Director, Business Operations, VaxBu


Gaithersburg, MD, US, 20879

Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Product Management and Business Operations, this role will be an integral part of the Project Management Organization (PMO). This role will be responsible for leading business unit operations including comprehensive oversight of training and career development for project managers, representing the Vaccines Business Unit (VaxBU) in cross-BU project management efforts, and working on commercial product management activities. The successful candidate must be able to work independently, multi-task, and communicate effectively with all levels of the organization. 



Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


VaxBU Business Operations 

  • Lead activities supporting the overall operations of the VaxBU: 
  • Integration of VaxBU R&D, PAD, PMO and commercial operations to maximize synergies and streamline operational efficiencies 
  • Creating and driving a PMO training plan, curriculum and tracking system ensuring consistent performance from Project Managers in the VaxBU 
  • Managing a ladder of career development for employees in the PMO that provides clear guidance on opportunities for professional development and advancement 
  • Assist with 5-year planning and long-range goal planning, integration of new company initiatives, and other business-related operational activities 


MCM Portfolio Product Management 

  • Assist the Senior Director, Product Management and Business Operations, with activities related to Medical Countermeasure Product Management: 
  • Puts the customer and corporate mission at the heart of execution 
  • Support the leadership of the product core teams for the MCM vaccine products.  This includes but is not limited to the organization of team meetings, identification, communication, and measurement of goals, execution of long-range and annual planning process, and management of key issues and life cycle planning activities.  
  • Partner with the Sr Director of Product Management and BU leads on the management of the P&L for marketed products including attainment of quarterly and annual revenue commitments; development of pricing; and contracting recommendations for the USG or International Government Purchasers 
  • Support the development of product positioning statements, creation/maintenance of the Target Product Profile (TPP) and value proposition, and provides market/customer perspective within development core teams  
  • Creates presentations for meetings with US Federal and International MCM customers in support of product development and/or procurement activities 
  • Builds strong relationships and collaborates with key cross-functional partners including US Federal Public Health and International Government Procurement field teams, Supply Chain, Manufacturing Ops, Medical, Regulatory, Finance, Legal, Corporate Development, and Commercial Operations,  
  • Ensures decisions are made by the right stakeholders, identifies gaps/conflicts, and facilitates their resolution to keep team(s)/work moving forward  


The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management’s assignment of essential functions.  



  • BA/BS degree required, advanced scientific degree or MBA a plus 
  • 8 years of experience within Project Management, or equivalent work experience.  
  • The ideal candidate will have in-depth understanding of project management systems and processes, the interdependencies of development activities and projects, and the regulatory requirements for product registration. 
  • Excellent management and communication skills, including expert prioritization, team building and the ability to synthesize project management for corporate leadership. 
  • Exceptional leadership skills and proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization. 
  • Highly developed diplomatic negotiation, interpersonal, and communication skills and the ability to influence without formal authority. 
  • Excellent analytical skills and experience developing and managing strategic business plans. 
  • Proven ability to manage and execute projects on time and within budget 
  • PM certification preferred 
  • Able to implement Earned Value Management techniques and provide earned value metrics in monthly reporting on government contracts a plus 
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project is required 
  • Able to travel as required to meet with contractors, partners, or project funding entities 


There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce.  Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actions—whether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the community—we strive every day to achieve this shared goal.


  • Stand shoulder to shoulder no matter what
    • We combine our best thinking and communicate openly to support each other.
  • Break through thinking
    • We take smart risks, pursue innovation and challenge ourselves to constantly improve.
  • Own it always
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    • We set the right goals and respect each other as we conquer them together.

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