quality Assurance (QA) guidelines, relevant regulations and internal policies.

• External vendor/partner oversight. Provide technical and scientific expertise to external laboratories (external collaborators) for test development, validation, transfer and data delivery with the same quality standards and timing requirements as in-house.

• Reference expert. Act as a recognized scientific expert in the field inside or outside GSK Vaccines.
o Develop documents for regulatory submission and respond to questions from regulatory authorities during submission and the life cycle management of the vaccines.
o Contribute to the development and/or review of internal and external publications, documents and communications.
o Participate to CLS and R&D knowledge management in the field of expertise.

Why You?

Basic qualifications:
• Post-doctoral experience in a Life Sciences plus 5-10 years of work experience in the scientific field and large team management experience are a Must.
• Experience in Microbiology and Immunology applied to vaccine development or clinical diagnostics (or similar) in a regulated environment are a requirement.
• Fluency in French & English are a MUST.

Preferred qualifications:
• Strong scientific and technical background in bio-analytical sciences (PhD level + Post-doctoral experience) with a focus on Immunology and Immuno-chemistry.
• Understanding Vaccines is key.
• Strong leadership capabilities.
• Other languages (Italian, German, etc.) are a plus.
• Experience in and capacity to work in a complex matrix organisation.
• Experience of collaborating with trade unions is a plus.
• Excellent communication skills.

Why GSK?:
Our Offer:
At GSK we provide a supportive working environment, and a range of development challenges and opportunities. We also offer competitive benefits and compensation packages designed to attract and to retain the very best. GSK is proud to promote an open culture, encouraging people to be themselves and giving their ideas a chance to flourish. GSK is an equal opportunity employer.

The Department:
Patient-focused Research and Development (R&D) is the heart of our business. Our R&D department seeks to discover and develop new vaccines, to protect against diseases where vaccines are not yet available and to improve on those vaccines that already exist. Part of our R&D programme targets diseases particularly prevalent in the developing world, including the World Health Organisation's three priority diseases - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Research into candidate vaccines for other diseases of the developing world, such as dengue are at an earlier stage of development.
When it comes to developing the vaccines of the future, we're looking for real experts in their respective fields who are interested in working in the stimulating environment of an international healthcare company.
We emphasise the value of teamwork and we look for people ready to share our values of transparency, respect, integrity and patient focus.

Our Company:
GSK is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

GSK Vaccines is one of the world's leading vaccine companies, with a comprehensive portfolio of 39 vaccines for infants, adolescents and adults and 15 more in development. We have more than 16,000 people working worldwide to deliver nearly 2 (1.9) million vaccines every day to people in around 90% (172) of the world's countries.
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