Discovery Project Leader (Director)

Rockville, Maryland; Siena, Italy; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Collegeville, Pennsylvania
February 12 2021
Other, Other
Organization Type
Discovery Project Leader is accountable for driving the evaluation of potential new prophylactic and therapeutic vaccine targets, for addressing scientific knowledge gaps through a research program in order to substantially de-risk later investment and for delivering promising candidates to the development stage. The Discovery Project leader is accountable to address specific research needs within life cycle management of existing assets.

  • Accountable for delivering new projects to the development pipeline

  • Accountable for delivering new solutions to support life cycle of existing assets

  • Lead one or more matrix cross-functional teams to evaluate medical need, value proposition and scientific and clinical feasibility and to design and execute a research program to address key scientific knowledge gaps

  • Produce Go/No-go recommendations on Discovery programs to governing bodies

  • Ensure high-quality scientific strategy from inception to entry into clinical development, in collaboration with matrix team members

  • Establish key external collaborations to enhance the quality of the programs in partnership with External R&D and BD

  • Apply rigor and discipline to develop and implement harmonized processes and to ensure knowledge management of evaluation content and decisions

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • PhD, MD or DVM and postdoctoral training
  • 5 plus years of experience in vaccinology, immunology, and infectious diseases
  • Experience in the fields of preclinical R&D, clinical development, regulatory processes, process development, intellectual property rights, business development and commercial strategies
  • Leadership Experience

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • 10yrs plus experience in the vaccines field
  • People management skills, deep scientific expertise, oral and written communication, influencing skills
  • Capability to lead projects and to impact and influence team members in the absence of direct reporting lines
  • Proactive, creative and innovative mindset.
  • Sound knowledge of the vaccines business
  • Flexible thinking, open mindedness, resilient, decisive and willing to take some level of risk

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:
  • Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Managing individual and team performance.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Implementing change initiatives and leading change.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally.
  • Developing people and building a talent pipeline.
  • Translating strategy into action - a compelling narrative, motivating others, setting objectives and delegation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, managing trusted stakeholder relationships internally and externally.
  • Budgeting and forecasting, commercial and financial acumen.


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