The Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC) has been established to provide the UK’s first strategic vaccine development and advanced manufacturing capability.  VMIC will fast track development and manufacture of early stage vaccine products, as well as serve as the UK’s response capability to produce vaccines against emerging infectious diseases. They have already taken a leading role in the Government’s national response to COVID-19.  

New starters can expect to join an exciting fast paced organisation, with ambitious growth plans. With a flat structure, employees will have exposure to senior leaders and be part of an organisation that has a start-up mentality but is backed by UK Government, and industry and academic founders.  

Working through collaborative ventures with industry, academia and NGOs, VMIC will ultimately strengthen and innovate the UK’s vaccines sector. Their state-of-the-art vaccines manufacturing facility will be located on the renowned Harwell Science and Innovation Campus near Didcot in Oxfordshire. 

Job Description 

The Upstream Team Leader will be responsible for running of upstream processing, including viral vector process development, managing a small team of scientists to support the manufacture of novel vaccines. You will have oversight and project management responsibility for workload, setting KPI’s and supporting the strategy set by the Head of P&AD (Process & Analytical Development). 

You will lead projects within the business unit including planning, scheduling, executing and reporting to achieve set targets. Assisting the Head of P&AD in the procurement of upstream development equipment and supporting external clients with the delivery of project updates and reporting. 

Personal Specification 

In order to be considered for the role candidates will need to have upstream processing experience and having worked in a Biochemistry, Viral Vector, Vaccine or similar environment. You will bring a good understanding of mammalian cell culture experience. You will need to be excellent communicator and leader of teams thriving on an opportunity to play a pivotal role in VMIC’s establishment, and its mission to serve as the UK’s vaccine accelerator.  

Equal Opportunities 

VMIC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all individuals  regardless of race, national origin, gender, age, physical characteristics, social origin, disability, union membership, religion, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any other protected characteristic. We are committed to treating all applicants fairly and without discrimination.