VP, Infectious Diseases Therapeutics Area Lead


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.

The Vice President, Infectious Diseases Therapeutic Area Lead oversees a portfolio of vaccine and antibody therapeutic-based product development candidates, reporting to the Senior Vice President of Research and Development.  The role is to provide leadership, strategic direction and support to product development teams with interactions across research, CMC, project management, clinical, regulatory, quality, commercial and other cross-functional partners to ensure the product development portfolio meets critical milestones and objectives. 


Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•    Acts as a member of the Research and Development Leadership Team with overall responsibility for planning and execution of infectious diseases therapeutic area (vaccines and biologic therapeutics) and specific product development plans to ensure candidate success from discovery through licensure of product candidates, as well as success of the entire Product Development pipeline

•    Acts as a member of the Program Steering Committee to oversee strategic and technical aspects of development programs

•    Generate and execute comprehensive plans to connect infectious diseases therapeutic area development programs to Research and Development and enterprise business strategies 

•    Manages a group of Product Development Team Leads (PDTL) responsible for research and development of vaccine candidates leading to product licensure
o    Drive innovation and urgency within development programs to expedite delivery of needed, competitive, compelling vaccines to patients and customers
o    Ensures product development team effectiveness including setting expectations and providing coaching and feedback to PDTL
o    Manages complexities of advanced product development and cross-functional teams with matrix structure by demonstrating strong use of core competencies with a focus on building cohesive and high performing teams, fostering resourcefulness, and engaging in healthy conflict.
o    Ensures efficient cooperation, coordination and integration cross-functionally

•    Works with PDTL to plan and execute development programs to ensure milestones are met according to specified timelines, budgets, quality and resources, working in close collaboration with internal and external stakeholders including project teams, research organizations, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders

•    Provides budget oversight, scientific expertise, resource plans, and performance support for the development programs within the therapeutic area. Planning and costing of projects along effective timelines designed to achieve critical go-no-go decisions during product development

•    Represents scientific and strategic elements of the therapeutic area development programs to internal senior leadership and high profile, external clients/partners

•    Supports the company’s vision and policies regarding Health & Safety, Corporate Culture, Environmental Management, and Emergent’s Core Values by displaying the appropriate behaviors and leadership towards meeting the company’s objectives in these areas

•    Clearly communicates, facilitates open dialogue and skillfully negotiates with colleagues at all levels of the organization to gain commitment and achieve shared goals

•    Recognizes and encourages team members expertise, diversity of experience and background to drive individual and team success

•    Identifies strong talent and develops others through mentoring, coaching, and assignment of development opportunities

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.


•    Advanced degree and technical knowledge in drug discovery related field including Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M or Pharm. D; >15 years industry experience, specifically with infectious diseases vaccine and/or therapeutic drug discovery and development, in pharmaceutical companies or biotech companies is preferred.
•    Proven track record of innovation including peer-reviewed publications and/or patents.
•    Demonstrable expertise relating to all aspects of the drug development process and the ability to identify and resolve complex methodological issues relating to programs.
•    Good knowledge of GLP, GCP, GMP, and other regulatory requirements (especially FDA, HC, and EMEA).
•    Excellent communication skills with an ability to efficiently and productively communicate both orally and in writing.
•    Strong leadership skills with an ability to set a vision, to lead change, and to lead/mentor others. 
•    Strong management skills including performance management, planning, prioritization, objective setting and plan execution. Ability to organize, structure and staff an organization in a rapidly changing environment. 
•    Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to lead, interact with, influence, resolve conflict and drive consensus among individuals from a variety of cultures and disciplines. 
•    Forward thinker with the ability to identify, synthesize and act upon strategic information and changes within the environment while managing multiple projects efficiently.  


Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Individuals with qualifying medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices that may prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from the vaccine requirement.


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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