External Technologies Leader (M/F)

January 7th 2021

At Univercells Vaccines, we believe in the power of human ingenuity to design high-performance and low-footprint manufacturing solutions for improving global access to life-saving medicines at an affordable cost. Our Innovation department continually monitors the state-of-the-art in bioprocessing platforms and contributes to the advancement of engineering solutions that help us to achieve our objectives. As External Technologies Leader, you will be responsible for identifying, vetting and facilitating the selection of external technologies of possible interest to the company, including production systems and techniques, material innovations, advances in drug delivery systems etc. As External Technologies Leader, you will be the company’s first point of contact for external science & technology providers and will take point in the acquisition of selected technologies.

Mission Description

Main tasks include:

  • Identify (proactively or reactively) providers of external technologies of interest for the company;
  • Lead pre-evaluation / screening of external technologies, in all aspects(science & technology, intellectual property, commercial terms, financial implications …), with relevant subject matter experts;
  • Lead scientific-technical due diligence efforts for external partnering or acquisition (with experts);
  • Manage relationships w. external technology and/or science providers;
  • Assist in definition of operational requirements for technology acquisition, experimental evaluation (e.g. POC), collaborative projects etc.;
  • Deliver technical content for funding applications pertaining to technology evaluations.

Candidate profile

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in life sciences (bioengineering, chemical engineering or pharmaceutical sciences is preferred); an additional degree in Business is a significant asset
  • Not less than ten years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, ideally in various roles which may include cell line development, process development, drug product development, industrial operations, manufacturing science and technology, corporate / business development – combined experience in both technical and business-oriented positions is preferred
  • A strong and preferably international professional network including academic institutions, industry trade associations, biopharma companies, CROs, CDMOs, technology suppliers … is a significant asset
  • Passion for scientific & technological innovation
  • Ability to work independently without supervision
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to build strong and enduring interpersonal relationships based on mutual respect and trust
  • Excellent analytical skills 
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Proficiency in English (both written and oral) is required; knowledge of French or Dutch is a plus
  • Experience working in a matrix environment and multicultural environment is a plus



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