Programme Manager - Biotech R & D

Programme Manager - Biotech R & D

Job Title: Programme Manager - Biotech R & D
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Stevenage
Salary: Up to £60,000 D.o.E plus excellent benefits
Start Date: 2018-04-09
Reference: 15269 JH
Contact Name: James Hume
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 10, 2018 16:43

Job Description

  • Job Title: Programme Manager – Biotech R&D
  • Salary: Up to £60,000 dependent on experience, plus excellent benefits (bonus, pension (10% company contribution), private medical cover, life assurance plus others)
  • Location: Central London
  • High Profile Opportunity Enabling the Successful Applicant to Secure a Position that Provides the Opportunity to Develop Their Skills Across the Entire Sector.

James Hume is recruiting for someone with experience of managing the development of new innovative technologies and their commercialisation to join this cutting-edge biotech as a Programme Manager.  The company are a centre of excellence that is leading the way in the development of cell & gene therapies by providing the multi - disciplinary expertise needed to bring these to the market.  Their head offices are in Central London where this role will be based, and its purpose is to manage the research programmes of promising therapies throughout their entire lifecycle to a successful completion.

The Company:
The company are a centre of excellence that is at the forefront of creating a viable and sustainable cell and gene therapy industry in the UK.  Their headquarters are in central London where they have built a market leading multidisciplinary team that has the ability to take a therapy from concept through the development cycle to the market.  They collaborate with both academia and industry and they are able to provide the scientific, clinical and commercial expertise needed to overcome the challenges that hinder the commercialisation of these fast developing, cutting edge technologies.  Their longer term aim is to make the UK a global leader in the development and commercial exploitation of therapies.  They are making great strides towards this aim with therapies entering phase 2 clinical trials and building credible cases to be progressed to stage 3.  Added to this they are expanding their manufacturing and development operations to meet increased demand for their services from the academic and commercial sectors.

The Opportunity:
This is a broad, exciting and challenging role with the responsibility for managing multi-disciplinary development programmes through the project lifecycle from concept till conclusion.  This is a senior and influential role that will be visible across the company including the senior management team.  You will have strategic input into the structure of research programmes from the acquisition phase though till completion with the responsibility for the day to day running of the programmes.

You will be involved right from the early acquisition phase providing input on features such as the development of transaction structures, technical milestones, legal and financial terms for research programmes.  You will develop detailed work structures and project plans to ensure results are delivered by working closely with clients, senior managers and executive team.  You will identify appropriate resources, internally and externally, to bring them together to deliver on projects by developing strong and clear plans.  Due to the positioning of the role you will be leading high performing teams that has the ability to adapt to changes during the lifecycle of projects and be focused on delivery.

This is an excellent role because of its breadth meaning you will be exposed to a wide range of technical areas to build on your expertise to progress your career with this fast growing company as they seek the next generation of leaders. 

Desired Skills and Competencies:
The criteria is set deliberately wide because they are seeking someone who has project management skills, preferably in a small company environment, combined with scientific knowledge of the cell and or gene therapy sectors.  Thus you can have gained experience in any of the following sectors: biotech / biopharma / CMO / CRO / clinical trial / clinical supply chain sectors.  You will be educated to a level higher than degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific field.  With the ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams as well as external clients to plan, manage and deliver R&D projects.